World T20 2016 news January 29, 2016

West Indies pick Narine in World T20 squad

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Offspinner Sunil Narine, who was suspended from bowling in international cricket due to an illegal action in November last year, has been named in West Indies' squad for the upcoming World Twenty20, which will start from March 8 in India. The squad will be led by Darren Sammy.

Narine was reported for a suspect action during the third ODI on West Indies' tour to Sri Lanka in November. An independent assessment revealed that all variations of his deliveries exceeded the 15-degree limit.

The offspinner was also picked in West Indies' squad for the 2015 World Cup but later withdrew to work on his bowling action, which was reported during the 2014 Champions League T20.

The squad for India features 11 players who were part of West Indies' title win in 2012. The new faces include West Indies' Test and ODI captain Jason Holder, who is a part of a World T20 squad for the first time, and left-arm spinner Sulieman Benn who has not represented West Indies in the format since January 2015. Andre Fletcher and Jerome Taylor are the two other players who were not part of the 2012 squad.

The squad also includes Dwayne Bravo and Kieron Pollard who were controversially axed from the ODI team for the South Africa tour in 2015 and the World Cup, and have since featured only in T20 internationals.

Incidentally, Bravo and Pollard were among six senior players who were not given annual retainer contracts by the West Indies Cricket Board for the period between October 1, 2015, to September 30, 2016. Gayle, Sammy, Andre Russell and Narine were also not offered contracts, although Michael Muirhead, the WICB's chief executive, had stressed this would not be a factor in the selection of the World T20 squad.

Currently ranked No. 1 in the T20s, West Indies are in Group 1 of the Super 10 stage at the World T20, along with England, South Africa, Sri Lanka and a qualifying team from the first round of the tournament. The squad will assemble in the UAE for a preparatory camp between February 22 and March 6, and will travel to India on March 7. West Indies are scheduled to play two warm-up matches in Kolkata, against India and Australia on March 10 and March 13 respectively, before travelling to Mumbai for their first league match against England on March 16.

West Indies squad: Darren Sammy (capt), Samuel Badree, Sulieman Benn, Darren Bravo, Dwayne Bravo, Andre Fletcher, Chris Gayle, Jason Holder, Sunil Narine, Kieron Pollard, Denesh Ramdin, Andre Russell, Marlon Samuels, Lendl Simmons, Jerome Taylor

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  • alirazamw on February 4, 2016, 6:36 GMT

    i think West Indies is one of the Favorite team in contest.

  • Luke001 on February 2, 2016, 9:13 GMT

    Cant understand why marlon samuels in this squad, better to replace him with Carlos Brathwaite

  • adreanal on February 1, 2016, 23:56 GMT

    I think Carlos Braithwaite would be better to replace Marlon Samuels. I hope the selectors don't regret putting Samuels in the team.

  • PaddyRasta2 on February 1, 2016, 21:22 GMT

    @SS2S Simmons had a bumper season for Mumbai in 2015 and had been smashing it in BBL recently. Hence his obvious inclusion in the squad. Dwayne Smith has not been in his usual form, so not even in squad. Charles does not even keep for Windwards, and in T20, fielding and taking wickets is key to restricting batting totals. The keeper position is very much a specialist one. Ramdin is the best option. Fletcher just there as back up for injuries.

  • shaneknight on February 1, 2016, 19:46 GMT

    good squad! My only change would be evin lewis for fletcher. My starting X1: Gayle, Simmons, Samuels, Pollard, DJ Bravo, Russel, Ramdin, Sammy, Narine, Badree, Taylor.

  • mngc1 on February 1, 2016, 19:11 GMT

    @ss2s. Charles is so bad as a keeper that he is not good enough to keep for his CPL side so choosing him before Ramdin is not an option especially with Narine bowling.

  • landl47 on February 1, 2016, 18:59 GMT

    Of course this squad can win. This is T20, where batsmen don't have to defend, bowlers don't have to take wickets and fielders don't have to catch. Those are the skills these players lack, but in T20 it doesn't matter. It's the ideal squad for this tournament!

  • K_Doc on February 1, 2016, 14:24 GMT

    India and Australia is ensuring they warm up against the best T20 side-the WI. I am presuming this WI side will attract sold out crowds in India.

  • SS2S on February 1, 2016, 9:17 GMT

    dwayne smith for lendil simmons and jhonston charles(w/k) for ramdin (w/k)would have been better.other than that ,very good side

  • PaddyRasta2 on February 1, 2016, 2:25 GMT

    I am just hoping that Holder is not automatically in the 11, because he is contracted and is WICB's boy. The quicks should be Russell and Taylor in T20 and with Narine and Badree, there's no place for Holder. Team should be Simmons, Gayle, Bravo, Bravo, Pollard, Ramdin, Sammy, Russell, Narine, Badree and Taylor.

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