West Indies in India 2013-14 November 19, 2013

Lara questions Narine, Bravo absence in Tests

ESPNcricinfo staff

Brian Lara has questioned the selectors' decision to ignore the pair of Dwayne Bravo and Sunil Narine for the Test leg of West Indies' India tour.

According to Lara, Bravo had equal, if not stronger, credentials as an allrounder than West Indies captain Darren Sammy, who made only 25 runs in the series and went wicketless. More "baffling" was the omission of Sunil Narine, who, according to Lara, is the best spinner in Caribbean first-class cricket at the moment.

Writing in his column for The Times of India Lara made it clear that he had nothing against Sammy's position and even had sympathy for the St Lucian, who he felt was unfairly dropped as ODI captain earlier this year.

"I don't need any confirmation from Sammy, I know for a fact that his confidence was shattered and he started to wonder what's going to happen next," Lara wrote. "Well what we saw in the Test series is a result of this chain of events. A captain that looked lost on the field and his personal display especially with the bat, was one even he would like to forget."

According to Lara the selectors had benched the wrong people and the consequences had badly hurt the team. "What about the Test squad selected for this tour? The very day that Sammy was elected as captain of the team it made it very difficult for someone like Dwayne Bravo to be considered. Dwayne hasn't played Test cricket for about three years now and knowing him closely it pains him that the selectors seem to only require him for the shorter versions of the game.

"A more baffling omission is Sunil Narine, the most successful bowler in West Indies regional 4-day cricket," Lara said. "You would think that he knows Indian pitches like the back of his hand. Another one of world's best cricketers labeled by our selectors as not good enough."

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  • Alex on November 26, 2013, 13:07 GMT

    Sammy is the best captain for WI at the moment. He's a great all rounder. He can bat, bow and field. Every player has a bad spell even Lara but how could sammy perform to his best when everyone is down his back and saying he shouldn't be on the side. Are we forgetting that sammy lead the side to a T20 world cup win ? everyone needs to get off his back and let him do his thing

  • Javed on November 23, 2013, 1:16 GMT

    @viv-sobers i read all the posts here and usually i just shake my head at the lack of cricketing and sometimes basic common sense. However, you have hit the nail on the head there, bishoo has not truly failed on any occasion. What is more remarkable is his control for a legspinner is great at the regional level. Sunil Narine I like unfortunately in test matches his variations are not enough to force shots out of batsmen. On the other hand leg spinners easily get batsmen to offer shots

  • Dummy4 on November 22, 2013, 12:40 GMT

    I agree with the Narine being in the side. He would make a big difference in the bowling line up. However, Bravo, I have seen him in tests, and he is no different than the other unstable cricketers in the team. They perform good once in a while and perform extremely poorly frequently against higher ranked team especially. And if they perform good against a higher ranked team it is usually after they have already lost the series; that's just so they can stay in the team for the next tour to free-load off of the WICB and paying fans. Mark you at this moment, I think I am only going to watch the WI women when they tour the WI, because you know you will always see good cricket from them no matter who the competitor is; Dottin and Taylor are legends in the making.

  • Anver on November 21, 2013, 4:21 GMT

    I totally agree with Lara... Narine had performed so well on Indian spin friendly pitches, but for some reason he couldn't find a place in test XI !!!! Wake up WI !!!

  • Harry on November 20, 2013, 15:37 GMT

    WI needs a captain for all formats based on his leadership qualities and then his playing skills. Dwayne Bravo is not that man, Chris Gayle certainly not. Sammy is the best captain for now. Of course he played the last two tests badly so did the others. What happened to Chanderpaul? He had a miserable series by his standards.

    WI should pick a young team for Tests and get rid of politics. If Sammy is not right then play him in shorter versions where he is good lower down the order. Find a new captain for Tests like Dawyne Smith or Narine and give them lot of chances to get it right. Gayle should be playing Tests not as an opener but in the middle order. My preferred order for Tests:

    Darren Bravo, Powell, Chanderpaul, Samuels, Gayle, D. Smith, Ramdin,Narine, Rampaul, Roach,Best/Holder/Shillingford

  • Rajesh on November 20, 2013, 15:36 GMT

    WICB always seem to make decisions that ruin players! they should all be replaced and even LARA knows that after it's one of the reason that HE has stopped! WICB seems to be having fun because they love to let the rest of the world laugh at us in every test match! come on WICB wake up and smell the coffee!

  • Dummy4 on November 20, 2013, 11:56 GMT

    No place for Gayle ...sorry folks. And even if he hasn't seen much success recently, U cannot and should not leave out Sarwan... EVER !

    Captain : Denesh Ramdin

    1. Dwayne Bravo 2. Darren Bravo 3. Chanders 4. Sarwan 5. Ramdin

    6. Adrian Barath / Braithwaite / Powell 7. Sammy / Kieran Pollard / Dwayne Smith / Andre Russel

    8. Sunil Narine 9. Bishoo/ Deonarine/ Permaul/Shilingford 10 / 11 out of Roach/ Best / Holder etc

  • James on November 20, 2013, 10:33 GMT

    There are too many players who simply do not contribute, with Sammy, Best and Ramdin the weakest links. I would suggest the following eleven: Gayle, Powell, Chanderpaul, Bravo, Samuels, Deonarine, Charles, Shillingford, Holder, Roach, Permaul/Gabriel.

    Deonarine can play as the fifth bowler/all-rounder. Narine has not excelled at Test level, so would play either Permaul or Gabriel depending on opposition and conditions.

  • harvey on November 20, 2013, 9:32 GMT

    whatever happened to Devindra Bishoo. It seems one failure and you're gone while we continue to carry average players.

  • Fenil on November 20, 2013, 8:08 GMT

    The way things are going, I don't think WI selectors are much interested in a full throttle talent hunt. It feels sad but I guess selectors will try and do that only when Chanderpaul retires.

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