West Indies v India 2011 May 30, 2011

Gayle left out of squad to face India

ESPNcricinfo staff

Chris Gayle remains out of favour with the West Indies Cricket board (WICB) after his controversial radio interview last month and has not been included in the squad for the Twenty20 game and the first two ODIs against India. Despite Gayle finishing as the leading run-getter in the IPL, the board has said it will not consider him for selection until it meets with him.

Allrounder Kieron Pollard is back in the side for the first two ODIs, while the fast bowler Kemar Roach has been rested for the Trinidad leg of the series due to his heavy workload.

The uncapped left-arm seamer Krishmar Santokie, of Jamaica, has been picked in the Twenty20 squad, which otherwise has no changes from the XI that beat Pakistan in St Lucia in April. Pollard and Dwayne Bravo could not be included in the Twenty20 outfit having not played in the most recent Caribbean Twenty20 tournament, which is part of the WICB selection criteria.

The selectors were also unwilling to choose Gayle, who slammed the West Indies board on radio after he was not picked in the squad to take on Pakistan last month. In a statement naming the squad to face India, the WICB explained the omission of Gayle, who was named as the Player of the Tournament in the IPL.

"Chris Gayle will not be considered for selection to the West Indies team before an intended meeting with himself, the selection committee, the WICB management and the West Indies team management," the statement said. "The selection committee views this meeting as necessary as a result of Gayle's comments in a widely publicised radio interview in Jamaica."

There was also no room for Jerome Taylor, who like Gayle claimed the WICB failed to contact him about how he was recovering from an injury until after he had departed for the IPL. The selection committee said in the statement that Taylor must play a full season of regional cricket to prove his fitness for international level.

The opening batsman Adrian Barath has returned to low-intensity cricket in Trinidad but is still undergoing rehabilitation after suffering a serious hamstring injury before the World Cup, and it is expected he will be fit for the Tests against India. Following Saturday's Twenty20 in Trinidad, West Indies and India play two ODIs there, before heading to Antigua to continue the series.

Twenty20 squad: Lendl Simmons, Andre Fletcher (wk), Darren Bravo, Marlon Samuels, Danza Hyatt, Darren Sammy (capt), Christopher Barnwell, Andre Russell, Ashley Nurse, Devendra Bishoo, Ravi Rampaul, Krishmar Santokie.

Squad for first two ODIs: Lendl Simmons, Kirk Edwards, Darren Bravo, Marlon Samuels, Ramnaresh Sarwan, Dwayne Bravo, Kieron Pollard, Darren Sammy (capt), Carlton Baugh (wk), Andre Russell, Anthony Martin, Devendra Bishoo, Ravi Rampaul.

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  • Dummy4 on June 2, 2011, 20:58 GMT

    what carlton baugh doing on that team that boy is a total failer where is ramdin.

  • Nick on June 2, 2011, 18:45 GMT

    India will have westindies for breakfast in the Absence of gAyle.

  • keldon on June 2, 2011, 14:01 GMT

    dis is crap.. how can u leave out Gayle of of a 20/20... no wonder y westindies cricket is goin dwn..

  • David on June 2, 2011, 8:40 GMT

    Members of the West Indies cricket board are behaving very childish, come on boys, end your stupidity. The team needs the best available players and to leave your best players out because you envy their achievement is retrograde. Christopher Gayle, Lendil Simmonds, Marlon Samuels, Ramnarish Sarwan, Shiv Shanderpaul, Kieron Pollard and the Bravo brothers are your best batters and you know that. The team selected should include these eight and you all know that fact. Stop your envy of the players who have become attractive to the IPL and have earned decent wages. Until you find better players, you cannot justify leaving them out.

  • pargat on June 2, 2011, 7:28 GMT

    without gayle its going to be tasteless, one sided affair....!!!

  • Jagdesh on June 2, 2011, 1:41 GMT

    After Sir Beckles made his comments against Gayle and Samuels, the WICB was quick to say that he did so in his private capacity and not as a Director of the WICB. So why then did they drop Gayle for his comments? He was not under contract. He was not chosen to play for the WICB even though he was available. Why must one man be held accountable for his private comments while another is allowed to carry on like nothing happened? Is it that the WICB consider themselves to have more rights than the players?

  • charlie on June 1, 2011, 18:01 GMT

    West Indies have a lot of good prospective players and some fairly good young starting players ,but the problem lies in filling the specialist positions ,in the opening batting department --including wicket keeper batting and all-rounder department ...Remember these names [Greenidge & Haynes ] the y more often than not, batted for long periods ,scoring centries opening partnerships ,demoralising the oposition before the no; 3 batsman came to the crease ;at which time the rest of the middle order were under less pressure with the shine off the ball ..While I'm not asking for that from our[ Ipl- big- bat- opener] I do expect him to stay there and occupy the crease while he scores his runs instead of getting out in a few overs for whatever runs he scores ,and to be a mentor to his young partner . The likes of bravo would be much more successful with such a opening foundation .

  • giovaughn on June 1, 2011, 14:46 GMT

    .the fact is WICB does not have the interest of our cricket at heart. The pitches in the region are taking to spin bowling more than ever before yet they drop the most experienced spin bowler we have for a mediocre novice. since the start of the year Benn has taken more wickets at a better strike rate & average than the captain. this is despite not playing in the series vs Pakistan. Benn & Bishoo would be a good combination on turning pitches even the blind can see that. his attacking nature would help to ease the pressure on Bishoo who is still learning his trade. along with Chris these 3 could become a very decent spin attack with Bishoo getting big spin, Benn getting bounce And Gayle hurrying the batsmen and restricting the scoring rate.

  • Henderson on June 1, 2011, 14:19 GMT

    I have some recollection of Garfield Sobers appearing to be inclined towards showing dissent at the umpire's decision to give him out in a minor match during that memorable 1959/60 tour of Australia by Windies and the skipper Frank Worrell is said to have formally reprimanded him to bring clarity to the high level of behaviour expected of players representing Windies at all times. I know that was 50 years ago. But why can the same principle not be applied to Windies in 2011?

  • Dummy4 on June 1, 2011, 13:46 GMT

    Guess Myself and Gayle are out because we voice our opinions against west indies cricket board.Well all i see for the one day series is white wash with myself the big talent the West indies never signed when i use to live in Guyana.Guess they are too poor to offer me a proper contract that keeps up with inflation.Yours truly American Franchise Hardyal Singh.

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