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

Samuels returns in new-look squad

ESPNcricinfo staff

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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  • Dummy4 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

  • joel 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.

  • Bijoy 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

  • Dummy4 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

  • Dummy4 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

  • Dummy4 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

  • Dummy4 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!

  • Dummy4 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.

  • Vijay 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.

  • Dummy4 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??

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