India in West Indies 2011 June 15, 2011

Barath, Rampaul return; still no room for Gayle

ESPNcricinfo staff

Adrian Barath returns from injury and Ravi Rampaul is back after being rested, but there is still no place for Chris Gayle in the West Indies squad for the fifth and final one-dayer against India. Gayle, who missed out on the first four games because of his controversial radio interview, was supposed to meet with the WICB on Wednesday to discuss his comments. The board has maintained Gayle would not be selected until they met with him to clear the air, but there was no word on the meeting when the squad was announced.

Barath, the 21-year-old opener, has been undergoing rehabilitation after suffering a hamstring injury that caused him to miss the 2011 World Cup. Prior to the third ODI, he was asked to spend a week practicing at the Sagicor High Performance Centre in order to be considered for selection for the Test series starting on June 20 in Jamaica. He replaces Kirk Edwards, who struggled in the last two games, while Danza Hyatt makes way for Rampaul. Barath averages 32 from eight ODIs, with one hundred.

West Indies lost the first three games to lose the series but bounced back to win the fourth game by 103 runs. The final game will be played in Jamaica on Thursday.

West Indies squad: Darren Sammy (capt), Carlton Baugh (wk), Devendra Bishoo, Darren Bravo, Adrian Barath, Ravi Rampaul, Anthony Martin, Kieron Pollard, Kemar Roach, Andre Russell, Marlon Samuels, Ramnaresh Sarwan, Lendl Simmons.

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  • Michael on June 16, 2011, 6:15 GMT

    @satspeare - that's all well and good but you can't pick players for the start of the series who are injured at the time. Barath was not available so that ruins your call for the WICB to pick your team. Fortunately the WICB has started grooming some other players so if there are injuries they will have someone to come in.

  • Hildreth on June 16, 2011, 4:28 GMT

    I suppose that Adrian BARATH has been brought into the WI team for the last ODI for match practice/proof of fitness just before the test series. However after such a long layoff from international cricket due to injury Barath should have been expected to play a FULL SEASON OF DOMESTIC CRICKET before being eligible for re-selection to the WI team. You see I have a problem with DOUBLE STANDARDS because this same condition was placed on Jerome TAYLOR returning to the WI team after injury and playing in the IPL. WICB and it's SELECTORS must be consistent in applying these CONDITIONS or they may seem to be SELECTIVE. Also RUSHING Barath back to competitive cricket can do more HARM THAN GOOD for his career and WI if he's not MATCH-FIT. Possible TEST Team: SIMMONS, BRAVO, SARWAN, SAMUELS, CHANDERPAUL, BAUGH, SAMMY, RUSSELL, RAMPAUL, ROACH, BISHOO. Ext:Fidel Edwards, Nash, K. Edwards, Ryan Austin.The team consists of our current BEST BATSMEN of spin and 5 GOOD BOWLING options of PACE & SPIN.

  • al on June 16, 2011, 4:18 GMT

    WI has 4 world class batsmen. 5 world class bowlers. Couple of excellent all rounders. But half of them aren't playing for WI. Why ?

  • Seven on June 16, 2011, 3:03 GMT

    Team for tomorrow; Barath, 2. Simmons, 3. DBravo, 4. Sarwan, 5. Samuels, 6.Pollard, 7. Sammy, 8. Baugh, 9. Russell, 10. Rampaul, 11. Martin

    if Gayle was selected Dbravo drops out, gayle 1 and simmons3 then we would go blast india all over the park from ball 1. No Fear West Indian Style

  • Ramakrishnan on June 16, 2011, 2:14 GMT

    To @Salim_123.. You are 100% right in your observation about Chris Gayle. It was baffling to see the way Chris Gayle played in the World Cup (without any commitment or care). No surprise the WICB treats him now in the manner they should for players who think too big.

  • Pradeep on June 16, 2011, 2:13 GMT

    Time for BCCI to play big brother's role and get Gayle selected in West Indies team for the test series. BCCI should show its might and side with those international players who prefer IPL. Easy series against windies will bring in casual attitude among Indian players and this will cost them against England.

  • Dummy4 on June 15, 2011, 23:45 GMT

    @jalover i totally agree with u about Gayle.... The damn team needs to win and to win we need gayle, simmons, barath, samuels, pollard, russell, baugh, bishoo, roach,Darren bravo, Sammy(chosen only because he's the "captain")....

  • Tahir on June 15, 2011, 23:34 GMT

    Windies are taking bold steps towards developing their team. They have succeeded in producing good all rounders ahead of other international teams. Furthermore, winning against indian bench team as well as doing experiments is a really good idea. However, if Indian bench team wins when there is Gayle playing will be a great morale booster for India. I am sure that windies would not like to use bravo, chanderpaul and gayle against indian bench team.

  • Moha on June 15, 2011, 23:32 GMT

    Wait a minute!!!. I am not against Gayle but WI didn't win a test for a long time while he was in the team. They won a test without him. Is it too much hype or Am I missing something?!!

  • Sean on June 15, 2011, 23:18 GMT


    Gayle did well in the IPL for one rea$on and one rea$on only: MONEY. He got paid more in India (population: 1000 million) than the WI (population: 6 million) could afford to pay him. Remember when the $tanford tournament was around? Gayle did well then too. Unfortunately the WI (and the rest of the world) couldn't pay him that kind of money since it seems Stanford's money was obtained by fraudulent means. But now Gayle gets to play for 20 overs for the next best kind of money. Why wouldn't he be happy? Let's stop pretending. I well remember when Jamaica lost the Stanford final to T&T and Gayle embarrassed us here in Jamaica with his comment afterwards that at least they (the Jamaica team) came and got something, some money and that everyone should stop complaining. Gayle loves money and there is nothing wrong with that. But he should stop pretending he doesn't love it above all else.

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