West Indies tour of Sri Lanka October 28, 2010

Sammy to lead squad for Sri Lanka one-dayers

ESPNcricinfo staff

Darren Sammy, currently leading the West Indies in their Test series against Sri Lanka, has been appointed captain of the squad for the limited-overs leg of the tour. The 15-member contingent sees the return of Adrian Barath, Carlton Baugh and Devon Smith to the one-day side, and also includes uncapped batsman Kirk Edwards. The selectors have not appointed a vice-captain.

Ramnaresh Sarwan has been ignored for what is West Indies' last ODI engagement before the World Cup, after having not been selected for the Tests as well.

Edwards, Kieron Pollard, Nikita Miller and Ravi Rampaul will replace Brendan Nash, Devon Thomas, Nelon Pascal and Shane Shillingford, who are currently in Sri Lanka for the Tests. Fast bowler Andre Russell, who made his debut in the first Test against Sri Lanka in Galle and is yet to play an ODI, has also been included.

While Baugh's return as first-choice wicketkeeper in place of Denesh Ramdin now extends to the one-day sphere, Smith - the top-order batsman who last played an ODI for West Indies in September 2009 - has also made a comeback. The selectors have also included Barath, who made his one-day debut against Zimbabwe in March before being ignored for the South Africa series.

Courtney Browne, the West Indies selector on tour said that this was an important series for them ahead of the upcoming World Cup in the sub-continent. "These are the last ODIs before the World Cup, so we expect the players to make the most of the opportunities."

Edwards, the Barbados batsman, was part of the West Indies A side that played Pakistan A on their just-concluded Caribbean tour.

West Indies play five ODIs and one Twenty20 in Sri Lanka. The series begins on December 9 with the first one-dayer at Hambantota.

West Indies squad: Darren Sammy (capt), Adrian Barath, Carlton Baugh (wk), Sulieman Benn, Darren Bravo, Dwayne Bravo, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Kirk Edwards, Chris Gayle, Nikita Miller, Kieron Pollard, Ravi Rampaul, Kemar Roach, Andre Russell, Devon Smith

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  • Dummy4 on December 5, 2010, 23:25 GMT

    and i m so happy for benn is back cuz he is best for us right now and i love how he plays hes cricket

  • Dummy4 on December 5, 2010, 23:11 GMT

    my boy chris gayle 333runs was great 4th mun to do that i sill the selectors would lest chris gayle bat #3 cuz some times he just not play good cricket the not being captain is the best for him and then he will do some 100s for us i want him to play good cricket for us and jerome taylor and fedel hed to be back on the team we need then to come back cuz we hed the bowlers

  • Michael on December 5, 2010, 22:28 GMT

    I can't understand why some people are of the belief that 'if not Baugh,then Ramdin again' !Devon Thomas is the reserve keeper on tour,yet you trinis including one Ian Bishop,are of the opinion that should Baugh failed,(and you all want him to fail ),then it is back to Ramdin !Other keepers have to be tried and given a chance to see if they can better Ramdin's mediocre performance in his 40+ tests.Baugh has just returned to the team ,so how can he be under scrutiny,Bishop ? Players like Dwayne Bravo,who hasn't produced any thing worthwhile of late,Pollard,who hasn't produced since the Aus.tour,and who is walking about with the remarkable av.of 19.20 and feel that he is a star,and Rampaul with a test bowling av.of 107,those are the ones that should be under scrutiny, Bishop ! Yes,Sammy is under scrutiny,so are those !I have said it before,and I am saying it again, Darren Bravo will be the next WI batting star,Simmons should be the keeper,and Sarwan should never play for the WI again .

  • Dummy4 on December 5, 2010, 7:53 GMT

    Play the youth and see what they can do, guys like Kirk Edwards, Devon Thomas, Andre Russell and Devendra Bishoo can only benifit by playing international cricket, why look back with underachievers like Ravi Rampaul and Devon Smith. My team- Gayle, Barath, Darren Bravo, Chanderpaul, Dwayne Bravo, Pollard, Thomas, Sammy, Russell, Bishoo and Roach.

  • Mughees on December 4, 2010, 13:13 GMT

    My 11 for series against srilanka. 1.Gayle, 2.Barath / Devon Smith, 3.Darren Bravo, 4.Chanders, 5.Pollard, 6.Dwayne Bravo, 7.Baugh, 8. Sammy, 9. Benn, 10.Roach, 11.Russel. I would like to have sarwan in the squad for the world cup and replace chanders with him in case chanders goes out of form like he is now a little or gets injured. I would definitely love to have fidel back in the side for the world cup alongwith roach to make it more attacking and balanced. Let's see how it goes but team is well balanced now and that's what really is important. Best wishes for westindies!

  • Dummy4 on December 4, 2010, 12:57 GMT

    Darren Sammy is an ideal player for OID's games, but can only find a place in test matches if he is the Captain!! Isn't something wrong here? Gibson can only tour with the West Indies team as a coach!! Okay it is obvious Sarwan and the Wibc has some sort of a rift! So stop commenting on that,had nothing gone wrong,Sarwan would have been on this tour!Dwayne Bravo is like another Yuvraj Singh! these guys are ideal for one day games,Darren on the other hand surprisingly shows he belong in tests! Now that the board has shaken up the team,what we need now is to shake up the board,get people who understand the game,and the players,a captain who can make the team on his own ability as a cricketer! Get some people who can work with the players fitness,character,talking to the media and communication skills.

  • Dummy4 on December 2, 2010, 14:40 GMT

    I wonder if west indies will ever play threesome pace attack. With news of Fidel Edwards back in training and should Jerome Taylor get back to is usual self. west indies should have the opportunity to have a terrorizing attack but will they capitalize on it is another issue.

  • Bas on December 1, 2010, 23:21 GMT

    ODI: 1) Gayle, 2) Devon Smith/Barath 3)Sarwan 4) Darren Bravo 5) Chanderpaul 6) Dwayne Bravo 7) Pollard/Samuels but if Samuels he should be higher in the batting position, 8) Ramdin/Baugh if he does well in the ODI series against Sri Lanka 9) Taylor 10) Edwards 11 Roach/Benn depending on pitch.

  • stephon on December 1, 2010, 22:50 GMT

    where is rampaul and ramdin

  • Ricky on December 1, 2010, 20:16 GMT

    Svg27rivers I dont see why you disagreeing with hurad about Baugh.. i said it in sometime before, Baugh is going to drop a good Sri Lanka batsman and we will pay for it. Do you know who was droped? the Sri Lankan captain! Know how much he went on to score 150.... U man not like Ramdin, and I am in full agreement that he is under achiving with the bat, but he is BY FAR the best keeper in the region... So you dont want Ramdin, cool but use someone else not Baugh. Sarwan the selectors seem to have a problem with, he is a class class player, Jerome and Edwards, where are you guys, we will never bowl a side out twice with this attack. The most we can hope for is a draw...

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