Pakistan in West Indies 2011 April 14, 2011

Gayle, Chanderpaul and Sarwan dropped

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West Indies have left out Chris Gayle, Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Ramnaresh Sarwan, their three senior-most players, from the squad for the first two ODIs of the five-match series against Pakistan that begins on April 21. Dwayne Bravo, whose World Cup was cut short by a knee injury, returns to the squad and will serve as captain Darren Sammy's deputy, while Antigua-born legspinner Anthony Martin remains the only uncapped player in the list of 13.

Kieron Pollard will miss the five-match series to play for Mumbai Indians in the IPL, while Bravo, who, like Pollard, had opted out of a retainer contract with the West Indies Cricket Board, will skip the two-match Test series that follows the ODIs to join Chennai Super Kings.

The exclusion of Gayle, Chanderpaul and Sarwan following West Indies' quarter-final exit from the World Cup marks a significant step and underlines the selectors' intention to move on and start afresh with an emphasis on youth. "Consistent with the policy to expose young players, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Chris Gayle and Ramnaresh Sarwan were not selected," a West Indies Cricket Board release stated.

West Indies also left out left-arm spinners Sulieman Benn and Nikita Miller; Legspinners Devendra Bishoo - who picked up three wickets on his international debut against England in Chennai in the World Cup - and Martin, along with Marlon Samuels, will comprise the spin attack. In the previous edition of the WICB Regional 50-over tournament, Martin picked up eight wickets for Leeward Islands from five games and had the best economy rate of 2.82 an over. He finished with 16 wickets in six games in the Caribbean's domestic first-class competition.

Samuels, who is also part of the squad for the one-off Twenty20 international against Pakistan, won a recall after serving a two-year ban for alleged involvement with illegal bookmakers. Lendl Simmons, the Trinidad and Tobago batsman - and nephew of Phil Simmons - was also picked while batsman Kirk Edwards and allrounder Andre Russell, who were part of the World Cup squad, kept their places.

"We have looked at a mix of players who will take us through the next five to ten years, and with this squad we have put together a youthful but exciting combination of exceptionally talented cricketers who we believe can win matches," WICB chairman of selectors Clyde Butts said.

"There are some familiar faces who have not been included on this occasion, but we have already identified the core of players who we will build the team around. The time has come for us to introduce a fresh crop of players who we believe have a deep desire to excel and who can be tested at the international level."

In another decision, the WICB agreed to consider Bravo and Pollard for selection across all formats even if their IPL commitments meant they would miss national duty. The board had adopted a policy of tying national selection to participation in regional tournaments in the corresponding format - the reason behind Pollard and Bravo not being picked for the Twenty20 game against Pakistan.

"It was mutually determined that Pollard would be best served by being allowed to hone his T20 skills in the Indian Premier League, which will bring future benefit to West Indies cricket," the release stated. "He will not play in the series against Pakistan, but remains committed to West Indies cricket and will be available for future selection to the West Indies team in all formats."

About Bravo, the release said: "Dwayne Bravo, who is also contracted to an IPL franchise, will play in the one-day series against Pakistan but will miss the two Tests in order to participate in the IPL. Like Pollard, Bravo also remains committed to West Indies cricket and will be available for future selection to the West Indies team in all formats."

Squad for first two ODIs: Darren Sammy (capt), Dwayne Bravo (vice-captain), Devendra Bishoo, Darren Bravo, Kirk Edwards, Anthony Martin, Ravi Rampaul, Kemar Roach , Andre Russell, Marlon Samuels, Lendl Simmons, Devon Smith, Devon Thomas (wk).

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  • Vinod on April 17, 2011, 18:04 GMT

    Darren Sammy Captain .!! What is he doing in the team. He -s not even fit to be part of a club team, what is doing leading the WI team ? WI needs a foreign coach (the current coach has done a horrible job) and a captain who automatically gets selected in the team either by class or by form.

    Dropping 3 senior players at one go doesn't make sense.This shows the mindset of WI selectors and their amateurishness...

    I think the best way forward is to select either Bravo or Pollard as WI captain.. Sammy unless you shine with the bat in the first 2 ODI's you should resign.

  • Niel1983 on April 17, 2011, 5:06 GMT

    If Junior players are delivering the goods and senior players are only in the team for their seniority then their dropping from the squad will not make headlines, neither will need any discussions. The fact is that juniors in this team is heavily dependent on these seniors and suddenly dropping them, then picking them does not do any good to a team. Team is built over a period of time and not suddenly..!!!

  • bay786 on April 17, 2011, 1:11 GMT

    These senior players have not produced the goods consistantly for a long time and they are paid to do so. I support the building of a young team, although i am not certain just yet of the captain...

  • sabee66 on April 16, 2011, 7:38 GMT

    now Pakistan should give chances to all youngester to make this series watchable, otherwise, it will be like Aus vs BD and with unpredictablity of Pakistan , who knows..

  • Vilander on April 16, 2011, 6:30 GMT

    ok..FINE, give Gayle an IPL contract now...

  • TRAM on April 16, 2011, 0:10 GMT

    Aus fell way down from the #1 spot because all senior players quit suddenly. That was something the senior players did to the cricket board. But here, the WI cricket board is doing it to themselves. Aus was at the top so it could fall down. But WI???? Its already at the bottom. Where will it fall?

  • I_and_I on April 15, 2011, 18:00 GMT

    PATHETIC! Pakistan gonna rinse them!

  • dummy4fb on April 15, 2011, 17:24 GMT

    Change is good. But changing the best is horrible. To become the best you will need experience revolving around inexperience. Then when the inexperience becomes more mature, you let go of the most experience. And there is a new era of batsmen. - the reason why I think west indies lost the tournament is because of injuries and poor selection. No question about that.

    good luck west indies!! From a die heart westindies fan..

  • dummy4fb on April 15, 2011, 15:23 GMT

    Yeah ok i understand what they are trying to do but why discard Benn for two novices, is all the experience he's gained going to go to waste,it takes a long time for a spinner to perfect the art and why Anthony Martin when the 2 spinners for C& C had a much better season.....check the stats,but for me the biggest issue is the captaincy.I am sure Sammy is very nice guy and tries his best but he is not upto the task and made us a laughing sport during the world cup ,did anybody see when he jump up in the air when the ball nearly hit the helmet behind the keeper to give him 5 runs and punching his fists when he won his first toss out of 7.A mediocre team like the windies needs a good leader and 1 that would have the respect of all the the players and it sure aint Sammy.A good captain can improve a team maybe 10-15% although we need a lot more.There is only 1 man for the job, and you'all can laugh but its Darren Ganga even if its for the next 2 years,by the way I AM NOT A TRINI.Howzdat.

  • nths on April 15, 2011, 12:51 GMT

    Lets go down memory lane.With this squad,it reminds us of the time Bangladesh whipped Waste Indies.AAH memory lane...

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