West Indies v India, 1st Test, Kingston, Jamaica June 18, 2011

Barath replaces Brathwaite as opener

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Chris Gayle continues to be ignored for selection following an unproductive meeting with the WICB management on June 14 and has been left out of the squad for the first Test against India at Sabina Park. The only change to the squad chosen for the St. Kitts Test against Pakistan is Trinidad opener Adrian Barath replacing Barbados opener Kraigg Brathwaite. This meant there was no place for allrounder Dwayne Bravo as well.

Bravo had skipped the Test series against Pakistan, after playing the ODIs, to play the IPL. He returned for the one-day series against India and played the first two games before asking to be rested for the remaining three. Bravo had said he wanted to "refocus, reflect" and "rejoin the team for the beginning of the Test series." Apart from Bravo, there was also no place for allrounder Andre Russell, who impressed during the one-dayers against India.

Shivnarine Chanderpaul, who missed the second Test against Pakistan because of injury and was omitted from the limited-overs matches against India, was included in the squad. The WICB, however, said it would meet with Chanderpaul before the first Test.

"Following communications between WICB management and Chanderpaul over the past weeks the WICB management and team management will meet with Shivnarine Chanderpaul prior to the Test," the board said. "The WICB management and team management will outline to Chanderpaul the WICB's expectations of him in his future participation in the West Indies team as a player."

Barath had suffered a hamstring injury in the lead-up to the 2011 World Cup and had been out of action since. He made his return in the final ODI against India at Sabina Park. The first Test against India begins on June 20.

Squad: Darren Sammy (capt), Brendan Nash, Adrian Barath, Carlton Baugh (wk), Devendra Bishoo, Darren Bravo, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Fidel Edwards, Ravi Rampaul, Kemar Roach, Marlon Samuels, Ramnaresh Sarwan, Lendl Simmons.

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  • shawnsundar on June 20, 2011, 1:05 GMT

    Bravo = #8 Test all rounder. Gayle = #10 Test all rounder. Chanderpaul = #7 Test batsman. Gayle = #20 Test batsman. Bravo = #25 Test bowler. Benn #28 Test bowler.

  • drtrinileggie on June 19, 2011, 16:51 GMT

    Forgot to add where is ramdin best gloveman in the caribbean.

    baugh will drop a few and can't read bishoo's googly!!!!

    PLUS HE IS NO BETTER WITH THE BAT.

  • on June 19, 2011, 15:03 GMT

    Bravo dont deserve to play for Windeies he prefers Ipl anyways. What ever happened to Benn after 3 good games in the WC 0ne bad game and then he disappears,Bishoo performed admirably then was dropped, Martin came in and did a great job now he is dropped in pace of Bishoo, its a wonder we cant produce slow bowlers they dont get the chance to play.Welcome back Edwards. BTW does this team have a vice captain or we just go with the flow should Sammy come down with an injury.

  • sachingilly on June 19, 2011, 14:38 GMT

    gayle is only a t20 player.

  • on June 19, 2011, 13:12 GMT

    best wishes to Indian squad led by Raina ,win the test series against WI ,play well

  • Stos on June 19, 2011, 12:56 GMT

    @Devanshu: Any team which is reliant on Gayle at any level over T20 is already far worse than Ireland.

  • drtrinileggie on June 19, 2011, 12:28 GMT

    Good selection apart from the mickey mouse club player who is hte captain. in name only.

  • on June 19, 2011, 12:18 GMT

    @jason Plummer I agree with all your points totally. He gets the job done.. @ Paddyrasta T20 (4 for 16) 1st ODI (0 for 52) only 5 wickets fell in that match, 2nd ODI 0 for 38 (3 wickets fell and SUmmy most economical, 3rd ODI 2 for 49 (highest wicket tally with Bishoo, 4th ODI 2 for 43(removed openers)

    Is there any doubt. The figures are not great but it is comparable to any of the other fast bowlers. Please get off Sammy's back and support the team. He is doing the job for WI. Y dont some people comment on the fact that we have won 6 matches for the season? When last did we do that under GAyle or any other? PLease tell me!!!!

  • on June 19, 2011, 12:12 GMT

    i don't see why baugh is in the team. he has continued to fail and is not in the class of the wicket keepers around the world. Let simmons keep wicket, this will open up the squad for an extra batsman or bowler depending on the pitches..

  • on June 19, 2011, 11:11 GMT

    Give the captaincy back to Sarwan ..

  • shawnsundar on June 20, 2011, 1:05 GMT

    Bravo = #8 Test all rounder. Gayle = #10 Test all rounder. Chanderpaul = #7 Test batsman. Gayle = #20 Test batsman. Bravo = #25 Test bowler. Benn #28 Test bowler.

  • drtrinileggie on June 19, 2011, 16:51 GMT

    Forgot to add where is ramdin best gloveman in the caribbean.

    baugh will drop a few and can't read bishoo's googly!!!!

    PLUS HE IS NO BETTER WITH THE BAT.

  • on June 19, 2011, 15:03 GMT

    Bravo dont deserve to play for Windeies he prefers Ipl anyways. What ever happened to Benn after 3 good games in the WC 0ne bad game and then he disappears,Bishoo performed admirably then was dropped, Martin came in and did a great job now he is dropped in pace of Bishoo, its a wonder we cant produce slow bowlers they dont get the chance to play.Welcome back Edwards. BTW does this team have a vice captain or we just go with the flow should Sammy come down with an injury.

  • sachingilly on June 19, 2011, 14:38 GMT

    gayle is only a t20 player.

  • on June 19, 2011, 13:12 GMT

    best wishes to Indian squad led by Raina ,win the test series against WI ,play well

  • Stos on June 19, 2011, 12:56 GMT

    @Devanshu: Any team which is reliant on Gayle at any level over T20 is already far worse than Ireland.

  • drtrinileggie on June 19, 2011, 12:28 GMT

    Good selection apart from the mickey mouse club player who is hte captain. in name only.

  • on June 19, 2011, 12:18 GMT

    @jason Plummer I agree with all your points totally. He gets the job done.. @ Paddyrasta T20 (4 for 16) 1st ODI (0 for 52) only 5 wickets fell in that match, 2nd ODI 0 for 38 (3 wickets fell and SUmmy most economical, 3rd ODI 2 for 49 (highest wicket tally with Bishoo, 4th ODI 2 for 43(removed openers)

    Is there any doubt. The figures are not great but it is comparable to any of the other fast bowlers. Please get off Sammy's back and support the team. He is doing the job for WI. Y dont some people comment on the fact that we have won 6 matches for the season? When last did we do that under GAyle or any other? PLease tell me!!!!

  • on June 19, 2011, 12:12 GMT

    i don't see why baugh is in the team. he has continued to fail and is not in the class of the wicket keepers around the world. Let simmons keep wicket, this will open up the squad for an extra batsman or bowler depending on the pitches..

  • on June 19, 2011, 11:11 GMT

    Give the captaincy back to Sarwan ..

  • PaddyRasta on June 19, 2011, 9:47 GMT

    @ezzyjojo Sammy took 4 wickets in 5 ODIs at 57 a piece vs India and averaged 15 with the bat. That reduced his overall ODI batting average to 44 - pretty ordinary. Check the stats before you make comments. Russell was the leading wicket taker and curiously is not in the test team. I hope Sammy does not carry his poor personal form through to the Tests. Like him or not, we are stuck with the man who can do no wrong in the eyes of WICB - So we need him to perform.

  • hazeltine on June 19, 2011, 9:09 GMT

    Everybody is saying WIndies should prepare quicker wickets but even if they do, they still wont beat India. for a start WIndies batsmen do not have a CLUE ABOUT USING THEIR FEET whether its to the quick or slow bowlers. Secondly, you feel Roach and Russell will bowl too short and get cut or pulled too often. Neither do they have the attack to back up Roach or Russell, even if they make early inroads into the Indian batting line up. India to win the series, but I want to see improvement in the WIndies outfit, even if they do lose the series.

  • on June 19, 2011, 7:12 GMT

    @Damion Willi: For that Gayle would have to stay inactive from all forms of cricket where Windies are involved. I think at this rate Ireland will overtake west indies and become a full member. 1.Gayle 2.Simmons 3.Chanderpaul 4.Darren Bravo 5.Sarwan(C) 6.Nash 7.Carlos Brathwaite 8.Andre Russell 9.Fidel 10.Taylor 11.Shane Shillingford is best for windies.

  • on June 19, 2011, 7:11 GMT

    Dwayne bravo hasnt wanted to play for West indies anyway, he prefer IPL and resting even!!

  • Evo26 on June 19, 2011, 5:06 GMT

    The main point to ponder is the pitches in the West Indies. They are a disgrace. India may as well be playing at home. Either get some pace and bounce in the wickets, or you must nurture and select spinners. I would have probably played 3 specialist spinners even in the one dayers. Just look at the top wicket takers in the WI four day domestic comp. Therefore, I think you must reward the best local performers that are suited to the wickets in the West Indies. Hence my team would be: 1 Gayle, 2 Barath, 3 Chanderpaul, 4 K.Edwards, 5 Nash, 6 Baugh, 7 Carlos Brathwaite, 8 Mathurin, 9 Austin, 10 Kantasingh, 11 Collins

    K.Edwards is not a one-day player, is 4 or 5 day player so forget his performances in the ODIs. Nash is a grinder. Carlos Braithwate is a good quality up and coming allrounder. Then there are the 3 best 4-5 day spinners in the country. A nice mix with two left ortho and an offy. I think Bishoo is a limited overs bowler. Then Collins, best quick in country and left arm varie

  • on June 19, 2011, 4:41 GMT

    All this talk of Sammy not belonging in a test team much less leading it. Compare Sammy's test and first class records to Roach's. That comparison makes for very interesting reading. The fact is that as awkward as Sammy's bowling appears, his results are comparable to the unquestioned current spearhead of the West Indies bowling attack. Regarding Gayle playing regardless of what happened, those comments are frustrating and embarrassing as a west indian. It shows the disregard for discipline we as a people have in the region. If he made heavily critical public statements then he either stands by his statements and provide evidence to support his claims, or he stops the charade, publicly retracts the statements and offers a reason for making them.

  • cgtboy87 on June 19, 2011, 3:33 GMT

    marlon samuel is not a test player and i think braithwiegh should have be given another chance

  • on June 19, 2011, 3:17 GMT

    England needs a ODI opener Gayle could apply. Love to see him bat regardless of the team. Russel is a smart cricketer - he adapts, after poor performance against Pakistan he lifted his bowling & batting. he should be given the chance to grow at this level. remember he played well in test for WI A. Despite all of this, JA is his home ground and no other bowler utilized the pitch like he did. 5 overs from him is better than 10 from Sammy - time will tell

  • on June 19, 2011, 2:52 GMT

    what nonsense... meet with shiv before th etest to discuss his future. This guy has served with great dignity and now they question his future and performace, I dont belive this.

  • alltimegreatest on June 19, 2011, 1:12 GMT

    Give the captaincy back to Sarwan and leave sammy out of the test squad.

  • alltimegreatest on June 19, 2011, 1:10 GMT

    Sammy should be the one to be left out if the WI is really trying to build a team. The captain should be someone who can be a total all rounder or an experienced batsman. Thus the fast bowlers can have an opportunity to unleash an attack. SAMMY MUST GO.

  • ezzyjojo on June 19, 2011, 0:59 GMT

    Some people speak of Sammy as a liability to the team but 1. Who bails the team out when the fast and spinners are not doin the job? Who has taken the most wickets for the WI in the PAK and present Indian games? Give me a break! Lets stop this nonsense and wish the boys well. Would you pick Russel who looks tired and out of it after 4 overs? come one!! We hv a chance to win these games with the committed individuals that are now there.. Stop fooling yourselves and think WI wen u unconditionally back indiscipline from talented jokers like Gayle. WI is on its way up and under Sammy it has started. I cant remember when last we won 6 games in caribbean series. Wake up people and give the guy and BOARD a break.

  • wkkl on June 19, 2011, 0:04 GMT

    well another test huh.do they have the potential,no1 kno's.i wish the best of luck 4 the team.and why wont u put in edwards?n u guys r treating gayle like garbage .this is my test team:1 gayle 2 shiv chanderpaul 3sarwan 4 young bravo 5 sammuels 6 nash 7 baugh 8 jerome taylor 9 sammy 10 f edwards 11 shillingford

  • VivGilchrist on June 18, 2011, 23:44 GMT

    Im so glad DJ Bravo is not in the squad. I am also surprised on that lack of cricket nous of some of the comments. Just because someone is ok at ODI cricket doesn't mean they are a certain Test starter. Team balance is required. Generally the formula is 6bats a keeper and 4bowlers. An allrounder is someone that excells in one discipline and is at least good at the other - think Watson, Kallis. Players like Bravo and Pollard do a little bit of both, don't excell at either, can't really warrant a spot ahead of a genuine batsman or bowler or batsman. In ODIs they are handy but in Tests they are exposed.

  • AceB on June 18, 2011, 23:14 GMT

    @ Indrasis Acharya : Which Indian player do you want to swap for Gayle ? Can we please have M S Dhoni , or may be one of your openers , anyony I don't mind.

  • on June 18, 2011, 23:04 GMT

    The best eleven out of this squad is: Simmons, barath, sarwan, bravo, shiv, samuels, sammy, baugh, rampaul, bishoo, edwards. Roach will sit out because he looks tired and lacks intensity these days. Nash is out cause he struggles with the spin these days.

  • MasterClass on June 18, 2011, 22:55 GMT

    With all the hew and cry about test matches being doomed, and that test cricket in WI is far behind basketball, soccer, Bolt and even Sunday afternoon thumb-twiddling as choice sport activities, can anyone explain the reasoning behind scheduling the 1st match from Mon-Fri??? No weekend, no nothing! If we want to shout about something how about this for a change? It may actually serve a good purpose! Or maybe it's a sad comment on the state of economic affairs in the WI. Anyway, hope you post this...

  • Robster1 on June 18, 2011, 22:41 GMT

    Andre Russell is very unlucky not to make the squad.

  • D_rant on June 18, 2011, 22:33 GMT

    I'm loving this squad without gayle there is no other choice, Bravo is out of form and Russell still needs improving in the test format. Considering the pace in jamaica I will love to see and all out pace attack with a spinner, so my Ist test squad will be: Adrian Barath,Lendl Simmons,Ramnaresh Sarwan,Darren Bravo, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Carlton Baugh (wk),Darren Sammy (capt), Ravi Rampaul, Kemar Roach, Devendra Bishoo, Fidel Edwards. And when necessary two players can give way for Brendan Nash and Marlon Samuels. I know it will be difficult to leave out nash or samuels but once sammy is there, a top middle order batsman or a top fast bowler will loose out but sammy has been performing in all formats so he has earn his place in the squad. so its even hard to leave out sammy (even if he was not captain).

  • on June 18, 2011, 21:10 GMT

    let barath and simmons open then sarwan, bravo,chanderpaul,nash,baugh sammy,roach,,bishoo, rampaul, for the first test. when gayle realise the game is bigger than him and ramnarine he will apologise to the board then join the squad if not forget him .

  • dragline on June 18, 2011, 20:52 GMT

    the sqad for the first test: Simmons, Barath, Sarwan, Darren, Samuel, Nash, Bough, Sammy, Roach, Rampual and Edwards. Someone may ask About Bishoo and that is quite alright, but i think India batsmen will be more at ease with spin. the track i also understand will offer pace and bounce. this is also why i think Russell should have been in the squad, he has pace and he is a handy batsman.

  • Isaac_7 on June 18, 2011, 20:18 GMT

    Sammy really messes the balance of the test team although good for ODI'S. Brenadan nash doesn't deserve to make this team on merit,and i suspect that Marlon Samuels will b given the short end of the stick, to accomodate Bravo,Shiv,Sars and Nash.

  • yocasi on June 18, 2011, 20:06 GMT

    My main issue with this squad is the omission of Russell. barring that, it's about as good as we can get. DJ Bravo hasn't done much for us lately and CH Gayle is basically a Lotto player - something big once in a wee while. Go Windies!

  • WindiesWillow on June 18, 2011, 19:19 GMT

    A lot of persons seemed surprised at Russel's omission. Remember he didn't perform well in the Pakistan series. Also, test cricket is a different kettle of fish. Although Sammy may not be the best bowler in the West Indies, his stats speak for itself, look back on his last year in test matches, he has taken a lot of wickets and bowled consistently. He needs to step up with the bat though. Also, Gayle needs to be in the squad. This is a very strong squad, but we cannot leave out world class players because of persons' egos. The Jamaican crowd must atttend the game and call for the resignation of the entire WICB.

  • kriscricket on June 18, 2011, 19:06 GMT

    @Riddymon - I would like to ask you a question... Now can u tell me which 4 will make up the bowling dept for WI?? U think Sammy a better bowler than Edwards? I feel the best bowling attack would be Roach, Rampaul, Edwards and Bishoo... But now with sammy as captain.. either edwards / roach have to leave way.. and it becomes all the more tough... when Bravo is back... WICB need to find a captain who deserves a place in the team.. Not just a person who knods his head for all that the board want..

  • Randy_Wilson on June 18, 2011, 18:27 GMT

    Gayle Captaincy in TEST Series:7 Lost:4 Draw:2 won:1 PLAYED 20 Matches. Draw:9, Won:2, Lost 9, Sammy Captaincy in TEST2 Series - Draw 2. PLAYED 5 Matches. Draw 3, Won 1, Lost 1 Something to NOTE here. Gayle had a Better West Indies Team than Gayle yet today we talk about Winning that we want all de Old player back and dont give de younger players a A Chance they cant Do nothing Worst Gayle and Co give us. This current West Indies Team have Never Gotten OUT below 150 Runs yet. But West Indies have been bowled out for Less than 150 run many time with the likes of Gayle and the rest of player which we boost about today. There is no difference and even putting Gayle back it wouldn't make no different. He made those run in IPL ask hi mto do it again he cant do it again, they are just blinding all thos Fan who is behind him. WICB is doing something good for once. I would of love to see Russel in test Side and maybe Give Pollard a go at Test, beside that i like the Squad.

  • Riddymon on June 18, 2011, 17:41 GMT

    @Karen: ummmm..have you even been watching Windies cricket over the past two or three months? Sammy has been one their most consistent bowlers in terms of wickets behind Rampaul. You leave out Sammy and your losing one of their best containing and wicket taking bowlers. People need to stop harping on how he can't keep his place in the team. That was well over a year ago and he's more than proved his worth multiple times over. I might also add that since he's become captain, they've actually started winning matches again. Please think before you speak.

  • on June 18, 2011, 16:07 GMT

    What a Board!!! What an award for awesome performances in One day series. What is going on?? Every board should learn how to demotivate a rising star by shutting his dreams and making his confidence lower. No wonder if a player does not deserve a place after such a performance then why would he bother to perform now on with all his potentials ? WI cricket will die with in 5 years.Please WI people come forward and save the cricket. WI means lot to us being an Indian.

  • on June 18, 2011, 15:54 GMT

    The omissionof Gayle and Dwayne Bravo will definitely be felt. Otherwise, the team is sound. They have experienced hands Chanderpaul and Sarwan. Simmons is in good nick. Bishoo is shaping well. The team has balance. The million dollar question is how will the pitch behave. If it is going to be like the one played for the final ODI, the chances are West Indies pacemen will have advantage. Of course for India the veterans Dravid and Laxman back. With MS Dhoni captaining the saide, it adds stability to the side. Kohli is the present shining star and has all the strokes in the book and one finds maturity in him. It should be India's batting Vs. West Indies pacemen ! A good contest is in the offing for the first Test to be played from 20th. Good luck both the teams !

  • Silloh on June 18, 2011, 15:45 GMT

    I do not agree with the WICB's entire selection but at the end of the day its positive results we want . There is a vbirant energy on the field under Sammy's leadership and a fighting spirit that was absent in the past. Gayle had indicated he was not interested in test matches I believe so what is all the fuss about. The WICB who contributed in the past to Gayle's indiscipline and other players, including our legend Lara, seems to be wanting to change that under their new CEO and that is a great start. Somewhere I read that WIPA is claiming ownership of the players and that is the biggest joke of all. WIPA has significantly contributed to the destruction of WI cricket (ask the legends Sir Viv Richards and Michael Holding ) and if you take a poll, none of the young players want to be caught up with such. Focus on cricket and let the results speak and players will be richly be compensated. Who cannot play by the new WICB rules can join IPL where discipline is not up for negotiations.

  • tappee74 on June 18, 2011, 15:26 GMT

    Finally,the test matches are about to get on its way.I am not sure why Chanderpaul was kept out of the one dayers,but i am sure like he has been for most of his career,an integral part of WI cricket.It should be noted that his batting and partenership of 48 runs with Bishoo gave Sammy the strides to win the test against Pakistan.It should also be noted that this stalwart of ours was not out.If we focus our thoughts on great legends like Clive LLoyd,Sir Frank Worell,Sir Garfield Sobers,Rohan Kanhai and a few other illustrious names,we can easily say that Shiv is not less comitted than any of these dynamic heroes.He has held a fragile batting and a collapsing side for most of his career.This remarkable artist,one that every bowler likes to see the bagk of rather than his face has a lot to offer young players and the cricketing world.Those that know nothing about batting should not interfer with the genius of this revelation.What about Gyale?Will he be given a chance even if he erred

  • Douggy on June 18, 2011, 14:37 GMT

    I am baffled to Russel's exclusion from the team he should of come in place of Edwards. He should of been an obvious choice since he is top form at the moment. Many of you stated that they prefer Ramdin over Baugh but Carlton has vastly improved in both areas of his cricket. Ramdin does not deserve a place he had his chance and did not grab it. As for the Gayle matter i hope he doesn't get fed up of West Indies cricket and opt to play his cricket abroad on a permanent basis.

  • khoshaaziz on June 18, 2011, 14:19 GMT

    Refers Georges 7813 : Pakistani Board is also doing the same. Maybe West Indian Board is following them.

  • on June 18, 2011, 13:54 GMT

    As long as Sammy plays we will always be short of a bowler or a batsman, if Sammy love W.I Cricket so much he must realize that his inclusion will always will leave the team at a lost. The W.I Cricket board need to realize that Sammy cannot even keep his place in the team, unless he is captain..so sad.. now Russle has to be left out to make way for an ordinary Sammy bat/ball performance... As to Dwayne Bravo, he wants to play for W.I when ever he want, he left and went to IPL during the Pakistan Test , now IPL over he wants to come back , make up you mind, either is IPL or W.I you can't suck cane and blow whistle as the same time Bravo...

  • ramps_wi on June 18, 2011, 13:51 GMT

    Ramdin will not get chosen in the near future because, Hilaire and them want to balance the team......, but I think that we as caribbean people have come along way and we want to see the best players representing us , we just want to be in the winning side. Imagine WICB trying to discipline a multi millionaire gayle and wants him to retract his statements yeah right ... so they punishing WI people by not selecting him, and they think they punishing him.... gayle do not care about them fellas and after next year IPL when he is bought for 2M US then he could retire after that. Please WICB put aside the egos and lets move forward all for the betterment of the game

  • on June 18, 2011, 12:52 GMT

    TEST cricket is about getting 20 wickets at the least amount of runs. Hence we need an attack that can give us such. In my view the best approach would have been 2 spinners and 3 seams including Sammy. Edwards is more of the same and he can break down at any time. WE cannot beat India with Bishoo,Sammy, Ravi and Roach. U need a 5th bowler, not a extra batter.The batting lineup that won the 5th ODI could do the trick. They r all test players. There is nothing like a winning team.

  • CricketChat on June 18, 2011, 12:45 GMT

    Russel should have been in the paying XI. Tests is where he can further develop his bowling skill without the pressure of containment of shorter formats. He can also improve his batting to next level. Chanderpaul is clearly not favored by current WI selection committee. Good as was till a couple of yrs ago, his batting declined to alarming levels. WI gains nothing by selecting him. They should go for youngsters. That should be their Mantra from now on.

  • on June 18, 2011, 12:44 GMT

    All of the board members should resign fort with I was in Gibson corner but I think he is just as bad as the rest of those jokers on the board.How can they tell Chanderpaul how to bat Gale, Russell, Taylor & Bravo should be in the team. Sammy a capt of West Indies side? what a joke he should not even be the water boy.

  • dragline on June 18, 2011, 12:40 GMT

    i like the approach of this current WICB Board, to crack down on ill discipline in the west indies squad. we need to realise that discipline comes before talent. it does not matter how talented u r if you don't have discipline you cannot be a sportsman nor can you represent the west indies. i would like to see Ruzzell in this team. with Dwayne Bravo out Ruzzell will be a great asset to the team. i hope we donnot play chanderpaul in front of Darren, who is no doubt a player for the future.

  • MejiasBoy on June 18, 2011, 12:29 GMT

    I totally agree with Stephen George!! Russel should be in the test team without question!! He is the best athlete on the windies team & i feel one day Russel will spearhead the windies bowling!!! Drop Sammy and make RAVI RAMPAUL cpt!! I believe Ravi can lead the windies team. One he is a coach himself, therefore he is intelligent to lead a group of players! Two he works with Daren Ganga in TnT! Now put two and two together you get 4!! Its a shame the WICB is not composed of people such as Clive Llyod, Viv richards, b/c the obstacles they had to overcome in the 1970's 80's is truely inspirational. I beleive cricket in the windies would head in the correct direction. Imagine Daren Ganga on the WICB in combination with Llyod & Richards and Tony Cozier. WICB needs to be replaced and the WIPA needs to be wiped out completely, b/c I feel it creates this middle man nonsense. Or at least the WICB should reach out to the former greats!!!

  • devocate on June 18, 2011, 12:28 GMT

    never in the recent history of test cricket did we have a fiery quartet as we do currently, Roach< rampaul, F Edwards and Taylor. any novice or amateur can see that the indians are uneasy against gd quality fast bowling yet one of them has to be sacrificed for Sammy has to be there. I hope that Sammy picks up an injury because it seems that this is the only way he'll be dropped. with gayle and simmons opening that would have been an awesome spectacle. the team should have been Gayle, Simmons, Bharath, Sarwan, Chanderpaul, Samuels Darren Bravo, Ramdin, Edwards, taylor, Roach Rampaul and Bishoo or Nash. maybe the WICB should be taken to the principals office instead of chanders.

  • jishubhai on June 18, 2011, 12:19 GMT

    WICB is not doing the right things for the past few years. It is hurting cricket. Sammy is a good cricketer he can not be part of first 11. Gayle saga continues and it shows the poor handling by this board. Also it brought regional favourism within the team. The goernment should replace the board members or ICC should intervene and ban this WICB if required.

  • cablemannpete on June 18, 2011, 12:18 GMT

    It anyone here thinks the board has chosen the right team they are crazy. Young russel has shown that he is far more a better player than sammy. chanderpaul does not belong in the side Gayle should not appologize. I wish more players would have the guts to do what Marlon samuels did after the 5th one day. support their former capt. West Indies need batting. and Sammy takes away a crucial spot. On this pitch we need 3 quicks and the strongest team should be Gayle, simons,Daren bravo,Sarwan,Samuels,Baugh,Russell,Roach,Rampaul and Bishoo. Does anyone in WI cricket know what they are doing?

  • on June 18, 2011, 12:13 GMT

    Problems galore! If Nash is vice captain where will Shiv go? Unless SARS doesn't recover.Next Russell or Taylor should play in front of Edwards, they r both match ready and at home(pitch). The selectors r killing Bishoo,he is not experience to carry a spin attack all alone. He is no Swann or Warne. Our seamers r not world raters. Shillingsford is needed in that squad to support Bishoo. Even against India these r match winning bowlers. And by the way watch Sammy in this test series, he is a very underrated test match bowler.

  • on June 18, 2011, 11:40 GMT

    I cannot understand why Russell is not in the team. He picked himself in the three one dayers he played wher he was man of the match in two and should have been in all three. He showed that he is hustile and sure had those Indians uncomfortable. With scores of 92 n.o and 25 in his two innings along with his athletism on the field he deserved to be in line up intead of Sammy. With our key player including gayle out of a test to be played in Jamaica, Jamaicans should organize a peaceful protest against the direction that this current administration is taking our cricket too.. As a Dominican, I support sammy but we all no that he does not deserve to be on the windies team far less to be the captain. he definitely would not be on a Dominican team in the 80's. The only reason they have him as captain is because they can use him as their puddy. I don't blame sammy because it's not his fault. I blame our administrators including Gibson

  • on June 18, 2011, 11:35 GMT

    Dwayne Bravo is a player I really admired. But to tell your board that you prefer to play IPL instead of playing tests against Pakistan was just selfish.Then he expects to play tests..he must be joking. I liked Bravo but how can you make such a decision and then expect to get back into the team saying that you are committed. How can you be committed? These guys have millions and are secure for life and yet they get greedy and greedy.When they retire and reflect of this time they will regret it, they are young men and young man do stupid things and its only after a few years that they realise the errors they made in they youth. Ask any old man and he'll tell you.

  • on June 18, 2011, 11:27 GMT

    apparently, these folks in w.i. management think about themselves that they are bigger than even the president of usa. imagine shiv has to listen to them as if they are the teachers and shiv is in kindergarden.the faster this ceo can be kicked out the better will be the team. shiv please teach these people so let your bat talk

  • georges7813 on June 18, 2011, 11:11 GMT

    Only in the West Indies people will allow administrators, selectors and coach to do everything they can possibly think of to kill Windies Cricket. We have a number of young players that are available and some of the top players in the world, yet cannot be on a weak windies team captained by Sammy. Why Gayle, dwayne Bravo, Taylor and Russel not on the team and a stalwart like Chanderpaul has to be be spoken to by those bullies before the test? Can we not see that these bullies are bent on killing our team in the name of building for the future? We need to fire them and bring in people that can work with our players, such as Clive Lloyd. It's really shameful to see what's been going on in windies cricket today; they are just trying to destroy the image of our senior players and force them out. They did that to Brian Lara at a time when he was not ready to retire.Sammy would not be on a Dominica team of the 80's, yet he is Windies captain simply because administrators can get him to bow.

  • on June 18, 2011, 10:36 GMT

    sr bravo sud b der a least in dis eam

  • likeintcricket on June 18, 2011, 10:21 GMT

    WestIndies side is looks to be very talented and young side. With Gayle, Simmon, Bravo, Bishoo Russel and Roach they are surely a side of the future. Even now with Serwan and Chanderpaul and Taylor they can give tough fight to Indians. On the other hand most of the Indian's player are in the late 30's like SRT, Dravid and Laxman and Zaheer and Sehwag are also in the mid 30's so their side is not getting any younger. Calling the current crop of cricketers a "B" side is a mistake. In sub-continent player's don't often retire themselves. They keep on playing until they become a lollipop. Its time for Indians to wake up and build a young side around Dhoni otherwise they could end up being another Australian or even worse.

  • ricardowill on June 18, 2011, 10:09 GMT

    Unfortunate as it seems. I think it is necessary for the WICB to take a tough stand against the players. The board runs the show, not the players. If they want to play for the West Indies they will have to do it under the terms set by the board. This is a job and the workers should not be bigger than their management. If Gayle wants to play cricket he will have to apologize and get in line with the rules of the board. West Indies will be ranked number one in two years and will return to their dominance of World Cricket.

  • clint35 on June 18, 2011, 10:08 GMT

    This squad is short Gayle should be in as well as Russell , Russell will not play a test match as long as Sammy is capt because he will show him up in the bowling and batting department ,simple and plain.

  • VEXXZ on June 18, 2011, 9:57 GMT

    What exactly does the WICB expect Chanderpaul to do on the field of play? . The chap for years tried his heart out( for CHANDERPAUL)and made sure his place in the squad was safe .You cannot make RUNS if you are not playing .

  • KALPANA. on June 18, 2011, 8:32 GMT

    Apart from the GAYLE saga, they should have named andre russel, jerome taylor and denesh ramdin to make the squad more stable. the elder bravo needs to show that his skills are not finished. lot of hopes from barath and junior bravo.

  • Coraline_Jones on June 18, 2011, 8:03 GMT

    yo bro rkannancrown ... good said ... icc need to lok into the matter ... wicb seems 2 b run by non officials ..... unprofessionals ... they will send WI cricket into d grave yard ... everyone seems to have some prob with them including Sars and Chand ....

  • Prakhs on June 18, 2011, 7:53 GMT

    Its gonna be a good fought Test series. I would rate both teams equally balanced. Both teams have equal level of cricketers, without top Indian players India is at par with the West Indies. From my point of view it seems to be a 50:50 series, both teams have equal chances of winning which calls for an exciting fight between the two. So lets sit back and enjoy the cricket.

  • on June 18, 2011, 7:16 GMT

    India don't have Sehwag, Gambir, Dravid, Tendulkar, Laxman, Dhoni, Zaheer....That's more than half of their squad, though dravid and laxman only play test matches and have been rested in preparation for the Test series against England. West Indies could fancy there chances if they have the right combination of players, they won the last two ODI's without Gayle and given Chanderpaul's very good record against India, he would carry the weight of the batting on his shoudlers again. As he has done for a long time. Emergenging players like Barath and Darren Bravo should be able to perform, after all India have brought in a second string side to play WI.

  • VisBal on June 18, 2011, 6:51 GMT

    Andre Russell and Jerome Taylor are two quality players who should have found spots in the 13. Also find it odd that there are only 4 bowlers in the 13. That probably means that Bishoo as the lone spinner is certain to play. Instead of picking 5 middle-order batsmen, maybe they should have picked an alternate opener as cover for injury.

  • rkannancrown on June 18, 2011, 6:48 GMT

    India are without 5 first choice players - Sehwag, gambhir, Sachin, Yuvraj & Zak . WICB apparently wants to match. It has left out Gayle and wants to act against Chanderpaul.Sarwan can be dropped for not saying good morning and a couple of others can be dropped for not smiling. Then we can have a series between an India A team and a WI A team.

  • hotice4ever on June 18, 2011, 6:46 GMT

    What is best for WI cricket? For me its picking the BEST team. The BEST team must include the BEST batters, bowlers, wicket keeper and all rounders. The captain MUST be chosen from within this group. He must be dependable with the bat or ball. That said, GAYLE, SARWAN and SHIV MUST be in the team( Gayle was once the best all rounder in ODI). We all know what these guys have done for WI cricket. What has Mr. HILAIRE done for WI cricket? NOTHING! What he's trying to do is not working, for his mouth and ego is bigger than WI cricket. He has bought increased tension within the team. As a member of the management team he must make our heroes feel wanted and loved. His public statements suggest otherwise. All successful teams, be it cricket, football, basketball, etc. show love for its players. Please don't give me the bull about our players being difficult, for all teams have difficult players, but unlike us they have competent management. WHO IS BETTER FOR WI GAYLE OR HILAIRE? ANS: GAYLE

  • Ahsan_Shere on June 18, 2011, 6:43 GMT

    best possible playing XI from this squad would be: Simmons, Bravo, Chanderpaul, Sarwan, Samuels, Nash, Russel, Sammy, Baugh, Roach, Bishoo, Edwards.

  • singhgirjesh007 on June 18, 2011, 6:38 GMT

    My India X| Vijay , Mukund , Dravid , Kohli , Laxman , Raina/Badri , Dhoni , BHajji , Mishra/Munaf , Praveen , Ishant If bouncy track india shuld go with 3 seemers but WI pitches not like 70's and 80's so two seemers and two spinners...best combination against WI...india going to rock.. :)

  • Ahsan_Shere on June 18, 2011, 6:36 GMT

    What WICB is thinking of? It isn't possible for them to win against India playing this team....not even a single day, I shall rather say a session. Man! they need experience, some attacking individuals, people with some exposure under their belt. With Bravo, Gayle, Fidel & Jerome not in the squad they can't win a test against India. Alone Chanderpaul & Sarwan couldn't do any thing. Ramdin, a veteran of 42 tests with a test match average of almost 23 played his last match 12 months before. They need experience if they wanna prosper in longer format of the game.

  • donda on June 18, 2011, 5:42 GMT

    Very interesting team. WI go ahead and lose one more series. By the way its wastage of time to see this series because it will be very very hard to take 20 indian wickets in 5 days. No way this team can match up even the B team from India. Sad sad situation for WI . but cricket is not their sports any more.

  • on June 18, 2011, 5:40 GMT

    My XI Barath,Simmo.Bravo,Sarvan,Samuels,Sammy,Bough,Chanderpaul,Roach,Edwards,Bishoo

  • simonviller on June 18, 2011, 5:30 GMT

    Some people want to include the good performers from the one day games , but it's not possible with the present group of players many of whom are good for different formats of the game ;and since we are playing so much cricket around the world ,we need to select players specially for different teams , in order to share the workload and to give a fair chance to each player . For the afore mention reasons I Think that Ramadin should share the duties with Baugh ,if not ,Baugh will end up like Ramadin in the near future ,overworked and being replaced by another experiment keeper .The other player in the team gets to enjoy that privilege ,why no the keeper ?

  • Jerome_Fidel_Russel_Roach on June 18, 2011, 5:22 GMT

    I think the real WI test 11 should be 1. Gayle 2. Barat 3. Darren Bravo 4. Sarwan 5. Chanders 6. Samuels 7. Baugh/Ramadin 8. Russell 9. Jerome 10. Roach 11. Fidel..Reserves Dwyane Bravo, Rampaul, Bishoo For ODI 1. Gayle 2. Barat 3. Darren Bravo 4. Sarwan 5. Samuels 6. Pollard 7. Dwayne Bravo 8. Russell 9. Baugh 10. Jerome Taylor 11.Roach Reserves Sammy, Bishoo, Edwards, Rampaul, Lendle Simmons

  • cricket_for_all on June 18, 2011, 5:18 GMT

    Sammy's bowling was very good ODI (except final one) and He is kind of winning some games. I don't think that WI can drop him near future. It is rediculas to change a captain who is actually winning some games. But Sammy should do good i his batting to keep his position. For me, He is a cool caption!!!.

  • on June 18, 2011, 5:14 GMT

    India will win this series very comprehensively as they are str uggling to read his leg breaks

  • on June 18, 2011, 4:52 GMT

    really sorry wi cb indian youngster they show in odi indian test team they going beat wi 3-0 dhoni captain always best sicb u should bring chirs

  • meisteroso on June 18, 2011, 4:06 GMT

    Kairava ... Pollard is not a Test cricketer ... very good fieldsman and part-time bowler in the shorter formats, but not Test material with the ball nor his batting temperament.

    I would have picked Russell purely on form and being at home on a bouncy pitch, but the knee injury from the ODI might be bugging him still.

    Martin is so green to all forms of cricket, you have to blood him in 4-day cricket at the very least to be sure he doesn't wilt over 5 days.

    Chemistry and culture are critical to success, more than talent ... ask the Miami Heat basketball team. Gayle cannot be allowed back into the team without WICB being sure he is ready to tow the line of the authorities ... not saying they are right and he is wrong, but insubordination is a fast spreading cancer and you have to have one set of rules for EVERYBODY or the wheels will fall off the cart ... a big part of why we are turning the corner for so long now.

    WICB has a lot of homework to do too ... we all know that.

  • on June 18, 2011, 4:04 GMT

    There is no way this WI team gonna com petite with the Indians who r vastly more experienced then WI.So i think its going to b straight game for India unless some outstanding performance evolves out from WI players.

  • on June 18, 2011, 3:55 GMT

    The WI did well to win the last 2 ODI's, but now Laxman and Dravid will be back. That is some real solidity. I can't see them winning, but if they bat well, a draw is a possibility.

  • deepu1469 on June 18, 2011, 3:53 GMT

    best team, quick 30's and 40's can't make a difference in test match.Russell and bravo should sit out.. SN chandarpaul should play to save them. even the best WI team cant beat india in any condition for sure.. god has to save this team with out gayle

  • on June 18, 2011, 3:26 GMT

    i think the WICB wanted to rest senior players as BCCI did... :)

  • on June 18, 2011, 3:24 GMT

    Andre Russell unfortunately is not the captain of the West Indies side because that's the only way you are assured of a place in this side as Darren Sammy knows. The only thing i can say is that Andre Russell is a better batsman,bowler and fielder than Darren Sammy but probably cannot toss the coin as well as Darren Sammy can.

  • SRT_GENIUS on June 18, 2011, 3:20 GMT

    @KAIRAVA: Pollard for tests ? Well he did some some runs in first class, but really ?

  • Principle on June 18, 2011, 3:20 GMT

    Thanks Mr.Bravo for omitting yourself. This makes the selection process much easier since Russell is now the new Bravo and Sammy is the captain I don't see Bravo getting back into the West Indies team for a very long time if ever.

  • on June 18, 2011, 2:52 GMT

    Best of luck to the WI team. Finally they are making tough decisions and putting WIPA in its place. Finally.

  • on June 18, 2011, 2:50 GMT

    good luck guys...i do believe that there should be two captains..sammy in the t-20 and ODI's and Sarwan during the test.. just my two cents opinion. i love sammy, however i would try to strengthen the team as much as possible.

  • popahwheely on June 18, 2011, 2:42 GMT

    Good squad but the wicb really needs to get it's act together and stop this internal fighting it is hurting the cricket which is more important than any individual in charge. Too bad India isnt sending their best best team butit is a good opportunity for the windies to take advantage of. It will look good we beat the #1 team. Nash and Sammy will cause an imbalance but what can we do. My XI Simmo,Barath,Sars,Lil Bravo,Shiv/Samuels,Nash,Baugh,Sammy,Russell/Rampual,Roach/Edwards,Bishoo.

  • KAIRAVA on June 18, 2011, 2:13 GMT

    Wow..no Andre Russell, no Keiron Pollard, no Anthony Martin and of course no Chris Gayle !. WI cricket is a deeper mess. Just like they were supposed to win the ODI series 5-0 (sans Gayle), India will sweep the test series 3-0. :)

  • NCassie on June 18, 2011, 2:10 GMT

    Best Wishes to the WI Team, the only big surprise is no Russell who is more attacking than Sammy. With his omission Sammy will have to work hard as a support bowler to the main bowlers. Chanders has to play in order to build partnerships with the youths, hs should be considered, but again more pressure from the board might just blow up in their faces like the GAYLE issue, lets see what comes out of that meeting prior to the start of the 1st test. My eleven would be SIMMONS, BARATH, SARWAN, BRAVO, CHANDERS, NASH, BAUGH, SAMMY, RAMPAUL, ROACH and BISHOO. It's really a toss up between Chanders or Samuel? Seeing that Nash is the VC his place appears to be safe for now. Lets see what Gibson & Co. does, but please don't make a mess of things with the most experience player who is in the top 10 best test batsman in the world at present, give THIS man respect as it is due, good luck tomorrow Shiv.

  • on June 18, 2011, 2:06 GMT

    why isnt dwayne bravo there???

  • dragline on June 18, 2011, 1:40 GMT

    i am suprised at the exclusion of Ruzzell. with no Dwayne Bravo i believe Ruzzell would be a great asset to this current team. he is also a great find and must be given a place in the test team and base on his current form he must play. i also hope that Chanderpaul will sit out the game and Darren bravo will continue to play and develope.

  • on June 18, 2011, 1:39 GMT

    heh heh, andre russel must be wondering wot sammy has that he doesnt for sammy to play AND be captain and he isnt even in the squad. indians wont be complaining though!! sammy's walk up to friendly medum pace over russel's fire anyday just like matka chai over rituals 'chai' tea any day...if indians manage to hit him out of the attack in the tests ala the last one day, the Windian bowlers are going to be having a tiring time in the tests when one of ur frontline/specialist bowler is subjected to that treatment

  • on June 18, 2011, 1:36 GMT

    My best wishes to windies who are on the right track testing their bench strength against the world champions. Many will say it is Indian A team but historian will record that windies won against the world champions. A 3-2 ODI loss is recorded against world champs because it was indian national team and A or B or C is immaterial. If windies win tests as well then they will register the same. There are players they are trying in different formats and so have dedicated few for tests. if they grab the opportunity to target the inidan team then India will miss dearly their main players. Furthermore when the main players of india come out against england they will be under pressure to perform and prove that India is world champion.

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  • on June 18, 2011, 1:36 GMT

    My best wishes to windies who are on the right track testing their bench strength against the world champions. Many will say it is Indian A team but historian will record that windies won against the world champions. A 3-2 ODI loss is recorded against world champs because it was indian national team and A or B or C is immaterial. If windies win tests as well then they will register the same. There are players they are trying in different formats and so have dedicated few for tests. if they grab the opportunity to target the inidan team then India will miss dearly their main players. Furthermore when the main players of india come out against england they will be under pressure to perform and prove that India is world champion.

  • on June 18, 2011, 1:39 GMT

    heh heh, andre russel must be wondering wot sammy has that he doesnt for sammy to play AND be captain and he isnt even in the squad. indians wont be complaining though!! sammy's walk up to friendly medum pace over russel's fire anyday just like matka chai over rituals 'chai' tea any day...if indians manage to hit him out of the attack in the tests ala the last one day, the Windian bowlers are going to be having a tiring time in the tests when one of ur frontline/specialist bowler is subjected to that treatment

  • dragline on June 18, 2011, 1:40 GMT

    i am suprised at the exclusion of Ruzzell. with no Dwayne Bravo i believe Ruzzell would be a great asset to this current team. he is also a great find and must be given a place in the test team and base on his current form he must play. i also hope that Chanderpaul will sit out the game and Darren bravo will continue to play and develope.

  • on June 18, 2011, 2:06 GMT

    why isnt dwayne bravo there???

  • NCassie on June 18, 2011, 2:10 GMT

    Best Wishes to the WI Team, the only big surprise is no Russell who is more attacking than Sammy. With his omission Sammy will have to work hard as a support bowler to the main bowlers. Chanders has to play in order to build partnerships with the youths, hs should be considered, but again more pressure from the board might just blow up in their faces like the GAYLE issue, lets see what comes out of that meeting prior to the start of the 1st test. My eleven would be SIMMONS, BARATH, SARWAN, BRAVO, CHANDERS, NASH, BAUGH, SAMMY, RAMPAUL, ROACH and BISHOO. It's really a toss up between Chanders or Samuel? Seeing that Nash is the VC his place appears to be safe for now. Lets see what Gibson & Co. does, but please don't make a mess of things with the most experience player who is in the top 10 best test batsman in the world at present, give THIS man respect as it is due, good luck tomorrow Shiv.

  • KAIRAVA on June 18, 2011, 2:13 GMT

    Wow..no Andre Russell, no Keiron Pollard, no Anthony Martin and of course no Chris Gayle !. WI cricket is a deeper mess. Just like they were supposed to win the ODI series 5-0 (sans Gayle), India will sweep the test series 3-0. :)

  • popahwheely on June 18, 2011, 2:42 GMT

    Good squad but the wicb really needs to get it's act together and stop this internal fighting it is hurting the cricket which is more important than any individual in charge. Too bad India isnt sending their best best team butit is a good opportunity for the windies to take advantage of. It will look good we beat the #1 team. Nash and Sammy will cause an imbalance but what can we do. My XI Simmo,Barath,Sars,Lil Bravo,Shiv/Samuels,Nash,Baugh,Sammy,Russell/Rampual,Roach/Edwards,Bishoo.

  • on June 18, 2011, 2:50 GMT

    good luck guys...i do believe that there should be two captains..sammy in the t-20 and ODI's and Sarwan during the test.. just my two cents opinion. i love sammy, however i would try to strengthen the team as much as possible.

  • on June 18, 2011, 2:52 GMT

    Best of luck to the WI team. Finally they are making tough decisions and putting WIPA in its place. Finally.

  • Principle on June 18, 2011, 3:20 GMT

    Thanks Mr.Bravo for omitting yourself. This makes the selection process much easier since Russell is now the new Bravo and Sammy is the captain I don't see Bravo getting back into the West Indies team for a very long time if ever.