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February 9, 2008
Barbados have drafted in wicketkeeper Patrick Browne and allrounder Kevin Stoute to the 13-member squad for their Stanford 20/20 quarter-final match against Grenada next Friday. Ahmed Proverbs, the opener, and wicketkeeper Carlo Morris have been dropped from the team which beat Dominica.
Browne's inclusion follows an impressive debut series for West Indies during the recent tour of South Africa. Browne made useful contributions in the last three one-dayers, finishing with an average of 59 and a strike rate of nearly 82. Stout has been rewarded after good performances in four Twenty20 warm-up matches at the Maxwell Sports Club ground in Briar Hall.
Roddy Estwick, the Barbados chairman of selectors, said Browne's inclusion was expected as he was always the first-choice wicketkeeper.
"His inclusion is not a reflection of how Carlo performed with the gloves against Dominica because I thought he kept well," Estwick told CMC Sport. "But it was only natural that with Patrick back, he would be picked."
Proverbs, 38, was omitted after scoring just 1 against Dominica, bowled slogging against the left-arm spinner Roy Marshall.
Estwick said there was room for improvement in the batting, after Barbados struggled to 103 for 8 against Dominica.
"I was disappointed with the batting generally, not just Ahmed," he said. "I did not like our approach and I don't think we batted well. I am hoping that the changes we have made will bolster the batting."
Squad: Dwayne Smith (capt), Sulieman Benn, Tino Best, Derick Bishop, Patrick Browne (wk), Jonathan Carter, Ryan Hinds, Alcindo Holder, Ryan Nurse, Dale Richards, Khalid Springer, Kevin Stoute, Kenroy Williams
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