Bangladesh in West Indies 2014 August 29, 2014

Narine, Russell pick CLT20 over Tests

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West Indies spinner Sunil Narine and allrounder Andre Russell were considered for selection for the first Test against Bangladesh in St Vincent but opted to play in the Champions League T20 in India instead. The WICB said their "decisions will not have any deleterious effect on consideration for future West Indies selection" because the CLT20 had "an ICC approved window on the international schedule."

Both Narine and Russel play for Kolkata Knight Riders in the IPL. Narine has played six Tests for West Indies, while Russell has played only one, against Sri Lanka in 2010.

The qualifying round of the Champions League begins on September 13, the day the second Test against Bangladesh commences. Apart from players in the Barbados Tridents squad that won the Caribbean Premier League, seven other West Indies players are representing IPL franchises in the Champions League. They are: Narine, Russell, Dwayne Bravo, Lendl Simmons, Kieron Pollard, Dwayne Smith and Samuel Badree.

Fast bowler Jason Holder, who made his debut in West Indies' most recent Test - against New Zealand in Barbados in June - was part of the Barbados Tridents squad released by the CLT20, but has been picked for the first Test against Bangladesh.

Narine had not been considered for selection for all three home Tests against New Zealand after opting to play for Knight Riders in the IPL final on June 1. It caused him to miss the start of a West Indies training camp ahead of the first Test starting on June 8. Narine's absence paved the way for Shane Shillingford and Sulieman Benn to make their return to Test cricket.

The 13-man squad for the first Test against Bangladesh was the first one picked by the new WICB selection panel led by Clive Lloyd. The only change from the previous West Indies squad was reserve batsman Leon Johnson being dropped.

West Indies squad: Denesh Ramdin (capt), Chris Gayle, Kraigg Brathwaite, Kirk Edwards, Darren Bravo, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Jermaine Blackwood, Kemar Roach, Jerome Taylor, Jason Holder, Shannon Gabriel, Sulieman Benn, Shane Shillingford.

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  • Dummy4 on September 5, 2014, 11:23 GMT

    Where is POWELL , can someone tell me ? .

  • ERROL on September 4, 2014, 16:04 GMT

    First it was Change the selectors, Change the selectors. Then thank God for Clive LLoyd and now complaining again. You guys can't be please. Let the guys select the best team and then blame the poor performance on the players whom most of which do not play with the big heart or pride as past teams.Now to Narine, when the board made the point not to select him against NZ many said that the board was too hard, well tell me now if they were right. Narine made his choice and as we all can see, it's about the big buck, not blaming him but he can't have it both ways. Commit to the buck or to WI cricket.

  • Dummy4 on September 4, 2014, 12:18 GMT

    I fully understand the value and purpose of T20, you can't compete with the revenue it brings in, so quite naturally when a clash of schedules occur, some of the players will prefer to participate in T20 competitions instead of representing their country or nation in Test Matches. Now if i was cynical, i'd call those people money-orientated sellouts, but that's the unfortunate reality of the modern game. Personally i blame the ICC and whatever authority that has the power to change and re-invent all the formats, but for reasons i can't fathom Test Cricket is being completely ignored. The five day game is still highly popular in the big-money countries like India, Australia, South Africa and England, but now you're seeing Test Matches not necessarily falling over the weekend like we use to, simply to accommodate the demands and popularity of domestic T20 competitions, financed by Billion and millionaires. Also the convenience of Day/Night matches to attract crowds after work.

  • Alex on September 4, 2014, 9:10 GMT

    miguel cummins should of been picked! roach, holder, cummins would be a terrific attack.

  • Dummy4 on September 3, 2014, 11:04 GMT

    Simmons,Blackwell & Carlos Brathwaite, not to forget young Beaton and Cotterell these players should all have been selected to play against Bangladesh. please stop calling for my fave cricketers- Sarwan & Samuels. They have done little to merit selection. Gayle needs to bat lower down the order,he has never move his feet to play the moving ball, he is not going to start now. Gabriel deserves another chance along with Kirk Edwards. Edwards must come good or he's out. SIMMONS must be drafted into this WINDIES team, he must be given a run .Chanderpaul shows why he is still viable.Dwayne Bravo is also needed for this team, he is a talented all rounder who has worked hard to earn a player, he deserves it.

  • Dummy4 on September 2, 2014, 23:57 GMT

    Bonner for Edwards and Beaton for Gabriel . Pray tell me , what will RUSSELL be doing in a TEST match. These Selectors keep doing it time after time . A new bunch and the "madness" continues.

  • Dummy4 on September 2, 2014, 21:55 GMT

    People who say Test cricket should be abolished simply don't understand what cricket is about. Such a magnificent combat of bat and ball, a true Test of character and technique. I will take Test cricket, every day, any day ahead of ODIs and... eeweh...T20 "cricket".

  • Dummy4 on September 2, 2014, 17:06 GMT

    Come on guys, Test cricket is old, traditional and boring. With every bit of respect for the past and the giants of that era, I say thank you, but like everything in life, we must adapt to remain viable or to survive. Twenty20 is where the fun and excitement is; batsmen have become more innovative and it requires more skill to score runs off good balls. On the other hand test cricket is more an indication of a batsman's ability to block for long periods of time, not the talent or skill in scoring runs. Furthermore who has the time to come watch cricket for 5 days straight when there is life to attend to like work, family etc ?

  • Dennis on September 2, 2014, 11:25 GMT Russell is getting a test call up ahead of Pollard? Not that I'm a huge fan of either but c'mon....I don't get these selections at all.

  • Dummy4 on September 2, 2014, 3:58 GMT

    Sorry Simmons was not picked to open with Brathwaite. I would put Gayle at 4 if Simmons was in the team at the expense of Blackwood. My team then is: Chris Gayle, Kraigg Brathwaite, Darren Bravo, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Jermaine Blackwood, Denesh Ramdin (capt), Jason Holder, Jerome Taylor, Kemar Roach, Sulieman Benn, Shane Shillingford. Chanderpaul at 4 give more stability both up and down the order and more chance to score big hundreds. The future problem West Indies must be answer - who will inherit the roles of Gayle and Chanderpaul? Blackwood could be one since he seems to love batting. Hope they have a plan in place.

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