West Indies v India, 2nd Test, Barbados June 25, 2011

West Indies drop vice-captain Nash

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West Indies have dropped their vice-captain Brendan Nash and recalled Kirk Edwards for the second Test against India, which begins on June 28 in Barbados. Marlon Samuels, who missed the first Test in Jamaica, is likely to play in the middle order instead of Nash.

Nash came into the Test side without match practice and made 1 and 9 at Sabina Park, where West Indies lost by 63 runs. He has scored only 53 runs in his previous six innings and been dismissed in single digits five times.

"It is clear that Brendan has been struggling for form for some time and we want to give him a chance to take some time away from international cricket and work on his game," Clyde Butts, the chairman of selectors, said. "Brendan is a mentally tough cricketer and we are sure that he will be able to overcome the challenges he is now facing and come back strong."

Ian Bishop, the former West Indies fast bowler and commentator, told ESPNcricinfo he wasn't surprised by the axing, though he thought Nash might have got one more chance.

"It's difficult for Brendan. It's been a like that for a while now. Nash doesn't play the ODIs and doesn't get much cricket in between," Bishop said. "I know he is a hard worker, very professional and will definitely go to the nets and work on his game. I suspect it will be Samuels who will play and not Edwards. Samuels has shown that he can make a contribution to this team. There might be also an option of playing five bowlers on that Barbados track. Time will tell."

In the absence of Chris Gayle, and now with the exit of Nash, the responsibility on Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Ramnaresh Sarwan increases. "Shiv has the ability ... I won't say he was careless in getting out in the Test match. One bounced on him and one hit a crack. He will go back and work hard and will lead this West Indies batting line-up. He is the one guy who can play the Dravid-type innings.

"Good teams have a senior core, who set a trend. Chanderpaul and Sarwan have to set that trend, particularly Sarwan. He is still relatively a young player and at the prime of his career."

MS Dhoni, the Indian captain, didn't want to comment on the continuing absence of Gayle. "I think that's a situation for the selectors to decide who they can pick for their team," he said. "I won't say this West Indian side is a weaker side. If you look at the talent they have in their top six or seven batsmen, then they are equally matched with the current Indian team you know, who all are over here".

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

Sriram Veera is a staff writer at ESPNcricinfo

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  • satspeare on June 28, 2011, 3:57 GMT

    WI dropped NASH!!? wow - time to drop the WICB and have new individuals take over - preferable some folks with some knowledge of cricket based on their previous sucessful experiences! Here are some stats for your consideration and I WILL NOT PICK SAMUELS AHEAD OF NASH. I will play Kirk ahead of Samuels since we want to "rebuild" - so say WICB. Seems to me as if they are try to rid the team of any oppositions to the captain & management. Yes to Kirk , no to Samuels. Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave SR 100 50 Marlon Samuels Current age 30 years 174 days Tests 30 55 4 1471 105 28.84 44.18 2 10

    Brendan Nash Current age 33 years 196 days Tests 21 33 0 1103 114 33.42 43.28 2 8

    Devon Smith Current age 29 years 250 days Tests 33 58 2 1384 108 24.71 47.46 1 5

    Kirk Edwards Current age 26 years 237 days First-Class 26 46 3 1769 171 41.13 n/a 2 1

  • on June 28, 2011, 3:49 GMT

    Bat Daren Bravo at number 3.

  • on June 27, 2011, 19:55 GMT

    See how foolish your ll west Indian can be Drop Sammy Samuels, Baugh and Kirk Edwards and get Jerome Taylor Name Sarwan captain. Right now i will drop sarwan before nash because this guy is only fail

  • on June 27, 2011, 18:52 GMT

    Nash Must Be Given One More Chance He Has Great Potential And Brendan Nash is A Promising Batsman

  • sawbo88 on June 27, 2011, 14:29 GMT

    The ideal Windies team to take the field: Gayle, Barath, Sarwan, Darren Bravo, Samuels, Chanderpaul, Simmons (wkt), Sammy, Bishoo, Rampaul, Roach/ Edwards. It would be nice to take in one less batsman and replace one of top6 with Russell or another bowler, but there is no reliability yet. Baugh has had too many chances and shows no improvement. Sammy must stay though as it is hard to fault him with ball

  • Garp on June 27, 2011, 10:31 GMT

    The horrendous decisions from the WICB just never cease to amaze and puzzle the public. One of their most consistent batsmen over the last 3-4 years is dropped? Sure WI had a chance to win that first test against India but not making it over the line is not solely on the lack of runs by Nash.

  • on June 27, 2011, 9:28 GMT

    Agree with Donald Royer. Last test was a close contest considering ranking of both the sides. Bravo had a chance to show his class, but unfortunately missed this one also, as he did in the past. I feel that WI should go with five bowlers, at the cost of one batsman.

  • riverlime on June 27, 2011, 9:14 GMT

    I think everyone agrees that it is time to drop Baugh. He can bat, but he does not seem to appreciate the importance of keeping his wicket. Had he stayed around for a dozen overs or so, who knows how close WI would have gotten to what turned out to be a reasonable total. Dwayne Smith had the same problem and he was rightfully dropped. Kirk Edwards does not yet have the class required at this level, as his agricultural shot-making demonstrated. Gayle should open with Barath with Simmons on hand to fill in for either one as they need. Young Bravo needs to learn to catch, OR BE DROPPED! There is no room in the team for another bad catcher.

  • indianzen on June 27, 2011, 8:28 GMT

    OK so then in the new squad for WI consists of 5 batsmen 1 WK and 5 Special batsmen who can bowl... its not who is in the team matters mate, its the team work that matters...

  • siabbasi on June 27, 2011, 8:04 GMT

    He is not in form, I can support the decision. A great team unit building up....Good luck on Tuesday.

  • satspeare on June 28, 2011, 3:57 GMT

    WI dropped NASH!!? wow - time to drop the WICB and have new individuals take over - preferable some folks with some knowledge of cricket based on their previous sucessful experiences! Here are some stats for your consideration and I WILL NOT PICK SAMUELS AHEAD OF NASH. I will play Kirk ahead of Samuels since we want to "rebuild" - so say WICB. Seems to me as if they are try to rid the team of any oppositions to the captain & management. Yes to Kirk , no to Samuels. Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave SR 100 50 Marlon Samuels Current age 30 years 174 days Tests 30 55 4 1471 105 28.84 44.18 2 10

    Brendan Nash Current age 33 years 196 days Tests 21 33 0 1103 114 33.42 43.28 2 8

    Devon Smith Current age 29 years 250 days Tests 33 58 2 1384 108 24.71 47.46 1 5

    Kirk Edwards Current age 26 years 237 days First-Class 26 46 3 1769 171 41.13 n/a 2 1

  • on June 28, 2011, 3:49 GMT

    Bat Daren Bravo at number 3.

  • on June 27, 2011, 19:55 GMT

    See how foolish your ll west Indian can be Drop Sammy Samuels, Baugh and Kirk Edwards and get Jerome Taylor Name Sarwan captain. Right now i will drop sarwan before nash because this guy is only fail

  • on June 27, 2011, 18:52 GMT

    Nash Must Be Given One More Chance He Has Great Potential And Brendan Nash is A Promising Batsman

  • sawbo88 on June 27, 2011, 14:29 GMT

    The ideal Windies team to take the field: Gayle, Barath, Sarwan, Darren Bravo, Samuels, Chanderpaul, Simmons (wkt), Sammy, Bishoo, Rampaul, Roach/ Edwards. It would be nice to take in one less batsman and replace one of top6 with Russell or another bowler, but there is no reliability yet. Baugh has had too many chances and shows no improvement. Sammy must stay though as it is hard to fault him with ball

  • Garp on June 27, 2011, 10:31 GMT

    The horrendous decisions from the WICB just never cease to amaze and puzzle the public. One of their most consistent batsmen over the last 3-4 years is dropped? Sure WI had a chance to win that first test against India but not making it over the line is not solely on the lack of runs by Nash.

  • on June 27, 2011, 9:28 GMT

    Agree with Donald Royer. Last test was a close contest considering ranking of both the sides. Bravo had a chance to show his class, but unfortunately missed this one also, as he did in the past. I feel that WI should go with five bowlers, at the cost of one batsman.

  • riverlime on June 27, 2011, 9:14 GMT

    I think everyone agrees that it is time to drop Baugh. He can bat, but he does not seem to appreciate the importance of keeping his wicket. Had he stayed around for a dozen overs or so, who knows how close WI would have gotten to what turned out to be a reasonable total. Dwayne Smith had the same problem and he was rightfully dropped. Kirk Edwards does not yet have the class required at this level, as his agricultural shot-making demonstrated. Gayle should open with Barath with Simmons on hand to fill in for either one as they need. Young Bravo needs to learn to catch, OR BE DROPPED! There is no room in the team for another bad catcher.

  • indianzen on June 27, 2011, 8:28 GMT

    OK so then in the new squad for WI consists of 5 batsmen 1 WK and 5 Special batsmen who can bowl... its not who is in the team matters mate, its the team work that matters...

  • siabbasi on June 27, 2011, 8:04 GMT

    He is not in form, I can support the decision. A great team unit building up....Good luck on Tuesday.

  • rkannancrown on June 27, 2011, 7:50 GMT

    I think the Windies need to rellok at the batting order. Chanderpaul is capable of dropping anchor and should be in at No.3. His weaknees is the inability to score fast and playing him down the order makes little sense considering the batting problems. On current form, Sarwan has no business to be in the squad but Edwards also did not look impressive. The choice would have been to look at somebody like Russel to come in at no.6 but the selectors seem to have fixed notions.

  • everfaithful77 on June 27, 2011, 7:17 GMT

    THE SELECTORS SPINNING TOP IN MUD ONCE AGAIN. Good move to drop NASH from the team because of poor form but why replace with K Edwards at THIS TIME when SAMUELS an experienced test batsman is in the squad. What Windies need NOW is an additional FAST bowler for the Barbados pitch who can also BAT well. Andre RUSSEL fits that description perfectly. This is so obvious that most critics agree except our SELECTORS who seem to get it all WRONG on too many occasions. Remember they played DEVON SMITH vs Pakistan despite observing his problems with Pak spinners during the ODI's. He ended up failing in both inns of 1st test. Also recall how they needed 3 tries before selecting BISHOO for WC. RUSSELL provides a viable SEAM option whilst also strengthening the BATTING overall considering the frailty of the top order. Without Russell, ROACH should play in place of NASH but this would WEAKEN THE BATTING. Again the SELECTORS have left themselves with a big HEADACHE that could have been AVOIDED.

  • jazzfreak on June 27, 2011, 5:03 GMT

    Drop Sammy Samuels, Baugh and Kirk Edwards for the next test Get in Russell, Gayle,Denesh Ramdin and Jerome Taylor Name Sarwan captain Then you have the best WI team

  • Anthony360 on June 27, 2011, 4:46 GMT

    Interesting Contest Ahead, Enjoy

  • ksriniasu on June 27, 2011, 4:13 GMT

    What happened to Dwayne Bravo? I thought he wanted to rest to be ready for Test cricket

  • on June 27, 2011, 2:05 GMT

    Unfortunately we can't solve the Gayle problem for the 2nd test team otherwise he would be in my team. Why are we complaining about Sammy when the batting is the big problem for the Windies? We don't want to accept that Sarwan has lost his passion for playing at the moment. I would replace him with Samuels who can support Bishoo if the wicket takes spin. Why also attack Baugh? He scored more runs that most of the specialist batsmen! It would be nice if Simmons could keep but that is unlikely until he gets some experience in ODIs and T20s. Most of the batsmen problems relate to confidence in playing their natural game since they are in a defensive posture and overly worried about not getting out rather than scoring runs and rotating the strike. My team is Barath, Simmons, Bravo, Samuels, Chandrapaul, Russell, Baugh, Sammy, Rampaul, Edwards, Bishoo. I would replace Rampaul with Roach if we prepare a fast wicket (but that seems to be unlikely).

  • rienzied on June 27, 2011, 1:51 GMT

    Why is Sammy still even the captain? He barely scrapes in on his bowling .....

  • wkkl on June 27, 2011, 1:43 GMT

    well,i think nash deserves a break,n simmons is nt fit 4 test only odi n t20 let chanderpaul open with barath then 3rd sarwan 4th bravo 5 sammuels 6 carlton baugh 7 sammy 8 rampaul 9 roach 10 edwards 11 bishoo.it would be good 2 have 5 bowlers and baugh can build partnerships and chanders

  • MeijiMura on June 26, 2011, 23:51 GMT

    Having Nash and Chanderpaul in the same Test team might save you a few matches but they will rarely, if ever, win you one.

    While it is important to have people who put a price on their wicket it is even more important in this day and age considering the evolution of Test Cricket and how it is played by the best teams in the world these days to have free flowing stroke plkayers who take the attack to the opposition and put them under pressure and score at a rate that allows you to set yourself up to win games, rather than bat so slowly that the only option nine time out of ten is to save them instead.

    Nash has never impressed me and if he is the amongst the best half dozen batsmen going round in West Indian cricket then West Indian cricket is indeed in a sorry state.

    Unfortunately political bickering behind the scenes prevents the West Indies from putting their best XI on the ground. Until they get that sorted they could at least pick the next best XI with Samuels and Roach in it.

  • on June 26, 2011, 23:47 GMT

    when will the selectors wake up and realized that they are the ones who are killing west indies cricket with their selection policies.what have Kirk Edwards done to deserve a recall to the team.either you have what it takes or you don't, and so far Edwards has not demonstrated that he has the necessary technique to succeed at the top level also we have seen the present players continues to struggle playing spin in the last two series yet the sectors picked the same payers and hope for a different result,that will not happen until they start picking horses for courses.

  • NCassie on June 26, 2011, 23:14 GMT

    Please stick to this team forth e 2nd test: Simmons, Barath, Sarwan, Bravo, Samuels, Chanders, Sammy, Baugh, Rampaul, Fidel, Bishoo.

  • on June 26, 2011, 22:52 GMT

    I see a lot of progress. Please do us a 'BIG' favor. Have patience despite the losses and "STICK" with the youth. It's a matter of time before WI rises again.

  • Saskwatch on June 26, 2011, 22:31 GMT

    Sammy is ballast on the sinking WI ship.

  • Metman on June 26, 2011, 21:49 GMT

    All those who are questioning K.Edwards' inclusion,let it be known that he has a first class av.of 41,which is bettered ONLY by Chanders,54 and Barath 44.Simmons has a test av.of less than 18 and first class av.of 33.92,and we in the WI are comfortable pushing people with av.that other test playing nations disregard.No wonder the other test playing nations are saying the WI can't cope with or A attack,and are either sending or will put B team bowlers to cope with our B team batsmen.K.Edwards,I repeat is NOT a one day player.The WI made the same mistake as the Bdos selectors did.Simmons is not a test opener.If he is to play in tests he should keep,and bat down the order.The selectors should have all like now been grooming him in the one days,with elevation to test keeper.Sammy is capt.and Gibson is coach,and common sense should tell anybody that Gayle cannot be in the team,after what he said about them.That is like putting 3 smart rats in a hole ,people !Dwayne,have u regain yr focus ?

  • on June 26, 2011, 21:34 GMT

    the W. I. team should consist of 5 specialist batsmen, 1 wicketkeeper and 5 bowlers . Presently 2 of the supposedly ' specialist ' batsmen fail in almost every match scoring either 0 or a single digit score. The WICB should replace one of these batsmen with Russel or a cricketer who can both bat and bowl. In this way, the cricketer can make a meaningful contribution to the team. Including 6 batsmen in a team at the expense of a bowler - batsman is carrying dead weight since invariably 2 of these batsmen do not contribute anything significant to the team's total. Let's try Russel instead or Roach Or Taylor . They will take wickets, field and contribute more than 0,I believe. It is a cardinal sin for any batsmam to contribute less than 10 runs in more than 2 innings. Lets drop the extra batsman instead and play a bowler who can bat. Makes sense doesn't it?

  • nyah19661 on June 26, 2011, 20:21 GMT

    dwayne bravo is not a test cricketer neither is pollard they r 20 20 and 50 overs. russell needs time to grow into being a test cricketer. we use these 1 or 2 innings of excitement to say we should pick any one to play for us. test cricket is a different animal it requires patience something that we lack in the caribbean period. i love nash but he needs to regain his confidents. as for sammy its funny that with all the quick bowlers we have his numbers stand up to them. maybe we forget that bowling is about line and length not who can bowl the fastest. we have a good young team but people its going to take time to grow into a winning side once again patience patience we must get that on the field and off. west indies problems is a lack of planning so it will take time to return to greatness

  • Silloh on June 26, 2011, 20:17 GMT

    From the 13 , I suggest reluctantly Baugh, and Kirk Edwards be left out and Simmons or Bravo to wicket keep. In that way we will play with three genuine fast bowlers , one spinner , and medium pacer Sammy , and six specialist batsmen inclusive of Samuels. May be a strain on Simmons preferably the keeper , replacing Baugh, but these guys are young and don't make big scores anyway so it shouldn't really be. It's time all the batsmen step up, especially the experienced ones. The bowlers make these batsmen look like novices at times, although that is not bad news. I do not see what's the brouhaha about Sammy.The guy was asked to be captain after all the others were unavailable. He continues to take wickets and chip in with a few runs and clearly more is expected. He of all persons knows that when he dropped Dravid that was the major turning point of the game, but certainly he did better than Sarwan. All that is history and the second test in Barbados provides another opportunity

  • b4u8me2 on June 26, 2011, 19:44 GMT

    I feel strongly about Nash getting dropped. He was once WI savior at that number 6 spot and now he has failed a few times and can't even make the squad? They dropped him even from the squad.. that is harsh. Nash has been given out wrongfully a few times in those 6 innings they speak of and have been unfortunate in a few others like the ball not getting up much from the pitch in his last innings. In about 4 of those 6 innings any batsman would have gotten out..nothing u can do if the ball creeps or if the umpires give u out when u not out. I do not think all of that was considered b4 dropping Nash. I would feel demotivated if I got out because of the ball creeping on bad pitch and then I got dropped.

  • b4u8me2 on June 26, 2011, 19:08 GMT

    Did anyone notice that at the press conference Darren Sammy said his role was to bowl tight while the attacking bowlers go after the wickets? How can he be taking up one of the available four spaces in the test team for bowlers and then plays a role of containment. That is the role of a part time bowler, don't u think? So it means then that West Indies dropped Roach because he was not attacking enough to play Sammy the container. Most of Sammy's Test wickets are gifted wicket when batsmen gets bored and throw their wickets away. Check his bowling average against top teams for example - Against Australian he averages 60.80 per wicket at a strike rate of 106.8, against South Africa he averages 69.50 per wicket at a strike rate of 108.0 and against Sri Lanka he averages 75.50 per wicket at a strike rate of 177.0. His bowling average outside the West Indies (with the exception of England) is 65.0. Do we have the luxury to play 3 attacking bowlers & a container who doesn't bat??

  • jeswant on June 26, 2011, 19:00 GMT

    Gayle,Simmons,Darren Bravo,Sarwan,Chanderpaul,Barath, Dwayne Bravo, Roach Russell,Taylor,Bishoo...play your best available team and I am sure West Indies can surely challenge this Indian team without Sachin, Sehwag, Gambir and Zaheer! As far as India is concerned, it is time to look for someone to replace Harbachan atleast in away matches. Mishra and Harbachan were the worst performers in the last test...if they can't take wickets on a pitch turning square, they shouldn't be playing for India!

  • Mayfield on June 26, 2011, 18:48 GMT

    I think the problem that WI cricket is facing has nothing to do with talent. It has to do withe the individual player's motivation to work hard and succeed. If one is a professional, one should know what one has to do. The board should not have to tell the players what diet they should follow, what exercise regimen to maintain, when to practice, what they need to do to improve theur skills. All of these things the individual player, who says that he is a professional should know. If after all, one hopes to excel at what one does, one should know these things. All the great players in any sport know what they have to do to be succesful, and if they don't know, they seek guidance. Bottom line is, it all rest withe the individual. It all starts from within. You can take a horse to the water, but you can't make it drink.

  • isad on June 26, 2011, 16:20 GMT

    Even though I don't believe that Kirk Edwards is test material it must be noted that he and young Brathwaite are not competing for the same play, certainly Simmons and Barath will open the batting and if he does play, it will be to bat down the order. So I see no issue with him being selected ahead of Brathwaite and I certainly wish him all the best. The West Indies team can win against this India team which is not populated with it's best players but they must find the right mix. In the last innings they played more aggresively than they did in any of the one day matches. It was as though they believed that the longer they were at they wicket the more likey they are to get out, whilst real batsmen think the longer they are at the wicket the least change they have of getting out.

  • D_rant on June 26, 2011, 16:19 GMT

    The best west indies test team currently should be:gayle,barath,sarwan/young bravo,shiv,samuels/nash,simmons(wk),russell,sammy(c),roach,edwards,taylor/rampaul, bishoo and maybe benn because of his attitude problems maybe for him if necessary. Best 13 man sqaud for windies right now. PLEASE SELECTORS THIS IS YOUR TEAM TO START REBUILDING WEST INDIES.

  • D_rant on June 26, 2011, 15:59 GMT

    This is pure non sense what some of you all are commenting here kirk edwards?ramdin? please stop please!!! You all will never be satisfy with the team selection because everyone wants to see his countryman playing, thats what west Indies has become every one is concern about their country's representation and not whats beat for the team. Then we blame the board about their egos and personal feelings towards players we all are to blame for the state of west Indies. Look at some of you team selections.1. Kirk edwards this guy havn't shown me any hint of talent he just simply can't bat against world class bowlers. 2. Ramdin? really? isn't this the same ramdin you beggg to get rid of? i say leave ramdin where ever he are now.3. gayle issue is pathetic both parties are at fault and no one is man enough to admitt and in the process divide and damaging west indies cricket.

  • on June 26, 2011, 15:49 GMT

    Just to make a few quick points -the WICB made it clear that ur pick in the side is based on ur performance in the domestic competition hence y they have an excuse not to pick Gayle but then it brings into question Why isnt Ramdin in the side since clearly he had the best performance over all the Wicket keepers in the caribbean. While i constantly see people calling for simmons to be the full time wicket keeper in these forums it may be a good move since it will allow for another bowler that the WI team needs badly but its too big of a risk what if he gets injured while keeping then what ? NOW they dropped nash which is a good move in my books but his replacement will be a key decision looking at the current picks the only "RIGHT" move will be to replace Nash with Russel. I think sammy should be in the WI team but not as the Captain he lacks imagination and i believe a prime candidate for captain is Ramdin my reason remember the 20/20 match where he captained the side few year ago?

  • simonviller on June 26, 2011, 15:45 GMT

    If we dont like a guy ,he can do nothing right for us .What's wrong with giving K.edwards another chance ? He should not have left out for the test after the ten wicket win prior,to bring in young Brathwaite who had no exposure to the opposition .We once gave another guy ,who scored five ducks in a row ,every chance imaginable and he is still failing todate .[Fletcher] .Edwards will silence his critics soon,he needs to be given a fair and consistant chance ....AS FOR Sammy ,please leave the guy alone people ,it's tough enough leading a poor team with batsmen who are not performing . He keeps every ball on a dime and batsmen out themselves ,that is more than we can say for our other bowlers . Do you people stop to think that if our batsmen ,starting from the openers to the keeper do their jobs, Sammy would look like a genius ? We never won with C.Gayle in the team , so stop blaming Sammy and the selectors for West Indies failures .

  • Technical-1 on June 26, 2011, 14:40 GMT

    Sammy Drop Catches off the other bowlers to make his stats looks good.. He ain't no darn god.. Look how he gave his wicked away with a soft hand.

    Nash need to stop poking and play his attacking game, I love Barat.. He just got sense.. he was like hell I ain't out their to poke. Baugh need to play his attacking shots.. stop poking! Poking shyt you leave to Shiv.. He will be there all day poking.. Ugly to see but valuable to the team.

    They just get on my nerves not knowing what roles they play in the team.. Play your attacking shots with sense I can take someone get out playing their shots that giving your wicket way poking and get caught a mid on or mid off or leg slip that pisses me off. Pisses me off really bad from the Chair of my US Home.

  • jimmy777 on June 26, 2011, 14:35 GMT

    brendon nash dropped & kirk edwards in, then what about sammy (only god can save west indies cricket) now from all the 8 main nations in world cricket, west indies has made a record of appointing a captain who is not even fit to be in a west indies B squad even as a substitute player, sammy wil bel not even be in the team before the end of 2011 this will happen, honestly gayle has made a mistake in the country versus club debate recently, but if you see their potential, gayle is 80 out of 100, sammy is 30 out of 100.

  • isad on June 26, 2011, 13:19 GMT

    According to the ad on television, when you play the West Indies you do not play eleven you play against 9 mil not out. There is no other professional team that would allow it's management (board and team management) to continue in their roles having not produced any improvements in the team performance for the past ten years or more. Not once in that period can we say "ok we are getting there". Poor poor, nine million it is time to make our voices heard, look into the stands at the games and it says how much we are hurting, it's time now for the next step, get rid of the management team.

  • on June 26, 2011, 13:13 GMT

    No player is above the game and Gayle must be made to account for this transgressions! I agree that Simmons should seriously consider wicketkeeping duties to make him a viable option in the team. Comparatively speaking, Sarwan has scored 57runs in his last six innings so he should have been sidelined with Nash. This is exactly where the IMBALANCE has been created! And to those crying out for Sammy's head, Test cricket is about stats which is derived from performance and current form, so I urge his detractors to look at his stats for 2011 so far and they will find Three (3) West Indians in the top 6 namely Bishoo, Rampaul and Sammy. You can only be considered as creating an imbalance when you underperform! So i would like to see: BARATH, GAYLE, BRAVO, SAMUELS,CHANDERPAUL,SIMMONS,SAMMY, RUSSELL,RAMPAUL,EDWARDS,BISHOO. (KIRK EDWARDS TO PLAY UNTIL SELECTORS FIND FAVOR WITH GAYKE AGAIN). For all those who are screaming for Gayle's return, has he accepted the retainer contract?

  • dragline on June 26, 2011, 13:09 GMT

    i would like to see this team on the field of play: Gayle, Barath, Darren, Sarwan, Samuels, Simmons(wk),Russell, Sammy,Rampaul, Bishoo and Edwards

  • Outswinging on June 26, 2011, 12:56 GMT

    Cablemannpete - I fully agree with you views on Russell the kid has immense talent and potential. Sammy is a nice guy, but is using up valuable real estate at the moment. Simmons needs to concentrate on his batting and settle down some. Hopefully, Mr. Fredericks can help him with is batting. WI needs to be more positive against spin and think a bit more, then they'll be on their way.

  • on June 26, 2011, 12:48 GMT

    When would these clowns called the WICB ever learn dropping Nash and bringing in another failure in Edwards while Chris Gayle is left inthe wilderness what more can I say let the circus continue.

  • PaddyRasta on June 26, 2011, 11:33 GMT

    @johnathonjosephs This was Nash's 3rd test in a row where he unfortunately failed, so the selectors can hardly be blamed for dropping him when the batting is the problem. He curiously though was the last century maker with Shiv a year ago, except of course for Gayle's 333. So the man certainly has potential. How do the selectors really expect him to demonstrate form again to be included in the team? He's is contracted to WI but will need some serious first class cricket to find form and this is in short supply at the moment.

  • on June 26, 2011, 11:13 GMT

    Perhaps WI board should all be sacked. There doesnt seem to be any effort being made to better WI Cricket. In recent years no player has shown consistant good form as you would expect from world class players.There doesnt appear to be much if any of an effort being made to develop good players. Come on Wi board the WI fans deserve better...

  • cablemannpete on June 26, 2011, 11:10 GMT

    For all you Guys who think that gayle is not supposed to be in the team, you are joking. look at his test record. Fact is gayle is an all rounder you need another slow bowler in the team and he shores up the frontline batting.My team would be Gayle,Bhrath,simons as keeper,daren bravo,Samuels,Sarwan,Chanderpaul,Russel,rampaul,rRoach,Bishoo sorry there is no room for sammy He is taking up a valuable space of the allrounder which belongs to Russel. the fact is Russel is a better bowler and a batsman who can pick up some valuable runs. Is it that the Wi are scared to show off Russeles talents because they dont want him in the IPL. Sorry Guys after Gayle this guy will be the second est Indian picked in The IPL I realy think he is better than Pollard. Fast and a heavy hitter hmm this guy is going to be real good.

  • VivGilchrist on June 26, 2011, 10:47 GMT

    SAMMY - 14tests 43wickets av27.27 4 5wi. Enough said.

  • on June 26, 2011, 9:10 GMT

    This shows problems in WICB

  • johnathonjosephs on June 26, 2011, 8:57 GMT

    taking nash out is a huge mistake... he is a great player (only test matches though). /Just because he didn't do anything in the first test doesn't mean anything. Only way I would justify Nash's exclusion is if Gayle was put back in.... but it doesn't look that way...... why does it look like WICB care more about their looks than their actual performance Honestly nobody cares what Gayle says and nobody cares if WICB is hurt, we just wanna see the man play, and by god let the man play for the sake of the country never thought personal pride was more weighted than the country's pride, but i guess it has been shown

  • dragline on June 26, 2011, 8:48 GMT

    if the selectorshave simmons in mind to keep wickets then the plan is not a bad one but kirk Edwards is not the best option we have. squad migth be: Barath, Edwards, Darren, Sarwan, Chanderpaul, Simmons, Sammy, Rampaul, Roach, Bishoo, and Edwards.

  • trucricket on June 26, 2011, 8:31 GMT

    I don't know why the West Indies cricketing community are so hurt over the fact Chris gale is not in the squad, for you the fans of Chris a little reminder West Indies team has never had a winning formula with Chris in the team whether as captain or as and opening batsman. Oh yes he can bat no dough , study the history of west indies cricket we have very poor record with gale,are we not in the same ranking as when he was there? I must say he is very arrogant and a poor leader he made very poor judgement in the pass, he speaks without ever properly assessing the situation and west indies team is better without him at this point. Hold him responsible for any incorrect statement he might have said and don't let him play and less he apologize. Our cricket is bigger than gale. Let Darren Sammy as your captain, if we can fail with the great Brian Lara and Christopher Henry Gale we can also fail with Sammy give him his fair chance. We certainly rebuild without Chris.

  • JustIPL on June 26, 2011, 7:33 GMT

    We cannot drop Sammy. He was very successful against Pakistan and furthermore he is reshaping west indies. Let be it for now.

  • on June 26, 2011, 7:33 GMT

    W I admisistrators (coach, selectors and directors) r taking our cricket to another level (bottom). their egos is much bigger than the game, their style is typical of third world dictators. Least the forget some one (fans) should let them know this is the 21st century and their mode of operations are outdated.The current administrators gives us a very good formula of how to get it wrong. Our cricket is in a sad state, our flags are half mast compliments of the adimn staff. Hey we can't beat an almost I P L team...because the players are playing under duress...

  • on June 26, 2011, 6:58 GMT

    It seems there are no other player in WI bench except Kirk Edwards. Why the selectors are so rigid and why don't they hint young players that they might also get a chance in National squad? For what incentives will the dedicate themselves for WI cricket as it is predicted whatever they do result will not change. From Pakistan series Onwards they have kept Edwards and he failed. Why do't they try some other batsman if it is not there they can easily understand the future for WI cricket.

  • tappee74 on June 26, 2011, 6:52 GMT

    It is true that Brendon Nash is out of form, but is he test material?It is evident that WI cricket is in the rubble, and with the current trend, we will continue to be the mocking stock of the world..I like Sammy,but is he test material?What is his functioin in the team? Is he a yes man that supports the whimps of the bosses?It is difficult to see a once thunderous team under the leadership of the GREAT Clive LLoyd suffering from the lack of leadership and decipline. LLoyd, a father,a teacher, one who lift WI cricket out of the doldrum in the mid seventies and eightie needs to be involved in the affairs of WI cricket.Who is Ottis Gibson?Who is Hunte?These honorary advocates need to sit in the pavillion and support the team of their choice.

  • on June 26, 2011, 6:34 GMT

    WI has dropped the vice Captain they axed the past captain hris Gayle what is Sammy doing there/. Bring backRamadin Gyle and a genuine fast bowler.

  • on June 26, 2011, 5:47 GMT

    friends do some strike against WICB to get Gayle, otherwise they will not bring gayle. If this type of Non sense happened in india means, definitely the indian fans will do something to get back their key players. so u fans do something against WICB to get back gayle, otherwise west indies cricket will suffer a lot..............

  • jagan77 on June 26, 2011, 5:37 GMT

    @Issac The next test is the one for the 350 plus score you have been waiting

  • Saskwatch on June 26, 2011, 4:52 GMT

    Drop Sammy. Sammy is ballast on the sinking WI ship.

    The WI Coach is also not a PROVEN head coach. Nor does he posses expert skills in cricket (merely played two tests). He is managing the team like a dictator of a failed third world state. He needs to be advised that its 2011 and this "motivational" style of his was abandoned decades ago by competent head coaches.

  • on June 26, 2011, 4:47 GMT

    Sammy needs to be replaced by Gayle, Baugh by Ramdin, and Bravo by Russell. Also, Nash can be replaced by Samuels. These changes would give us a chance to win.

  • JustIPL on June 26, 2011, 4:26 GMT

    However, there is an utmost desire on the part of Indian fans to beat WI in the presence of MAN of IPL Chris Gayle, the Windies will like to win without him. Furthermore, in case of a loss agaist WI who are to touch the bottom of ICC ranking after loosing the series 3-0 India can easily face save by saying that we were without tendulkar, sehwag, gauti, zaheer, gavaskar and kumble. It is nice that the WI board looks serious to lift their ranking and are bravely resting russel and the martin despite temptation that they can offset the absnece of gayle. I still believe this tour will be remembered by the fans for long awaited windies uprising and for Bravo, Bishoo, Martin and Russel. Bishoo got high profile wickets in both the innings just he could not contain Harbhajan in the first and dravid in the second. Also the first innings of the last test was usual event for Bhajji who has thrown his bat previously as well in the similar situations. Bhajji is becoming an allrounder now!!!!!!!!!

  • Evilpengwinz on June 26, 2011, 4:21 GMT

    As a neutral, I don't understand why everyone is calling for Sammy to be dropped. He's got a better bowling average than Jimmy Anderson, Graeme Swann, Morne Morkel, Zaheer Khan, Mitchell Johnson, Harbhajan Singh, Shakib Al Hasan and Dan Vettori - That's 8 of the 10 best bowlers in the world according to the ICC rankings. Of the 10 best bowlers in the world, only Dale Steyn (23.21) and Chris Tremlett (25.20) have better bowling averages than him at the moment. I bet if he bowled 90mph instead of medium pace, nobody would be calling for his head. Who would you bring in to replace a guy with a bowling average of 27, Jerome Taylor who is faster but has a bowling average of 35.6?

  • venkatesh018 on June 26, 2011, 4:20 GMT

    Dropping Nash is fine. But Andre Russell should have replaced him.

  • on June 26, 2011, 4:00 GMT

    Even though Nash has been in the best of form it's Darren Sammy who weakens the balance of the side as his bowling isn't threatening and the fact he dropped an important catch in india's 2nd innings probably help the wIndies lose the match. My team would be

    Barath Dowlin/deonerine Chanderpaul Sarwan Darren bravo Dwayne bravo Baugh(wkt) Rampul Roach Edwards Bishoo

    You have your 5 bowlers which the windies need as too much pressure is placed onto bishoo, rampul and Edwards.

  • Vindaliew on June 26, 2011, 3:58 GMT

    Nash will be back, but his dropping is probably a good thing for him. He's not just getting out to good balls - he looks absolutely outclassed out there due to lack of practice, and always looked uncomfortable and likely to get out. I'll back him to return to his best form very soon, though - he is a hard worker whose work ethic should be an example for the other players to learn from.

  • Isaac_7 on June 26, 2011, 3:01 GMT

    i would be the first 2 say im not a sammy fan, however, the bowling seems to have improved by leaps and bounds in recent past. Cant remeber when anybody scored over 350 in any format against windies. if the team is molded well, they really can do very well. If sammy is 2 continue as captain, the windies certainly need another allrounder, and simmons 2 keep(yes, in tests),with the long hours and training he can do it. Test X1: Gayle, Simmo,Sars,Bravo jnr, Samuels,Shiv,Sammy,Russell,Bishoo/Benn and 2 of these 4,Taylor, Fidel, Ravi,Roach. Looks a pretty good unit 2 me.

  • on June 26, 2011, 2:50 GMT

    lol..why all this arguement. We can wait for Gayle. He need to settle down with the board. Everything in life has a procedure and you must follow it accordingly. Now really and truely, it would be a dum move to drop Sammy...Look at his stats compare with the best bowlers in WORLD CRICKET...i feel bad for Nash.. Forst tiem he havemt performed in a while and now he is dropped. But thats the attitude west indies selectors should implement. keep having all the bastmen to hussle to get their place in the side. let them all be in doubt..if i know I have to pass the exam tomorrow or else I won't do it again..I promise you that I will be thinknig as that match as my last one..WEST INDIES GOTTA BE ON THE EDGE..THEY GOTTA TAKE EVERYGAME LIKE IT WAS THEIR LAST"....west indies have the most potential of al sides in my opinion

  • on June 26, 2011, 2:09 GMT

    WICB should consider a solid team approach, all this swapping and changing dos'nt give the player a chance to settle. Please bring in Gayle.

  • Ahsan_Shere on June 26, 2011, 1:53 GMT

    They are trying to get something out of the team to justify their decision of axing Gayle consistently. Here's another example; shame on you WICB

  • on June 26, 2011, 1:50 GMT

    Guys, Nash;s average may be less this season, but he is surely better than m any other. And if selectors had this in mind(to evaluate him), why make him vice captain?

  • on June 26, 2011, 1:25 GMT

    guys, Baugh is doing just fine, we dont want to go back to the days of jr.murray, browne, ramdin did not play for a while

  • VivGilchrist on June 26, 2011, 1:19 GMT

    Look at Sammys record. Funny thing is that if he bowled 15km/h faster, nobody would question his spot in the team.

  • on June 26, 2011, 0:27 GMT

    With this WI cricket board and selectors WI cricket is going no where but down... It is full time all this nonsense stop between the players and the board more significantly WIPA and the WICB... We should have our best eleven walking out on that field each time, players should be competing for places in the team.... My eleven would be (even though some are not in the squad) : Chris Gayle, Adrian Barath/Shiv Chanderpaul, Marlon Samuels, Ronnie Sarwan (Vice Capt), Darren Bravo, Lendl simmons (WK), Dwayne Bravo (Capt), Andre Russel/Kemar Roach, Jerome taylor/Ravi Rampaul, Fidel Edwards, Davendra Bishoo... That's how it should be Shiv is a more than capable opener and would hold the innings together from the get go... Lendl simmons can keep and is a good batsman (albeit in need of some more maturity)

  • on June 26, 2011, 0:23 GMT

    my xi would be: barath,simmons,sarwan,bravo,shiv,samuels,ramdin,sammy,rampaul,bishoo,edwards. This squad would hammer the indians. Samuels and bishoo will do the spin alongside the 3 pacers. Ramdin is in due to his good from domestically.

  • xlcrhs on June 26, 2011, 0:17 GMT

    Nash's failure is not his fault as the domestic season is too short and being played only in tests leaves him short of match practice. An interesting note is that Bishoo has a higher batting ave than both Baugh and Simmons who is being touted to keep wicket. After 5 years of failure it would be unwise to select Ramdin again, WI have a real problem on our hands. Baugh has some fine attacking innings against some of the top bowlers in the world early in his career but after his attacking 68 against Flintoff, Harmison and Hoggard he was severely criticized and the new look patient batting has not paid off. He should also learn that making a duck on your birthday is a travesty!

  • yocasi on June 26, 2011, 0:05 GMT

    ravroyal, u asked for someone to tell you why Sammy's in the team, so let me tell you. Among current international test bowlers, he is ranked in the top eight for those who have taken more than 30 wickets. Some of us need to check our facts before revealing our ignorance in public. Your obvious dislike for Sammy can't erase the reality that he is consistently the most effective bowler West Indies have at present. Taylor averages over 35/wicket, Fidel, almost 40, Benn over 40. Give Sammy a break, man. He has earned his place. Why don't u ask for Sarwan's head?

  • WI_anaylst on June 25, 2011, 22:49 GMT

    yes it makes perfect sense. Drop Sammy who is taking wickets instead of dropping all of these dead has been players.. We moan and complain about WICB and Chanderpaul and Sarwan are in this team and arent doing much better than the same youngsters...but of course its either Sammy's fault or WICB ...and then we wonder why WI cricket won't get anywhere

  • Douggy on June 25, 2011, 22:25 GMT

    Nash is a very good player but the lack of match practice before games makes him currently look like he is not ready to play at the highest level. Bad call to bring in Edwards he has trouble with spin as well Russell should have been called up because he can add positively to both the batting and bowling department.

  • on June 25, 2011, 22:18 GMT

    The rules of engagement r simple bat for 125overs in yr 1st innings at a rate of 3.25 & over and u will beat India or draw the match. We have the bowlers. Of course it will be nice to have Gayle especially for his off-spinners. Gayle is being though t a lesson in power and control. He is a fast learner. U cannot beat the WICB u either stay & bun or cut & run. He will return, but at the BOARD'S own time. And he will celebrate his return with a century. That's the man for u.

  • on June 25, 2011, 21:49 GMT

    Well we had a match to win and we blew it. And it wasn't because of SAMMY. Isaid it before persons dislike Sammy for non-cricketing reasons. When I read someone said make Sarwan the capt. I was totally convinced. How can u drop s/one who is performing. the bowlers did a great job with ball & bat, and Sarwan & Co. screwed up. U r hearing drop Sammy & BAUGH and bring Ramdin and maybe GANGA. Baugh make more runs than Sarwan, in the match funny! I am no fan of Baugh I think Simmons should keep, but I,m driving a pt. for those who can read. Imbalance my ass, the batters have to do their job.

  • NCassie on June 25, 2011, 21:42 GMT

    GOOD call to drop Nash due to his form, Carlton Baugh should be next in line, Ramdin plays spin better and should be given another chance, Baugh shot selection and effort is POOR when it comes to batting, keep up the hard work selectors, Sarwan should be given one more game, if he fails she should make way for Kirk Edwards.

  • on June 25, 2011, 21:36 GMT

    Love the team put out by Vikas Sharma. I would probably swap Dwayne Bravo and Darren Bravo though, and one or two other changes. So my team would read: 1. Gayle 2. Barath 3.Darren Bravo 4.Sarwan 5.Chanderpaul 6. Samuels 7. Russell 8. Ramdin 9. Taylor 10. Roach 11. Bishoo. Ramdin has done a good job in recent times but let's not forget that the for-whatever-reason maligned Taylor has been our best bowler for a couple years and Roach by a mile for at least the last year. Rampaul has been good for the pat couple months and needs to fight for his place. This is a team with 8 top class batsmen and five bowling options. Need another bowler? Drop Samuels/Sarwan and bring in Benn/Rampaul.

  • isad on June 25, 2011, 21:18 GMT

    Gilcrist was a keeper and excellent opening bat, problem is that Simmons is just ok as a keeper, Russel must play and Gayle must play, certainly Sammy must go, whilst he has taken a few wickets they were not with wicket balls they were more like gifts.

  • on June 25, 2011, 20:51 GMT

    Randy_ Wilson, I totally agree with you. Especially on the Russel issue. At least someone remembers how some on this forum were putting him down. You would think that WI started losing only when Sammy became Captain.

  • radar007 on June 25, 2011, 20:42 GMT

    It's not too late to add Chris Gayle to the side. Will you strengthen after WI has lost the series? Then it makes nonsense. Once again, your Board crew is disappointing the WI cricket fans. Comm'n Hilaire, act in a responsible way and strengthen the WI batting line-up. Do you care about WI fans? I think that you are focusing on fighting Chris Gayle rather than coming to an amicable compromise and include the IPL Champion. If this the case, it's a very poor example of Leadership, especially of the WICB. Are you thinking of stepping down to give way to a Leader who cares about WI cricket and their fans?

    Thx............Radar.

  • chris007 on June 25, 2011, 20:26 GMT

    People Like Micheal Holding, Viv Richards, Colin Croft, Brian Lara, Tony Cozier, Ian Bishop and Garry Sobers should be brought in west indies cricket to help. The currently selectors are no good. How Can A selector be playing 2 fast bowlers in a test match? Carlton Baugh is no good. Lendel Simmons needs to be work with so he can be our one day and 20/20 wicket keeper, and if he proves himself he should be the test match wicket keeper. Sammy should not be in the test team, cause his taking the pick of a bowler,batsman or all rounder. why recall kirk edwards. Andre Russel Should Be playing the role that flintoff played for england in their test team.

  • on June 25, 2011, 20:09 GMT

    Nash needed cricket in between test matches. I would have given him one more chance and would have told him to get some match practice in between the 1st and 2nd test. I like Sammy as captain but I also liked Gayle as captain too. This is a good unit but I believe that Chanderpaul and Sarwan are sulking for Gayle and if they don't want top lay they should just say so. Chanderpaul is a good player but lets face it Sarwan is a flat wicket batsman who is no better now than he was ten years ago when he made his debut. Marlon Samuels too is no better than when he first played ten years ago. The future isn't Samuels, Chanderpaul, Gayle or Sarwan. Now is the time to build a team and there is no way you can do so with Gayle in the squad. Gayle can bat but he needs to lose some ego. No one will talk about how many 20/20 runs you make Chris or how much money you made. They will only ask you how many test runs and hundreds u got. Simmons needs to keep Baugh is not a test batsman thats clear.

  • asokk77 on June 25, 2011, 20:04 GMT

    plz bring GAYLE into the squad for the 2nd test match

  • eagleeye33 on June 25, 2011, 19:46 GMT

    It's good to bring in another right hander to break up all the lefties in the middle order. Nash was due for a drop anyway. Simmons as keeper soundes liek a brilliant idea,but remember he is an opening batsman and it's going to be really hard on him physically to keep for a whole inning and then go out and open.

  • VEXXZ on June 25, 2011, 19:27 GMT

    Its about time to move forward without Nash . Kirk Edwards will not play in Barbados . Samules will get the nod.

  • ravroyal on June 25, 2011, 19:27 GMT

    I understand that Nash is not performing. Can someone tell me why Sammy is in the team? He can't bat, bowl, field, and he is definitely not a captain. I agree someone like MH or CC need's to take over this mess we call WI cricket. Samuels should also not be picked because who knows, he might be still fixing matches.

  • on June 25, 2011, 19:21 GMT

    BARATH,GAYLE,DWAYNE BRAVO,SARWAN,CHANDERPAUL,SAMUELS,RUSSEL,RAMDIN,RAMPAUL,ROACH,BISHOO.

  • popahwheely on June 25, 2011, 19:15 GMT

    India got this series 3-0. When will the WICB realize that they have to please the fans and pick the players people want to see play. WI cricket is going nowhere, first of all e need more games in the domestic circuit. 7-8 games a year can't produce world beaters. My XI from the selected bunch Simmons,Barath,Shiv,Lil Bravo,Sarwan/Samuels,Baugh,Sammy,Rampaul,Roach,Edwards,Bishoo. I would play the extra bowler because they have been batting better than the batsmen. Simmons don't have the temperament for test cricket but he will do until Gayle returns.

  • CricSamraat on June 25, 2011, 19:13 GMT

    West Indies' problem is their selectors and cricket board. There should be summary sacking, otherwise the world beaters of the yore will continue to sink in stinking gutters of the present and the future. Their stroke players as well as power hitters know that they do not have patient backing of the management, and they will continue to excel in mediocrity, as a result.

  • 1234.5678 on June 25, 2011, 19:09 GMT

    no indian and indian cricket fan can say it that WI gonna win second match and even a true cricket fan can tell the whole world that it is quite impossible sort of thing that india will loose to this WI team

  • Ajayvs on June 25, 2011, 19:02 GMT

    Common Guys why appoint him as Vice Caption if you are not sure of his place in the team. Looks like the West Indies selectors are currently doing a lucky dip on players and captians!!

  • BlackSage on June 25, 2011, 18:59 GMT

    Wrong again with Kirk Edwards. He is not ready!! They are setting him up to fail.

    I agree drop nash, he can't play spin. Bring back Samuels, he has talent and needs the chance to shine.

    Drop Sammy ( Leave Sammy for T20 and ODI. He is an economical bowler and can hit). Bring back Gayle.

    Drop Baugh( ... keep for T20 and ODI.), bring back Ramdin (Ramdin plays spin better than baugh and is a better keeper).

    Lastly Roach/Russell . Tough choice. If Simmons could keep, we could have both!

  • Jaglal on June 25, 2011, 18:46 GMT

    Can the selectors explain the continued selection of Carlton,half a man half a wicket keeper,Baugh.

  • Randy_Wilson on June 25, 2011, 18:43 GMT

    cont from my prev post. So IF Avg have to play a Part of making people get on West Indies Cricket Board. Sammy have all the right to be Part of the bowling Attack. I personally think Sammy is only good for T20. but people keep talking about stat. So if it's come to that Sammy Deserved to Play test. Also K Edward Avging more than 40 in FC matches. he deserved a Test Cap. As for Russel he should be playing, But again i am goign to saythis, just becasue he Made 90 Run we come and Say he deserved to be on the Team. before he made that 90 something he was a Waste. People wanted him out of the Team. his Bowling was Extremely Poor. even that time I was supporting him and say West Indies needs talent like him. but the public was against him and just because he made that run, people say he should play, i really wonder what up with the people. Russel should be playing no doubt he isa better Player to me than Dyawne Bravo and K Pollard. we need a new team, we will lose but our future is bright

  • gargi_vizag on June 25, 2011, 18:39 GMT

    it is difficult to understand the selection policies of the WI. How can Sammy be in the test side...he is an average cricketer who is useful in the shorter format, but is a liability in the longer format. My XI for the 2nd test would have been: Barath, Gayle,Sarwan,Chanderpaul,Russel,Darren Bravo,Baugh,Rampaul, Bishoo,Taylorl,Edwards. The other 3 in the 14 would have been:Samuels,Lendl Simmons,Roach. Four pacers in the XI and Bishoo would give the WI the best chance to level the series

  • Randy_Wilson on June 25, 2011, 18:38 GMT

    Why do yall want to Drop Sammy. Sammy take the break thru for West Indies in the 2nd innings if not they would of Scored More than 400 run for Wets Indie chased down. Also people may complain about Sammy drop catch eve if he toke it another Indian Batsman would of stand up. Getting rid of Nash was a Good Move and Also it's a Good move bring in K Edward he is better as a First Class batsman Avg More than 40. plus he will be playing at home, which will give him an advantage. and @ Subbaramansudarsan Sudarsan We had Gayle and Bravo, but the Question did they ever Win a Test match for us? out of 17 Test Match Gayle Captain he won only 4. This team now begin and won 1 test already and lost 2. wit 3 Draw matches. I think everyone out there dont want to See a West Indies Win. that the Honest Truth. If yall talking about Stats that Gayle avg 40 with bat etc. I would Say what yall think about Sammy he is avging better than all our First line Bowlers in Test. check it and see what i mean.

  • ireman72 on June 25, 2011, 18:36 GMT

    Well said Eristhee.The board works with ego not talents.If you stand up for your self or what right for W.I cricket, you can't play for the westindies . WE need great cricketing minds on the board.Individuals who cares and enjoy the game .Not egotistical idiots.

  • on June 25, 2011, 18:23 GMT

    Well the SAMMY haters sound so stupid, I wonder if some of them went to school...Sammy is better than Dravo and Russell as an allrounder...His stats speak for itself....I keep asking the SAMMY haters..Tell me if its because of him why WI is ranked at the bottom of the table for test and ODI?? Answer haters...The same losers like Gayle, Sarwan, Bravo, Taylor, Ramdin etc were the ones playin...They are the ones responsible...Some of you like you now start following the West Indies....Rohan Stowe say that

  • on June 25, 2011, 18:19 GMT

    West Indies need to recall Gayle which will only further strengthen their batting lineup. And board needs to put their massive ego aside and think for the betterment of West Indies Cricket. Otherwise this trial and error and non reconcilitary approach will not only hurt their self image but also dragging down the future of west indies cricket.

  • on June 25, 2011, 18:15 GMT

    All you who are writing against WICB cannot do any better. Wish the team well if you are a true Windies fan.

  • Mayfield on June 25, 2011, 18:15 GMT

    Until the WI correct the glaring mistake they made in making Sammy captain, which I assume will not happen until the end of this series, WI will continue to have an unbalanced team. There is no way that Roach should not be playing. Looking at the squad, who will you leave out on a fast Kensington wicket. Roach? Bishoo? Will Sarwan be left out in order to play the extra quick? Simmons? Given the state of their batting, they really can't afford to drop a batsman, so who do you drop. Going forward, the glaring mistake that was made needs to be corrected.

  • cccteam on June 25, 2011, 18:06 GMT

    why did they replace Nash with Kirk Edwards of all people.From what we have seen of him he is a very mediocre player.They could have replaced him Andre Russel who seems to have that fire in him.Bad choice.

  • on June 25, 2011, 18:00 GMT

    OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOK! Windies are a bowler short and yet they drop a batsman.....understandably and bring in another batsman. I thought the failure of Nash would save Sammy since they could bring in Bravo who has a good test record, giving how much he has been ruined by bad decisions. And has ah excellent 1st innings bowling record. But whaddya know windies still think after the new ball is done....its containing mode! smh

  • on June 25, 2011, 17:47 GMT

    i think WI win the 2nd test easily.......

  • on June 25, 2011, 17:41 GMT

    Considering the amount of runs scored by the West Indian bottom 4 in the last test match, they might be better served with a Russell in the line-up.. After all, he is pretty good with the bat too..

  • bihadi on June 25, 2011, 17:36 GMT

    Agree with MS... It matches with current team .. if we have Viru, gauti and the god back in the team .. they will be nowhere standing in front of India...

  • SUNILDASWANEY on June 25, 2011, 17:36 GMT

    DHONI IS COMPLETELY CORRECT.TALENT WISE WESTINDIS HAVE NO PROBLEM.EXCEPT FOR CHANDERPAUL THEY ARE LACKING SEVERLY IN MENTAL DISCIPLINE.THE FACT THAT THEY ARE HAVING MAJOR PROBLEMS WITH WICB IS NOT HELPING AT ALL IN THEM PROGRESSING UP THE LADDER OF IMPROVEMENT IN ANY WAY.

  • OT12 on June 25, 2011, 17:31 GMT

    How about dropping the Captain SAMMY who does not even deserve to play in a state side, WI should use the talent smartly, if I was running WICB I would have made them number 1 side in world couz the talent is there its just how you use it.

  • on June 25, 2011, 17:21 GMT

    no dwayne, no russel,no gayle.....its waste of time following this team....most dull and onesided, i hope the indians will not be complacent in there forth coming tour

  • on June 25, 2011, 17:15 GMT

    no way Dhoni, Your indian batting line up is much better. Vijay and kohli just need to get some good starts and then they can go on and make big runs, makund should score big in 2nd test

  • eristhee on June 25, 2011, 17:14 GMT

    dropped Brendan Nash and recalled Kirk Edwards, give me a break. I mean if they had recalled someone else I would have understood... These guys have no clue, the no brainier coach, the management (selectors).WICB needs to be overhauled. I look at south Africa and India and their veterans (ten,drav,vvs and kalis) who win them match and WICB want to get rid of what remains of our's, who keep the fans interested in the game. I have no problem with Sammy in playing T20's and ODI's but why is he in the test side. WI need four genuine wicket taking bowler and proper opening batsmen.WICB need to realise the cricket is for the fans and stop worrying about their ego's and pride. The fans need to start demonstrating against this So called board and get Micheal Holding or Colin Croft to head this clue less board.

  • shivdman on June 25, 2011, 17:11 GMT

    *sigh* Windies, Windies, when will you learn. Kirk Edwards had a fair amount of chances already although granted none have been in test and yet we give the young Kraigg Brathwaite only 1, one singular chance to play a test before he goes back to not being given a chance to show his talent? How many chances was a certain Devon Smith given hmm? Granted, neither Simmons or Barath is likely to lose their place in the side and I quite like watching both of them bat but that is not the point here. What if one of them gets injured of sick on the match day? I'm not saying whether Kraigg is a better player than Kirk or not. My point is we should give the young man a chance to show his talent like Kirk has already had. Windies say they are moving into the future but are you really? They are still making the same questionable selections as always.

  • Isaac_7 on June 25, 2011, 17:02 GMT

    Kirk Edwards, really? Sack these idiot selectors, board and appoint me and my friends. Still no J. Taylor and Benn. Just a thought, and although it may be it be a bit tough in the early, but what about letting Simmons keep in the tests. If he puts in some work, it could be a mastersrtoke.

  • Cpt.Meanster on June 25, 2011, 16:52 GMT

    I knew Nash would be the scapegoat. I seriously don't understand this rubbish that has become the part-n-parcel of WI cricket. What is Darren Sammy still doing in the team ? he's the main weak link in an otherwise decent side. He neither bats well and bowls average. If he went out, then WI could have kept Nash and brought in Roach or Andre Russell for more options. We all saw how good Russell is with both bat and ball. That's the kind of all-rounder WI needs. We don't need posers. As far as Gayle goes, I think the WI and him both have egos which is not good for the game in the Caribbean. They are playing with the pride and passion of our fans.

  • on June 25, 2011, 16:46 GMT

    forget nash and samuels, where is gayle... ??? With gayle there is little hope for WI. Wihtout gayle they are again going to be thrashed by india !!

  • on June 25, 2011, 16:42 GMT

    Nash was never consistent for QLD back in the days and he looked a better player now but obviously not. He is better then marlon samuels and lendl simmons for test match.

  • on June 25, 2011, 16:36 GMT

    they should fit in gayle at any cost and may be get in Russel, the team needs character otherwise it looks very spineless and looks like losers even before the game starts that leaves the captain clutching at straws in post match presentations

  • on June 25, 2011, 16:31 GMT

  • on June 25, 2011, 16:27 GMT

    I think its a harsh decision of dropping nash but a gud one.. also west indies selection i squite not gud.. because dey have quality batsman in the form of samuels. so considering him 4 d next test is a gud decision

  • on June 25, 2011, 16:24 GMT

    West Indies needs a settle team. Constantly chopping and changing is no ggod for individual confidence much less team spirit. Sign of desperation I would say. Samuels should played in the first test given that he had least had some cricket in the one dayers.

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  • on June 25, 2011, 16:24 GMT

    West Indies needs a settle team. Constantly chopping and changing is no ggod for individual confidence much less team spirit. Sign of desperation I would say. Samuels should played in the first test given that he had least had some cricket in the one dayers.

  • on June 25, 2011, 16:27 GMT

    I think its a harsh decision of dropping nash but a gud one.. also west indies selection i squite not gud.. because dey have quality batsman in the form of samuels. so considering him 4 d next test is a gud decision

  • on June 25, 2011, 16:31 GMT

  • on June 25, 2011, 16:36 GMT

    they should fit in gayle at any cost and may be get in Russel, the team needs character otherwise it looks very spineless and looks like losers even before the game starts that leaves the captain clutching at straws in post match presentations

  • on June 25, 2011, 16:42 GMT

    Nash was never consistent for QLD back in the days and he looked a better player now but obviously not. He is better then marlon samuels and lendl simmons for test match.

  • on June 25, 2011, 16:46 GMT

    forget nash and samuels, where is gayle... ??? With gayle there is little hope for WI. Wihtout gayle they are again going to be thrashed by india !!

  • Cpt.Meanster on June 25, 2011, 16:52 GMT

    I knew Nash would be the scapegoat. I seriously don't understand this rubbish that has become the part-n-parcel of WI cricket. What is Darren Sammy still doing in the team ? he's the main weak link in an otherwise decent side. He neither bats well and bowls average. If he went out, then WI could have kept Nash and brought in Roach or Andre Russell for more options. We all saw how good Russell is with both bat and ball. That's the kind of all-rounder WI needs. We don't need posers. As far as Gayle goes, I think the WI and him both have egos which is not good for the game in the Caribbean. They are playing with the pride and passion of our fans.

  • Isaac_7 on June 25, 2011, 17:02 GMT

    Kirk Edwards, really? Sack these idiot selectors, board and appoint me and my friends. Still no J. Taylor and Benn. Just a thought, and although it may be it be a bit tough in the early, but what about letting Simmons keep in the tests. If he puts in some work, it could be a mastersrtoke.

  • shivdman on June 25, 2011, 17:11 GMT

    *sigh* Windies, Windies, when will you learn. Kirk Edwards had a fair amount of chances already although granted none have been in test and yet we give the young Kraigg Brathwaite only 1, one singular chance to play a test before he goes back to not being given a chance to show his talent? How many chances was a certain Devon Smith given hmm? Granted, neither Simmons or Barath is likely to lose their place in the side and I quite like watching both of them bat but that is not the point here. What if one of them gets injured of sick on the match day? I'm not saying whether Kraigg is a better player than Kirk or not. My point is we should give the young man a chance to show his talent like Kirk has already had. Windies say they are moving into the future but are you really? They are still making the same questionable selections as always.

  • eristhee on June 25, 2011, 17:14 GMT

    dropped Brendan Nash and recalled Kirk Edwards, give me a break. I mean if they had recalled someone else I would have understood... These guys have no clue, the no brainier coach, the management (selectors).WICB needs to be overhauled. I look at south Africa and India and their veterans (ten,drav,vvs and kalis) who win them match and WICB want to get rid of what remains of our's, who keep the fans interested in the game. I have no problem with Sammy in playing T20's and ODI's but why is he in the test side. WI need four genuine wicket taking bowler and proper opening batsmen.WICB need to realise the cricket is for the fans and stop worrying about their ego's and pride. The fans need to start demonstrating against this So called board and get Micheal Holding or Colin Croft to head this clue less board.