West Indies in New Zealand 2013-14 December 12, 2013

Gayle, Pollard to miss NZ ODIs

ESPNcricinfo staff

Chris Gayle and Kieron Pollard will miss West Indies' one-day series in New Zealand because of fitness issues. Gayle was sidelined following a hamstring injury sustained during the tour of India last month and Pollard, who did not travel to the subcontinent, is recovering from a knee injury.

West Indies brought batsman Kirk Edwards into the 15-man squad as a replacement for Gayle, and replaced left-arm spinner Veerasammy Permaul with Nikita Miller, also a left-arm spinner. Permaul had played two ODIs on the tour of India and took only one wicket.

Miller's last ODI for West Indies was during the 2011 World Cup, while Edwards' final one-day appearance was at home against India in June 2011. Edwards is currently part of the Test squad in New Zealand.

The ODI players not taking part in the ongoing Test series in New Zealand have assembled in Barbados for a week-long training camp. They will arrive in New Zealand on December 21 for the series that begins on December 26.

Squad: Dwayne Bravo (capt), Tino Best, Darren Bravo, Johnson Charles, Narsingh Deonarine, Kirk Edwards, Jason Holder, Nikita Miller, Sunil Narine, Kieron Powell, Denesh Ramdin, Ravi Rampaul, Darren Sammy, Marlon Samuels, Lendl Simmons

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  • dummy4fb on December 17, 2013, 16:57 GMT

    @delboy..The way cricket is going, the big-money opportunities in t20 tournaments are too hard to resist now, so in that sense i don't blame them for prioritising that ahead of representing the Windies. But their body-language suggests that they're doing us a favour even being there, well if they performed then you can't really agrue with it, but they haven't and their performances in a Windies shirt has rapidly declined, so they're there on reputation alone. How's the stability of squad, if a certain batch of players are only there when it's convenient to them. The team is struggling anyway and whether or not the established players are there, doesn't take away the fact that the West Indies have been in the bottom-half of the rankings since the late 90s.

  • dummy4fb on December 16, 2013, 21:01 GMT

    It appears that there are more than one Sammy's on the side. He's an all-rounder. The openers fails; the middle order fails. So I guess he has to be blamed. Cricket is a team's sport not individuals so stop blaming him for others errors. Pretty soon he shall be blamed for the players injuries too.

  • delboy on December 16, 2013, 0:36 GMT

    @Scott there is nothing wrong with that; when you are a professional you ply your trade in accordance with market forces. he who pays the piper calls the tune. We have been FREELY entertained for years to the detriment of past players and their family's future. Once they are discarded they have to fend for themselves. The likes of Narine are stupid to get involved with the WI when the can suffice with representing their islands and making a living in the various IPL leagues. When their short career ends they still have families to care for and lives to live. If the WI pays its contracted players properly then they will be duty bound to perform to a high standard.

  • gtbadboy57 on December 16, 2013, 0:01 GMT

    the west indies is agood team but they have to get rid of gibson sammy clyde buts tino best marlon samuels

  • dummy4fb on December 15, 2013, 23:12 GMT

    Sammy Wammy Best Powel need to go, Gabriel need to be recoach on fast bowling Time for Holder and Johnson to support Roach and Rampal.

  • dummy4fb on December 14, 2013, 1:32 GMT

    Common people, there is more to whats happening to WI cricket than just what you seeing on the field. for years now couches, captains, and players has been change but WI cricket stays the same. people our system is failing us. we need to focus on the top. and am talking about management. back in the days when WI was dominating there wasn't many players competing for a spot on the team. now there are many more players every one on that management team wants to see a player from their island on the team, wether they performing or not . we need to start sacking From the top an not the bottom.

  • dummy4fb on December 13, 2013, 15:03 GMT

    We need to get Jason, Ravil & Sunil to NZland as quickly asap for the 3rd test so we could rest Sammy & Best for the Odi series. Sammy already had an injury scare on tour while averaging a whopping 24 overs an inning & Tino has been putting out a lot of effort in the test matches so far averaging 21 overs an innings. That way Sammy & Tino will be a bit fresher when the ODI series starts & Jason & Ravi should get a proper work out in kiwi conditions to help prep for the ODI series as well. Maybe if they bowl well in the 3rd Test that could play on the minds of the kiwi batsmen going into the 1st odi @ Aukland. Gabriel has also been working hard averaging almost 20 overs an innings he needs a rest as well. If the conditions in Hamilton favor spin bowling then Narine could be brought in to support Shillingford giving him some miles in the legs before the Odi series begins on boxing day. If not Then the left arm pacer Sheldon would add variety to the bowling @ Hamilton

  • dummy4fb on December 13, 2013, 13:55 GMT

    That's too bad, i'm sure both guys will recover for the start of the BIG-BASH down under. Not trying to suggest that they don't care about West Indies cricket, but the fact of the matter is that they'll represent the Windies, when it's convienent to them. They're not under central-contract for reasons specifically like this. The over-indulgence of T20 cricket is ruining their cricketing-ability in the longer versions anyway, look at what it's done to Dwayne Bravo, hard to believe he was potentially our best allrounder for decades, but now he's just a flash in the pan. Big-money, T20 tournaments will make them very rich indeed and for that, you can't blame them, but the crash-bang-wallop format it's also killing all the other aspects of their cricket.

  • dummy4fb on December 13, 2013, 6:22 GMT

    Both will be perfectly alright by IPL. Magic of Mallya (RCB) & Ambanis (MI)!

  • dummy4fb on December 13, 2013, 5:37 GMT

    WICB selectors 11 who should be there .....Simmons Charles(wk) Sarwan/Edwards Bravo Chanderpaul Samuels Russell Sammy Narine Rampaul Santokie.

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