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West Indies seek to replace injured Baugh, Barath

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February 19, 2011

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Adrian Barath pulls during his hundred, Sri Lanka v West Indies, 1st ODI, SSC, Colombo, January 31, 2011
Adrian Barath scored a century in the recent ODI series against Sri Lanka © AFP
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West Indies have suffered a double injury blow ahead of the World Cup, with opener Adrian Barath and wicketkeeper Carlton Baugh picking up hamstring injuries that have put them out of action for two to three weeks. Batsman Kirk Edwards and wicketkeeper Devon Thomas have been cleared by the ICC to replace the two players and will join the West Indies squad on Monday.

Baugh was forced to retire out on 29 during the warm-up match with Sri Lanka. Darren Bravo took his place behind the stumps during Sri Lanka's chase. Barath did not take any part in that game. Later, both underwent scans, and the West Indies media spokesperson had confirmed that the outlook was not good.

Meanwhile, there was some rare good news in the West Indies camp when Kieron Pollard, who sat out of both the warm-up games due to a side strain, was declared fit.

West Indies have the resources in their current squad to manage until replacements arrive - in addition to Darren Bravo who can keep, they have Devon Smith, an opener who can take Barath's place at the top of the order.

West Indies play their opening game against South Africa in Delhi on February 24. Their next three games are against Netherlands, Bangladesh and Ireland, before the potentially tougher group encounters with England and India, on March 17 and 20.


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Posted by S.Selvamurugan on (February 20, 2011, 12:11 GMT)

Good Team,Good Selection Committee.......Waste Indies

Posted by Leroy on (February 18, 2011, 23:11 GMT)

Samuels definite pick for me, older,wisely,hungry, point to prove, played well in the recently concluded CT20, 250 plus in four a match Jamaica vs Guyana. He deserved a pick, Santokie or Cotherel would have my wild card picks.

Posted by Jack on (February 18, 2011, 21:02 GMT)

The WI Selectors have the same failed policy of 2007 W'Cup. They picked 33% of the players as 'Utility performers" that neither bow or bat well - Miller, Sammy, Russel, Bravo and Pollard. Historically good allrounders are hard to find but WI is searching. They should pick 7 batsmen, 6 bowlers in the 15. Kurt Edwards is a batsman and should have been in the original 15.

The basic philosophy of cricket is bowlers must bowl and batsmen must bat. If you are lucky to have a Sobers, Kallis, Dev, Botham etc Great! WI must stick to this reality.

Posted by Dennis on (February 18, 2011, 18:42 GMT)

Here's my list of people who can be LEFT OUT of the team: Pollard - No amount of shuffling him up and down the order will change that fact that he's a slugger who makes his runs very quickly and doesn't hang around. Hey I like him to but it's the truth. Devon Smith - Hasn't done a single thing since he was brought back into the side Rampaul - Has the ability to take wickets but should either be used in SHORT SPELLS (2 or 3 overs) or not played at all. I've seen him lose too many games for West Indies Miller - I have nothing against this guy, I think he's awesome. I just feel that Gayle and Benn can do the job themselves. Use Miller's spot to bring in another batsman or all-rounder. I don't understand why the selectors always leave out Nash if it's not a test., he's pretty much a second Chanderpaul and has PROVEN that he stabilizes the middle order and can make runs. Fletcher, Pollard should be reserved for T20 only. The only format where their 20-30 runs they make is a good score

Posted by Dennis on (February 18, 2011, 18:32 GMT)

First of all, let me address this crap that I've heard being spewed about Sammy not being able to make the team on a regular basis but still becoming captain. You're complaining about a decision made by the same incompetent selection committee that continously picks "run bleeding" Rampaul (anyone who thinks he should be on the team is smoking something heavy), benches one of their best batsman, constantly calls on proven useless players (i.e. Devon Smith to open) and straight up ALWAYS makes decisions that leaves us scratching our head when the final team is announced. Sammy in the past has proven to be one of the most reliable LOWER ORDER batsman (regularly scoring 20-30 runs per innings) and a consistent utility bowler (normally takes at least 2 wickets per innings) with a low economy rate. He's a workhorse, not necessarily a game changer. I don't understand why people seems to forget this about him. I'll admit that his stats have suffered since he's become captain, though.

Posted by S.Selvamurugan on (February 18, 2011, 17:55 GMT)

If We Add Marlon Samuels and L.Simmons.Windies Batting Line up will get Strength. and Squad Look Like C.Gayle,S.Chanderpaul,D.Bravo Jr, R.Sarwan,M,Samuels,K.Pollard,L.Simmons(WK)D.Bravo sr, S.Benn,A.Russel,K.Roach. We Can Score 280+ But its Very Very Hard To Defend that total..With This Bowling Attack We Should Hav F.Edwards and J.Taylor or at least Gavin Tongue to Balance it.

I Think J.Taylor,F.Edwards,Kemar Roach Trio Will Hurt Any Batting Line Up With the Support of Benn,Gayle and D.Bravo sr

Now its Waste of Time Talking about This Totally immbalaced Side Selected By Windies Selectors

Posted by Trevor on (February 18, 2011, 17:31 GMT)

Guys dont hold your breath for the selectors to make the right and bold decision, you will get blue in the face. Not sure if Marlon is eligible, his name was not among those submitted to the ICC for selection. Given the recent form of Chanderpaul and Sammy, neither have performed at level to warrant selection and should have made way for players whose recent record have been overlooked. To all my colleagues adjust your expectations to the realities of the WI cricket and quality of leadership, if not, you may put your well being at risk.

Posted by Dummy4 on (February 18, 2011, 17:16 GMT)

i think of all the batsmen left in the caribbean who aren't at the world marlon samuels would be the perfect fit to replace barath ....the man is in blinding form he 's hitting the cricket ball so clean its been along time since i've seen him place like this .....atleast curtly ambrose see what i've see[ marlon samuels]kirk edward good young player but not for the world cup

Posted by Adrian on (February 18, 2011, 17:07 GMT)

Wow! this is the problem that Sammy presents now that you have the injuries in the Squad. In a perfect word you could have included Pollard as a Batsman move Shiv up the order and bring in Thomas to keep. With sammy in the team you have dead weight because there is nothing that this fellow can do exceptionally to put this team over the line.

Posted by Adrian on (February 18, 2011, 17:00 GMT)

When Jerome Taylor and Fidel Edawards are fit an firing on all cylinders it will be interesting to see how there are going to fit Sammy into the test side

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