New Zealand in USA and the West Indies 2012 June 25, 2012

Uncapped Samuel Badree picked for T20s in USA

ESPNcricinfo staff

West Indies have picked uncapped legspinner Samuel Badree in their squad for the two Twenty20 matches against New Zealand in Lauderhill, Florida on June 30 and July 1. Darren Bravo hasn't been selected after he returned to the West Indies from the tour of England due to a groin strain. Also missing are seamer Tino Best and allrounder Andre Russell, who picked up an injury during the first ODI against England at the Rose Bowl.

Badree, 31, who plays for Trinidad and Tobago, has played 12 first-class games, taking 14 wickets at 37.50 in a career that started ten years ago. He has done better in one-day cricket, with 32 wickets at 26.31, and has an excellent T20 record. In the 41 T20s Badree has played, he has collected 39 wickets at 15.61 with an economy-rate of just 4.42.

Badree was successful in the Caribbean T20, picking up eight wickets in six games at 11.87 and going for just 4.31 an over. In the final, which T&T won, he conceded just 14 in his four-over spell, taking one wicket.

"The team is well-balanced and has been selected with the Twenty20 World Cup in mind," West Indies' chief selector Clyde Butts said. "Looking at the team, we expect this side to do very well against New Zealand, as our preparation for the World Cup continues.

"Badree has been a consistent performer in regional tournaments over a period of time and the selectors felt it was the right time to introduce him to the team."

West Indies were due to leave for the United States from the UK on Monday. The two T20s in Florida are followed by five ODIs and two Tests in the Caribbean.

West Indies squad: Darren Sammy (capt), Samuel Badree, Dwayne Bravo, Johnson Charles, Fidel Edwards, Chris Gayle, Sunil Narine, Kieron Pollard, Denesh Ramdin, Ravi Rampaul, Marlon Samuels, Lendl Simmons, Dwayne Smith.

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  • Dummy4 on June 28, 2012, 0:47 GMT

    For the Americans this is an exhibition game and a promotional why is Chanderpaul not playing....he is the guy everyone wanted to see.....but we will settle for Chris Gayle....Superman.

  • Dummy4 on June 27, 2012, 22:02 GMT

    WINDIES should consider Bravo as cpt. for 20/20 matches,he should be also given some 1day matches to captain. This series in the Caribbean vs New Zealand-I will retain him, but the team must win;No if & or buts, no good show, a win is all that will suffice. Leave Samuels, Gayle & Smith out of the captaincy for now.Sammy & the team has a job to do,Chanders, Samuels, Gayle & the Bravos must lead from the front.Do not discard Smith for the test series,he can play effective in any format.Roach must have the right supporting cast around him,3 genuine quickies @ least,2 genuine front line spinners.The talent is there to win this series, NZ is not going to roll over,but WI must find ways to win this test series.

  • kent on June 27, 2012, 21:02 GMT

    It is time to pick a specialist T20 and even 50 over captain. Yes specialist captain for the shorter formats. Sammy lacks imagination and the required skill to captain these formats. He cant seem to be able to juggle his bowlers or fielders around or marshal his team from the fron on the field. He may earn his pick as a player but time to look for a captain here. Dwayne Bravo comes to mind easily.

  • Douglas on June 27, 2012, 17:30 GMT

    Why management would plan cricket in Florida in the middle of Hurricane season beats me.

  • Douglas on June 27, 2012, 17:22 GMT

    Where is Sarwan again? Must be the doghouse!

  • Adrian on June 27, 2012, 3:38 GMT

    Nice Team. Congrats to Badree. But I dont think that Sammy knows how to use him or Narine. He will make them look bad. Sammy is a great guy with a lot of heart and he was there for W.I. when all the other stars went. But let's thank him with a bonus and move on. as a captain he just goes through the motions waiting for something to happen. No ideas, no plan. England had a plan for each one of our batsmen and I'm sure NZ will too. Sammy and his bowlers looked like they just show up and trying something. WI should pick the best 11 and then a captain from that 11.

  • Brendan on June 27, 2012, 2:33 GMT

    good on him. whats with his first class figures.....

  • Gordon on June 26, 2012, 14:00 GMT

    Sammy is not the worst captain ever,but how many test teams in the world have the same captain for T20,ODI and Test matches!. If the West Indies is serious about winning games,they need to be proactive and smart. Let one of the more seasoned T20 AND ODI players captain those teams. Sammy should be studying videos of the New Zealand players and fine tuning his strategies for the Test Matches. When will the WICBC ever learn and exhibit some modicum of common sense!.

  • Dummy4 on June 26, 2012, 11:43 GMT

    The time has come for the WICB to heed the calls of the fans to have different captains for the different formats of the game. We need to give someone else a chance. DJ Bravo & DR Smith r good options for the ODI & T20 formats. Give Sammy a rest. His captaincy has become too predictable & in some cases lack imagination. The NZ series is a good series to make a start.

  • Dummy4 on June 26, 2012, 10:04 GMT

    do not blame sammy now you all said that was the best team in the world with gayle and the other superstars against england, look what happen, sammy is the most deserving player on this present squad.a bunch of big headed veterans who has no respect for the the sport of cricket.

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