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Gayle rested for T20s against New Zealand

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June 29, 2014

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Kieron Pollard drives powerfully, West Indies v Pakistan, 1st T20I, St Vincent, July 27, 2013
Kieron Pollard is set for a West Indies return © WICB Media

West Indies opener Chris Gayle has been rested from the two Twenty20 internationals against New Zealand in Dominica, while allrounder Dwayne Bravo remains unavailable due to injury. Allrounder Kieron Pollard, who has not played internationals since July 2013 because of a knee injury but has played domestic cricket since, is set to make a comeback.

Bowling allrounder Christopher Barnwell, and batsman Darren Bravo are the new inclusions in the 13-man squad. The three missing from the group that travelled to Bangladesh for the 2014 World T20 are allrounder Marlon Samuels, fast bowler Ravi Rampaul and opener Johnson Charles.

Samuels had scored only 86 runs in five innings during the World T20 and was also dropped from West Indies' Test squad after making a pair in the first match against New Zealand in Jamaica. Neither Rampaul nor Charles played a game during the tournament in Bangladesh. Dwayne Bravo has been sidelined ever since he hurt his shoulder during the IPL in April.

The T20 matches will be played at Windsor Park on July 5 and 6.

Squad: Darren Sammy (capt), Samuel Badree, Christopher Barnwell, Darren Bravo, Sheldon Cottrell, Andre Fletcher, Sunil Narine, Kieron Pollard, Denesh Ramdin, Andre Russell, Krishmar Santokie, Lendl Simmons, Dwayne Smith

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Posted by   on (July 6, 2014, 4:49 GMT)

Without Gayle, West Indies' batting order is flop.

Posted by NkSad on (July 4, 2014, 22:36 GMT)

The only thing that is missing in this team is some speed, I know that Cottrell is there but he is on proven and Santokie is slow/medium pace. I would have like to see a Rampaul, Roach, Taylor or even Edwards.

Posted by   on (July 4, 2014, 0:35 GMT)

excellent decision squad 1.dwayne 2.simmons 3.flecther 4.branwell 5.pollard 6.sammy 7.ramdin 8.narine 9.santokie 10.badree 11.coterell

Posted by   on (July 2, 2014, 11:09 GMT)

It looks a balanced side , the West Indies selectors should see that the young and energetic team is required in keeping view of fortcoming world cup

Posted by   on (July 2, 2014, 1:57 GMT)

Leave Blackwood alone and let him build his appetite for long innings in test cricket. West Indies need to build test batsmen or we will never advance our poor ranking.

Posted by wirus on (June 30, 2014, 21:52 GMT)

Hopefully this means that WI are finally looking beyond Gayle but they should have done that for the tests and played him in the T20s which is all that he is suitable for now. The inclusion of Russell is absolutely amazing! The bowler with the worst bowling figures in world T20 and the one who cost WI a place in the latter stages of the world cup (though it was Sammy's folly in bowling him) gets a place ahead of someone like Carlos Brathwaite or a genuine fast bowler. Once again they seem to be playing names as against the best players available. And why two keepers. Ramdin is surplus. Should have included another batsman. Having humiliatingly lost the test series, to lose the T20 series too would add gloom on top of gloom. Let's hope Sammy and the other senior players can rouse them to do something special.

Posted by bajah on (June 30, 2014, 14:00 GMT)

I really just don't understand how these things get done at the WICB. Gayle is a way better player in the T20's at his age than he is in Test matches. If Gayle needed rest because he recently had an injury that needed attention in Germany then he should have been left out of the test team. That would have given him enough resting time so that he could be ready for the T20's. As a cricket fan and an addict to WI cricket I will keep staying up all night to watch them play if i have to, but the selectors and that WICB awa. My vote is that of no confidence.

Posted by CricketChat on (June 30, 2014, 12:46 GMT)

Can't understand the logic behind resting Gayle. At this juncture in his career, T20 is the only format he can hope to make a match winning contribution. If he plays for 10 overs, then WI is most likely to win the match.

Posted by BRUTALANALYST on (June 30, 2014, 12:40 GMT)

Good that Samuels was dropped that was well overdue however he should have been replaced by Ashley Nurse who can bowl decent off spin and then smash it at the end, if they were just going to replace with a batsman it should have been Blackwood instead of Darren Bravo.

Posted by DingDong420 on (June 30, 2014, 12:01 GMT)

Gayle has been useless for a couple of years now. Hopefully he has been dropped.

Also agree with someone else above where is Kevan?

Posted by   on (June 30, 2014, 11:36 GMT)

Cooper deserves his chance!, He's more economical than Russel.I would have brought in Blackwood for Flecther .My batting order is;1 Simmons2Smith 3Bravo 4 Pollard 5 Barnwell 6Russll 7 Sammy 8Ramdin wk 9Narine !0 Badree 11 Santokie.Emrit and Carlos Braithwaite should be given opportunities at this level.

Posted by   on (June 30, 2014, 11:04 GMT)

Not selecting Gayle even when available is a little weird but a smart move to manage his workload.

Posted by Front-Foot-Lunge-Needs-A-Hug on (June 30, 2014, 9:03 GMT)

Resting Gayle from T20 matches? That's very strange.

Posted by Sachit1979 on (June 30, 2014, 6:49 GMT)

Not sure why Ramdin is there if Fletcher is already present. His place could have been given to Kevon Cooper instead who suits much more for this format.

Posted by   on (June 30, 2014, 5:06 GMT)

The batting look very weak. Dwyne Smith, Lendl Simmons, Andre Fletcher and Darren Bravo are the only batters with Pollard, Ramdin, Sammy, Christopher Barnwell and Andre Russel could provide additional batting options. My biggest concern is that they did not have quality batters in higher up the order which means Dwyne Smith and Lendl Simmons should provide very good start in both matches for them to score some respectable total.

Posted by   on (June 30, 2014, 4:07 GMT)

Why not pick kevin cooper ??..The best slow ball bowler..West Indies have ever produced..

Posted by   on (June 30, 2014, 3:39 GMT)

Charles And Samuels...dropped...? Weird

Posted by wapuser on (June 30, 2014, 2:15 GMT)

T20 cricket is Gayle's strength.Why rest him.Did he played with an injury in the test?

Posted by   on (June 30, 2014, 0:55 GMT)

Dwayne Bravo will be ready for IPL, don't worry.

Posted by satspeare on (June 30, 2014, 0:34 GMT)

why is Darren Bravo in this T20 team? he just restarted scoring again in test cricket - why can't we wait for him to settle into a rhythm for a few series - maybe until after world cup next year before letting him play anymore hit and giggle games? My team for this is 1 Dwayne Smith, 2 Lendl Simmons, 3 Denesh Ramdin, 4 Darren Sammy (capt), 5 Kieron Pollard, 6 Christopher Barnwell, 7 Andre Russell, 8 Andre Fletcher, 9 Sunil Narine, 10 Krishmar Santokie, and 11 Samuel Badree. Sammy needs to play as a batting captain - plenty of bowling options without him being "burdened" with that also and he should bat early too. Ramdin plays as a batsman and Fletcher plays as the keeper. Due to the woeful lack of batting options in this squad, Bravo may have to play ahead of Ramdin but I would have selected Samuels in the squad. We have put together a collection of "all-rounders" with the only specialist batsmen being Bravo, Smith and Simmons and maybe Ramdin. Sammy and Pollard MUST play as batsmen

Posted by 10yearstudent on (June 29, 2014, 22:30 GMT)

it is good to see the west indies selectors finally selecting the players who have been performing year in and year out in the regional t20 games. first it was santokie and badree and they both delivered, now Christopher barn well. he has been so consistent for Guyana it is good to see players being selected on merit and not on because they slapped malinga in the finals,like Samuels. the selectors still have some work to do on the one day squad.

Posted by Frayninho21 on (June 29, 2014, 22:07 GMT)

Gayle is not fully fit and the WICB needs him fully fit for their flagship CPL tournament starting in a few weeks. from this squad, the XI I'd pick would be....Smith, Simmons, Bravo, Pollard, Sammy, Russell, Ramdin, Cottrell, Narine, Santokie, Badree. Maybe Barnwell in for Cottrell depending on the pitch.

Posted by   on (June 29, 2014, 21:49 GMT)

Can't believe they are resting Rampaul and picking Andre Russel who has been failing with bat and ball, there is also no fast bowler in the lineup. Santokie is a medium pacer, good pick though, at least Jason Holder or one of the bowlers from the test series should have been given a chance.

Posted by JoshFromJamRock on (June 29, 2014, 21:28 GMT)

The WI team has some bright days ahead as they have an abundance of players in form. The selectors are going to have headaches as the competition for places has seriously heated up. The T20I and ODI teams have a lot of room for improvement in personnel, especially in the bowling department with Taylor, Roach and Benn making admirable comebacks.

Posted by   on (June 29, 2014, 21:27 GMT)

A spoecialised T20 squad if compared to the test team. No real surprises except that I am not sure Fletcher and Ramdin need to be in the same 13

Posted by iceaxe on (June 29, 2014, 21:11 GMT)

What? Why?!.... have WI cricket board gone bonkers?

Posted by FOUR-REAL-QUICKS on (June 29, 2014, 21:05 GMT)

Oh, time for more "junk" format is it? Personally, I wouldn't select DB Bravo for this kind of game - let him concentrate on real cricket instead, not the kiddie version.

Posted by Riddymon on (June 29, 2014, 21:03 GMT)

@Warneford - He's been nursing a back injury since IPL

Posted by   on (June 29, 2014, 21:02 GMT)

from blowing the gayle winds n storms...!

Posted by   on (June 29, 2014, 20:59 GMT)

good riddance

Posted by   on (June 29, 2014, 20:50 GMT)

Gayle has been carrying an injury all series.

Jermaine Blackwood will do very well at T20, watch him express himself in this year's CPL.

Posted by   on (June 29, 2014, 20:47 GMT)

Simmonds, Smith and Bravo, I thought every team should have five batsmen, when are we going to get rid of this useless set of selectors? the worst we've ever had plus the clueless coach, we need to if we want to move forward.

Posted by   on (June 29, 2014, 20:07 GMT)

he has been rested due toh the back problem .. but why d heck ravi and charles has been dropped ? charles has been good in the limited chances he has got and ravi has been also very good

Posted by   on (June 29, 2014, 19:52 GMT)

This should be pollard last chance,he have lots of potencial but lack consistency.Well i guest the same is true of all present west indies batsmen.

Posted by   on (June 29, 2014, 19:40 GMT)

Gayle rested!!! are u kidding me

Posted by   on (June 29, 2014, 19:02 GMT)

What's T20 cricket without Gayle??

Posted by   on (June 29, 2014, 19:00 GMT)

What no rampaul? Who has he angered?

Posted by woodgreen on (June 29, 2014, 17:43 GMT)

I worked about 10 days in the last 2 months.Can i be rested next week as well as im puffed out

Posted by   on (June 29, 2014, 16:44 GMT)

What is Gayle being rested from?

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