New Zealand in USA and the West Indies 2012

Uncapped Samuel Badree picked for T20s in USA

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June 25, 2012

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Samuel Badree celebrates a wicket, Leicestershire v Trinidad &Tobago, CLT20 qualifier, Hyderabad, September 20, 2011
Samuel Badree has an economy-rate of 4.42 in T20s © AFP
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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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Posted by   on (June 28, 2012, 1:47 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.

Posted by   on (June 27, 2012, 23:02 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.

Posted by kentjones on (June 27, 2012, 22:02 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.

Posted by rayinto on (June 27, 2012, 18:30 GMT)

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

Posted by rayinto on (June 27, 2012, 18:22 GMT)

Where is Sarwan again? Must be the doghouse!

Posted by sweetiepaper on (June 27, 2012, 4:38 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.

Posted by Buckers410 on (June 27, 2012, 3:33 GMT)

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

Posted by gobrooms on (June 26, 2012, 15:00 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!.

Posted by   on (June 26, 2012, 12:43 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.

Posted by   on (June 26, 2012, 11:04 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.

Posted by   on (June 26, 2012, 10:40 GMT)

congrats to badree, a good pick. Ramdin had better realise that potential, already keepers being tested, J Carter kept forWI A, D.Thomas scored runs vs AIndia A.

Posted by Kohli--The_Messi_of_Cricket on (June 26, 2012, 6:15 GMT)

I always expected Badree to make his international debut before Narine. Both of these are tailor-made for T20s.

Posted by   on (June 26, 2012, 3:30 GMT)

Big Names.... Weak Team! These guys have to prove themselves, everyone of them... Badree should be preferred to Narine

Posted by west_indiesBoss on (June 26, 2012, 3:03 GMT)

how could u even consider giving gayle captaincy? yes he's gotten back his place and im happy for that but he is by no way a leader.. sammy might have a questionable place in the test side but in the limited overs format he is quite useful.. sammy to the world!

Posted by slong on (June 26, 2012, 2:07 GMT)

Sammy useless ??? was'nt he the same guy winning against India and Austrailia with chances to win the respective series now the team is pack with the so call stars and losing mesirable again and now its the head of sammy. why you guys look for the real problem pick a team with people who wants to win and stop the secretly wanting the team to do bad cause the captain is siding wih the team managment

Posted by   on (June 26, 2012, 0:00 GMT)

Why is Sammy still on this team......and we hearing that the team is improving? Why are the selectors still insisting on Sammy? Samuels or Bravo even Smith has enough experience to captain! Get rid of that useless can the team improve with this guy taking up a real cricketer spot??

Posted by   on (June 25, 2012, 23:22 GMT)

sammy should be test captain and they should be a captain for one day and 2020 which should be chris gayle.

Posted by   on (June 25, 2012, 22:40 GMT)

Congrats Badree...... Still cant see a place for Sammy on that T20 team.

Posted by Guyanasingh on (June 25, 2012, 22:36 GMT)

Sammy should sit out of t20's and give Dwayne Bravo the captaincy. This would make the team a lot more stronger having the choice to play a specialist batsman/bowler. My Team: 1)C.Gayle, 2)D.Smith, 3)De.Bravo, 4)M.Samuels, 5)Dw.Bravo, 6)K.Pollard, 7)D.Ramdin, 8)R.Rampaul, 9)S.Narine, 10)F.Edwards, 11)S.Badree.

Posted by AMOR on (June 25, 2012, 21:05 GMT)

Once again we are going with the same useless captain. He lost the T20 and the 50 overs and we continue with him. Well, well well. Doing the same thing and expect a different result. Sammy is no leader. He does't know his team in T20. He doesn't know who to bowl and when. The WEst Indies will not win any thing with Sammy at the head and if they do he will not play any significant role. We need anothe captain, anyone.

Posted by Htc-Android on (June 25, 2012, 20:15 GMT)

i feel sorry for russel and bishoo. they performed whenever they had their chances.

Posted by   on (June 25, 2012, 19:37 GMT)

I say give Samuels or Dwayne Bravo the captaincy for T20. They are much more experienced in this format, and they are both true all rounders. I would even include Gayle as a possible T20 captain. All three men have had a vast amount of experience in T20 in IPL and Big Bash, and understand the subtle nuances of this format. Sammy was clueless as to how to defend a big score against England in T20 and it made Narine look weak. New Zealand cannot be taken lightly; they have some excellent T20 specialists in there, also. West Indies have the players, but strategy and tactics are the key here, as well as anticipating field set up.

Posted by   on (June 25, 2012, 18:20 GMT)

well balanced in paper, not in d field.

Posted by trinimello on (June 25, 2012, 17:44 GMT)

Those saying that Charles should open with gayle are just talking RUBBISH....SMITH has scored 2 half centuries in his last 2 games as opener....he has started to open in T20 in the BPL....and in the caribbean T20 and done very well....he even said he prefers to open...Charles or simmons can come in at 3.......samuels should be dropped...he isnt a T20 player..if gayle is in the team his bowling is way better than samuels and more effective. I have been saying all along that To all those talking abt narine..i agree with GEOFF BOYCOTT that said that narine is INTERESTING NOTTTTT SPECIAL.......saeed ajmal...ajantha mendis..those are REAL mystery bowlers....narine couldnt even BUY wicket on this tour if he wanted...i have been saying for so long that he is overhyped......badree to me is a better T20 player...bc after all badree opens the bowling in the powerplays and has a better econ rate than narine...narine has to perform against NZ or i am sure he will be dropped ....

Posted by   on (June 25, 2012, 17:18 GMT)

Alas ! Clyde Butts and co. has awoken from their slumber and selected Samuel Badree !

Posted by tappee74 on (June 25, 2012, 15:31 GMT)

Clyde Butts is a major concern in the selection panel.His contribution as a player has left much to be desired.Now his inability to perform as a selector is questionable.I think the WI would not have been in such an acrid situation had they not been plagued by some of the most unfortunate people in cricket.

Posted by   on (June 25, 2012, 14:41 GMT)

congrats Badree hope u do well

Posted by bharath74 on (June 25, 2012, 14:25 GMT)

WI looking strong for the first time since Viv Richards retirement. Hope players like Gayle,Darren B,D Bravo, sunil narine, Sarwan.... will not be ignored. Time for players and coaches to shed ego and focus on winning.

Posted by brianlarasdaughter on (June 25, 2012, 14:06 GMT)

2 trini spinners in the same squad? WOW...if only they picked dave mohammed in his prime...i also tink kevon cooper deserves a place instead of maybe sammy :)...darren bravo will b missed too...the team needs solid BATSMEN to accompany all the big hitters...i'm glad the selectors are stickin wit this team even tho they lost to england so they can work out their roles b4 the world T20...also maybe lara or chanderpaul in for charles :D

Posted by phendel on (June 25, 2012, 13:34 GMT)

i think Johnson Charles should open with Gayle instead of Lendl Simmons if Simmons doesnt show up in the 1st would be a dream for Edwards, Rampaul, Narine & Badree could play together but it may disrupt the balance of the side for me since our batting is big but vulnerable....but having 4 genuine bowlers is proving to be a very good proposition from how England used their bowling recently

Posted by denessa on (June 25, 2012, 13:31 GMT)


Posted by   on (June 25, 2012, 12:53 GMT)

Congrats Badree, it has been a long road to selection to the West Indies Senior Team. Finally there is recognition that a T20 bowler is a specialist. I hope they continue to use him (defensive) at the top of the innings to strangle the opposition openers and immediately put pressure on the other batsmen for the other (attacking) spinner in Narine.

Posted by simonviller on (June 25, 2012, 12:49 GMT)

Would you guys please stop it with the Sammy stuff ! Why don't you leave the man alone . Just check the records and see the man's performance with the ball . He uses his head to get key wickets ,when some of the top bowlers don't seem to . Had it not been for his bowling ,WI would have been embarrassed in the one game ,not to mention some other instances .

Posted by kentjones on (June 25, 2012, 12:25 GMT)

Very happy about the selection of Badree. He is an excellent addition to the WI squad. Looking forward to see him perfoming.

Posted by   on (June 25, 2012, 10:26 GMT)

i still think that middle order should be tighten up as a result Sarwan is a must

Posted by   on (June 25, 2012, 10:11 GMT)

remove sammy from this side man...rampaul,fidel,2 leg spinners with bravo and pollarod makes a perfect balance..He is stealing 1 bowler place for no reason...Except this 1 guy its a best t20 team in the world being a huge caribbean fan,..

Posted by   on (June 25, 2012, 8:14 GMT)

Excellent decision..WI should play Narine & Badree in all T20 matches

Posted by   on (June 25, 2012, 7:47 GMT)

good selection of badreee....kevon cooper should also be given chance

Posted by   on (June 25, 2012, 7:08 GMT)

another T&T T20 specialist!!!!

Posted by   on (June 25, 2012, 6:31 GMT)


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