West Indies v Pakistan, only Twenty20, St Lucia April 6, 2011

Samuels returns in new-look squad

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West Indies have announced a new-look squad for their one-off Twenty20 international against Pakistan in St Lucia on April 21, featuring four new caps and recalls for Lendl Simmons and Marlon Samuels, who is once again eligible for selection after serving a two-year ban for his alleged involvement with illegal bookmakers.

The match will be West Indies' first since Pakistan eliminated them at the quarter-final stage of the World Cup, and true to the intentions of their coach, Ottis Gibson, the team is the first step towards a new era for Caribbean cricket, as it features few of the elder statesmen who were sent packing from the tournament with a humiliating ten-wicket defeat in Dhaka.

Though Chris Gayle, Dwayne Bravo and Kieron Pollard are not eligible for selection because they did not play in the Caribbean T20 earlier this year, there is no place either for Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Ramnaresh Sarwan or Sulieman Benn. Darren Sammy retains his place as captain, with Devendra Bishoo and Andre Russell, two young players who made good impressions at the World Cup, both included.

The uncapped inclusions are Danza Hyatt, a powerful Jamaican right-hander; Christopher Barnwell, an allrounder from Guyana; Ashley Nurse, an offspinner from Barbados, and left-arm seamer Krishmar Santokie, also from Jamaica. Simmons, the nephew of the Ireland coach, Phil, is back in the squad for the first time since the tour of Australia in 2010.

Clyde Butts, the chairman of selectors, said: "The squad includes players who have performed well in the Caribbean T20. We are looking to expose players as he build towards the next ICC World T20 Tournament next year. Samuels and Simmons have both played at this level before and performed consistently in the Caribbean T20. We believe they will be key members of this team.

"Hyatt, Santokie and Nurse played in the West Indies A Team against Pakistan A and they did well. We have decided to give them the opportunity in the senior West Indies team and we believe they will make the transition to the higher level. Barnwell also did well in the Caribbean T20 and he also had exposure for Guyana in the Champions League last year. He is a lively and enthusiastic cricketer and we expect good things from him as well.

"Hyatt is a hard-hitting batsman who has demonstrated his ability to be a match-winner when he played against Pakistan A. Santokie has been exceptional in the Caribbean T20 using the new ball for Jamaica. Nurse is a clever bowler, a hard worker and has the ability to make vital runs in the lower order as well."

Samuels last played for West Indies in April 2008 before his career ran into a road-block after he received a two-year ban from official cricket for links with an Indian book-maker. Having served the ban, Samuels was offered a place in the West Indies World Cup squad, but declined it on the grounds that he was "not 100% ready" for one-day cricket. This time, however, he was pleased to be selected.

"I'm a batsman that can turn it up and turn it down, and at this moment, it's definitely a wonderful feeling heading back to putting on the maroon colours and wearing the coconut on my chest," Samuels was quoted in WI Cricnews. "I'm looking forward to turning it up again in Twenty20 and turning it back down in 50-overs cricket, and maybe Test cricket to come. I've put in a lot of work and I'm just reaping the rewards at the moment and it's definitely for me to continue."

West Indies squad Darren Sammy (capt), Christopher Barnwell, Devendra Bishoo, Darren Bravo, Andre Fletcher, Danza Hyatt, Ashley Nurse, Ravi Rampaul, Kemar Roach, Andre Russell, Marlon Samuels, Krishmar Santokie, Lendl Simmons.

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  • on April 9, 2011, 13:46 GMT

    Gayle & bravo's International performances have gone down since playing in these other domestic tournaments, and pollrd bar 1 match against an associate team, never got atarted yet, is better they play locally and doe some back home 2 us, or go 2 international tournaments injured

  • riverlime on April 9, 2011, 7:45 GMT

    @Metman, Pollard is sought after the world over, by all those who know talent. Tell me who calls for Benn or Dwayne Smith? Nobody, not even WICB, wants either of them now. And, as to the knotty question of what to do with Ramdin, tell me whose keeping is better, his or Fletcher? And whose batting is better, his or Fletcher? Let's be fair, there are some players there that have not yet covered themselves with glory, and one who has covered himself, and by extension all of us, with shame. One other thing; is the WICB saying, by their selection, that there is no offie of worth in the whole region? I can think of THREE off the top of my head, plus one CHINAMAN, who have all proved their mettle in the heat of competition, but all of whom seem to have some seemingly fatal flaw, invisible to all but the Machiavellian WICB.

  • jorock on April 9, 2011, 5:40 GMT

    Really surprising!!! Bravo,Gayle,Pollard they are playing 20 /20 league all over the world. I think these selectors of WICB have to give support to the players rather than going against them because these are the real talent which they have to nurture if they have bring back the west indies cricket.It 's nice to marlon,hyatt,simmons in the team

  • on April 9, 2011, 4:34 GMT

    i like gayle, pollard, bravo but principle is principle wicb said u hav 2 play regional cricket to make wi team. this is not animal farm where some animals were more equal than others! they did not play so they were not selected simple. if they had wi cricket at heart they would hav stayed and strengthened the level of our regional tournament instead they went after big bucks. truth b told wi players get paid higher than a lot of players on more successful teams. pollard, gayle & bravo starred at the big bash in australia but failed at wc so that competition did not help their games. i hope these new players are successful bcus even if i dont like them individually they r representing us all

  • on April 9, 2011, 3:53 GMT

    @drtrinileggie. for all his inteligence darren ganga has never really shone away from the regional stage. it is this partisan mentality that has domed wi cricket thus far nobody seems 2 want the team as a whole to succeed only particular players. sammy feilds well enough has more t20 international wickets and runs than ganga. maby sammy shouldnt b in the team but guess wat ganga too

  • on April 9, 2011, 0:25 GMT

    this is not small minded but a way up or down we work with these players for sometime no change in mindset chris veteran player and other and what we got was bush cricket time to move even if we lose because we are losing we must also included high tech in our development both batting and bowling

  • on April 8, 2011, 21:24 GMT

    I think with this new WI cricket coach, WI cricket is bound to get even worse - to go where, I don't know; because we are already at rock bottom! I thought that both he and the captain Darren Sammy shoud have been fired since after the World Cup. BOTH OF THEM HAVE BEEN MEDIOCRE CRICKETERS THROUGHOUT THEIR CAREERS. Hence, their satandards remain along the mediocre range. And as we see during the worl up, their abilities to strategise is less than poor. Hence, what can we expect fom a combnation such as this, in terms of improvement in WI cricket? Imagine a coach who is excited by batsmen scoring frequent thirties or forties; or bowlers taking two for or three for as exellent performances!

  • on April 8, 2011, 20:48 GMT

    I'm a diehard windies fan and I'm excited for the young lads who made the sqaud congratulations .welcome back samuels and simmons.let me make myself absolutely clear when the head is bad the whole body is bad.from the time WICB made it mandatory for players to be at home and available for all games our cricket deterioated tremendously,simply because a lot of players could not get the chance to knock at the door any longer,secondly it took away income from the players and they families.quite frankly the next generation lost interest,and to think that u guys would see and fix this problem,nooo! U r repeating history all over again for this reason I have to give the WICB a vote of no confidence.

  • WestIndies1987 on April 8, 2011, 19:48 GMT

    The decision not to pick Pollard, Gayle and Bravo because they did not play in the domestic T20 Championship is RUBBISH. This reeks of small-mindedness and a very BACKWARD way of thinking.Another reason why West Indies cricket will continue to SUFFER.

  • on April 8, 2011, 17:24 GMT

    What WI need is Vision with the right management, both on the field and in the offices of the WICB! Not only that but leadership that leads by example!! The passion, enthusiasm, intelligence and people management skills of the Darrens will only get us so far and no further. You see the thing with good leaders is that they cement their place in the team as players first! Should someone continue to lead if it is as obvious as is the case with our current captain that his place in the team is at best questionable? I like Sammy as a person but how can he as a captain tell a player like Andre Russell, Dwayne Bravo or anybody for that matter that he has not been selected because he is not contributing to the team at the level required of him and he needs to improve? Can the board of control really with a straight face fine that player for insubordination if he retaliates or laughs the 'captain' to scorn??

  • on April 9, 2011, 13:46 GMT

    Gayle & bravo's International performances have gone down since playing in these other domestic tournaments, and pollrd bar 1 match against an associate team, never got atarted yet, is better they play locally and doe some back home 2 us, or go 2 international tournaments injured

  • riverlime on April 9, 2011, 7:45 GMT

    @Metman, Pollard is sought after the world over, by all those who know talent. Tell me who calls for Benn or Dwayne Smith? Nobody, not even WICB, wants either of them now. And, as to the knotty question of what to do with Ramdin, tell me whose keeping is better, his or Fletcher? And whose batting is better, his or Fletcher? Let's be fair, there are some players there that have not yet covered themselves with glory, and one who has covered himself, and by extension all of us, with shame. One other thing; is the WICB saying, by their selection, that there is no offie of worth in the whole region? I can think of THREE off the top of my head, plus one CHINAMAN, who have all proved their mettle in the heat of competition, but all of whom seem to have some seemingly fatal flaw, invisible to all but the Machiavellian WICB.

  • jorock on April 9, 2011, 5:40 GMT

    Really surprising!!! Bravo,Gayle,Pollard they are playing 20 /20 league all over the world. I think these selectors of WICB have to give support to the players rather than going against them because these are the real talent which they have to nurture if they have bring back the west indies cricket.It 's nice to marlon,hyatt,simmons in the team

  • on April 9, 2011, 4:34 GMT

    i like gayle, pollard, bravo but principle is principle wicb said u hav 2 play regional cricket to make wi team. this is not animal farm where some animals were more equal than others! they did not play so they were not selected simple. if they had wi cricket at heart they would hav stayed and strengthened the level of our regional tournament instead they went after big bucks. truth b told wi players get paid higher than a lot of players on more successful teams. pollard, gayle & bravo starred at the big bash in australia but failed at wc so that competition did not help their games. i hope these new players are successful bcus even if i dont like them individually they r representing us all

  • on April 9, 2011, 3:53 GMT

    @drtrinileggie. for all his inteligence darren ganga has never really shone away from the regional stage. it is this partisan mentality that has domed wi cricket thus far nobody seems 2 want the team as a whole to succeed only particular players. sammy feilds well enough has more t20 international wickets and runs than ganga. maby sammy shouldnt b in the team but guess wat ganga too

  • on April 9, 2011, 0:25 GMT

    this is not small minded but a way up or down we work with these players for sometime no change in mindset chris veteran player and other and what we got was bush cricket time to move even if we lose because we are losing we must also included high tech in our development both batting and bowling

  • on April 8, 2011, 21:24 GMT

    I think with this new WI cricket coach, WI cricket is bound to get even worse - to go where, I don't know; because we are already at rock bottom! I thought that both he and the captain Darren Sammy shoud have been fired since after the World Cup. BOTH OF THEM HAVE BEEN MEDIOCRE CRICKETERS THROUGHOUT THEIR CAREERS. Hence, their satandards remain along the mediocre range. And as we see during the worl up, their abilities to strategise is less than poor. Hence, what can we expect fom a combnation such as this, in terms of improvement in WI cricket? Imagine a coach who is excited by batsmen scoring frequent thirties or forties; or bowlers taking two for or three for as exellent performances!

  • on April 8, 2011, 20:48 GMT

    I'm a diehard windies fan and I'm excited for the young lads who made the sqaud congratulations .welcome back samuels and simmons.let me make myself absolutely clear when the head is bad the whole body is bad.from the time WICB made it mandatory for players to be at home and available for all games our cricket deterioated tremendously,simply because a lot of players could not get the chance to knock at the door any longer,secondly it took away income from the players and they families.quite frankly the next generation lost interest,and to think that u guys would see and fix this problem,nooo! U r repeating history all over again for this reason I have to give the WICB a vote of no confidence.

  • WestIndies1987 on April 8, 2011, 19:48 GMT

    The decision not to pick Pollard, Gayle and Bravo because they did not play in the domestic T20 Championship is RUBBISH. This reeks of small-mindedness and a very BACKWARD way of thinking.Another reason why West Indies cricket will continue to SUFFER.

  • on April 8, 2011, 17:24 GMT

    What WI need is Vision with the right management, both on the field and in the offices of the WICB! Not only that but leadership that leads by example!! The passion, enthusiasm, intelligence and people management skills of the Darrens will only get us so far and no further. You see the thing with good leaders is that they cement their place in the team as players first! Should someone continue to lead if it is as obvious as is the case with our current captain that his place in the team is at best questionable? I like Sammy as a person but how can he as a captain tell a player like Andre Russell, Dwayne Bravo or anybody for that matter that he has not been selected because he is not contributing to the team at the level required of him and he needs to improve? Can the board of control really with a straight face fine that player for insubordination if he retaliates or laughs the 'captain' to scorn??

  • on April 8, 2011, 17:20 GMT

    In order to dominate continuity is required. Constant chopping and changing won't work. Great leaders plan for the future; they try to ensure a smooth transition after they go. That's why everybody praises Allan Border. Look at the condition in which he took over from Kim Hughes? They almost got black washed in Australia! But what did he do? He set about rebuilding the team to a higher standard. Did he ever captain an all conquering team? No! But look at the end result? From Border to Taylor to Waugh to Ponting, 4 world cups, numerous trophies and a 14/15 year period of domination in world cricket arguably as good as when we were in our prime. However despite their stumble from grace I doubt that this is the end. You can almost bet your last dollar that Michael Clarke & Watson r going to do their level best to take them back as close to where they were as possible!! It is not impossible for us to do the same!! but certain things will have to change!!

  • on April 8, 2011, 16:37 GMT

    W.I SELECTORS KILLING W.I CRICKET ..HAPPENING FOR THE LAST 20 YEARS !!! TALK DONE !!!!

  • Metman on April 8, 2011, 16:16 GMT

    Paddy Rasta !where are you ?Also all the Pollard followers,have you now crawled back into the woodwork only to surface when Pollard demorilizes the minnows again. I'm afraid you all will have to remain there for the next 8 years.If you do plan to remain there ,good for you.If you have not gone already,here are the latest Pollard(the destroyer's) stats:In 6 innings against India,Pakistan,England,SA and SL,Pollard totalled a whopping 34 runs at and av:of 5.67,and against Ire.and the Netherlands 154 ,av:77.As I have said on numerous occasions,Pollard"s technique is poor,and he scores his runs by slogging.The reason why he was not included in the T20I squad,is because he along with Gayle and Bravo sr.did not participate in the WI T20 competition.Pakistan and India are about to come here,and I would like to see if the selectors continue to pick Pollard the name.I cannot understand why people continue to pick him and Ramdin,and want Ganga to capt.

  • on April 8, 2011, 16:02 GMT

    anybody can play t20 cricket cause all u have 2 do is swing ur bat when u batting & try & hide the ball from the batsman when u bowling it is not real cricket so ppl with limited abilities like Ganga & Sammy can go & play t20 cricket cause i dont really care with some1 like Gayle who has performed in more important formats i hate to see him wasting his talent. He only has a few years left in International cricket & What he needs 2 do is take back the captaincy & have Kemar Roach as his vice captain & with the help of the other senior players focus on molding the youngsters with talent so that by the next World cup we have a solid team & he & Taylor & Fidel , Sarwan & Nash & Chanderpaul can retire knowing that Bravo, Bharat Roach Bishoo ,Russell et al will take up the mantle & carry on.

  • riverlime on April 8, 2011, 15:45 GMT

    @drtrinileggie...Ganga cannot ever again play for WI.Just accept it. His stats will always damn him, since the first and most important criterion is place of birth. If he moves to Jamaica and gets married (a Reverse-Powell, I call it), then he will get picked while on his honeymoon. If you want to see Ganga represent West Indians internationally, then wait for the Champions League, since I don't think he will ever migrate. All I can say otherwise is thank GOD Santokie's talent has finally been recognised. he is too good to overlook anymore. Swing is King!!!

  • on April 8, 2011, 13:19 GMT

    W I board n selectors,u r hurting WI us.What d heck is sammy doing as captain of WI?Why didn't he resign!U r all destroying us! It is time to resolve d issues of international fixtures!Why is it only hurting WI cricket! It is time to restore Gayle as captain.He is d natural leader of this generation! When d other players become attractive they will all go to d I P L.Solve this issue with d ICC. But how on earth can sammy b captain?!

  • drtrinileggie on April 8, 2011, 13:13 GMT

    @Dester Hoppie D Ganga because he is the most inteligent captain, because he is the 3rd highest run getter this season, because he is articulate and a leader of men. Sammy is an all rounder can't bat , bowl, field, captain or speak. But all you so called supporters think that at best mediocrety deserves a place. Remember Darren made WI proud when he took a novice T&T team to airtel. You think gayle or sammy could come close to that. Bury your head in the sand WI will never go forward until these idiot selectors and their supporters are at the helm.

  • VivGilchrist on April 8, 2011, 11:44 GMT

    T20- 1 Gayle 2 Pollard(yes, bat him when the field is up) 3 Dr Bravo(wk) 4 Samuels 5 Bravo 6 Dw Smith 7 Sammy 8 Russell 9 Taylor 10 Bishoo 11 Roach ODI- 1 Gayle 2 Pollard 3 Dr Bravo 4 Samuels 5 Sarwan 6 Bravo 7 Baugh 8 Sammy 9 Taylor 10 Bishoo 11 Roach TEST- 1 Gayle 2 Barrath 3 Dr Bravo 4 Samuels 5 Chanderpaul 6 Nash 7 Ramdin 8 Taylor 9 Bishoo 10 Roach 11 Edwards

  • Nipun on April 8, 2011, 9:41 GMT

    Look at the new players' stats.They don't even look like proper cricketers' stats.I wonder if they are good enough to represent any proper "A" team.This West Indies side has some power hitters but are absolutely devoid of any semblance of cricketing talent-no offense meant.

  • on April 8, 2011, 8:56 GMT

    No Pollard ?? No Dwayne Bravo ??? Surprising !!!

  • on April 8, 2011, 7:47 GMT

    The Great thing is that Samuels is BAck and i wud love to see how he plays ........ wish u all the best Samuels

  • hamqad on April 8, 2011, 5:35 GMT

    I am not a follower of West Indian cricket but the squad looks weak, with all due respect. You cannot just ignore your top players. In such a post-worldcup situation, you have to strike a balance between change and status quo. Pakistan has done a good job in that sense. They recognized what their weaknesses were and blooded in youth accordingly.

    To go back to the drawing board and start everything from scratch seems more like an emotional decision rather than a rational one. I feel at least Gayle, Sarwan and Bravo should have made the cut. I wish WI the best of luck.

  • on April 8, 2011, 5:30 GMT

    how bad can they b we were loosing with the so called stars anyway. now players realize they have to fight hard to keep their place in the team. y is darren ganga's name even being mentioned ?!!!!

  • on April 8, 2011, 5:21 GMT

    this is a step in the right direction. when players see west indies selectors r willing to drop the likes of gayle , sarwan and polard they will all pull up their socks and play hard to keep their space. the worst this team could is loose but hey gayle, sarwan and pollard were'nt winning either

  • on April 8, 2011, 4:03 GMT

    did not darren ganga captained tnt to the 2020 title this year?,yet he's not even considered to captain wi.maybe the current selectors selected see themselves in sammy,less than average cricketers,isn't browne the one to drop steve waugh and he went on to make a match winning double century and wi loss the series,how mant test wickets does butts have?in fact how many tests did he play?what is roberts average in domestic cricket,i think walsh could bat better than the coach, allrounder(so called)gibson,and chanderpaul could bowl better than him.ganga has the third most runs in the just concluded, round of the reginoll tournament,will he even be considered to the team,wi needs players like sars,chan,ramdin,gayle etc.it is the selectors who should be axed along with the current board,do what srilanka did,the right thing,di england drop their seniour players,sa,n.z,aus,they say dravo isn't in the squad because the refused to play in the ct20,yet these jokers made him v.c for the wc .wow.

  • on April 8, 2011, 3:53 GMT

    hi am a srilankan... nice selection of this squad.... yeah new players should step in lead the way to big achievements.... early days west Indies was the team impressed me a lot... players like courtney Ambrose, Courtney Walsh, Brian Lara, Carl Hooper and so on..... they hv to come up again..... gud squad this one, my only question is.... Pls can anyone explain me.... Why this squad is missing out such wonderful bowler Jerome Taylor?? And i suggest captaincy wud be much suitable for Samuals( Senior Player ) or Simmons(Aggressive Player).... Bcoz two dynamic personalities....

  • on April 8, 2011, 2:07 GMT

    i think,sammy,butts,hayes,browne ,gibson ,should be dropped.

  • anselhosein on April 8, 2011, 1:45 GMT

    To posters Patrick Brice & Marlon Wilkinson, please tell us what Darren Sammy has done to merit his place on the side? Remember, he could not even command a regular spot because of the following DISMAL batting stats: Test - 16.72; ODI - 20.34; T20I - 15.55; Twenty20 - 17.63. Even in our domestic games this guy averages 24.40. So do not trash Gayle and others because of bias. Marlon blames the experienced players for letting them down. Well, I want to see who you will blame now! By the way, I have been following West Indian cricket since 1970, and I have ALWAYS seen them live when they have played in the Caribbean. So yeah, I have seen great ones and quite a few hounds.

  • popahwheely on April 8, 2011, 1:22 GMT

    Good Squad but whos going to play the spinners, Pak has a good bowling attack. My XI Simmons,Fletcher,Young Bravo,Samuels,Barnwell,Russell,Sammy,Nurse,Roach, Bishoo,Santokie.

  • on April 8, 2011, 0:39 GMT

    every nation should go on there own because the west indies selecters kill the west indies image. they are picking players on there own favour and certainly not skills,records and dicipline

  • on April 8, 2011, 0:33 GMT

    Welcome Back Marlon Samuels

  • kobler on April 8, 2011, 0:14 GMT

    Dwayne Smith can not make this WI B squad on performance, madness. Gibson we all know it is personal. He needs to think some more and stop hitting across the line ( something he did less of in the Ct20 ) but you as a coach and a selector must pick the best squad and work with them. Smith can make the squad on merit in batting, bowling and fielding. I am diehard fan but I must admit when I saw the squad I did not think i go and watch them but I know I will in the end. Let me add my piece to the captain debate. A captain must be able to maintain his place in the team on merit, if that is not happening then the team is not balance. It is sad that Bravo coming home from the WC 2011 made us a better balance squad. Ganga is a good captain but falls in the same category as Sammy in that aspect so we must find someone else ( contracted). I have a dream that some day before I go I will see WI on top again, please do not let me waste that dream

  • on April 7, 2011, 23:57 GMT

    Guess some fools will never get it no matter what, fact is all the players who were left out have done nothing towards bringing WI back to its former glory and they never will therefore leaving them out is the right thing time to move on with a different and younger team its well overdue. Hope that they do the right thing and resign instead of looking to be part of the test and one day squad.

  • on April 7, 2011, 23:53 GMT

    WHAT IS all the bad talk about FLETCHER, this is a talented player, the problem is that we r not using the guy correctly. wicketkeeper, no problem, opener no. HE IS a much better batter than both POLLARD and RAMDIN . LET this guy bat at #6. THAT is where he will be most effective. PLEASE not an opener,give him a fighting chance. HE can give it a whack, just as POLLARD, trust me.

  • ramps_wi on April 7, 2011, 23:14 GMT

    Hmm imagine Pollard, Bravo and Gayle punished for being amongst the top T20 batsmen in the world and for opting to play in IPL and big bash where they have gained invaluable international experience and played amongst some of the best players in the world. That WICB rule is backward to change to accomodate international players because that is way cricket is heading. All those players who performed well in CT20 i wonder why they have not earned any contracts. Furthermore all these Ganga haters, ganga has won the stanford T20, WICB T 20 and took Trinidad to the Champions league semi final. Not sure what sammy did compared to that. After this series, the selectors will realise that sammy will have to go. They will realise that his energy and passion for the game is certainly not enough and that technical ability and leadership is of paramount importance. So I have no problem with the team just that when things go bad you move the head not the workers.

  • on April 7, 2011, 22:50 GMT

    COME on guys, let us be real, I can build a case for SAMMY, as a captain. SAMMY wasn't the one that caused us not to get to the WC finals. IT was the GAYLES, SARWANS SHIVS and THE POLLARDS, IN OTHER WORDS the batting failed us. WE could not make 260runs. SAMMY is a bowling allroundercaptain. HIS overall captaincy wasn't that bad,I'VE seen worse.HIS bowling was what was expected. AS a captain you set an intelligent field and change you bowlers in an intelligent manner, tell them exactly what u want. U have 6 men to make a score and five to defend that score.

  • on April 7, 2011, 22:34 GMT

    WICB cant leave out the likes of gayle,bravo and pollard simply because they didnt play in our caribbean t20 tournament. Yes they rejected contracts from the wicb and yes they played in the big bash, which is of a higher standard. Playing in the big bash would lift their games.They shouldnt be punished for that.Chanders probably shouldnt mind being left out of the t20 team or the odi team. At 36 he should concentrate on tests to prolong his career. Darren Fletcher as keeper is a joke, i saw him make simple mistakes before,this is a specialist position. No badree, no ramdhin. Sarwan needs a bit more time to get back in the swing of things.

  • Randy_Wilson on April 7, 2011, 22:07 GMT

    Agree, with Marlon Patrick. The Worl are Only seeing these Gayle and Pollard. we and not to beyond them. people are saying Sammy as Captain it's Stupid. Sammy yes isn't a great player. but i would play him before Gayle Bravo and Pollard, because he would never turn us down, Where as Gayle pollard and Bravo Pick IPL/Big Bash over West Indies Cricket. those players wouldn't get nowhere and I am Happy with WICB decision. Look at Sammy and Pollard Records. T20 one. Sammy Match: 19 Inning:14 Runs: 140 Avg:15.55. Bowling: 345 balls. 359 runs AVG: 14.95 wkts 24. Pollard Match: 20 inning : 17 Runs: 190 Avg:12.66. Bowling: 258 balls. 360 runs AVG: 32.72 wkts 11. Pollard for me is too overrated and look at this stats for T20. Sammy is better than Pollard in International T20. Sammy is still young as a Cricketer, plus i alway say Sammy need to pick one thing bat or Bowl, he is not capable on doing both.

  • on April 7, 2011, 21:50 GMT

    What about Devon Smith why is he not in the squad and Dave Bernard Jr

  • on April 7, 2011, 21:47 GMT

    Side should be- Gayle, Bharat, Simmons, Darren Bravo, Sarwan, Dw Bravo, Pollard, Ramdhin, Russel, Roach, Bishoo...this team can beat any side in world cricket.

  • on April 7, 2011, 21:39 GMT

    no gayle not interested in watching series ok bye bye

  • pycon45 on April 7, 2011, 21:29 GMT

    New look 20/20 squad looks interesting.I just want to see the 50 over squad.Just saying that if the WICB drop chanderpaul for the 50 overs and tests i will be stock,he was in poor form before the world cup.I think t20 is not his cup of tea.So wicb choose well.Chanderpaul has shown his commitment unlike gayle pollard bravo.CHANDERPAUL lets not forget the good time.lets go shriv.

  • on April 7, 2011, 20:42 GMT

    WEST INDIES PLAYED PARKISTAN IN THE WORLD CUP QUATER FINALS AND WITH ALL THE SO CALLED SENIOR PLAYERS IN GAYLE, SARWAN, POLLARD, CHANDERPAUL WE WERE HUMILIATED AND BOWLED OUT FOR A PARTIALLY 112 RUNS OUR WORSE PERFORMANCE IN THE TOURNAMENT. I WILL GUARANTEE YOU THAT PARKISTAN WILL NOT AND I SAY WILL NOT DO THIS TO THIS NEW TEAM. WITH ALL THE CALLS FOR THE HEAD OF THE CAPTAIN HE PROVED THAT THE ONLY TEAMS WE WERE EXPECTED TO BEAT IN THE WORLD CUP WE DID IT IN STYLE AND IT REFLECT THE LOST TO ZIMBABWE WHEN CHRIS GAYLE WAS CAPTAIN SO TELL ME WHAT HAS HE DONE WRONG. THIS IS THE HYPOCRICY WEST INDIES CRICKET FACE AND WILL NOT DO ANY GOOD TO OUR IMPROVEMENT. WHAT IS THE HARM OF TRYING DIFFERENT PLAYERS? IT IS NOT LIKE WE HAVE ANYTHING TO LOOSE SINCE THE ONES WE DEPEND ON CANNT GET THE JOB DONE. I THINK A LOT OF PEOPLE ARE UPSET BECAUSE THE ONE TIME LONG AGO SMALL ISLAND PLAYERS IS NOW STARTING TO SHADE THE SO CALLED BIG ISLAND PLAYERS. WELL DONE SAMMY AND FLETCHER THE ALMIGHTY IS WITH YOU.

  • daintyr on April 7, 2011, 20:36 GMT

    Is Sammy a batsman or a bowler? Actually Sammy is the exact opposite of Jacques Kallis. Its imperative a captain contributes with bat or ball. Sammy does neither. A player cant be on the team just as captain. No other country does this. The Windies who are already at the bottom of the barrel, cannot play with 10 men + a captain!

  • on April 7, 2011, 20:23 GMT

    Good to see the inclusion of Ashley Nurse in the squad!! He has alot to offer! Gayle, Pollard, Bravo will be missed, but I have confidence that these guys can do the job!

  • on April 7, 2011, 20:20 GMT

    Those people who are writing these comment about wicb and the team selection are they even west indies supporters, it has left me to wonder. The day west indies ever select darren ganga in a squard is the day i stop supporting west indies. According to marlon wilkinson west indies have achieved nothing in the past 5 years with the gayles, the sawans, the pollards and the chanderpauls so with them not being in the squard we miss nothing. Sammy is still very new to the job and has impressed me so far so why are all these trinidadians asking for his departure. Gayle bravo and pollard turned their backs on west indies cricket to play in the big bash and now the same 20/20 that none of them choose to play now want to represent the region bullshit. I love this squard of players as they have been really trying hard over the past years and whether they win or not its no problem as the sinior players havent done any better. Good luck team.

  • cgtboy87 on April 7, 2011, 19:48 GMT

    cant wait to see what squad the going to pick for the odi matches...if the wicb think they going to not pick gayle,pollard,sawan,and bravo and even shiv deserve another shot in the one day squad and going to have a shot at success they are out of their mind. These fools are quick to react but you need a foundation to build so you need to retain guys like sars gayle and bravo in the squad to do that.

  • Vikas0633 on April 7, 2011, 19:39 GMT

    What is going in cricket world. First I managed to calm myself with the decision of kicking out Ireland and Netherlands from the world cup, which could have been fixed by just organizing a qualifiers for bottom four places. Now this new from WI team, kicking out best players in the squad just because they didn't play 20-20. Really sorry for Chris Gayle, who wasn't sold for IPL4.

  • llemux on April 7, 2011, 19:29 GMT

    I remember 10 years ago when they were saying the same thing. Get rid of Hooper, Arthurton and Adams. You who are berating the current experienced crop fail to realize how good some of them are. Sarwan, Chanderpaul and Gayle are top class in at least two formats of the game each. This slandering of Sarwan is unfair since he was just thrust back into the team and told o carry a middle order with Pollard at five. Chanderpaul might be past it and Gayle needs to show more commitment but if you believe the new crop are better you are mistaken. I'm Jamaican so I don't forget Samuels' "stunning' record before the ban.

  • mikhailslater on April 7, 2011, 19:13 GMT

    it is best dat sammy be droped or play as a normal player becarz captincy is definitly a burrden

  • mikhailslater on April 7, 2011, 19:09 GMT

    its best dat west indies play with out ah specialist keeperand allow flecther or bravo to keep wicket

  • on April 7, 2011, 19:09 GMT

    Rubbish squad. Where is Badree? Where is Denesh Ramdin? - if they want to pick a team of the best t20 players, Pollard should be in it, along with Suliemann Benn. And the captain is a joke - what are the west indian selectors and Gibson doing? Gayle should be playing aswell - you can't just get rid of all your senior players in one go - Pakistan are going to absolutely destroy us.

  • on April 7, 2011, 18:56 GMT

    Since Trinidad and Tobago are the T20 Champions, isn't it logical that there should be more Trinis in the squad? Sammy is an 'average' all-rounder, Russell is obviously better, why we need two 'average' all-rounders? Maybe one day the WICB will explain why Sammy is in the squad... My team Darren Ganga (capt), Denesh Ramdhin, Devendra Bishoo, Darren Bravo, Ramnaresh Sarwan, Danza Hyatt, Ashley Nurse, Ravi Rampaul, Kemar Roach, Andre Russell, Marlon Samuels, Krishmar Santokie, Lendl Simmons.

  • on April 7, 2011, 18:44 GMT

    BRILLIANT WEST INDIES SELECTORS I THINK YOU ARE SLOWLY BEGINNING TO GET IT RIGHT. NEVER MIND ALL THE CRITICS ESPECIALLY THE ONE TO DROP THE CAPTAIN THEY ARE JUST ALL PASSING HOT AIR. THE WEST INDIES CAPTAIN HAVE DONE ABSOLUTELY NOTHING WRONG IT IS THE EXPERIENCE PLAYERS LIKE GAYLE, SARWAN AND CHANDERPAUL THAT HAS LET US DOWN AT THE WORLD CUP. HIS ONFIELD DECISIONS HAVE BEEN BRILLIANT FORGET HIS BATTING AS HE HAS BEEN OUR 3RD BEST BOWLER AT THE WORD CUP. HAPPY TO SEE GAYLE BRAVO AND POLLARD LEFT OUT AS THE HEART IS ELSEWHERE AND THEIR INCLUSION IN THE WC SQUARD DIDNT DO MUCH DIFFERENCE. WITH THEM IN THE SQUARD WE HAVENT ACHIEVED SO WE MISS NOTHING WITHOUT THEM. TIME TO LET THE OTHER PLAYERS EXPRESS THEMSELVES AND MAYBE WE MIGHT SPRING SOME UPSETS. SAMMY IS THE MAN TO LEAD AS NON OF THE OTHERS CAN PROVE A BETTER CAPTAIN STARTS THAN HIM IN WEST INDIES COLOURS FOR OVER 5 YEARS NOW SO GIVE HIM HIS CHANCE TO SETTLE IN AND GET SOME EXPERIENCE. HIS RECORD AS WI CAPTAIN IS DDDDLLLWWWLLL.

  • canuck44 on April 7, 2011, 18:05 GMT

    so very true@athentik but i have 1 question why is Rommell Currency given a chance small island???

  • on April 7, 2011, 18:02 GMT

    I love the fact that there is a change for once if not now when u people have to realize we have been on this downward path for more than ten years now with the likes of CG and co in the squad its time for new players and give props where it is due these players have been performing in the Twenty20 so they deserve there chance winning is a habit so lets hope they can start with a win but this is cricket and with west indies expect anything!!!!!

  • shawnsundar on April 7, 2011, 17:47 GMT

    Well Pollard will be in the IPL, I'm not sure if Dwayne Bravo is fit yet. Chanders and Sarwan are not 20/20 players but leaving out Gayle is a huge mistake. Fletcher will keep wickets and also open with Simmons. As for the middle order, may God help them. I'm glad to see Krishmar getting a chance. Where's Kirk Edwards??? the selectors were hot and sweaty to draft this guy into the WC squad now he ain't even in the team?? I say they're picking names out of a hat!

  • Silloh on April 7, 2011, 17:41 GMT

    Good to see the changes. Only West Indies could go without a specialist wicketkeeper and leave Ramdhin out. As a Windies fan I have sadly concluded we are invincible when it comes to losing when we are in a excellent position. Nobody, not even champs India or Australia does it better than us. But, lety's rally around the team.

  • Noel-Kalicharan on April 7, 2011, 17:28 GMT

    Scandalous omission of Samuel Badree

    Thenon-selection of Samuel Badree is most galling. I consider Badree the best T20 bowler in the region. Don't take my word for it. Look at the statistics in this year's Caribbean T20 tournament: 4-2-7-0 against the Leewards, 4-0-20-1 against Canada, 4-0-21-2 against Barbados, 4-0-15-1 in the semi-final against Jamaica and 4-0-15-1 in the final against Hampshire. The average strike rate against him in the ENTIRE tournament was 15.6 runs in 4 overs. This is unheard of in any form of T20 cricket, much less at regional level.

    The WICB has made a big to-do about selection based on participation in this year's tournament. What is the point if excellent performances in the tournament count for nothing? What more could anyone have done to merit selection? Was the rule about participation more a criterion for the omission of certain players rather than one for selection?

  • on April 7, 2011, 17:25 GMT

    @Avinash Ramkaransingh very funny comment but if fletcher cant catch a cold what can Kamran Akmal catch???

  • DieHardWindiesFan on April 7, 2011, 17:19 GMT

    The one thing I hoped WI would not do is a lot of chopping and changing. Yes some players deserve a chance but WI have not been able to keep the same squad together over the years and that I think is one of the major reasons why WI are yet to be a consistent formidable team.

    Just look at all the teams of the past that did well for many years and you'll see that they had maybe at least the same 8 players being in the team at any one time. West Indies greats, Australia greats, South Africa, India are all examples.

    WICB should stick with a core 8 or 9 players regardless of form and build their confidence. DO NOT DROP a player due to lack of form when you know he has the ability, instead, nurture him. Sir VIV made two back to back ducks (i think) on debut and look at where he ended up....

  • Douggy on April 7, 2011, 17:10 GMT

    They have three possible keepers in Fletcher, Simmons and Bravo. I much prefer a specialist keeper though. I still would have selected Thomas who is a good keeper but a poor batsman but this is a key position in the team and you really cant select part timers for this.

  • on April 7, 2011, 17:04 GMT

    Change is good but going back to the start where your gonna do the same things over again is just stupid..its like putting a fresh coat of paint on a old house.... Westindes cricket need a overhaul from ground up, starting with local clubs, tournaments and then the senior cricket team...these new guys will sooner or later be complaining about the same issues the senior members complained about and they will perform the same..

  • on April 7, 2011, 16:58 GMT

    The west indies selectors has their believe in a big let down (DARREN SAMMY) who cant even bat or bowl or motivate a team , i think Darren Ganga will do a perfect job ! And for Andre Fletcher he has been recycle too much in west indies cricket .

  • rayinto on April 7, 2011, 16:57 GMT

    Windies B Team: Barath, Gayle (capt), Sarwan, Chanderpaul, Nash, Bravo, Ramdin (wkt), Taylor, Lawson, Collins, Benn

  • tnelson on April 7, 2011, 16:57 GMT

    TO THE WI SELECTORS: WE HAVE TRIED THE SAMMY EXPERIMENT, IT SIMPLY HAS NOT WORKED THEN, FOR GODS SAKE IT WILL NOT NOW. GANGA WOULD DO A BETTER JOB AND WOULD MOST LIKELY MAKE A CONTRIBUTION WITH THE BAT...WI CRICKET IS DOOMED WITH THIS SELECTION PANEL...

  • svsingh on April 7, 2011, 16:54 GMT

    why not samuel badree??? best spinner in t20's in the wi by far....yet he is always overlooked... check the records...much better than nurse

  • TeamSelector on April 7, 2011, 16:45 GMT

    Is this a B squad or a C squad ??? Coz it's definitely not the A squad. & why is Sammy still the captain ??? He does not even warrant a place in the team. There are only 3 World Class players in that squad - Darren Bravo, Marlon Samuels & Kemar Roach.

  • kelly1 on April 7, 2011, 16:33 GMT

    nice going from the WICB but Darren Sammy (capt), Christopher Barnwell,and Andre needs more exp

  • Faraz99 on April 7, 2011, 16:18 GMT

    what about Barath??where is he?? Where is J.Taylor? WI need to give a 2nd chance to Gayle only. Sarwan/C'Paul should get Final Exit from team for all 3 formats. Max C'Paul can be given a last chance in tests only.

  • robmaha on April 7, 2011, 16:14 GMT

    One can accept some of the changes and agree with renewing the team. But what is the rationale for keeping Sammy as Captain? He has never consistently performed in the team in any capacity. Yet WICB Hilaire says the team will be picked on performance. Here WICB goes again, says one thing and does something else. Gibson likes him and that seems enough. Let's see whom Gibson will blame when Pakistan does its damage again. Samuels and Santokie are surely deserved selection and so are some of the others. What is missing in the team is authentic continuity.

  • pimp007 on April 7, 2011, 16:06 GMT

    where is dwayne smith he had a really good caribbean t20 so y not giv hime a run in the team windies really needs to get their act together

  • rashoon on April 7, 2011, 15:59 GMT

    i am a WI crecket fan; and it is very painful for me and others who watch VIV and the other boys went 15 ears without loosing a test series. but that is how the sporting world operate one time a team dominate and another time that team goes down; but we have gon too far down. we should not be patience it has been too long. we need to invest in the game from our leaders to primary school level. the team we see today is not the best we are short on batting. to me all i want to see is the players fight, loosing wickets as if it is a primary school cricket game is not professional. we have a good coach but we need a batting coach. Gordon Greenage can help. our slide is not a lack of players but a lack of addressing our problems. Sammy must pull himself up. i have never seen a group of men who are paid so much money to do a Job that they are not doing and they are kept and more and more money is payed out to them. they even take strike action against their employer.

  • on April 7, 2011, 15:32 GMT

    I would love to see WI perform well, but with the declared team -- which looks like a domestic side to me, what without Gayle and Bravo -- I can't see how that is going to be possible. And why Sammy still leading the side? With a batting average of 20 in ODIs and highest score of 58, and having taken only 39 wickets in 53 innings; really don't know why they are so hung up on him?

  • rayinto on April 7, 2011, 15:21 GMT

    Sangakara & Ponting resigned as captains. Yet we still stick with captail "sink or sail" Sammy. Dont we ever learn? We are one player short regardless of whoever make up the rest of the team. Gibson needs to go too. we need Holding to take over - along with Bishop & Cozier! WI perform poorly not because of lack of talent , but lack of leadership.

  • ARJa on April 7, 2011, 15:18 GMT

    These selectors never ceases to amaze with their selection. Darren Bravo probably should keep. With Fletcher's brainless cricket, Thomas or even Chadwick Walton would be better than him. I would still go for Ramdin since they aren't exactly overflowing with options. Good for Chris Gayle though. Neither the IPL or the windies need him. I think it will be another couple of years till this windies start to win a game.

  • APositron on April 7, 2011, 15:08 GMT

    Give Sammy a chance. He has had the least inspiring team to work with. The responsibilities of being the captain always detracts from a player's abilities. Good Luck to the team in the up-coming series.

  • on April 7, 2011, 15:06 GMT

    Simmons or Fletcher to wicketkeep? Makes no sense. This is the only side Sammy could have a chance of making and only just.

  • on April 7, 2011, 14:59 GMT

    Sammy can stay as captain of the t20 team cause he can come in up the order & swipe he put in some good hits against England. otherwise he is not a good enough all rounder 4 the test or 1 day team Bravo & Russell 4 the Odi & Bravo or a specialist bat like Samuels or a spin bowler like Bishoo in the test team

  • harud on April 7, 2011, 14:57 GMT

    It's good to see the WI moving foward. I think Ramdin should captain the side, in him we have - a captain, wicketkeeper - batsman- drop Sammy and we have room for another young player.

  • on April 7, 2011, 14:54 GMT

    Darren bravo needs 2 work on his technique against spin & t20 cricket is not the place that will help him . take him out b4 he becomes like umar akmal who keeps getting out playing foolish shots in other forms of cricket. he has talent & a bright future ahead of him in the longer versions of the game if he works hard . after he cements his place in these formats then ipl & everything else can follow.

  • Sportsscientist on April 7, 2011, 14:42 GMT

    gayle, sarwan, canderpaul & co were not dropped because of ability....it's getting the balance because sammy is captain. ARE YOU GUYSS BLIND??? I don't dislike sammy, but the evidence is clear. his inclusion disrupts the balance.

    for a T20 game it shouldn't really matter.....you new to try new guys. Lets see what happens with the test side. Sammy is not up to 5 day cricket....So who will they pick??

  • on April 7, 2011, 14:21 GMT

    SELECTION OF THE TEST TEAM. We have a chance to have a powerful batting line up for once.Certain players who haven't performed in the one day arena are still deserving of a Test place to which there game is suited. Top 15 for the first Test match should be Kemar Roach,Andre Russel,Jerome Taylor,Sulieman Benn,Marlon Samuels,Shiv Chanderpaul,Darren Bravo,R.Sarwan,B.Nash,D.Ramdin,D.Ganga,KC Brathwaite,Chris Gayle,Dwayne Bravo,Devon Smith.Obviously fitness is a concern for some of the players hopefully they would be healthy in time for the first Test the captain should be picked from the top 15 players if he wants to be the captain he needs to ensure that he is able to command his place there should be no question as to his roll in the team im sorry Sammy i like your enthusiasm but if Ganga was denied captaincy because he wasn't a talented enough batsmen then I dont see any arguement that someone can use for you to still be captain. the team is based on the recent regional competition.

  • Prof_Rishi on April 7, 2011, 14:16 GMT

    Right direction, some wrong personnel. Fletcher has done nothing this season or even during the 20/20 championship to justify selection. Ramdhin seems to have regained form and confidence and IS the best wicket keeper in the West Indies by far and should be in....at least to give some experience and guidance. Sammy does not justify a place at all!! Nice to see Samuels back and Bishoo given a chance after his excellent work in India. Hyatt, Nurse and Barnwell, I know nothing about. If they're players from the U-19 squad that did so well, then it's good they get a chance. Waiting to find out when Bharath is coming back...

  • joelrondel on April 7, 2011, 14:09 GMT

    hey people news just in from Mirpur west indies v pakistan ..chanderpaul on 55* from 5307 balls and sawan on 31* from 5673 balls ..batsmen out are gayle 43 from 10 balls and bravo 40 from 23 balls eyyy jus makin jokin ..........this squard is not balance becaze of sammy

  • on April 7, 2011, 14:08 GMT

    @bhags32...I agree...India coming and Guyana won't get a single match either...instead Antigua gets...smh...I'll enjoy watching the empty stands on TV...the IDIOTS at the top do nonsense...and them complain they not making money... just look at the squad they picking...WHO is going to pay money to WATCH them? No Gayle? No Pollard? Those fellas bring ticket buying crowds.

  • on April 7, 2011, 13:40 GMT

    @bhags- Queens Park Oval will be hosting the T20 and first two ODI's vs India on June 4th, 6th and 8th.

    This T20 squad was selected based on performances in the CT20. Ramdin will be put back into the team for either the test matches and possibly the ODI's.

  • on April 7, 2011, 13:26 GMT

    Dwayne Smith should of been given his last chance in this team he deserved it

  • CHICOLICO on April 7, 2011, 13:16 GMT

    I BELIEVE THIS IS THE TEAM WEST INDIES SHOULD PICK FOR THE INDIA AND PAKISTAN TOUR FOR THE TEST MATCHES ONLY.

    D.GANGA,C.GAYLE,L.SIMMONS,M.SAMUELS,D.BRAVO,S.CHANDERPAUL,R.EMRIT, B.NASH,D.RAMDHIN,R.RAMPAUL,K.ROACH,K.KANTASINGH,A.RUSSE,LD.BRAVO, D.THOMAS.

    LET ME HERE WHAT YOU GUYS THINK.

  • on April 7, 2011, 13:15 GMT

    Why are we crying over G, P & B? I believe they will prefer to fulfill their IPL contracts. Another question...who is the highest rated ODI bowler in the WI? I wonder?

  • on April 7, 2011, 13:09 GMT

    We know Darren Sammy is not good enough for the one day game or Test, do you think he is good enough to captain the T20 against Pakistan? Its refreshing to see some changes to the squad but what is Fletcher doing there?

  • jonfox6020 on April 7, 2011, 13:09 GMT

    totally ridiculous...Ganga is the best 20/20 captain in the west indies...he has also performed with the bat this season scoring 3 centuries...Sammy is a non performing player...If the West Indies really want change then yes bring in new players, but new to keep some of the senior ones as well....Gayle, Bravo and Pollard should be in the 20/20 squad.... I await to see the ODI and TEST teams... good return for Marlon Sameuls

  • westindiancanadian on April 7, 2011, 13:07 GMT

    It is odd that trinidad and Tobago dominates the regional T-20 competition but have only 2 members on this team. Santokie can swing a tennis ball if he wanted to.

  • cricfan77 on April 7, 2011, 13:07 GMT

    gayle pollard and bravo didnt play in the ct20 so they wasnt eligible to be picked.....looking at the team, sammy seems to the only one who i have a real problem with, sars should be captain

  • on April 7, 2011, 13:06 GMT

    I Think Gayle, Pollard are going to IPL ;) to earn money...

  • westindiancanadian on April 7, 2011, 13:03 GMT

    Good moves all round. Sammy needs to go. He would not make a decent B team anywhere yet he is captain. This is a good start to changing things around as Sarwan, tiger and Benn have had their best days behind them.

  • on April 7, 2011, 12:53 GMT

    NO GAYLE, SARWAN, BENN, fine.THE batting is our major problem.DARREN is our most promising young batter and he has a problem with spin.LET'S do some work on that. THE bowling is great. DON'T FORGET we bowled INDIA out for 268. IF FLETCHER ISgoing to keep, why didn't you take him to the WC inthe first place, to add strength to the batting, strange. ALL in ALL I have little quarrel. HOPE to c the following players back for the other versions of the game SHIV, NASH,BARATH,KIRT,FIDEL,DWAYNE,TAYLOR, that's it for now.

  • bluhunter on April 7, 2011, 12:48 GMT

    Can someone pl explain to me what justification is there for Sammy to be leading this team.It's a crying shame that if we are looking for a 'leader',that role should go to Ganga or bring in Brendan Nash,why are they giving him the cold shoulder?ON the field Sammy doesn't know his head from his toes.

  • VivGilchrist on April 7, 2011, 12:42 GMT

    Seriously, I hope Simmons is a better player than the guy that toured Australia a couple of years ago.

  • ramdurbeej on April 7, 2011, 12:40 GMT

    Pointing sacked after world cup, the man made a centry, Sangakara resinged after world cup, the man carried Sri Lanka to the finials, Smith resing for SA. Our captian gets reselected. What the hell has he done to be a captian much more be in the dam team. Sammy is a sub par crickter. Out for 0 against pakisatan when we needed a parternship. Thne with the ball not even a wicket. Somebody tell me why this guy is in this team.

  • on April 7, 2011, 12:38 GMT

    Great side! No one can say the selectors are not trying. Gayle, Pollard and Bravo knew they would not be eligible to play if they did not represent their country in the home series. They chose Australia instead so why argue about they should be in the squad. Looking forward to this series.

  • on April 7, 2011, 12:34 GMT

    I really think the rules for selection should be changed. If players like Gayle, Pollard and Bravo were unavailable for selection then something isn't right. Sammy shouldn't even be in the team much less captain. I understand there are complications with contracts and such but we still need to find a way to pick the best players in the Caribbean to represent the West Indies. I'm all for Simmons and even willing to give Samuels a shot.

  • on April 7, 2011, 12:30 GMT

    just like the icc west indies selectors dont go in the leewards anymore more fire for the selectors and coach in our hayday the men from the islands made windies rule the cycle continue with insularity

  • Pakistanvictorious on April 7, 2011, 12:26 GMT

    It is totally rubbish West Indian selectors have gone mad, droping a player who have scored over 300 runs is it not a joke? where is the wicket keeper? They are destroying cricket in West Indies. What is the justification of Sammy to be there? He is burden on team. If West Indian has to move forwards there would need to make sensible decisions.

  • nick.tom on April 7, 2011, 12:14 GMT

    The selectors and cricket board in WI are the ones who are killing our cricket. We are shooting ourselves in the foot. Just imagine that Dwayne, Kieron and Gayle who represents some of the best club teams in the world with high level T20 cricket are not in the squad. This is very poor. On another note while i recognise Marlon Samuels as an exceptional talent I would of never have brought him back to play for WI. He betrayed the trust of all West Indians and how can his team mates respect him and trust him? The sport of cricket is about team work. The record shows that Marlon is not a team player. Just ask Lara when Marlon ran him out on purpose in his final ODI. WI cricket will never rise if we don't get a proper administration to govern this beloved sport.

  • on April 7, 2011, 12:13 GMT

    west indies captian himself has no place in team , he is disturbing their combination . . .

  • athentik on April 7, 2011, 12:01 GMT

    The world should know there are lots of young talent in the WI- Kraigg Braithwaite, Kavish Kantasingh, Sherwin Ganga, Imran Khan, William Perkins, Rajendra Chandrika.

    These are names to watch for.

  • on April 7, 2011, 11:52 GMT

    I am pleased to see new faces. I personally believe the ONLY captain for West Indies DESPITE his attitude is Chris Gayle. I look at that team and besides him I don't see a leader or anyone capable of playing a captain's innings. Chris Gayle can do this. GET RID of Sammy FOR HEAVEN'S SAKE! Good to see Marlon in the runnings of things again. Taylor and Edwards hurry up and come back! Roach can't do it all on his own!

  • Steven500 on April 7, 2011, 11:51 GMT

    Before this side play Pakistan I would like this side play an A SIDE with all the rejects and with DARREN GANGA as Captain as everyone in the Caribbean knows he is the best T20 captain we have, although this have no effect on the selectors. Explain what criteria is being used to select a captain like Sammy. Because if you take performance, record or form he fails miserably.

    Steven 500

  • on April 7, 2011, 11:45 GMT

    i think the team is a good one. we need to expose our young talent. gayle and co. has failed us enough. i share others views on the wicket keeping position and i also think we are a batsman short. best of lock guys

  • on April 7, 2011, 11:43 GMT

    I would like to know what are the qualities Sammy garnered as a Captain? He should not have been selected in the first place, he can't bat , can't bool, and therefore cannot demand respect ffrom the men. I think that young Bravo be made captain for the t20 and odi games and Sarwan captain the test matches. Another thing, why drop Jacobs thw keeper after he did so well in the world cup, it just does not make any logical thinking.

  • NBRADEE on April 7, 2011, 11:42 GMT

    All that I recognize here is that some players have been rested - kaput! Big mistakes - no established wicketkeeper and retaining the Captain of Small Dreams... The insularity in these comments show that the Windies have the right team for the right fans!!!

  • Sreerang on April 7, 2011, 11:11 GMT

    Would anybody have believed 3 years back that this would the team for West Indies today? This could very well be a team from Timbuktu! No disrespect meant to any of the players for I really dont know their potential since most of them are unknown and remaining I came to know of only during the world cup!!.

  • Percy_Fender on April 7, 2011, 11:09 GMT

    I am glad that the selectors have named new and probably future champions. Gayle and Pollard are really good but maybe their heart is more on the money than to play for West Indies.As someone said Rome was'nt built in a day. The world wants the true champions to rise again. Let us wait and watch this happen.

  • on April 7, 2011, 10:51 GMT

    What a squad lol!! And still they kept Sammy. I can easily see Sammy out, Samuels to lead or even Simmons, they guy just don't have it in him, face it selectors you screwed up then and doing it again!!

  • on April 7, 2011, 10:50 GMT

    M an INDIAN fan.....good 2 see Samuels back in the mix....when will Fidel Edwards and Jerome Taylor get fit ....It will be awesome 2 see Roach/Edwards/Taylor bowling like pack of hunters !!

  • Anneeq on April 7, 2011, 9:58 GMT

    Very brave move by the WICB, i just wish the PCB were as bold. But cutting out Gayle and Bravo thats excessive. Gayle is needed the players need to learn off him, he is the only CONSISTENT world class batsman in the team.

  • rumcork69 on April 7, 2011, 9:35 GMT

    It a shame not to see Gayle, Pollard and Dwayne(injured) in the side but I think the WICB got it right by not selecting them because they did not play in the Caribbean I20. We need this attitude to encourage our domestic league at this crucial stage in WI cricket. If were ranked in top three in world then these measures would not be necessary. On Darren Sammy well all I have to say is Darren Ganga would filled the captaincy shoes alot better.

  • BiSONN on April 7, 2011, 9:23 GMT

    Sammy is the absolute worst choice for captaincy and he highlighted that in West Indies world cup match against England where they had to chase around 240-odd to knock them out and make a statement. What was the captains strategy? Promote himself up the order and bat senselessly till you get out. A bowler like Russell showed that if you applied yourself you could form a partnership, it's not like the pitch was impossible to bat on, but Sammy refused to use his brain. It's almost as if he said "Listen, I don't think my players have enough sense to get to this total, so my plan is just to go out there and wild shots and hopefully get close to the total". That is not how captain should think and I think that display was really pathetic, keeping the match situation in mind. I dunno how people like Sarwan and Chanderpaul feel about captaincy, I know Gayle doesn't want it, but it needs to go to someone responsible. The captain needs to calm and strategic, Sammy is not that .. at all.

  • fwd079 on April 7, 2011, 9:21 GMT

    Despite cries from Bishop, they kept Sammy as captain. This means Pakistan can easily win the series as not many like him to be captain apart from Chris Gayle. But lets hope this young blood makes the once legendary team, a bit better.

  • on April 7, 2011, 9:12 GMT

    now it looks good.... best of luk windies

  • Bolt77 on April 7, 2011, 9:09 GMT

    I hope that this is a sign that the selectors will be moving away from picking similar teams for all 3 formats. I do not have a problem with the side to be honest, except that I feel Kemar should be rested - don't burn him out. On the question of Ramdin, let him play in the test series, perhaps ODIs too. He does not need to play T20.

  • on April 7, 2011, 8:47 GMT

    Darren Sammy is not in form with both bat n ball and not sure to keep him in the current T20 squad. Selectors should think all the aspects before excluding the senior players like Gayle and Pollard,..........

  • mravikiran on April 7, 2011, 8:42 GMT

    The below team, even on today's date, would still do well than the present team:

    Haynes, Greenidge, Viv Richards, BC Lara, R. Richardson, Carl Hooper, Dujon, Logie, Walsh, Ambrose, Andy Roberts, Marshall, Holding, Larry Gomes.

    Thank You.

  • on April 7, 2011, 8:31 GMT

    what did Sammy do to retain leadership.He should stand down.Look @ Sanga he too Sri lanka to the finals.Still decided to stand down.Sammy is a utter failure to me.He doent score runs or take wickets .I dont knw what is his role in the team

  • idrees.gadriwala on April 7, 2011, 8:20 GMT

    I think the sole competency needed to be picked for the WI team was how funny your name sounds. Ashley Nurse just cracks me up! :D

  • on April 7, 2011, 8:20 GMT

    where is chris Gayle ...... this is not good to leave a player like gayle is no justice .........

  • on April 7, 2011, 8:07 GMT

    This is brilliant - start afresh even if they loose the first couple of games! Im sure this is a bold move but I think in the long run it will cause a new change in there way of thinking and pay some div..!

  • on April 7, 2011, 7:33 GMT

    Are the LEFT OUT or they will straight away play IPL.

  • on April 7, 2011, 7:16 GMT

    Simmons can do the wicketkeeping duties

  • gooey_kablooie on April 7, 2011, 7:07 GMT

    For those who are complaining about the number of changes, this is the right time. WI needs to build a team for the future. The best way is to have tryouts and this is the best time to have them. They need to look at 2015 WC and how they are going to enter that tournament.

  • P.Srikanth on April 7, 2011, 7:06 GMT

    Looks like West Indies wants a clean whitewash from their opponents. Where are players like Devon Smith, Dwayne Smith, Devon Thomas & Kieron Pollard. I am damn sure Pakistan is going to field 3 spinners with Afridi, Ajmal and Hafeez and it will be a cake walk for them to blow off WI in less than 15 overs. Enjoy Afridi and company....

  • jonesy2 on April 7, 2011, 6:36 GMT

    god so its the shambles of cricket playing each other, windies and pakistan.

  • soumyas on April 7, 2011, 6:36 GMT

    now a days west indies team is boring to watch, Now without Gayle,poolard,bravo,sravan.chandrapal,Ben... i dont know any body else IN TEAM who has real cricketing ability, sammy is not good enough captain,

  • on April 7, 2011, 6:32 GMT

    I can't believe that Sammy is still their Captain.... This guy is not even worthy of being in the Chosen 15

  • on April 7, 2011, 6:29 GMT

    Guts & common sense,knowledge of the game,Sammy is being played primarily as a leader of the young team. Did the veterans that played with him gave their all? Chris Gayle was the only one of the batsmen i would retain.Kirk Edwards needs to be given an opportunity at the highest level of the game--good to see Samuels and Simmons back in the team.

  • Faisal_Arab on April 7, 2011, 6:21 GMT

    Yeah I agree with that, this is the time when West Indies' cricket should start exploring the talent, talent that really can threat the world of cricket, otherwise a cricketing nation who had been the most dangerous side of the world for more than 20 years, is now considered as minnows for more than 15 years....its incredible! I think the West Indians should learn from Srilanka, they were also minnows before 1996 along with Zimbabwe but how they won the world cup in 1996 and from there they never looked back, they have been one of the champion sides of the world.

  • krd_kevin on April 7, 2011, 6:02 GMT

    we've seen that young players when given the right opportunities can stand up and be counted. just look at young bravo, kemar roach, devindra bishoo and even adrian barath. its high time the selectors give up on the dead horses and inject new blood into the west indies team. also i am still concerned about the retention of sammy in the new look squad. i would like to believe that dwayne bravo is still injured and that kieron is off to the IPL and thats why they were not selected. i disagree with athentik wit his calls for sherwin ganga, as i believe his place in the national setup is only due to family relations and that kantasingh would be a better option. the selectors should consider dropping sammy and playing a fourth seamer.

  • AtifFazal11 on April 7, 2011, 5:53 GMT

    Why is darren Sammy still the captain after the world cup? Almost everyone agreed that he doesnt fit in the West Indies side even as a player.

  • on April 7, 2011, 5:29 GMT

    Hi, the wicb is so poor, instead of picking a 1day squad to play in the five odi's plus the lone 20-20,they pick a 20-20 squad to play 1 20-20, and to add insult to injury appoint sammy to be captain, instead of appointing another player to captain the 1day and t20 teams. It is utter backward rubish nonsence.

  • on April 7, 2011, 5:23 GMT

    hahaha so fuunny windies selectors lolsss

    another move to take westindies cricket deep into the nuts from where they cant get back to some sort of dignity.

    how can u drop gayle most feard batsman in the world alongwith bravo most respectd all rounder of the game , keiron pollard the really fierce hitter and sarwan a real solidity he provides in the middle order which the windies will miss without him and benn to me the most impresive bowler of winies in the wc.

    I guess it has to do with ipl, ipl is finishing international cricket pretty quickly.

    To me sammy, rampaul, fletecher should not b in the side

  • on April 7, 2011, 4:13 GMT

    pls drop sammy . you need a skipper like dhoni who performs by example . drop all those old breed. even pollard and gayle too. those who don't perform drop them. and pls don't replace them with earlier dropped ones.

  • hardess699 on April 7, 2011, 4:04 GMT

    really poor for them to say lendl is phil simmons' son........but folks this team is only picked for T20,not entire series.....barnwell will make a name for himself should he get a chance to play.he's a good allround player

  • goodganesh on April 7, 2011, 4:01 GMT

    Lendl is *NOT* Phil's son like you have said. "Simmons, the son of the Ireland coach, Phil, is back in the squad for the first time since the tour of Australia in 2010."

  • on April 7, 2011, 3:49 GMT

    Good Move but Sammy shouldn't be in the Team

  • elangop on April 7, 2011, 3:49 GMT

    it's a good move. now young guys need to perform.

  • on April 7, 2011, 3:27 GMT

    This is insane. I know many of the seniors deserved to be kicked out, but with Galye, Pollard, and Bravo out, this is not the time. Just insane.

  • spin_king4 on April 7, 2011, 3:12 GMT

    the problem with west indies cricket is lack of quality on pitches that are not low and slow, all of which stems from the pitches in domestic league. in the days of glory every team in west indies cricket had a fast bowling attack that could represent many an international team (many who had county experience)and all confident and agressive who would take it to the batsmen. to be a batsmen back then you had to face the best to get to the team today mediocrity is all you need. fix the pitches and get some good young agressive fast bowlers developing and the rest will come!!!

  • on April 7, 2011, 2:57 GMT

    Confused as to who is gonna be wicketkeeping???? i hope its not fletcher! that guy cant even catch a cold :S I am all for change in WI cricket but lets be smart about it.

  • on April 7, 2011, 2:29 GMT

    good to see selectors moving away from same old faces with same results Lendel is Phill's nephew not son

  • on April 7, 2011, 2:23 GMT

    WHO WILL KEEP WICKET??? I THINK THEY SHOULD DROP SAMMY AND LET GANGA CAPTAIN THE SIDE

  • bhags32 on April 7, 2011, 2:05 GMT

    I am die hard West Indies. Is it that the oval in Trinidad may never host an asian team or any other again.Shame!

  • cricketdebator on April 7, 2011, 2:02 GMT

    With regards to WI cricket team selection, this is the best news I have heard in a very long time. West Indies selectors have selected a team without any Elder Statesmen (incumbents) included. For the past years I have been advocating that we clean the slate, pick a team of promising cricketers( (all under 25) and start from scratch. Had we done that, I am sure we would have had a better team now. Anyway, hats off to the selectors for taking this bold and correct step forward. It does not matter if we lose intially. Things can't get any worse, since in any case, we've been losing with the incumbents for as long as one can remember. Provided that the selectors maintain this initiative, I am almost certain that by the time the next world cup comes around, West Indies will be a force to be reckon with in World cricket. So, let's say goodbye to the incumbents and good luck to the young talents.

  • bhags32 on April 7, 2011, 2:02 GMT

    Seems Ramdhin may never make the team again

  • kenokeno on April 7, 2011, 2:02 GMT

    Captain should not be in team.

  • on April 7, 2011, 1:56 GMT

    i still waiting for someone to expain Sammy's pick on this side

  • howizzat on April 7, 2011, 1:55 GMT

    Its high time that WI shlould look beyond Gayles, Sarwans and C'Pauls. Even their ODI team need that huge correction. The selectors should sustain with the youngsters for a pretty good length of time, say 3 - 4 years. As such, Rome was not built in a day.

  • athentik on April 7, 2011, 1:49 GMT

    I am very happy with this side- perhaps Sherwin Ganga deserved a run, but I would much rather lose with young talent than outdated failures.

  • kenokeno on April 7, 2011, 1:47 GMT

    West indies Cricket needs to get serious. How can you have a captain who does not deserve to be in the final eleven. The captaincy issue must be address, we saw during the World Cup how the inclusion of the present captain significantly affects the balance of the team.

  • Silloh on April 7, 2011, 1:23 GMT

    Good to see Samuels is back. There are some unknowns on this new side but if we do not have changes we we will have the same excuses and results of the past. Its better we lose with a young side. No room for the best wicket keeper, Ramdhin ? And, I suppose there is no one to replace Sammy, undoubtedly a very diligent player , but unfortunately compare him with Dhoni or Ponting or the Sri Lanka captain who is stepping down, and we see exactly where our standards and vision are, cricket wise.

  • on April 7, 2011, 1:12 GMT

    mark my words .. Santokie will revolutionize WI cricket with that ball, soon cotterell will make his mark too. I am actually excited to see this young team perorm. I am conident that G P & S will not be missed but would be good to c them play at least gayle.

  • Dashgar on April 7, 2011, 1:07 GMT

    West Indies needed to rebuild. This is a positive move

  • cricfan77 on April 7, 2011, 1:04 GMT

    nice to see youngsters being given a chance......but sammy is really causing an imbalance on the team in the 3 formats he's neither a specialist batsman or bowler and half decent captain, unfortunately he's not gonna step down so we'll have to after the india series, i suggest maybe sarwan or big bravo....but until then i'll do what i always do and support them win lose or draw RALLY ROUND THE WEST INDIES

  • on April 7, 2011, 0:55 GMT

    Lendl is Phil's nephew. Also, great to see Santokie in the side. He's a very good bowling especially in T20. Congrats to him.

  • Majoreg on April 7, 2011, 0:47 GMT

    Good on Gibson. The ineligibility of Gayle, Bravo and Pollard allows the coach and selectors to try some other hungrier cricketers. I for one was sceptical at Bishoo's selection for the WC but was pleasantly surprised at how well he settled into International Cricket in the cauldron of Indian Cricket. Seems that some of the young WI players are now ready to bridge the "ginormous" gap between WI regional cricket and international cricket. Hoping that a few of these guys give us a pleasant surprise and add to the pool of players to select from going forward. Now if we could just get Edwards and Taylor fit again to back up Roach we might be on to something.

  • on April 7, 2011, 0:38 GMT

    finally danzal hyatt gets picked!

  • loverboyp on April 7, 2011, 0:34 GMT

    the westindies cricket board will loose plenty money with this tatar team the selectors have put together, who will waste their money in this hard economic times to go and look at Sammy and this weak team , thats how westindies cricket come to, they send a weak side to the world cup with one good bowler every body knew they were going to be beaten and then Otis Gibson having problems with the senior players, he should be shame of himself, happy for samuels, and Simmons nealon Pascall should be in this team, Sammy should be left out just as the others that are left out he only blocking someone who is better than himself from being in the team. Lord help westindies cricket. the selectors needs to quit just as The Sri Lankan selectors. dont just blame players, capaincy was also poor, a leader should be a performer. i am certain i can do a better job as a captain.

  • popahwheely on April 7, 2011, 0:23 GMT

    I'm loving it...about time the selectors taking a stand out with the old in with the new. Hopefully the boys pull off some upsets in this series.

  • on April 6, 2011, 23:55 GMT

    What in the world is this? I understand the logic and the need to blood new players. But dropping Chanderpaul? Really? This will be the most inexperienced middle order possible. Expect a whitewash Windies fans.

  • on April 6, 2011, 23:47 GMT

    The selectors wishes to fool us by naming a team with a nonplaying captain.Ashley , I salute u .

  • on April 6, 2011, 23:43 GMT

    pinch me ! am I dreaming or am I travelling through time or sumting ? I do not know these players and they have picked for the West INDIES ?---Oh gosh -(with apologies to Edwin Yearwood)

  • on April 6, 2011, 23:40 GMT

    Without Gayle Bravo and POLLARD West Indies cant win T 2Os

  • on April 6, 2011, 23:33 GMT

    Why no Deonarine and Nash still?

  • grayskunk on April 6, 2011, 23:32 GMT

    Is Barath injured? I know Dwayne Bravo is out injured although I follow England I like watching all the teams and watched the Wes tIndies when I was a kid and Walsh and Ambrose were at their peak. There are some good young players coming through for the West Indies (Barath, Darren Bravo, Bishoo, Andre Russell mixed in with some experienced players like Roach and Samuels I think that Andre Fletcher is not really especially worth his place from what I saw last time I saw him play and Sammy is worth his place in the 20/20 but his position is an issue in the 50 over and test side but he is a cool head so it is difficult and unless they can find someone better then they should stick with him however it was highlighted how his lack of form in the world cup caused problems when Roach returned from injury and Rampaul who filled in took 5 wickets in his absence and Benn ended up being dropped which I felt was harsh as he is a handful.

  • on April 6, 2011, 23:24 GMT

    nice to see some changes. Too bad one of the best 20/20 and 50 over bowlers Samuel Badree keeps getting ignored. It still is nice to see change and I am glad that some guys didn't have to wait for years but its strange that someone like him have performed for several years but still can't make the team.

  • on April 6, 2011, 23:23 GMT

    Good move. Time for a change from the oldsters. T20 is a fast playing game. I expect Hyatt to be the trump card in that team.

  • on April 6, 2011, 22:57 GMT

    If they're going to pull rabbits out of hats, they may as well pull one for captain.

  • Reuelsean on April 6, 2011, 22:43 GMT

    The one person who should have been left out got picked, Darren Sammy. Really disappointed to see Andre fletcher in the squad, he has continued to show is uselessness to wi cricket but continues to get picked time and time again. Happy to see Simmo and Samuels back, as well as the inclusion of Santokie.

  • wiseshah on April 6, 2011, 22:30 GMT

    so if pakistan win against WI, can WI claim they played their depleted side like the side played against bangladesh.

  • on April 6, 2011, 22:29 GMT

    Darren Sammy?! Andre Fletcher..still?! stueeeeepppsss....ah hope dey prove me wrong!

  • on April 6, 2011, 22:28 GMT

    The Sri Lankan selection resigned enmasse!...and they reached the world cup final! windies got beaten by all the Test teams they played! Lost like amateurs! They should all resign, The WICB, Selectors and the worst captain in world cricket...not to mention the Coach! Give Windies cricket a chance to breathe again and a chance to live a new life!

  • Eazy_E on April 6, 2011, 22:26 GMT

    Where is the batting? How will this lineup cope with afridi & co

  • on April 6, 2011, 22:12 GMT

    Who is Andre Fletcher uncle.

  • Andy99 on April 6, 2011, 22:09 GMT

    This is complete rubbish. The WICB continues to bring shame down on the West Indies.

  • ArsalanMujahidGhouri on April 6, 2011, 21:56 GMT

    Totally a new team for me !

  • on April 6, 2011, 21:49 GMT

    wat tha hell wrong with these selectors no gayle bravo or pollard .im glad to see marlon back also simmons but u need to cut tha red tape crap u guy have and pick the best team plzz for the sake of west indies cricket

  • cgtboy87 on April 6, 2011, 21:47 GMT

    i like this squad for the t20.well done..shive nor sarwan should not be in this squad.even though gayle and pollard are some destructive t20 chap..i see the wicb is sticking to thier guns....discipline yess i love it

  • Nerk on April 6, 2011, 21:45 GMT

    Welcome back Samuels. Hopefully you have matured as a person and a player and are now ready to make W.Indies cricket, if not great, then certainly on the way to being great again.

  • on April 6, 2011, 21:40 GMT

    so many alien names.. amazed to see this

  • on April 6, 2011, 21:38 GMT

    Lendl is not Phil Simmons' son. He is his nephew

  • avii_ on April 6, 2011, 21:28 GMT

    A i think phil simmons is lendl simmons uncle

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  • avii_ on April 6, 2011, 21:28 GMT

    A i think phil simmons is lendl simmons uncle

  • on April 6, 2011, 21:38 GMT

    Lendl is not Phil Simmons' son. He is his nephew

  • on April 6, 2011, 21:40 GMT

    so many alien names.. amazed to see this

  • Nerk on April 6, 2011, 21:45 GMT

    Welcome back Samuels. Hopefully you have matured as a person and a player and are now ready to make W.Indies cricket, if not great, then certainly on the way to being great again.

  • cgtboy87 on April 6, 2011, 21:47 GMT

    i like this squad for the t20.well done..shive nor sarwan should not be in this squad.even though gayle and pollard are some destructive t20 chap..i see the wicb is sticking to thier guns....discipline yess i love it

  • on April 6, 2011, 21:49 GMT

    wat tha hell wrong with these selectors no gayle bravo or pollard .im glad to see marlon back also simmons but u need to cut tha red tape crap u guy have and pick the best team plzz for the sake of west indies cricket

  • ArsalanMujahidGhouri on April 6, 2011, 21:56 GMT

    Totally a new team for me !

  • Andy99 on April 6, 2011, 22:09 GMT

    This is complete rubbish. The WICB continues to bring shame down on the West Indies.

  • on April 6, 2011, 22:12 GMT

    Who is Andre Fletcher uncle.

  • Eazy_E on April 6, 2011, 22:26 GMT

    Where is the batting? How will this lineup cope with afridi & co