India in West Indies 2011 July 3, 2011

Sarwan dropped for final Test

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Struggling West Indies batsman Ramnaresh Sarwan has been dropped for the third and final Test against India in Dominica. Kieran Powell, a 21-year-old batsman from Leeward Islands, has been named as his replacement.

Sarwan, 31, back in the Test side for the ongoing home season after nearly one-and-a-half years out, has struggled for form right through, starting with the Pakistan Tests. He managed only 54 runs in four innings against Pakistan, and his form nosedived further in the series against India, where he managed only 29 runs over the first two Tests. Sarwan seemed to have been informed of his axing soon after the second Test in Barbados. An hour after bad light ensured a draw, Sarwan tweeted: "Wishing the guys all the best in Dominica! Miami here I come." Warner Park in Dominica is the venue for the third Test.

Clyde Butts, chairman of the selection committee, said he expected Sarwan to make a strong comeback. "Ramnaresh is having a difficult time and it is best for him to make way and allow a player in better form to contribute to the team totals," he said. "We have no doubt about Ramnaresh's class as a batsman, he has proven himself countless times in the past and we are certain that he will return stronger in the near future."

Sarwan's replacement, Powell, played two one-dayers for West Indies in 2009, when the entire first-choice team pulled out of a home series against Bangladesh and the Champions Trophy in South Africa due to a contract dispute. He was among the first batch of players to train at the Sagicor High Performance Centre after it was established in 2010. He has played 23 first-class matches since his debut in 2008 and averages 38.91.

"Kieran is young but has been on the first-class circuit for some time and is a former Windies Under -19 World Cup player," Butts said. "He did well for West Indies A and scored an impressive hundred against England Lions in the WICB Regional 4 Day Tournament but got injured subsequently. We believe he has bright future and this is an excellent opportunity for him to show his worth on the international stage."

Squad Adrian Barath, Lendl Simmons, Darren Bravo, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Marlon Samuels, Carlton Baugh (wk), Darren Sammy (capt), Fidel Edwards, Ravi Rampaul, Devendra Bishoo, Kirk Edwards, Kemar Roach, Kieran Powell.

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  • delboy on July 6, 2011, 23:55 GMT

    Continued.. Even more importantly how does it assist in preparing players for life after they are no longer 'Good enough'..?

  • delboy on July 6, 2011, 23:54 GMT

    It seems the WI selectors solicit this forum to decide their team. I read somewhere last week how several members of the WI MANAGEMENT voted against Chris Gayle as captain on account of him ' not having natural leadership qualities' One would believe they would have spotted that before making him captain in the first place. In making him captain you also expect them to ensure that his difficiencies are managed. What is needed is a 360 degree appraisal system whereby, peer, subordinates and viewers provide feedback which allow management to structure the development pathway for both players and managers. I mention this because it appear that others now believe Baugh and Bravo should be the next captain/vice captain. What is the criteria? How does the WICB plan to mould the next prospects? What happens to someone like Sarwan and Devon Smith, once a player loses form; how does the board help them to regain it and the all important confidence?

  • on July 5, 2011, 14:30 GMT

    The timing of this move is poor....the team just saved a game through the good performances of a number of different players...Edwards, Samuels,Bravo,Baugh,Bishoo....players pick up their individual game together as a team winning as a team and losing as a team. Sarwan might have come good in the last game however replacing him with a new kid on the block Powell in a must win game? I don't get a comfortable feeling from watching Edwards I will take an out of form Sarwan over him Baugh had a good knock in the 2nd innings but is it enough given the fact that he has not been consistent with the bat and the fact that he was dropped on 0 to play the extra bowler??The captain is not contributing with the bat and is it enough to play the extra bowler expecting the tail enders to make runs or the top order to finally come good? India will probably play 2 spinners this game can our batsmen cope???? Not a good time to make a drastic change weakening an already poorly performing batting line up

  • somu1984 on July 5, 2011, 9:39 GMT

    I feel West Indies are in the midst of political gimmick... Sorry state for WI who once upon a time used to rule the Cricket in 1960's till early nineties.

  • PaddyRasta on July 5, 2011, 6:58 GMT

    @satspeare It's ludricrous dropping Fidel who had match figures of 8/132, the only bowler who really penetrated in the 2nd innings for Roach who is out of form and has lost his spark or even Taylor (what makes him the best test bowler in your mind?) There is no guarantee that either one of them will perform and without Bishoo to rein in the runs, it is a recipe for disaster. Bishoo took 3 wickets in the 1st innings, including the 2 batsmen who were actually making runs. And he had match figures of 7/140 in the 1st test. Also, one innings of 92 in an ODI from Russell does not make him an allrounder. Fidel's difference is his reverse swing - Raw pace is a thing of the past. And I think you are living the past and dreaming - What international team nowadays does not play a spinner?

  • enigma12345 on July 5, 2011, 6:55 GMT

    @sohaibahmad good squad if Andrew Russel and Jerome Taylor in bench

  • everfaithful77 on July 5, 2011, 6:45 GMT

    I agree that Sarwan deserves to be dropped but the REPLACEMENT with a rookie MAKES NO SENSE. I mean what is the STRATEGY behind this selection. Don't get me wrong Kieron POWELL is a very promising BATSMAN for all formats. However is this the RIGHT TIME to bring him into the team as opposed to experienced ALLROUNDERS like Andre RUSSELL or Kieron POLLARD? Powell if he plays would be under tremendous PRESSURE on test debut no matter what # he bats at. These young players need INITIATION in ODI's or practice matches. Whereas Russell for eg has played both test and ODI cricket and was BRILLIANT vs India in the ODI's with both bat and ball. His CONFIDENCE is high and should have been selected from 1st test. He will provide tremendous SUPPORT to the bowling squad reducing BOWLER FATIGUE and is also very capable with the bat as indicated with his blistering 92 vs India in the ODI's. WI NEED 5 BOWLERS TO BOWL INDIA OUT TWICE IN DOM. Selectors can call up RUSSELL or play ROACH as 5th bowler.

  • satspeare on July 5, 2011, 3:07 GMT

    @PaddyRasta- sir I am indeed watching the same game you are but my suggestion to play 4 fast bowlers in the same 11 is a wishful earning to recapture something from the past and against a team that is susceptable to pace. the formular has not won either of the two test even though we should have won them both.Since our batting is indeed letting us down - why not give Sammy four of the best bowlers available and bowl out India for less runs? Also , it seems as if the bowlers are more motivated than the batsmen to make runs, so why not have an additional bowler rather than one short? We in this reagion was not solong ago longong for our fast bowlers to recover and now they are available, we still don't play them together!! My suggestions are because :-Russel ( best prospecting all-rounder) and Taylor ( best fast bowler available) along with Roach and Rampaul will give Sammy the chance to play in THE position he is selected to be in - captain!! And Edwards wicket -after india's runs rush

  • Balb on July 5, 2011, 3:00 GMT

    I have seen Roy Fredericks and Clive Lloyd struggle for form and they both came back with blistering centuries. I though they would give Sarwan an opportunity to find his form in the last test. There is no domestic matches for Sarwan to find his form unless WI is taking him out for good and we will not see him touring later in the year. I have just read Dravid's comments on how difficult it was for the India batsmen, yet we are dropping guys and trying another No Namer - still not skillful enough.

    What happen with Andre Russell who should have played all the matches. The guy is a work horse hungry to play day and night. Why not give Craigg Braithwaite another shot and rest Simmons? And I do hope Adrian Barath and Darren Bravo will be the next captain and vice captain before the next world cup.

    WI do need a permanent trainer/ batting coach. WICB pays Hillaire and Butts big bucks for doing one man's job. Remove one and contract a good coach.

  • Douggy on July 5, 2011, 1:45 GMT

    Sarwan used to be such a good player i remember him playing his first test againist pakistan scoring 80 odd. Looks quite a different player now sad to say. His lack of foot movement has led to his downfall. Powell is a good young prospect that i dont believe is ready for this level as yet. Rusell would of been the better choice he also adds to the bowling department as well

  • delboy on July 6, 2011, 23:55 GMT

    Continued.. Even more importantly how does it assist in preparing players for life after they are no longer 'Good enough'..?

  • delboy on July 6, 2011, 23:54 GMT

    It seems the WI selectors solicit this forum to decide their team. I read somewhere last week how several members of the WI MANAGEMENT voted against Chris Gayle as captain on account of him ' not having natural leadership qualities' One would believe they would have spotted that before making him captain in the first place. In making him captain you also expect them to ensure that his difficiencies are managed. What is needed is a 360 degree appraisal system whereby, peer, subordinates and viewers provide feedback which allow management to structure the development pathway for both players and managers. I mention this because it appear that others now believe Baugh and Bravo should be the next captain/vice captain. What is the criteria? How does the WICB plan to mould the next prospects? What happens to someone like Sarwan and Devon Smith, once a player loses form; how does the board help them to regain it and the all important confidence?

  • on July 5, 2011, 14:30 GMT

    The timing of this move is poor....the team just saved a game through the good performances of a number of different players...Edwards, Samuels,Bravo,Baugh,Bishoo....players pick up their individual game together as a team winning as a team and losing as a team. Sarwan might have come good in the last game however replacing him with a new kid on the block Powell in a must win game? I don't get a comfortable feeling from watching Edwards I will take an out of form Sarwan over him Baugh had a good knock in the 2nd innings but is it enough given the fact that he has not been consistent with the bat and the fact that he was dropped on 0 to play the extra bowler??The captain is not contributing with the bat and is it enough to play the extra bowler expecting the tail enders to make runs or the top order to finally come good? India will probably play 2 spinners this game can our batsmen cope???? Not a good time to make a drastic change weakening an already poorly performing batting line up

  • somu1984 on July 5, 2011, 9:39 GMT

    I feel West Indies are in the midst of political gimmick... Sorry state for WI who once upon a time used to rule the Cricket in 1960's till early nineties.

  • PaddyRasta on July 5, 2011, 6:58 GMT

    @satspeare It's ludricrous dropping Fidel who had match figures of 8/132, the only bowler who really penetrated in the 2nd innings for Roach who is out of form and has lost his spark or even Taylor (what makes him the best test bowler in your mind?) There is no guarantee that either one of them will perform and without Bishoo to rein in the runs, it is a recipe for disaster. Bishoo took 3 wickets in the 1st innings, including the 2 batsmen who were actually making runs. And he had match figures of 7/140 in the 1st test. Also, one innings of 92 in an ODI from Russell does not make him an allrounder. Fidel's difference is his reverse swing - Raw pace is a thing of the past. And I think you are living the past and dreaming - What international team nowadays does not play a spinner?

  • enigma12345 on July 5, 2011, 6:55 GMT

    @sohaibahmad good squad if Andrew Russel and Jerome Taylor in bench

  • everfaithful77 on July 5, 2011, 6:45 GMT

    I agree that Sarwan deserves to be dropped but the REPLACEMENT with a rookie MAKES NO SENSE. I mean what is the STRATEGY behind this selection. Don't get me wrong Kieron POWELL is a very promising BATSMAN for all formats. However is this the RIGHT TIME to bring him into the team as opposed to experienced ALLROUNDERS like Andre RUSSELL or Kieron POLLARD? Powell if he plays would be under tremendous PRESSURE on test debut no matter what # he bats at. These young players need INITIATION in ODI's or practice matches. Whereas Russell for eg has played both test and ODI cricket and was BRILLIANT vs India in the ODI's with both bat and ball. His CONFIDENCE is high and should have been selected from 1st test. He will provide tremendous SUPPORT to the bowling squad reducing BOWLER FATIGUE and is also very capable with the bat as indicated with his blistering 92 vs India in the ODI's. WI NEED 5 BOWLERS TO BOWL INDIA OUT TWICE IN DOM. Selectors can call up RUSSELL or play ROACH as 5th bowler.

  • satspeare on July 5, 2011, 3:07 GMT

    @PaddyRasta- sir I am indeed watching the same game you are but my suggestion to play 4 fast bowlers in the same 11 is a wishful earning to recapture something from the past and against a team that is susceptable to pace. the formular has not won either of the two test even though we should have won them both.Since our batting is indeed letting us down - why not give Sammy four of the best bowlers available and bowl out India for less runs? Also , it seems as if the bowlers are more motivated than the batsmen to make runs, so why not have an additional bowler rather than one short? We in this reagion was not solong ago longong for our fast bowlers to recover and now they are available, we still don't play them together!! My suggestions are because :-Russel ( best prospecting all-rounder) and Taylor ( best fast bowler available) along with Roach and Rampaul will give Sammy the chance to play in THE position he is selected to be in - captain!! And Edwards wicket -after india's runs rush

  • Balb on July 5, 2011, 3:00 GMT

    I have seen Roy Fredericks and Clive Lloyd struggle for form and they both came back with blistering centuries. I though they would give Sarwan an opportunity to find his form in the last test. There is no domestic matches for Sarwan to find his form unless WI is taking him out for good and we will not see him touring later in the year. I have just read Dravid's comments on how difficult it was for the India batsmen, yet we are dropping guys and trying another No Namer - still not skillful enough.

    What happen with Andre Russell who should have played all the matches. The guy is a work horse hungry to play day and night. Why not give Craigg Braithwaite another shot and rest Simmons? And I do hope Adrian Barath and Darren Bravo will be the next captain and vice captain before the next world cup.

    WI do need a permanent trainer/ batting coach. WICB pays Hillaire and Butts big bucks for doing one man's job. Remove one and contract a good coach.

  • Douggy on July 5, 2011, 1:45 GMT

    Sarwan used to be such a good player i remember him playing his first test againist pakistan scoring 80 odd. Looks quite a different player now sad to say. His lack of foot movement has led to his downfall. Powell is a good young prospect that i dont believe is ready for this level as yet. Rusell would of been the better choice he also adds to the bowling department as well

  • dragline on July 5, 2011, 0:14 GMT

    my feeling is that dwayne bravo or norsingh deonarine should have been given an opportunity. barath, powell, darren, samuel, chanderpual, dwayne/deonarine, bough, sammy, rampaul, bishoo, edwards (roach)

  • PaddyRasta on July 4, 2011, 22:52 GMT

    @satspeare What game were you watching, man? Taylor and Russell? Fidel Edwards took a 5 for in the last Indian innings - Why change a winning formula and go with only pace in Dominica, this gives no options when the wicket turns and favours spin? And Bishoo has not only contributed with the ball but is a fantastic fielder and budding batsman too.

  • WTEH on July 4, 2011, 22:43 GMT

    Oh sure. Dropping Sarwan will do you good. Are you guys crazy. Change the captain, change management, then at least you guys can think about a future.

  • on July 4, 2011, 22:04 GMT

    I don't believe that Pollard is the best replacement for Sarwan so he may be getting this position by default. In the past he has not demonstrated the level of maturity with the bat that is required for him to perform well in the long games. Maybe he will surprise us in Dominica. I hope for the best. His bowling seems to be good thus far so he may be able to create a stir in the test match.

  • dchsdgvchdgck on July 4, 2011, 21:23 GMT

    it is good to see the WI BOARD is taking action against non performing players. is Simmons going to be next he has not shown up to the party either. He just holding Gayl'es play and the they treated Kraigg Brathwaite left a lot to be desired.All i am asking for is consistency in the selection process

  • on July 4, 2011, 17:40 GMT

    so what happen to DWAYNE BRAVO??? orr right WI rather lose than play 5 trinis at once

  • on July 4, 2011, 16:53 GMT

    It seems the selectors are bent on bringing a weaker side. Why not CD Barnwell for Sarwan? And why not Andrew Russell who plays as both batsman and bowler? Obviously the Chanderpaul stonewall approach is not working out. We need more offence. From his record I cannot see Powell as strengthening the side.

  • sohaibahmad on July 4, 2011, 16:08 GMT

    How about Gayle/Barath/Samuels/Bravo/Chanderpaul/Bravo/Ramdin/Rampaul/ Bishoo/Edwards/Roach

    Wishfull????

  • AkmalFan on July 4, 2011, 16:04 GMT

    Gayle and Sarwan are good batsmen. The Windies cricket board are selecting a lot of bowlers and need at least 6 batsmen and 5 Bowlers.

  • on July 4, 2011, 15:37 GMT

    WHAT has Sammy done to be included in the team? He should be dropped as well, just my thoughts.

  • on July 4, 2011, 15:29 GMT

    That should be WINDSOR PARK, and not WARNER PARK.

  • on July 4, 2011, 14:57 GMT

    I think Sawan should have been replaces with Dwayne Bravo. Its an oportunity for Bravo to bat at #4, which I think he is quite capable of doing and this would provide the additional bowler that is often lacking particular during the second innings.

  • on July 4, 2011, 14:14 GMT

    If Chris was playing india would not have made that bold declaration. That tells the story.

  • on July 4, 2011, 13:01 GMT

    Another blow to the Windies Batting line up. India had been denied a win citing bad light and play was stopped instead of Suspending it. Even after the light came out the umpires were not ready to continue the game. 3rd Test is going to be India's and will win the series in Carribean.

  • Akoben on July 4, 2011, 13:00 GMT

    Like I said previously, there is no doubting Sarwan's class but at this moment I too would drop him (I would have for Barbados). We need to bring in the extra bowler (Roach, warm up....) and Sammy HAS to move up the order and contribute wid de bat! Anything over 30 runs will do as we expect the other 5 batsmen to make 250 (50 per batsman) with the tail chipping in with 20-30 runs. We cannot continue to go in with just 2 front line bowlers. Sammy is doing the business with the ball, but in order to accomodate him further he needs to bat at 6 (or 5). Therefore for me, its a straight swap with Roach in for Sarwan. We then level the series. Over to you Coach Gibson...

  • Balb on July 4, 2011, 12:56 GMT

    I have seen Roy Fredericks out of form and he came back with furious centuires. I have seen Clive Lloyd out of form and he came back with blistering centuires. I would have expected Sarwan to play in the final test and be given at least one more opportunity to regain his form. By the looks of it there is not much domestric cricket left for him to participate in before the team tour away from home. So Sarwan might be at the end of the road just like Gayle, because the WICB will not give him a second chance. The team is so young so WI will not drop Sammy. I agree to rest Edwards and Bishoo to play Russell and to give Craigg Braithwaithe another chance. Simmons seem to be an ODI and tweny 20 player only. WICB, take note, by the end of the year or early 2012, look at Barath or Darren Bravo to captain West Indies and I do hope Andre Russell and Craigg Braithwaithe make the team permamnently by then.

  • on July 4, 2011, 12:25 GMT

    One of my favourite teams of all time are the Windies. I so badly want them to do well and come back half as decent as they were in the 80s even 90s would do when Richardson was the captain and they had two good bowlers in Ambrose and Courtney

  • chilling on July 4, 2011, 11:58 GMT

    at least we r moving forward with that move. now given how things are going and the way our players are getting out i must say i will like to see Devon Smith back. it is true he was given chances i cannot use my both hands to count however, we have players making similar mistakes and still keep their place in the squad. he is inform just had a bad outing against Pakistan. so guys look at it. I have the feeling that there is a lot going on in West Indies cricket right now other than gale. the players are really not in it.

  • on July 4, 2011, 11:46 GMT

    Its not the matter who is out, Its matter of who is in. WICB must respect Chris Gayle and must bring him back in to the squad..

  • VEXXZ on July 4, 2011, 11:31 GMT

    Its about time the Selectors call it QUITS with Sarwan . His" buddy" Gayle is not there to prop him up . It was Lara and Hooper back then who gave the Board serious trouble , now its Gayle and sarwan . I always thought that the WICB ran WI cricket .Now it is clearly shown. VEXXZ.

  • enigma12345 on July 4, 2011, 11:08 GMT

    Shiv Chanderpaul,Adrian Barath,Marlon Samuels,Darren Bravo, Lind el Simmons,A.Russel, Corbin(WK),F.Edwards,Kemar Roach,R.Rampaul,D.Bishoo.

  • on July 4, 2011, 11:01 GMT

    Gayle is the most destructive force to WI cricket.He stated he has no interest in test matches, he prefers the shorter versions of the game.He also abandonded the team on the last tour to england.

  • on July 4, 2011, 10:13 GMT

    @Dale-force_winds_steyn_the_pitch...don't u think buddy this transition period has gotten a bit too long...almost 15-16 years...

  • BustIPL on July 4, 2011, 8:58 GMT

    Windies are also experimenting and did not come out all guns firing against the world champions. They are also avoiding the temptation of playing russel, gayle, sr. bravo, martin, ramdin. Nice to see windies staring at the world champions relentlessly.

  • khalekk on July 4, 2011, 8:54 GMT

    Ok now tell me how is calling up Kieran Powell going to solve the problem? He has only one FC century, his List A record is horrendous. He needs 2-3 more years of domestic cricket before he should even be considered. U19 performances should not really count to be honest for test cricket at least. I say give Sarwan a little bit more time, he's got the experience and the ability that most of these young WI batsmen don't have.

  • on July 4, 2011, 8:49 GMT

    To drop one failure for another failure is pointless, I would have thought the West Indies selectors would have tried an Andre Russel or a Martin or a Ryan Hinds or even William Perkins, but to go for Kieron Pollard (NOT Kieron Powell) is a backward step in my opinion.

  • VivGilchrist on July 4, 2011, 8:24 GMT

    @dragline, how can they drop Sarwan? Well, he's averaging about 9 this home season. You cannot retain your spot with those performances. He will not be forgotten. Kirk will get his chance to show if he's up to it. On current form WI will not lose anything by making this change. The bowlers are performing, it's now up to the batsmen. Roach, Taylor, Russell, and Benn are all waiting in line, but there's no real depth yet with the bat.

  • on July 4, 2011, 7:52 GMT

    sarwan's technique has been exposed..thats y not able to score runs..now need to find weakness of chanders..then india will win comfortably...

  • on July 4, 2011, 7:51 GMT

    i dont know why they are keeping out Gayle from the squad...they should take him and let him play his natural game....WI cricket board really going crazy

  • Dale-force_winds_steyn_the_pitch on July 4, 2011, 7:46 GMT

    Looks like West Indies Board are looking to rebuild- good on them! The team is in a transition period, and the selectors are therefore looking to give youngsters experience at the top level, as they are the future! Good on you WICB!

  • satspeare on July 4, 2011, 7:14 GMT

    Since Gayle is not back from IPL yet and Sarwan is out - how about playing a team to WIN one in this series? Adrian Barath, Kirk Edwards, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Darren Bravo, Marlon Samuels, Carlton Baugh (wk), Darren Sammy (capt), Kemar Roach, Ravi Rampaul, Fidel Edwards / Devendra Bishoo & Andre Russel / Jerome Taylor. This team has five batsmen and five bowlers with a keeper. Personally I would have Edwards and Bishoo sit out this game and play Taylor and Russel. Sammy get more support with bowling and Russel and Roach can do some hitting too. The Indians are not doing so good aganst pace so why not paly 4 of them? We should have gotton them out for less than 200. We also need to bat longer - to lose a test match with more than a day to spare!! How easily this could have been WI 2 up!! Moving Chanderpaul up the order may lend itself to a return of confidence! Darren Bravo to stay at #4 for a few more games. Good luck WI - just wish if WICB would just have Gayle back in the team!!

  • on July 4, 2011, 7:14 GMT

    Good move.But West Indies should have bought Chris Gayle.I still think an aggressive batsman like him is needed for West Indies to put opposition team in back foot from very early stages of the match...like Sehwag,Dilshan and Tamim Iqbal.Its a shame a man with two thriple hundreds is sitting out and watching the game where no one of the players from both teams has made a thriple century.

  • Stevie-Love on July 4, 2011, 5:57 GMT

    How are we going to get the extra batsman or bowler in there when Sammy is taken up a spot?

  • anver777 on July 4, 2011, 5:54 GMT

    The cut was on the cards...................Sarwan is badly out of form & need to score some runs in domestic matches & re gain his confidence back.

  • on July 4, 2011, 5:09 GMT

    SRT_GENIUS you r really genius...........perfect comment....................The one of the brightest moment in WI cricket history post Viv Richards era was the record breaking 415 + successful chase in final innings of test against mighty Steve Waugh's Aussies..................and gues who who were the architects of that chase ....not Lara but it was SARWAN and Chanderpaul.

  • on July 4, 2011, 5:00 GMT

    i dont know exactly what is going on with the WI cricket board and players. thougg the bowlers are perforrming wel , the batsmen are not able to score in the home land......we miss gayle. hope he will be back in business soon. WI cricket should improve for their further test place and odi place.

  • on July 4, 2011, 4:38 GMT

    windies cricket board is spoiling its own talents by preventing a non performing player like sarwan and not giving a chance to a player like gayle...god save windies cricket

  • frommoonman on July 4, 2011, 3:59 GMT

    Drop Sammy and bring in Roach, Drop Simmons and bring Gayle...ALL Problems will be solved - No way India can win against WI with Roach and Gayle as part of the team.

  • PavanM on July 4, 2011, 3:29 GMT

    I feel selectors trying to save Sarwan . Sarwan is out of form. He will any way fail in last test. I do not see any point selecting Kieran Powell for final test. He is debutent and He can do nothing .He should be given chance for one entire test series. if selectors want fire any player in middle for series ,it should be replaced with experienced one like Pollard,or DB.

  • Robster1 on July 4, 2011, 3:11 GMT

    A sad, but correct decision. Here's hoping in time, Sarwan returns.

    Good to see Baugh making some runs in Barbados when it really mattered.

    And a wicket with real pace is vital for the third test.

  • tappee74 on July 4, 2011, 2:52 GMT

    To whom much is given,much is expected.Sarwan has been given a fair chance, but neither him nor the WI team has benefitted in recent times. His lack of form leaves the selectors with no choice than to let him go.His contribution to the WI team cannot be forgotten, every cricketer goes through this phase at some time in their careers and his is no exception.I welcome the new recruit with great anticipation,i hope the find reveals a decent replacement.I think the board and the selectors are very frustrated with the present state of WI cricket.It is obvious that the choices are not much and even those at hand are questionable.I am proud to be a West Indian, I experienced some of the greatest moments listening and watching WI cricket,our heritage is impeccable,stories of the great Ws,sobers,lloyd,kanhai,Viv, Kalli,Fedricks,Richardson,Greenidge,haynes,marshall,holding,roberts,croft,ambrose chanderpaul,lara,rowe and the list goes on, will forever be a discussion of thrills.

  • on July 4, 2011, 2:09 GMT

    jsut give him some time....that what all teams does to players who under perform....

  • keepinitreal4tru on July 4, 2011, 1:33 GMT

    They need to set some lively pitches for our players and bowlers to develop properly.

  • Silloh on July 4, 2011, 0:08 GMT

    Sorry that Sarwan could not be included among the 13, but no one can question the decision and he should not have been surprised. After al,l he is a senior experienced player and his current batting performance is dismal. Change can be traumatic but without changes on the WI team, it would have been the same sad story. It has taken the WICB a long time to take hard decisions , but now is the time for the youths to step up and grab the opportunities with both hands and play with passion. At least we are giving ourselves a chance to build a team and improve through time. We have a bowling coach and the results are evident. For batting though, there is a consultant in Haynes. Sure the players at this level must know the basics, although sometimes you have to wonder , but why not have a full time batting coach. This is not asking too much especially for the in experienced batsmen.

  • on July 3, 2011, 23:25 GMT

    ramdin only makes runs when it doesnt matter either...both him and baugh...sammy is a good player who needs the suppoty of the region to carry this west indies team. if we fail 2 show confidence in him, then how will the team b successful? talkin about Gayle is a dead horse. Him being on or off the team doesnt make a SIGNIFICANT difference to the results of the matches. the gayle issue is just like the brian Lara issue, where west indies fans and players thought they needed a particular player 2 win matches but still lost most of them anyway!!!!!

  • SRT_GENIUS on July 3, 2011, 23:07 GMT

    Frequent changes is not the solution. Frequent change is the problem.

  • maddy20 on July 3, 2011, 21:54 GMT

    WI need a batsman who can intimidate the opposition and dermoralize the opposition with a brisk start. Too bad WICB have antagonized the the only player capable of doing that. And they thought India can't handle the pace and bounce of Barbados! What a folly!

  • PaddyRasta on July 3, 2011, 21:52 GMT

    It's not difficult to see what's going on here. Leeward Islands batsman for Dominica Test to stimulate some local interest. Kirk Edwards should get the nod here though. He has more potential.

  • Principle on July 3, 2011, 21:47 GMT

    Not a moment too soon.We need to get rid of these so called big players and start rebuilding.

  • on July 3, 2011, 21:33 GMT

    The West Indies is in dire need of a genuine all-rounder:Andre Russell it seems could be the man for the job.

    Sammy is presently bowling reasonably well but I do not believe he is as good a batsman as Russell.Bravo the allrounder is a better batsman than Sammy but Sammy deserves the edge as a bowler---and even if Sammy is not taking wickets---he is likely on a regular basis to be more economical than Bravo. Russell should be given a run:he has what it takes to be a great cricketer.

    If Russell is in and Gayle ,Sarwan and Sammy out,the big question is who will be captain? If Carlton Baugh does not perform consistently as a batsman,he could loose his place permanently.

  • on July 3, 2011, 21:26 GMT

    The dropping of SARS is no surprise. The plan is in motion. SHIV is next,the writing is on the wall. Only a miracle can bring SARS back into WI cricket. I'm not too optimistic about this young player, but I wish him well. Maybe Simmons will bat better lower down the order. But for me it would have been RUSSELL for SIMMONS. I like the 6/5 combination. Time will tell.

  • Isaac_7 on July 3, 2011, 21:17 GMT

    Agreed that Sars should be dropped, but maybe the timing was bad. Good choice of Powell, but really poor timing from the WICB. I think Siimo should also be dropped from the test team, and play ODI'S and keep. If Sammy plays in the Test team, it leaves the bowling 1 short. Hence I usggest Russell also play. Team: Gayle, Barath,Samuels,Bravojnr,Shiv,Sammy,Baugh,Russell,Rapmaul,Fidel,Benn/Bishoo.If the top order fails, the counter attack, with Sammy,Baugh Russell. Let's face it, those 3 are no good at blocking, but smashing it out of the park. A solid top 5 then the party tricks, with a capable bowling attack ,really good team.

  • on July 3, 2011, 21:14 GMT

    Dropping of SARS no surprise.Only a miracle can bring him back into test cricket,trust me. THE plan is on the move. Only SHIV left to go.The writing is on the wall. I'm not too optimistic about the move,but wish the young player well. Russell for SImmons wouldn't have been a bad move. But maybe SImmons might do better down the order.Time will tell.

  • on July 3, 2011, 20:53 GMT

    With Chris Gayle out of the picture, why is Dwayne Bravo, Denesh Ramdin and Jerome Taylor being ignored by the selectors. Bravo can add stability to the batting line up, while Taylor with his pace will do wonders to WI bowling along with Edwards and Rampaul. Ramdin is the best wicket keeper in the region and it's disturbing to most West Indies fans that's he's not in the side. West Indies cannot win the third test with this squad.

  • yocasi on July 3, 2011, 20:42 GMT

    Kilkenny, seems like you have great taste in western novels (Louis L'Amour d best, by far) but regarding cricket, you are innocent based on your Sammy comment.

  • drtrinileggie on July 3, 2011, 20:42 GMT

    Too bad Baugh and Sammy still in this squad. Buagh only makes runs when IT DOES NOT MATTER!!!!!!!!

  • on July 3, 2011, 20:37 GMT

    why butts doesnt drop sammy and then he and the whole selection commite should give it up.enough is enough.

  • on July 3, 2011, 20:02 GMT

    I no longer want to see WI Cricket. If I can only learn not to care! The reality is that with or without the senior players the West Indies team is a mess. The problem can't reside just with the players, and shuffling demoralized, less than competent players can offer no solution to the present problem. Some introspection must be done by the management team, the WICB, the players and WIPA.

  • rsurya on July 3, 2011, 19:54 GMT

    if keiron pollard is trained in tests then he will be a great asset in ODI's. anyway someone will be getting 20 or 30 odd runs in that spot, let it be pollard. Investment!!!.

  • dragline on July 3, 2011, 19:51 GMT

    i am surprise that sarwan is drop from the team and simmons is retained. sarwan is our best player. how can we drop sarwan? why is kirk edwards in the team ahead of someone like norsingh deanorine, who is a much better player. i don't like the composition of this team. good to see kieron been given an opportunity. hope he does well.

  • on July 3, 2011, 19:46 GMT

    Sarwan dropped for final test match!

  • on July 3, 2011, 19:33 GMT

    Where is Dwayne Bravo for 3rd test who is good batsmen also good bowler, didn't even mentioned about him in this article

  • on July 3, 2011, 19:27 GMT

    Ramnaresh Sarwan is down on confidence and I wish him all the best. He need to get away for a while and regain his form and confidence. Chris Gayle is making a fool of himself and I can't see how how he is helping the current situation with the WICB by coming out with his personal statement. He is badly advised. Why not write a book when he retires and put the record straight. Just goes to show it's about self interest.

  • yocasi on July 3, 2011, 19:07 GMT

    Good to see the selectors showing some ballz. No one should be in the team based mainly on reputation. We need a genuine meritocracy in Windies cricket if we are to progress.All we've got from the so-called big guns have been the occasional decent score, usually in a dead rubber. The young players can learn nothing but slothfulness and defeatism from them. Once management doesn't panic and yield to the mob, this unit that's being forged now, will be a force to reckon with in 12-18 months. Good luck in Miami, Sars.

  • on July 3, 2011, 19:06 GMT

    i was also a test match until this west indies series... with a run rate less than 3 it is very boring to watch.. pitches should give an even chance for both the batsman and bowler....

    R they making pitches like this, keeping in mind the lack of available time?? With these kinds of pitches sure cricket wil die in WI n worst of is their attitude.. avoiding Gayle is sheer stupidity.. killing their dying cricket quicker..

  • Jayco on July 3, 2011, 18:58 GMT

    @ Lance Kilkenny, I know there are always questions over Sammy but you suggest he doesnt ever get 5 wkts. He's taken 5 wkts four times in 15 tests, which means he takes 5 wkts more often than any world bowler, and his test bowling average of 28.86 is the best in the west indies for years, and one of the current best in the world. He's unfashionable, but you can't argue with his wicket taking.

  • bobbypisces on July 3, 2011, 18:52 GMT

    why drop sarwan now with only one test remaining , what different can this kid makes at this point not like W.I. can win the series, this is how the WICB is distroying young players and west indies cricket when they bring in young players in a presure situtation and they fail like brathwaite in the pak game and don't play them again their confidence in shattered can't good for them mentally

  • buckleysboyz on July 3, 2011, 18:45 GMT

    Lance Kilkenny, Sammy should have more runs also but he have score more runs than Sarwan even in one inning...should Sarwan remain in the team without helping the team by making runs but Sammy should be drop for marking more runs than him and taking some wickets...Sammy made 78 runs and took 10 wickets versus Pakistan and 40 runs and 5 wickets versus India so far...and if your following the cricket Sammy have taken 5 wickets 4 times in 15 test matches....I wish he had more runs and more wickets.

  • on July 3, 2011, 18:38 GMT

    Common we need gayle !!!!

  • on July 3, 2011, 18:37 GMT

    common guys, we need gayle!!!!!

  • CandidIndian on July 3, 2011, 18:34 GMT

    Sarwan is doing the same what Vijay is doing for Indian team, both are extremely disappointing ,now India should drop Vijay and Patel should come in.Also i hope Badri gets a chance.About WI who knows they may play with 5 bowlers with Roach in.

  • on July 3, 2011, 18:31 GMT

    Doh worry mih Boi Ronni. Yuh tek ah rest maan, We show dem da class later . Nah!! aint de end ah da road..... Ah wish WI de bess in Dominica

  • on July 3, 2011, 18:23 GMT

    Nowadays it seems like Cricket boards play bigger role than players. And most of these boards already messed up their cricket. Best examples are WI,PK,SL. WI is messing with Gayle for telling the truth. Same kind of thing going on with Afridi & PK board. And former interim committee has ruined SLC. Now they are running on debt & politicians directly responsible for that from the top. And minister is of course helpless here he's afraid if he would sack like former sports minister.............. when coming back to WI scenario please dudes take back Gayle. You guys are ridicules to watch without Gayle. you cant end a career of a legend like this. You dont have the right.

  • on July 3, 2011, 18:19 GMT

    If you are an Indian fan, this is good news. If they find a way to drop Chanders that would be even better.

  • Dashgar on July 3, 2011, 18:15 GMT

    Don't know why people call for Sammy to be dropped, he has been bowling better than Rampaul, is a good fielder, potentially much better batsman and the captain. They have persisted with Sarwan admirably but you can only persist with a player for so long. Sarwan was supposed to be their best batsman this series and if he had given a single decent performance then the Windies would probably have won a test by now. The bowlers have done brilliantly and can't have a number 3 not contributing to back them up. Powell however is a bit of a nothing replacement, would have much prefered Pollard or Bravo snr to come in. They are good batsmen, useful bowlers and excellent fielders. The perfect number 6

  • on July 3, 2011, 18:08 GMT

    I am so angry, this is so much rubbish. If you are good, your good. The selectors should take the main responsibility and Ottis Gibson for this. The man has been out of international cricket for a year and a half - of course he is going to take a while to get back into things. Kirk Edwards is not even fit to lace Sarwan's boots, and Powell is not better than him. Instead of sticking by him and giving him some confidence they decide to get rid of the man. I'm now backing India even more for this final test. I hope they annihilate West Indies in the final test, with the exception that Simmons, Bravo and Rampaul do well. I hope MS Dhoni and co. are ruthless and beat West Indies in 2 days.

  • on July 3, 2011, 18:07 GMT

    Another player from Nevis makes the West Indies team

  • on July 3, 2011, 18:05 GMT

    all the selectors should be fired,Brathwaithe should be in that team,why is Simmons still playing.The windies gone to the dogs

  • Ozcricketwriter on July 3, 2011, 18:03 GMT

    I thought that was Keiron Pollard, but apparently not. Why isn't Pollard in the team, by the way? Same reason Dwayne Bravo and Chris Gayle are missing?

  • on July 3, 2011, 17:53 GMT

    How come everybody but Darren Sammy getting dropped? I guess its because he's consistently making fifties and always taking five wicket per innings (sic).

  • on July 3, 2011, 17:52 GMT

    Very good move by West Indies. They should also patch up with Gayle and bring him back. Of course Gayle's future is being jeopardized and the entire world wants to see a resolution so that he can resume playing Test and One Day cricket. I hope WICB and Gayle get this message and learn to get along. Worlds needs players like Gayle. They are an inspiration to the game of Cricket.

  • delastbastion on July 3, 2011, 17:52 GMT

    To drop Sarwan and retain Simmons, baugh......tsk,tsk,tsk. Sarwan is a class player, he's only 30 and is by far and away the best batter in the west indies..was just a matter of time before he got back his groove....heres a player who just three weeks ago was winning odi games for the WI....big mistake to drop him

  • on July 3, 2011, 17:50 GMT

    Sammy needs to be dropped and simmons needs to learn how to construct an innings

  • Gupta.Ankur on July 3, 2011, 17:48 GMT

    I think they needed to drop "Slow and lovely" Chanderpaul as well............somebody needs to tell him......that runs, not number of balls faced count in the score-sheet...

  • justcallmekrish on July 3, 2011, 17:45 GMT

    Shoulda been "kieron pollard" its about time he gets a test run

  • on July 3, 2011, 17:42 GMT

    West Indies are also using their due share of experimentation. They have created some impression in the absence of Gayle and Bravo. against Pakistan and India. On the other hand they have discovered Samuels and Darren Bravo. Their bowling bowled out world champions on few occasions already and their batsmen ensured draw in the end for second test. India also used this series for exerimentation so far which has given west indies chance to redeem themselves. Sammy is under criticism for his contribution so far but has been successful in getting some team work from his team while Gayle was just a solo power. If he(gayle) was gone then windies were always down and out. We hope that man of IPL will come back soon in windies colors.

  • on July 3, 2011, 17:39 GMT

    One thing is clear, WI misses Chris Gayle.

  • WI-NZ-SA-ENG on July 3, 2011, 17:39 GMT

    Again all part of WICB to ruin cricket from the top four islands and bring it to the smaller island even if it isn't the best team or even near the best, i hope powell does gud.

  • on July 3, 2011, 17:33 GMT

    The selectors took to long in dropping him,but what about Andre Russell

  • shrastogi on July 3, 2011, 17:28 GMT

    If WI can keep out Kemar Roche from playing eleven at Barbados & Jamaica then others playing in place of him must be really good. Batting is bound to struggle on the kind of pitches that have been provided which has manifested in even Indian side struggling. WI is facing a second string Indian side and needs a mix of experience and youth. Not having gayle due to his mercenary attitude is a problem in itself. They should have had Sarwan.

  • CricketChat on July 3, 2011, 17:05 GMT

    Sarwan's sacking was on expected lines. He should also explore outside options like Gayle. It is hard to imagine he will be back in Test squad anytime soon under the present WI regime. To be fair, he did get his chances but failed utterly to justify his place in the side, experienced or not. Chanderpaul should have been axed too. He is definitely the white elephant in the side now.

  • cricketfan2526 on July 3, 2011, 16:57 GMT

    He should be there in the squad, even though he is not in his best of form

  • on July 3, 2011, 16:56 GMT

    Hmmm that is an interesting replacement... if only the Windies could find a way to play Roach, Edwards, Bishoo and Rampaul... Sammy has been doing a good job but has a major impact on the balance... if they can play 5 batsmen and a wk, perhaps bring in Andre Russell and strengthen the bowling a lil bit more? although, it has been the batting that's really let them down...

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  • on July 3, 2011, 16:56 GMT

    Hmmm that is an interesting replacement... if only the Windies could find a way to play Roach, Edwards, Bishoo and Rampaul... Sammy has been doing a good job but has a major impact on the balance... if they can play 5 batsmen and a wk, perhaps bring in Andre Russell and strengthen the bowling a lil bit more? although, it has been the batting that's really let them down...

  • cricketfan2526 on July 3, 2011, 16:57 GMT

    He should be there in the squad, even though he is not in his best of form

  • CricketChat on July 3, 2011, 17:05 GMT

    Sarwan's sacking was on expected lines. He should also explore outside options like Gayle. It is hard to imagine he will be back in Test squad anytime soon under the present WI regime. To be fair, he did get his chances but failed utterly to justify his place in the side, experienced or not. Chanderpaul should have been axed too. He is definitely the white elephant in the side now.

  • shrastogi on July 3, 2011, 17:28 GMT

    If WI can keep out Kemar Roche from playing eleven at Barbados & Jamaica then others playing in place of him must be really good. Batting is bound to struggle on the kind of pitches that have been provided which has manifested in even Indian side struggling. WI is facing a second string Indian side and needs a mix of experience and youth. Not having gayle due to his mercenary attitude is a problem in itself. They should have had Sarwan.

  • on July 3, 2011, 17:33 GMT

    The selectors took to long in dropping him,but what about Andre Russell

  • WI-NZ-SA-ENG on July 3, 2011, 17:39 GMT

    Again all part of WICB to ruin cricket from the top four islands and bring it to the smaller island even if it isn't the best team or even near the best, i hope powell does gud.

  • on July 3, 2011, 17:39 GMT

    One thing is clear, WI misses Chris Gayle.

  • on July 3, 2011, 17:42 GMT

    West Indies are also using their due share of experimentation. They have created some impression in the absence of Gayle and Bravo. against Pakistan and India. On the other hand they have discovered Samuels and Darren Bravo. Their bowling bowled out world champions on few occasions already and their batsmen ensured draw in the end for second test. India also used this series for exerimentation so far which has given west indies chance to redeem themselves. Sammy is under criticism for his contribution so far but has been successful in getting some team work from his team while Gayle was just a solo power. If he(gayle) was gone then windies were always down and out. We hope that man of IPL will come back soon in windies colors.

  • justcallmekrish on July 3, 2011, 17:45 GMT

    Shoulda been "kieron pollard" its about time he gets a test run

  • Gupta.Ankur on July 3, 2011, 17:48 GMT

    I think they needed to drop "Slow and lovely" Chanderpaul as well............somebody needs to tell him......that runs, not number of balls faced count in the score-sheet...