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!

  • 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..

  • 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...

  • 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!

  • 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..

  • 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...

  • westindies4life on April 15, 2011, 12:45 GMT

    With out doubt, this have to be a joke of the highest standard, ............ if u want to drop player who did not preform at the world cup, it should be across the board, not just a few selective players, in wat world is Thomas i better kepper than ramdin, y is Sammy still captain????? both were sum the worst players in the team..... who's is Anthony Martin ...just last week a spinner by the name of K Kantasingh was destroying other teams, he is the man IN FORM..... as well as ramdin , also if the reason for droppin certain player is to make room for younger players well where is KC Brathwaite.....can someone tell me wats consider old these days, cause Sachin playing still an he bout 8 yrs older dan gayle an sarran................wit dis in mind i do support dat some player need to be drop as no man place is fixed on a team....well except Sammy..... Pollard an Bravo disappointing again

  • nths on April 15, 2011, 12:24 GMT

    Shocking!this decision was based on politics and the respect these three are shown by the other players.Apparently,the captain is clearly threaten by the presence of these three gentlemen and rightfully so. WICB is saying"we need to lead and guide the younger players"Questiopn?who will lead these younger players?When the pakistan series is over,we will all make our own assesment.

  • PaddyRasta on April 15, 2011, 10:36 GMT

    Ramdin played the important specialist role of WK which he does very well. If WKs bat well they're called allrounders. He has been expected to bat because the so called batsmen have failed too many times leaving the lower order to pick up the pieces. I like Sammy's drive but what is he being picked for other than captaincy? I hope he proves me wrong and becomes a genuine allrounder, because either way the selectors are sticking with him through his below par performances to date.

  • PaddyRasta on April 15, 2011, 10:30 GMT

    Ramdin played the important specialist role of WK which he does very well. If WKs bat well they're called allrounders. He has been expected to bat because the so called batsmen have failed too many times leaving the lower order to pick up the pieces. I like Sammy's drive but what is he being picked for other than captaincy? I hope he proves me wrong and becomes a genuine allrounder, because either way the selectors are sticking with him through his below par performances to date.

  • jordie on April 15, 2011, 10:07 GMT

    why they dropped them , i will never know. you can understand youth , but 3 of the best players in the team who anyone of the 3 could win a match on their own.

  • Shrika88 on April 15, 2011, 9:45 GMT

    I am a big fan of WI cricket ever since i was a small kid.. State of WI cricket is pathetic now!! I still don't understand why Sammy is still there in the side.. he doesn't add any value and this affects the balance of the side.. Dropping seniors at this stage comes as an absolute shock to me..I agree, they are rebuilding and giving opportunities to youngsters but that shouldn't be done at the expense of the 3 stalwarts... !! They've done enough to prove themselves.. just that they are out of form! Give them another go!! Drop Sammy and let Dwayne Bravo captain the side... And where is Jerome taylor and Fidel Edwards?? Are they not fit??

  • Jaggadaaku on April 15, 2011, 9:06 GMT

    @b4u8me2, don't look at the whole decade of Gayle, just look at the last couple of year, I am sure you wouldn't have any complain about the decision to axed him from the squad. Chander and Sarvan also performed very well in the last decade fro WI. But nobody should have chance for his two years before performance. I think, WI made very wise decision to drop those so called big guns. In reality those so called big guns are not more than chumps and cartoon. Opener Barath was in good form in warm up matches, but he couldn't get a chance in any world cup matches. Poor Barath! Have you seen how Chanderpaul stand on the crease when he plays. Most hard hitters stands like that on the crease so they could hit the ball very hard towards leg side, but this chump-Chander, stands like that and plays almost all the balls towards off side and mostly defensive. Those 3 players got enough chances. Now they are going for the revolution. Way to go WI.

  • ARJa on April 15, 2011, 8:32 GMT

    Change is good as long as they are smart about it. This does not seem the smartest move because WICB seems to be thinking they need to destroy the existing team before rebuilding the next one. At least Pollard should be here and Bravo should play tests. I still can't believe the fact that Jerome Taylor is playing in the carribean right after recovering from injury and Fidel Edwards is still not in this squad. Those two are the most experience bowlers in the carribean. This still doesn't answer how Sammy is in the squad because an out-of-from Gayle, Sarwan or Chanderpaul could still pause more threat than Sammy. Thomas is a good keeper but his batting is no where up to international standards and therefore, if at all he is playing, he should bat below Andre Russell. Let's wish the team success against Pakistan. It is a long journey ahead.

  • Deelo on April 15, 2011, 6:27 GMT

    I can not understand that how WI Board can exclude Gayle, Sarwan & Chanderpaul. The West Indian must consider that it is sports not politics and you have to take care of your best players because they are the ones who plays in the ground not the Chairman of the Board or other executives. Issues like discipline can be handled by Board and their only job is to handle those issues. It seems from the Board's gesture that Gayle, Sarwan & Chanderpaul are traitors and if it is so then they must be sent into Prison for intentionally letting their team down because of their performance.

  • Afridipak on April 15, 2011, 6:20 GMT

    I think this is a good squad but Gayle is very importante because he's the key for WI

  • tezo35 on April 15, 2011, 6:05 GMT

    Funny that Ramdin got an extended run to prove his worth and did not do so. It was all right for him to be in the team then. However now that someone else is being given a similar opportunity, you are calling for his head. Give the selectors a chance to fail as they did in the case of Ramdin. However, if they prove to have done the right thing, I hope you will be the first to say so.

  • nataraajds on April 15, 2011, 5:16 GMT

    WI cricket is already in altime low and if the drop Gayle, Sarwan and Chandrapaul, this team is just like Bangladesh, Zimbabwe. fit to play only with club standard teams. WI board must take services of their legends to bring back the glory of WI cricket

  • on April 15, 2011, 4:45 GMT

    A littl bit too late you think

  • on April 15, 2011, 4:37 GMT

    Explain to me y Sammy is in the side?????

  • Mojoriding on April 15, 2011, 4:14 GMT

    What a load of rubbish, sorry have not read any of the earlier comments, but unless they are being rested, the WCB needs shooting, them three are the best west Indian players at the moment, & prepare to fail all over again for another few years if you drop em... Please Mr Richard bang some sense into them, Mr Loyd please wake up....

  • hardess699 on April 15, 2011, 3:49 GMT

    i love gayle but we depend on him 2 much.......sarwan will definitely come back in the team as he needs to play to his full potential again.....samuels and bravo brothers will have to carry the batting n dwayne really needs a big series to show his class...btw i dont think samuels has been cleared by icc to bowl

  • on April 15, 2011, 3:30 GMT

    So DEVON THOMAS is the BEST WICKET_KEEPER BATSMAN in the CARIBBEAN? Has he been selected on basis of his awesome performances in the WC? Someone from West Indies please enlighten me!!

  • on April 15, 2011, 2:49 GMT

    So they dont want to drop sammy so they pick a team which he can make. Chanderpaul doesnt have much time left before retiring and it is an insult to drop him now and as they did to him in his final world cup. They are dropping their best players for younger ones which still defeats the purpose of development and it will backfire. Pakistan will wipe this series clean if this sort of selection continues hopefully it changes for the test series.

  • PaddyRasta on April 15, 2011, 2:44 GMT

    With these 3 senior players out, Sammy has a place in the team. I wish he'd remember that he is a cricketer first, then captain. He needs to earn his place as does Thomas. All anti-Ramdins were calling for his head for not batting and Ramdin has performed well with the bat in domestic cricket. He has served his sentence and improved his game. He was even once seen as a potential future WI captain. Let's see what happens in the first 2 games but I think he should now be back in to mentor this side that now has little international experience.

  • on April 15, 2011, 2:30 GMT

    west indies used to be so good in 1970s, 80s, 90s. but they playing terrible nowadays.

  • Douggy on April 15, 2011, 2:07 GMT

    The board is sending a strong message here wow Sarwan seems to be a real shadow of himself totally agree with his dropping. Shiv has been out of form for quite a while and he is not getting any younger so might as well try someone else. Gayle's dropping i believe has to be disciplinary he is by far the only capable batsman in W.I to win a game for you.

  • on April 15, 2011, 1:34 GMT

    i love chanda but he getting old and i don't think he into it no more. sarwan fell of and never reach his potential how much longer can u give him. gayle excellent striker but fails mostly to produce easy to get out u throw spin at him he out and he not interested in west indies cricket he into ipl. i do think that bravo and pollard situation is crazy and ridiculous. i think west indies make a right decision to build again give the young guys a chance to show what they worth. and the future is bright barath (if he can stay healthy), darren bravo, roach, and thomas among others. concerning sammy he not the best but his passion for the west indies cannot be dismissed. the big three dont have that and they dont want the job

  • on April 15, 2011, 1:33 GMT

    hi guys.. i think WI should give the chance new players like pakistan. pakistan team will come with new players many players will play his 1st match in this tournament . WI weakest point is that whole team depend on Gayle.if he performed all team perform. and if gayle out whole team lose the hope. in the Past WI gave many legends to this game. i think few legends should come forward and work with team.. no doubt WI has to much talent need to polish them

  • on April 15, 2011, 1:30 GMT

    the series I have bought a Pakistan kit and already have my India kit to support the visitors when they arrive. IN June, in Trinidad look for me in Blue! If WI win no love lost, for now no more sleepless nights staying up to watching WI lose.

  • on April 15, 2011, 1:22 GMT

    Drop Chanderpaul from the ODI squad? Madness! He is averaging 43 over the last 12 months! Yes his strike rate has only been 63 but he's always left to hold up the pathetic WI middle order. As for Gayle, he's been in a bit of a form slump in ODIs yet still averages 27.5 with a strike rate of 91 over the last 12 months and was the best batsman of the WICB one-day cup. If they want new blood at least drop the people who have never been in form like Sammy, Thomas and co. Forget about Pollard and Dwayne Bravo, they are too consumed in T20 to play anythine else. My team would be (in batting order): G. Gayle, D.Smith, Darren Bravo (C), K. Edwards, S. Chanderpaul, M. Samuels, S.Dowrich (K), A. Russell, D. Bishoo, K. Roach + S. Benn/F.Edwards/J.Taylor depending on fitness and pitch.

  • on April 15, 2011, 0:56 GMT

    have the selectors gone mad???rebuilding is what they want then they got to have the main 3(GAYLE,SHIV,SARWAN) in the squad .............just let them them know their duties well and that their place isnt guaranteed but not like this .I am a die-hard fan of WI cricket team...please do something that makes sense SELECTOR sir's.

  • popahwheely on April 15, 2011, 0:55 GMT

    I am all for change in West Indies Cricket....its about time too. But you can't axe your best players, it will be interesting to see how these inexperienced players perform though. Hope to see Gayle, Sars & Shiv back for the the remainder games. I like the squad except for Sammy and Devon Thomas they are sub-par players in my opinion. My XI Smith,Simmons(wk),Darren,Samuels,Dwayne,Edwards,Sammy(cpt),Russell,Martin,Bishoo,Roach.

  • cricketdebator on April 15, 2011, 0:29 GMT

    I don't know what's the big fuss about dropping Gayle Chanderpaul and Sarwan. These are the same players with whom we have been losing for God knows how long. They have not been making any meaningful contributions to us winning matches. For too long W I cricket has been at a standstill, and these three players have not been performing good enough to take us forward. When was the last time anyone of them played a match winning inninig for the team? Yet there are people who feel that they should continue to be automatic choices on the team. NONSENSE! As the chiarman of selectors said, we have to look at building a team for the next 5-10 years, and, investment in the youth at this point in time is definately our best option. It does not matter if our young team lose initially. It will only get better and better with time. As we all know, the same cannot be said about our previous team with all those incumbents onboard.

  • WI-NZ-SA-ENG on April 15, 2011, 0:25 GMT

    Overall this may result to being a terrible decision , i hate when Windies fail and when theres no Gayle theres no excitement, there aren't enough young good players yet, i mean Barath is out due to injury and same with Carlton Baugh this would have helped both of them. But one thing i really don't like about this is that SAMMY IS STILL CAPTAIN! Why would they keep Sammy as captain, he's like the most inconsistent player right now in that team. Windies might end up being 9th place after this series again. However I wish Windies the best of luck and I will support them throughout. Hopefully Darren Bravo proves himself not just mimic of Lara in this series.

  • Bolt77 on April 15, 2011, 0:12 GMT

    THIS IS RUBBISH. GAYLE HAS TO BE INJURED FOR HIM NOT TO BE IN THE SQUAD. NO SARWAN AND CHANDERPAUL FOR ODIS IS OK ENOUGH - BUT NO GAYLE!!!... BY THE WAY, WHICH ONE OF THESE BATSMEN COULD HANDLE THE PAKISTANI SPINNERS?... THIS IS NONSENSE. AS WEST INDIANS, WE MAKE DECISIONS ON EMOTIONS TOO OFTEN - WE FORGET TOO QUICKLY. WHY IS DEVON THOMAS STILL THERE?... HE IS CLEARLY NOT READY. WE HAVE BECOME THE NEW ZIMBABWE..... SHAMEFUL.

  • bobagorof on April 15, 2011, 0:02 GMT

    I think the selectors have been placed in a very difficult position here, and they've done their best to find a way through. Pollard and Bravo have committed outside the WI, but they are hugely talented players and the selectors would obviously love to pick them. I'm a bit disappointed (Australia dropped Symonds when he wouldn't sign a contract) but they obviously hope to get some use out of them where they can. Gayle seems to me to be a destabilising influence and I think the intention is to return the focus to playing for each other and the West Indies, so leaving him out may hurt in the short term but be better in the long run. Sarwan has been out of favour for a while. But I'm encouraged by the move to try some new players and expand the pool they can pick from. The talent is there, it just needs to be nurtured.

  • on April 14, 2011, 23:51 GMT

    FOR ALL WHOTHOSE WHO ARE SAYING THAT THE WI WILL GO DOWN 0-5 TO PAKISTAN NEWS FLASH THATS THE SAME RESULT THE LAST TIME THEY WERE HERE AND GUESS WHO WERE IN THE TEAM CAPTAIN LARA, GAYLE, CHANDERPAUL AND SARWAN. THOSE SAME PLAYERS SEE US GO DOWN TO SOUTH AFRICA IN TEST AND ODI AT HOME AND AWAY 15-0 SRI LANKA 3-0 GOT WHITE WASH TWICE BY AUSTRALIA EMBARRASS BY ENGLAND NOT TO MENTION LOOSING A TEST IN TWO DAYS. SO STOP KIDDING YOUR SELFS THIS TEAM CANNOT DO WORST THAN THE TEAMS FOR THE PASS TEN YEARS. OH THEY WILL NOT BE BOWL OUT FOR UNDER 112

  • on April 14, 2011, 23:48 GMT

    ok seriously why is gayle n shiv not on the list????they're opening stand is still talked on....n they alone can win matches.....with every worldcup windies is goin backwards want be surprised if they start battling with associates.....god bless the carribean

  • WI4life on April 14, 2011, 23:35 GMT

    I don't think i could support this team anymore...........guyana should try to built there own team and try to play international cricket

  • JiggsBda on April 14, 2011, 23:35 GMT

    In 2007 India & Pakistan performed poorly aned what did their Boards do they got rid many of the old players and brought in the young guys.

    Who were the big performers for these two teams in the 2011 WC???

    At some point we have to be brave and be prepared to lose we are losing with Gayle and Co anyway.

    We may as well sacrifice them and let some new guys in who will at least learn and have the hunger to win.

    Well done WICB now look a little closer at the T&T model now ther's a breath of fresh air!!!

  • iceberghas on April 14, 2011, 23:34 GMT

    If they are going drop sarwan,chanderpaul and gayle. Darren Sammy has to be dropped.

  • on April 14, 2011, 23:22 GMT

    No one on this WI team handle Pakistan spin attack....since we at it; we should also drop these selectors :).....anyways; I'll continue to support WI, win, lost or draw.

  • on April 14, 2011, 23:21 GMT

    why th - please give the team a chance the only way we can go is up because we are down how far down again stop

  • Silloh on April 14, 2011, 23:16 GMT

    Good to see changes .It is better to try something new . We are fed up with the old guard and the same darn excuses for the last ten years and without changes one will expect same old results. All players who served in the past should exit gracefully and no be kicked out which seems to be the WICB policy. Dinesh Ramdhin is the best wicketkeeper in the Caribbean but maybe there are good reasons he is not in the squad. The WICB must be consistently strong with discipline .Chris Gayle not in the squad is another surprise and couuld be the abdominal issue acting up or he has chosen to party after 11 pm.We need to know.

  • on April 14, 2011, 22:22 GMT

    Good!! Now if only we could axe the WICBC executives and the captain!

  • pycon45 on April 14, 2011, 22:21 GMT

    Thats what i dont want living out Chanderpaul.Out of the three players this man should have a case surely.What was that i read to Pollard would be best served by being allowed to hone his T20 skills backwards.I just shows that this man cant play 50 over cricket.WI needs to win more 50 overs and test cricket.This one day series who have been better for Pollard help him truly develop as a big hitter down the order in 50 cricket.Saying all this West Indies good luck I'll be at the BCG.

  • johnbl3 on April 14, 2011, 22:20 GMT

    Why cant you all listen the fans? we look at the game because of people like Gayle so when you try to drop Gayle you are drooping the fans i will not look at the cricket any more why the the same people on the board they are killing the game. what a shame good luck when it don't work i guess it will be all over for us.

  • riverlime on April 14, 2011, 22:16 GMT

    @Ryan Ramdin, TT are not good enough yet to break away. They have to win the regional tournament consistently and then beat touring International teams. Don't go down the road to insularity that many of the bloggers on this forum have travelled. Focus instead on letting TT contribute to the greatness of WI cricket. As much as I like the energy and enthusiasm of Sammy, though, I have to ask, if he weren't captain, would he have made the team based purely on merit? The logical answer would be no. A second-stringer, sure, to fill in for injury or lost form, but not a regular and certainly NOT CAPTAIN! His dubious captaincy decisions in the WC clearly were as a result of his having been dropped into the job, with no previous mentoring. And MARTIN? If the WICB are desperate for spinners, why not Kantasingh, or Badree, or any one of the proven wicket-taking game-changers in the regional tournaments? WICB need to get their heads examined (again!).

  • akash501 on April 14, 2011, 22:14 GMT

    Please take some time to look at the record of these young spinners and try to answer why they were not considered over Anthony Martin: Veerasammy Permaul, Kavesh Kantasingh and Odean Brown (Ryan Austin and Gary Mathurin also had a great season recently) See: http://stats.espncricinfo.com/wi4day-10/engine/records/bowling/most_wickets_career.html?id=6446;type=tournament They are all younger and were all better than A. Martin this season who had a bowling average of 43.18 and Strike Rate of 88.5 and is 21st on the wicket taking list! What is the criteria selectors? You should call these young guys, apologize for making ridiculous selections and let them know what it takes again to be selected. Carlos Brathwaite is also a young, new talent that should be looked at.

  • robmaha on April 14, 2011, 22:06 GMT

    Can someone give me a good reason why Sammy is the capatain and Gibson the coach of the side. Why are people like Viv Richarda, Holding, Harper, Greenidge and Haynes who have served WI cricket with more class and distinction not be engaged in bringing cricket out of the doldrums in the region? Gibson does not have what it takes. If only the management of WI cricket would analyze the numerous comments on this page and feel the general displeasure of their decisions! These are sad times and my heart goes out to those players who have served with goodwill in spite of the dismal results. The bottom line is that the class of cricket in other countries has overtaken WI's natural talent. The system here is broken but the bosses do not address that. Instead they attack the players suffering in this broken system.

  • akash501 on April 14, 2011, 21:39 GMT

    Even the CCC team can beat this "new look" WI team. This is a real shame.

  • on April 14, 2011, 21:31 GMT

    Pakistan to win 5-0 in ODI's, 2-0 in tests. The ICC should throw the west indies out of the ICC membership and replace them with Ireland. I'm fed up with this rubbish, time for Trinidad to break away from this mess.

  • on April 14, 2011, 20:52 GMT

    W-Indies will suffer heavy defeats for leaving 3 of their most senior players, its unfair: they shold have a mixture of youth and experience.

  • WestIndies1987 on April 14, 2011, 20:40 GMT

    The West Indies selectors have for a long time been making strange decisions about our team and this time is yet another case. I can understand Chanders being dropped because they have to build for the next WC in Oceania in 2015,but the team would need the experience of Gayle&Sars to help the youngsters. I am also disgusted by the non-inclusion of Pollard&Ramdin. Plus, the WORSE decision is to keep Sammy as the captain!

  • on April 14, 2011, 20:38 GMT

    no pollard , no dravo, no gayle, no sarwarn no shiv... well to bad WI i not coming to look at these games

  • on April 14, 2011, 19:57 GMT

    THEY may have to rethink the SHIV move.IF NOT PLAY NASH, the batting is too thin for now. LET NASH go in at #4 and work at batting through the innings. THE last 4 days regional tournament batting stats are not encouraging. HOWEVER I see no reason why SMITH, SIMMIONS DARREN, SAMUELS DWAYNE, can't give us good scores.SOME facts, WI mistakes, in the WC,total runs 1411; total balls 1746;dot-balls 58.36%;1s and 2s% 32.76%;4s and 6s%47.48%. WI batters need to run more singles. INDIA 47.99%; 41.30%; 45.08%. TIGHT BOWLING take 1s&2s. LEARN to target bowlers.

  • cgtboy87 on April 14, 2011, 19:53 GMT

    West inides cricket please have a clear and consistent view as to where you want to take west inides cricket. I am tired of all these changes evertime something does go our way. And please guys lets not compare past team to current team. If we do we will never get anywhere is to where we want to be. Mrs butts i dont see any of the other temas player running to the ipl instead of playing for their country(region) so please save me the sorry excuse about mutual agreement between west indies and pollard and bravo.They flatly rejected the west indies contract and thats the end of that.what kind of example are we setting when we allowed our best all arounder bravo run off to play ipl cricket instead of playing test cricket...oh yeah i forgot its a mutual agreement ....yeah what ever bravo does not have a contract so he do as he please.As for mr gayle you are looking very stupid at the moment due to the fact that you decline the central contract in hopes of getting a big ipl contract.

  • Poliwag060 on April 14, 2011, 19:48 GMT

    Wow. No Pollard. Great loss...

  • Lindyann23 on April 14, 2011, 19:47 GMT

    there are some positive changes that the WICB are making such as GAYLE being dropped!!!! AMEN for small mercies!!! i will not support anymore characters like Gayle who cannot perform consistently!!! "cricketing legends" please!!!! this homeseries for the first time in a long while will be about REBUILDING!!! i dont mind losing this series if for once i see my team fighting! for too long we have put up with Mediocrity from certain W.I seniors. the next move WICB is too drop Sammy he is not adding to the team, start fresh!!

  • cayenne22 on April 14, 2011, 19:33 GMT

    We call them selectors, but what do they select?They select their own pay listen to the backroom politics, because unintelligence is better that choice and performance.It is not about cricket as they forgot it is a sport.It is who dictate what should be put out there to face the opposition.Well here is the scenario. Pakistan will walk all over the west indies and towards the last few games reality kicks in and they will try and call back the seniors that has been dropped and expect them to win games and pride.This is absurd. GO PAKISTAN DESTROY THEM as a West Indian I am ashamed that they will be slaughtered.

  • on April 14, 2011, 19:30 GMT

    Well done Butts and company, Pakistan will run them over like elephants and India will throw them in the river. Butts and company have no clue about international cricket. I am sorry I could not back a team with Sammy as the leader.

  • Amando on April 14, 2011, 19:07 GMT

    Think about West Indies future drop Darren Sammy and Dawyane Bravo captain the side drop Devon Thomas because he need to know about Batting Techique play Dinesh Ramdin would contribute better and will fight for West Indies and make sure a place on the side. Christopher Gayle is one of world's destrutive batsmen we need a firing start and Pakastin is in form. Come on Please wake up and smell the coffee.

  • drsuso on April 14, 2011, 19:05 GMT

    Atlast the WICB has put a step forward. Gayle, Shiv and Sarwan are three blemishes to WI cricket team. They don't field properly, play childish cricket shots (apart from Shiv's test batting).I fully support this decision to exclude them. My only appeal to WICB is please don't bring them back in any circumstances.

  • Afridynamite on April 14, 2011, 19:02 GMT

    @Subhash Devadiga Bangladesh got hammered twice in the WC, I dont think Windies will get hammered like that ever. So what you say doesnt make sense. But without Pollard, Gayle, Chanderpaul & Sarwan, this will be a cakewalk for Pakistan. I wonder what the Windies board is thinking.

  • BrianStephenson on April 14, 2011, 18:46 GMT

    New look youthful team I can accept, Sammy as captain I cannot. And even with all the cliches going around cricket is not only played on the day, you need someone on the field with international experience to mentor the newcomers

  • on April 14, 2011, 18:29 GMT

    extremely bad decision by WCB. Its like they are killing their cricket by dropping their cricket legends. And they r going to pay for this stupidity in this series. just wait and watch.

  • on April 14, 2011, 18:28 GMT

    lol This is great ! No gayle, sarwan, chanderpaul.. almost makes me feel to support WI again... HOWEVER... Samuels is still there so .. no thanks.

    Also.. LOL no spinners? only some uncapped dude from Antigua? No disrespect to him, but where is benn? Bishoo? Ah WI selectors, you truly are the worst of the worst.

    OH and.. LMFAO, sammy still captain.

    Cant wait to see Pakistan destroy them

  • on April 14, 2011, 18:28 GMT

    wow!!!! is the selection committee actually serious about this squad??? who is their explosive opener? who is their middle order batsman to steady the innings? gayle had a bad world cup....it happens to the best of them. sarwan looked good just needs more time in the middle. WI are gonna get the beating of a lifetime wit this squad....oh well time to find me a new side to support cuz i cant take the embarassment this squad is gonna get. as for Pollard and Bravo guess money talks!

  • on April 14, 2011, 18:12 GMT

    The selectors have spoken ,and from their selection and comments where they are holding brief for Pollard and Bravo ,and continuing with Sammy as captain ,history will not absolve them of their under hand method of trying to get rid of Gayle.They will NEVER succeed ,not just yet any way."Dem a goh tired fi si him face." What is Otis Gibsons achievements ??will someone please remind me.Why is Sammy in the squad ,can commitment without talent take wickets or score runs.? I think the coach ,the selectors ,and the WICB MANAGER should pack their bags and go.Lets really have a glorious new begining.

  • on April 14, 2011, 17:49 GMT

    WICB members are mad. They are thinking that they are doing creative things to WI future. But they are killing WI Team. Why Gayle, Sarwan, and the legend Chanderpaul leftout. 2 years back only Chanderpaul got player of the year. Don't kill WI cricket. Give chance to the player to play.

  • WindiesWillow on April 14, 2011, 17:41 GMT

    Where are Fidel Edwards & Jerome Taylor?? They are our two best bowlers after Roach. I thought they were over there injury woes. With these 3 fast bowlers, we will be a very good bowling attack. Does anyone have any info. on why these 2 are not in the squad??

  • on April 14, 2011, 17:37 GMT

    "We leaving out Gayle and Sarwan in a move to go with youth" but we picking Sammy, Samuels and Devon Smith who are just as old as them (not that I mind Samuels is there finally).

  • tnelson on April 14, 2011, 17:22 GMT

    BY WHAT STANDARD IS SAMMY JUSTIFIED A PLACE IN IN WI SIDE, LET ALONE TO BE APPOINTED CAPTAIN -BASED ON ICC RANKING BOWLING-45TH, BATTING-NOT FEATURED IN TOP 100.........MEDIOCRE AT BEST...AND THAT'S WHAT CAN BE EXPECTED OF WI CRICKET. I AGREE WITH THE BOARD TO AXED CHANDERS-PASS BEST BEFORE DATE, SARWAN- NEEDS TIME AT THE CREASE, NOT SUITED FOR ONE DAYERS, GAYLE-NOT SURE, BUT I THINK NEEDS TO BE TREATED FOR BI-POLAR DISORDER...NEVER KNOW, WHO WILL TURN UP ON THE DAY. GO PAKISTAN GO...YOU HAVE A SCHOOL BOY TEAM TO RUN OVER...KUDOS TO THE WI BOARD.

  • on April 14, 2011, 17:19 GMT

    ARE these so call " star batsmen " taking WI cricket anywhere? ARE WE winning anything? WE are at the bottom of the ladder, where else can we go.LET us take SARWAN WC avg against ENG; SA; IND;PAK; 24. MATCH against ENG, SARWAN 31 in 68 balls. SARWAN dismissed in the 43ov. WI lost by 18 runs. SWARWAN has lost interest in WI cricket a long time ago. NO committed athlete needs to be told about his fitness.HOWEVER don't take my word for it check SARWAN'S RECORD FOR THE PAST two seasons.

  • on April 14, 2011, 17:13 GMT

    The WI team has been losing for a long time now regardless of the captain & players that are selected. What if gayle, sarwan, chanderpaul or pollard don't play in one series? the world will not end because we have been losing with them anyway, therefore it is time for others who have been playing and doing well to get a chance to show what they can contribute. West Iindian people it is time for us to support WI cricket as an intitiution regardless of who is selected and not just focus on a few individuals because that as already failed. Put yourselves in the new players shoes selected reading your comments, should they just give playing the sport because they will never be good enough to make a losing team?

  • nathangonmad on April 14, 2011, 17:03 GMT

    Utterly idiotic. There the 3best batsmen in that side and aside from Chanderpaul none of them are even that old.

  • on April 14, 2011, 16:58 GMT

    I fully support what the WICB is trying to do. I'VE said it before, GAYLE and SARWN should be out of the WI team. SINCE the introduction of IPL GAYLE has become a different player. he is no longer committed to WI cricket. GAYLE WAS using WI cricket to showcase himself,and was doing a bad job at it. please check his record from the introduction of the IPL to present. IPL has destroyed GAYLE. TELL me if this is commitment, WI v SA O.3ov; WI v ENG(6.5ov);WIvPAK(2.5ov). BATTING avg 17.6. YOUR "star" batter.

  • suniljoseph on April 14, 2011, 16:43 GMT

    i cant understand why the WICB is throwing stones in the windies cricket way. it was the right king of end for chanderpaul but sarwan and gayle averaging above 40 and about 4o respectively. why have they been axed. its very fine that you put youth in the side and get prepared for the next icc wc but this is not the right way through which they are inducting youth by axing two of the main players in their rare successful campaigns in the last decade. god bless you wicb

  • CandidIndian on April 14, 2011, 16:40 GMT

    I dont think that WI selectors have given a single thought on why WI were thrown out of the world cup without winning a single game against big teams otherwise they would not have selected such team.Gayle is the best batsman they have and he is out!,actually the first person who should be out is Sammy ,he could not bowl ten overs against big teams and could not do anything with the bat either also he is ridiculous as a captain.Pollard will hone his skills by playing in IPL !!, seriously ?IPL in-spite of being so much hyped is no more than domestic tournament like big bash or county,looking at Pollard's dismissals against India,Pak and SA in recent world cup indicates that he desperately needs more international cricket.Bravo is ideal candidate for captain and WI needs Gayle and Chanderpaul to put up some fight against Pakistan,especially against Ajmal and Afridi.Its a joke that Bravo has preferred IPL over test matches.Pakistan will win this tour easily .

  • kenokeno on April 14, 2011, 16:39 GMT

    When Coach Gibson commented about the performance of senior players, it appears that he didnot realize that on any team by the very nature of you being the captain you are the most senior player. Is a bowling Test average 31.03 and ODI 42.15 and a batting average Test Average 16.72 and ODI 20.34 statistics to call this person an all-Rounder?

    How can someone with such statistics captain an international cricket team?

  • on April 14, 2011, 16:30 GMT

    No Chanderpaul? This is not right. Shiv had carried the WI team for many years and he get dropped? Plus I can't picture the team with no Guyanese. Shiv is getting old but he still have some play time left in him. He should have been given the chance to resign.

  • Metman on April 14, 2011, 16:29 GMT

    @WICB !Utter rubbish !how can Pollard improve his skills by playing T20 cricket ?Every body with the slightest knowledge of cricket,and who have been watching Pollard over the years,would tell you that his technique is poor,and the only way he could improve his skills,is by playing 4 day cricket.Pollard would have been better served if he was allowed to play as many matches against Pak.and India as possible.Pollard needs an extented run against QUALITY BOWLING,to hone his skills,not by slogging in T20 matches.As far as Gayle,Chanderpaul and Sarwan especially are concerned,I am in total agreement ! That should have been the case when Sammy was given the captaincy,as I said before.Sometime ago I said that Sarwan's fitness was not the problem,the problem is his attitude,and that he should NEVER EVER play for the WI AGAIN ! I asked readers then to note ,how,when and where he gets out,and his overall attitude.I also said then that he does only enough to maintain his place on the team.

  • brotherb123 on April 14, 2011, 16:29 GMT

    you guys forgetting one thing....these senior players are not dropped from all forms of the game...they are dropped from the ODI squad...heck they just came back from a dismal world cup with the bat ...all of them, while we were playing a local league...so what about the guys that been working hard during this season???

  • on April 14, 2011, 16:29 GMT

    What a Squad, the Guyana Team will beat this so called WI squad. The first person should be axed is Sammy, since he can't bat and bowl, and certainly he can't lead. The most consistent batsmen are Sarwan and Chanderpal, but they are good against spin. Gayle may not be consistent but he is a match winner. Ottis Gibbs need to be removed along with all of these selectors. You can only build a team around senior players, mixing experience with talent.

  • chrisgus on April 14, 2011, 16:24 GMT

    I read somewhere that Gayle is still struggling with the injury that forced him to miss a couple of games at the world cup. The WICB want to make sure that he is fit for the test series. Benn, Sarwan & Chanderpaul on the otherhand have been axed.

  • Chunati on April 14, 2011, 16:19 GMT

    It is ridiculous not to select Gayle. Also it is a disgrace how some of the WI players have opted to play for IPL ahead of WI team. With this sort of commitment they will not go too far. Money talks.

  • bcljerome on April 14, 2011, 16:13 GMT

    these senior players have attitude problems. we hear it, see it and feel it.... all they studying is money..... i have to pay and go to watch them, we fed up.... bring in the youths..... we already embarrassed with these senior... go with the youths. is 15 years we losing to everybody....time to change we attitude...go darren bravo, bishooo, roachhh

  • brotherb123 on April 14, 2011, 16:09 GMT

    it is so funny how most of you guys keep saying about we can't play without these senior players....heck we been playing with them for over ten years with the same results...so wht the use of playing local leage to select a team when we constantly going to just have automatic pics who are not producing...come one guys wake up ..unless you don't really want us to move forward.. these word about can't play without these guys is madness. if we want caribbean cricket to go forward ..guys have to work for their selection.....how could sarwan and chanderpaul justify being in our ODI team when they (Senior Players) could bat 50 plus dot balls and can only score 30 runs??? wake up people we have to move on even if it's the same results.

  • Afridynamite on April 14, 2011, 15:28 GMT

    Gayle is only 31, I wonder why they consider him old.

  • on April 14, 2011, 15:25 GMT

    Bangladesh and Ireland are better than West Indies at the moment even though both of them hammered by the carribeans in World cup

  • Afridynamite on April 14, 2011, 15:24 GMT

    I think Pak will win this series easily, chance for the batsmen to get back into form

  • on April 14, 2011, 15:19 GMT

    hmmmmm..... i dont no wat to say WICB have got it wrong my guess is that Pakistan will go all out with spin and rip thought WI batting order and i hope they do that to teach WICB a lesson y not give Nash a chance or maybe let Darren ganga captain this so call WI D side..BUT HOW CAN YOU LEAVE OUT YOUR 3 BEST PLAYERS ????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

  • on April 14, 2011, 15:19 GMT

    The reason Gayle wasnt picked for IPL was because every team thought he would have been playing for the West Indies against Pakistan, thus limiting his availability for matches. Nobody wanted to spend money for someone who would'nt be around for most of the games. This was a calculated blow by the WICB as well as punishment against Gayle and the other senior players for their reported poor attitude towards the team as revealed by their coach Otis Gibson some days ago.

  • Windies89 on April 14, 2011, 15:09 GMT

    the reason WI have been losing is not because the senior players have been terrible, its because the other players aren't pulling their weight. yes, sometimes the senior players do fail, but every player goes through a slump. the highest average in the team is 32 by Darren Bravo. aside from him and samuels, no one has an average higher than 30. also, why are they allowing pollard and bravo to skip important games to play in the IPL? no other teams allows their players to go play IPL and miss games. pollard "will not play in the series against pakistan, but remains committed to WI cricket???" doesn't even make sense.

  • Asadpk on April 14, 2011, 15:09 GMT

    How can Bravo miss the Test series for IPL and Pollard the whole tour and yet be committed to WI cricket? The IPL can not provide Pollard the quality spin and pace bowling that Pakistan would give him in ODIs which he needs to face to develop his skills. Chanderpaul's exclusion is understandable but Gayle only had a bad World Cup while Sarwan needs more time in the middle after his long injury lay-offs; they are both not old enough to be discarded.

    I believe that WI cricket is still very talented but the Board and selectors keep messing it up. Barath, Gayle, Darren Bravo, Sarwan, Dwayne Bravo, Nash will be a good batting lineup and with Roach, F.Edwards, Benn, Bishoo bowling the team can compete with the best but only if the WI Board or players' personal preferences/injuries allow it to happen.

  • on April 14, 2011, 15:05 GMT

    i seriously wonder if these selectors think. look all around us everybody else is either improving or rebuilding. if they cant think for themselves then they should @ least be smart enough to look around them. which other board in world cricket would be facing the team that kicked them out @ the quarter finals with such ease but decide to weaken the team by removing the 3 batsmen that top scored in that match? they scored 76 out of the 112 runs in that match, 68% of our total% extras & Kemar Roach accounted for another 24% If since Lara's retirement they have scored almost 5500 runs at an average of almost 47 almost 35% of our runs and we have performed so poorly do the wicb think that we can even compete against pakistan with the squad they picked?

  • on April 14, 2011, 15:03 GMT

    Its seems west indies selectors enjoy losing. Leaving out the most dangerous ODI player....this guys are dumb

  • bluhunter on April 14, 2011, 15:01 GMT

    The recent victorious Jamaican team has more balane than this school yard team put together by some fellas in jacket and tie.CCC has a better team and for me trying to think like WI selector is giving me an instant headache.How can they do it time after time?

  • on April 14, 2011, 14:44 GMT

    There is not doubt that this team can Win in the near future if you niticed what the selectors they are embarking on a 10 year plan. My only regret is tehat Gayle the 15th best batsman i the world and the Highest ranked WI batsman was excluded. With that said Gayle needed a wake up call like this (he should be recovering from surgery). Fans all around the world pay to see gayle bats so from a Financial point of view i would keep him in there but apparently the selectors mean "Business" . All the best guys you have "nothing to lose"

  • on April 14, 2011, 14:41 GMT

    * Why Sammy has been retained as the Captain even though he has failed miserably or the WICB is still trying to justify his selection

    * Samuels is presently in form but is he a rehabilitated player since he was banned for breaking rules designed to stop players betting on matches, since he was banned from bowling, since he was involved in the run out of Lara in his last match.

    *Samuels, Devon Smith and Sarwan are all about the same age 30years.. but Sarwan was omiited because he is too old. Tendulkar, Ponting etc..still playing at 37 Clyde Butts should be told that you should not omit a player based on age. Lloyd is an examp..

    *Sarwan who is also an executive member of WIPA, clearly has been omitted other than for cricketing reasons. Last time, the issue was fitness, now he is too old..so ridiculous..

    *Clyde Butts, who was never selected for a ODI should resign as Chairman of Selectors. I am not sure if the WICB has a vision but clearly there is no plan...all is in disarra

  • Reuelsean on April 14, 2011, 14:24 GMT

    sawarn and chanders deserved to be dropped, gayle should have been retained his odi record is good, the problem is the inconsistency of the other players in the team, wi had the same problem when lara was playing, the rest of the team never performed, everything was left up to lara. Polly and Bravo deserves to make all the money they could get while they are young, they have families and deserve to be able to support them, every one knows that the wicb doesn't pay so i don't blame them for cashing in on the ipl at all. if the wicb is so eager to look forward to the future then why is darren sammy still there in the team, and to make things work why is he still capt? darren sammy should have been dropped as well.

  • inswing on April 14, 2011, 13:53 GMT

    WI have only three batsmen, and they are named Gayle, Chandrapaul, and Sarwan. Axing them is silly when you have no new talent half has good. These three should be kept as long as possible, while trying to groom young batsmen. Of course, these three are just one bad series away from a recall.

  • on April 14, 2011, 13:53 GMT

    Hahhaahaaa... Please make this team play against Mumbai Ranji teamor maybe Tripura. WI will lose. :)

    This is indeed visionary thinking. Even when they select this kind of a second string squad they leave out performers in Caribbean cricket like Odean Brown, Imran Khan etc. Surprising!

  • KMACS on April 14, 2011, 13:51 GMT

    Looks like there are internal politics as sammy appered to be not comfortable with Gayle and Chandrapal in the world cup.

  • 400NO on April 14, 2011, 13:38 GMT

    On Second Thoughts: Sammys Ruining the balance

  • athentik on April 14, 2011, 13:37 GMT

    I approve of these radical changes. We all cry foul in the WI when these same players get decimated, yet we do not want to remove them. I am one WI who believes it is time to axe these men and search for new blood- win or lose.

  • fkauser on April 14, 2011, 13:36 GMT

    Its a very good decesion from WICB coz of these giants attitude WI team was performing very bad. Good to see new young guns who will come up very well in next couple of years.Darren Sammy should make a unity in team and take them together.Best of luck WI for fresh future.Guy we understand the situation and than reply is MI is bigger than WI for pollard or Csk si bigger than WI for Bravo so its clear this guys got an attitude that WI cannot win without them,so pull up your socks and show them who you are and do it guys.

  • 400NO on April 14, 2011, 13:36 GMT

    Descent Bowling But One Batsman Short.

  • javiso on April 14, 2011, 13:35 GMT

    The madness will never stop with West Indies cricket...... Gayle and Sarawan are both around 31-32 years old.......Maritn is close to 30!! My god!! Different selectors, same rubbish..... the king wanted to play in the 92 WC, they refused the great man the opportunity and discarded him like rubbish....then they forced the prince out after the 2007 WC as well.......Antoher great (chanders) and a potential great (gayle) are now discarded after the 2011 WC..... for Windies selectors, it seems that the WC is like a full moon to a warewolf........ absolute madness....... the continuing disdain of the selectors to the players and public has now lost a former loyal west indies supporter.........RIP windies cricket

  • on April 14, 2011, 13:30 GMT

    the only thing that i dont like about the odi team is that they didnt find place for nash despite that he isnt the better 1 day player he should of come into the team for 1 of the bowlers preferable ramphal or martin

  • on April 14, 2011, 13:19 GMT

    well done wi selectors it is about time we move on these bloke have being paid to under perform all the time it is better to loose with these youth than to keep paying people to just play at some time or the other we have to bite the bullit so lets start now dont give me this crap about experience when they r going and make a few runs now then keep failing as a batsman u have to be consistentany body who say that these players have been consistent dont know anything about cricket we cannot win on past performance alone we will change until we get the right combination what we need next is to get a captain who can command a place in the team if dwayne bravo is committed to the team then make him the captain of the side r give it to darren bravo and just remember south africa selectors give the team to smith and tell all the senior players this is your captain u either accept or ship out come on it is time we get serious

  • Jackalope on April 14, 2011, 13:18 GMT

    What has happened to Chanderpaul in this photo? I knew he wasn't the tallest guy around...but no wonder he's been dropped now!

  • mohamedamin on April 14, 2011, 13:14 GMT

    Whitewash awaits W I.....i wonder who will be blamed when this happens....I think the WICB is playin payback for players like gayle sars an chanders for the past events of leading strike across the region....atleast i see the cricket grounds would be more filled with Pakistan supporters than W I supporters....absolute rubbish by the WICB

  • musab789 on April 14, 2011, 13:12 GMT

    Afridi might make another decision to take some rest and not tour the WI. His under 19 squad can beat WI now.

  • on April 14, 2011, 13:12 GMT

    All three should get into IPL at least next year If Warne, Gilchrist and so many others can why not these natural cricketers?

  • on April 14, 2011, 13:07 GMT

    the fact that gayle wasn't bid for by anyone at the ipl auction says a lot about his attitude. That one of the world's best all-rounders to go un-noticed is very strange

  • musab789 on April 14, 2011, 13:04 GMT

    Ricky Ponting and Michael Clark has been under performing for Australia, did they drop them, no they backed them to come better. WI have to make changes with common sense not irrational ones. What has Sammy done for the team so far, what has Baugh, Thomas, Smith done so far. And where is Barath? He isn't in the team.

  • rayinto on April 14, 2011, 13:02 GMT

    Its painfully obvoius that West Indies selectors have never studied management! One wonders who selected them in the first place. To groom a team for the future, you leverage the experience of your established players to mentor the new prospects. Perhaps have a "B" team for them to hone their skills, gain confidence and obtain exposure and experience in the process. Then having shown that they are worthy, the make the official team. Samuels & Simmons are examples of such and would have benefitted superbly from the established players - Gayle, Sarwan & Chanderpaul. Instead, the Windies selectors have opted for the slash and burn approach, and dropped the experienced players and replaced them with "potential talent". Maybe, that was how Butts made the Windies team, but that approach does not work. Perhaps it is time that Butts, Gibson, Richardson & co. go back to school and learn Management 101. Finally, sombody please explain why Sammy continues to be in the team!

  • on April 14, 2011, 13:02 GMT

    lol,the selectors gone crazy,where is the batting in this team?you have five seamers and two spinners????????? i know bowlers win games but????????? they need runs to bowl at,who is that gonna come from??????????? not one of those batsman have dominate our first class game, where the standard is so poo,r and you telling them to do it at international level??????lol big joke, man the first players want getting the rid of in west indies cricket is the selectors,you talk about bishoo get three wickets against England,any leggy can bowl out them,remember Dave Marshall took six for 34 in a game against them with a stronger team and was never consider for WI duties.i wish you all the best but, i don't think this team would challenge pakistan let alone win a game.good luck guys you will need plenty of it.lol help us please GOD.

  • dheeraju on April 14, 2011, 13:02 GMT

    wth Darren Sammy retains his captaincy, just shows how good this selection is.

  • RealWI on April 14, 2011, 13:02 GMT

    @ getsetgopk you focus on Pakistan and let we West Indians worry about our team. Gayle refuse to sign the contract that he and the WIPU strike for, show up 2 before a test series, questioned why we still play test cricket and place his emphasis on the IPL. Now the IPL don't want him we should be happy to have him in our team. Did you watch the world cup? What you are saying is we should be thankful for a batman who average 39 run in ODI and 41 in test, then you need to look at our history. These young men can't do any worst than those 3 players, time to move on.

  • on April 14, 2011, 12:59 GMT

    How could they drop the big three? We won sooooo many matches with them!

  • on April 14, 2011, 12:58 GMT

    This whole selection debacle in my opinion is an outrage. It is quite clear that this new and inept WI coach and the indescribable captain are blaming the senior players alone for their failure in the WC. But we saw all the nonsensical and confusing strategies that they both adopted throughout the tournament - which I thought were the most responsible elments for the team's failure. We all know that if it were football, both the coach and captain would have known even before the end of the World Cup that no one had to tell them to do te right thing - that is, submit their resignations! After that, the senior players, etc. later would have been dealt with. Look at Australia, South Africa, New Zealand, etc . I am therefore, befuddled by the backwardness that I am seeing here in the Caribbean, on the contrary! The senior players should get some blame; but I am sure, based on what is available here, they would still make a btter contribution to WI cricket than either the coach or captain!

  • on April 14, 2011, 12:50 GMT

    And the circus continues hopefully it will end in 2013

  • NBRADEE on April 14, 2011, 12:44 GMT

    There are lies, damn lies and statistics, ent? I beseech the WICB who in 2004/5 after a dismal Test campaign in England punctuated by a win of the ICC Champions' Trophy stated that Gayle, Sarwan, Bravo and Samuels would form the nucleus of a future winning Windies outfit... Samuels, only beaten to the tape as an inconsistent, sourpuss cricketer in this area by Morton is now the saviour for the team when under pressure in the first two games??? Why not pick a team of persons training together and working together to ensure success by ROTATING places so that niggles and form could be worked out, while camraderie is also developing? Having exposed so many young men/faces in the last decade and a half while losing, WHO IS STILL BUYING THIS CRAP??? I suppose only the few who will go see the games vs. Pakistan live... Also, if CSK or the Mumbai Indians do not get into the CL T/20, will Trinidad and Tobago beseech Pollard and Bravo to play for the red, white and black??? NBRADEE asked first!

  • on April 14, 2011, 12:35 GMT

    I'm no fan of the windies selectors, but I think this might be a good move. The tried and tested haven't been pulling up any trees, so why not give the youth a chance.

  • StatLover on April 14, 2011, 12:33 GMT

    Chanderpaul looks a little young in the photo, doesn't he ? ;)

  • TestIP on April 14, 2011, 12:27 GMT

    This is a joke! As long as Richardson is GM and Ottis Gibson is coach WI is looking to be worst than the Canadian Team. Darren Sammy as captain...he shouldnt even make the WI squad. And Devon Tomas as wicket keeper...a guy that made a top score of 10 in the WC. The whole of the WI board should be sacked. These guys are hiding all thier talanted players. WI team should be : Gayle, Devon Smith, Darren Bravo, Dwayne Bravo, Nash, Samuels,Ramdin, Bishoo,Roach, Jerome Taylor, Fedel Edwards. This would make them competitve. With the above squad even Canada might disgrace just imagine what pakistan will do with them. WI cricket is heading to japan to join the earth quake. Hope the get wash away and learn from it. Fire richardson, julain hunte and otis gibson along with the selectors.

  • CricketChat on April 14, 2011, 12:25 GMT

    Though a bit shocking they would drop all 3 aging players at the same time, a logical move as they have been very inconsistent with their batting (Chanders and Sarwan have a poor strike rate as well) and the team looked pedestrian in the fielding also. It's better to blood new players now. WI needs a few match winners by the time next WC comes around and the 3 dropped players are not the answer. Like most true cricket fans, I am looking forward to the days in future when WI team will be highly competitive.

  • Dr.Qwert on April 14, 2011, 12:23 GMT

    pathetic opting to play for an IPL franchise than international cricket especially with tests, not sure who is more to blame, the WI cricket board or the players!

  • on April 14, 2011, 12:23 GMT

    The WI board is acting as if Lloyd, Richards and Sobers are waiting in the bench ready to take places in the team. They were thoroughly exposed when they kept Chanderpaul out of the India game. Next day in the QF, he contributed 44/123 they managed to put up against Pakistan. Even if he was out-of-form, a batsman like Chanderpaul, is worth two others, who may be in form, but do not have the potential or contribution like Chanderpaul to Windies cause in there lean days.

  • Dr.Mohit on April 14, 2011, 12:20 GMT

    For all those players who are skipping international matches for IPL, I wish their careers be absolutely ruined.. I am a big and ardent IPL fan but country should always come first..

  • estwickg on April 14, 2011, 12:02 GMT

    Are the West Indies selectors totally bad? These guys are trying so hard to fit a team around a captain that cannot justify his spot either with bat or ball. So the team will never find balance. No disrespect to Sammy, it's not his fault. How is he going to lead a team and cannot lead by a consistent performance?

  • ygkd on April 14, 2011, 12:01 GMT

    Axing Gayle? Geez, who'll do the reggae now?

  • on April 14, 2011, 11:59 GMT

    Seems like the West Indies board thought that a score of 113 against Pakistan was too much and that they should be dismissed for less than that, hence the axing of the 3 of their most senior and skilled players.

    Good luck without them if you can manage.

  • ram828 on April 14, 2011, 11:50 GMT

    hey thy said bravo wil cme back latter part of ipl read clearly..

  • ArmChairUmpire on April 14, 2011, 11:46 GMT

    This is a surgical strike by those who have no knowledge of surgery. I can understand the resting of Sarwan whose form has been indifferent these days and Chanderpaul is better suited for the longer version, but Gayle? The equivalent part is that Pakistan too has a sort of experimental side.

  • on April 14, 2011, 11:41 GMT

    Without these 3 and polard what can you expect from WI side??

  • xxxneilxxx on April 14, 2011, 11:33 GMT

    absolute ludacris!!!...the only 3 game winners for the west indies for the past decade left out....oh well!...guess west indies wanna miss the next worl cup cos with this squad i think they wont be able to beat an associate team much less pakistan!..

  • kopruz on April 14, 2011, 11:30 GMT

    Chander and Sarwan might have paid the price for their strike rates in the short formats. But it is a ridiculous decision to drop Gayle who was the 3rd highest run getter for the team in the World Cup despite missing a couple of games. The same is the case with Benn who picked up 12 wickets from 6 games.

    What the West Indies requires now is an inspiring captain at the helm of affairs who can build a team for the 2015 World Cup, and am not sure if Sammy provides that with his place in the team in question.

    Considering the current scenario and available options, I feel Sarwan is the best man to captain the side or else the selectors can even consider bringing back Darren Ganga who is arguably the best captain in the whole of the West Indies..!

  • ribtuhud on April 14, 2011, 11:28 GMT

    Talking as an Aussie Cricket fan this is devastating news. Chris Gayle is one of the World's great cricketers with Sarwan not far behind. The selectors have completely lost it. The replacements are a "waste of space".

  • bluhunter on April 14, 2011, 11:25 GMT

    A looming white wash cloud is hanging over the WI team.Worse WI selectors ever,what are these guys thinking and where is NASH?

  • squarepeg on April 14, 2011, 11:19 GMT

    Its great to start bringing new faces, but dropping all 3 in one go is a bit immature. The bigger crime is to give stupid logic for key players like Pollard n Bravo to play in IPL for money n not their countries. WCB is bowing before the power of money and turning players into mercenaries.

  • on April 14, 2011, 11:12 GMT

    @ Charger - Gail was up for auction before the IPL and received no bids. I did think it was strange at the time, considering his potential as an all-rounder.

  • vaibhav.junk on April 14, 2011, 11:09 GMT

    I think Gayle should have been retained. He along with Bravo has been the only wicket which the opposition needs more often then not to close out a match. He just needs support in the middle order, he ain't no superman. Remember India being highly dependent upon Tendulkar 5 years back, and that led to being just another average team. Anyways this will give youngsters a chance to prove themselves. Pakistan barring Umar gul / Saeed Ajmal do not have any quality bowler right now, but this still should be a testing series. But I would still pay to watch Gayle in any format of the game !! it could be IPL !!

  • on April 14, 2011, 11:06 GMT

    I dont know about the not including gayle in the side. Yes he had a poor world cup by his standards but what of his average and obvious class? Is there something going on that we are not privy to? I agree with axing sarwan . Chanderpaul does NOT deserve to be treated that way.Why is devon thomas still there? he looked way out of his league in his batting at this level. Is Baugh not fit yet? whats the story with that? Why is baugh not included? WHY??? Finally, can samuels bowl now? wasnt there an issue with his action ??

  • on April 14, 2011, 11:03 GMT

    To be successful, you ave to replace liability with ability, not liability with liability. The current selection has one good fielder- Dwayne Bravo, two decent bowlers-Roach and Bishoo and apart from Samuels, none of the other batsmen ca handle the Pakistan bowing. With a team like this, the akistanis would have to be charged with the crime of home invasion because they will oot WI pride right in their backyards.

  • Nerk on April 14, 2011, 10:44 GMT

    The Windies have done this before. There should be a place in the team for players like Sarwan, Gayle and Chanderpaul. As senior players they should be taking care of the young ones. I will be very suprised if neither of them play again at an international level.

  • VivGilchrist on April 14, 2011, 10:35 GMT

    The only Windies players to fear for opposition fans are Gayle, Taylor, and Roach. Only one of these has been selected. Dropping your experienced players for youth can be like leading lambs to the slaughter. REMEMBER the Bangladesh series during the player strike?

  • on April 14, 2011, 10:30 GMT

    Why? To not to take any responsibility of loosing to Pakistan, naming that with a 2nd strength WI?

  • DMC137 on April 14, 2011, 10:27 GMT

    OK...now it's the turn of the selectors to be axed. The logic that Gayle and Bravo lost their leadership places as a result of not signing the WICB contracts holds no water as they continue to put Bravo as vice captain (he was vc for the World Cup as well before he got injured). Unfortunately this all seems vindictive and stubborn rather than purposeful. And who does it benefit? Certainly not the legacy of the West Indies but possibly the egos of the Board members. Sammy is a good guy but not the man to be captain. Going purley on form, least of all talent, he does not deserve a place in the team at present. I agree with blooding new talent and not rewarding failure but to select a spinner because he picked up all of 8 wickets in five matches against the best players of spin in the world, hardly inspires confidence. When the the tests come around please remember Gayle's 300 vs Sri Lanka and that Nash is the new Canderpaul...even if they don't fit your agist policy.

  • on April 14, 2011, 10:22 GMT

    wooowwwwww wat tha hell is goin on in west indies cric droping gayle is stupid sarwan and chan has seen better days but gayle wow i know wat im goin be doin this summer now for sure not watchin west indies cricket wat a sad day !!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • on April 14, 2011, 10:20 GMT

    Good, Finally a move in direction of development of Westindies cricket. They can even think of a better captain as India had in Ganguly, Self centerd, which will give good results in long term. Best pace battery of the world with Edwards, Taylor, Roach, Rampaul decent spinners in Benn and Bishoo, Top class all rounders like Bravo and Pollard, also Dwayne smith. Batting has to b seriously worked out if they are to get into winning. ** Take an INDIAN as a COACH***

  • VivGilchrist on April 14, 2011, 10:19 GMT

    If Bravo is soooo committed to Windies cricket why is he playing IPL instead of making himself available for Tests?

  • on April 14, 2011, 10:09 GMT

    Sorry but how can WI possibly drop Gayle force? Most of the time they need his ball striking at the top to get a good score.

  • on April 14, 2011, 9:40 GMT

    Alright, lets get a few things STRAIGHT here. Sarwan NEEDS to go. He was frustrating to watch in the World Cup. Chanderpaul is losing his cutting edge in limited overs cricket. FACTS. Chris Gayle should be leading the team AND NOT SAMMY! GET RID OF SAMMY, GET RID OF SAMMY!!!!! He has NO technique whatsoever!! Right. With that said. Dwayne Bravo opting OUT of Test cricket to play in the IPL!?!?!? DISGRACE. Kieron Pollard NEEDS to play domestic cricket to develop his WOBBLY technique. Destroying people in 20 overs isn't going to do a thing for him. He can already CRASH the ball over the boundary rope. WHERE is Carlton Baugh Jr???? Is he still injured?! HE is West Indies no.1 Keeper. Devon Thomas didn't impress with the bat while given PLENTY of opportunity. And Jerome Taylor and Fidel Edwards need to get back into that side to give West Indies some much needed experience. The team is full of youngsters and NOBODY worthy of marshalling them. Once again. GET RID OF SAMMY.

  • on April 14, 2011, 9:38 GMT

    Time for the changing of the guards. The big three time has come to make room for the future. We were not winning and never looked as though we would win with Gayle, Chanders and Sarwan. Good move. Time to rebuild in all format. Those guys were just hogging up a pay day. RALLY 'ROUND DA WEST INDIES!

  • on April 14, 2011, 9:32 GMT

    The line that really confounds me is;

    "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,"

    Hurray IPL; cheers on acquiring the status of a nursery for nurturing international T20 talent in only its 4th year.

  • G.Vinoth on April 14, 2011, 9:22 GMT

    Oppss... So no bravo in this years IPL :( So Sad!

  • PAKISTAN.CRICKET.TEAM on April 14, 2011, 9:11 GMT

    Come On Pakistan. v always luv Pakistan whether it loses or wins Pakistan Zindabad

  • on April 14, 2011, 8:49 GMT

    Though it was against us really enjoyed Gayle`s 300 + last year ! A real class batsman!

  • Rajeev129 on April 14, 2011, 8:48 GMT

    Looking forward to see Marlon Samuels in action.

  • thebigmun on April 14, 2011, 8:48 GMT

    leaving out gayle chanderpaul and sarwarn underlines the utter crap that westindies cricket is right now, ponting is in bad form do you see australia dropping them, instead of grooming your youngsters you axe you senior men. trust me i live in saint lucia and 21 now and i can tell you that there is no structure for cricket here, ive been trying to get into a club here for 2 years now and all they keep telling me is that there is no sponsorship , so as you can see there is no passion left in westindies cricket , its sad but so true, similar to lara they kicked him out they have done that to the guys who held their weak self for all these years. i believe that if the team fails they should sack all 11 or drop the coaching staff cause they are the ones responsible for the the youngsters not learning , arent they the teacher?

  • on April 14, 2011, 8:39 GMT

    World cricket team have to take idea from Australia and South Africa. They have on their player. So they do not axed player for five or six game.

  • on April 14, 2011, 8:30 GMT

    Darren Sammy (capt) - The Future? Tells you all you need to know about the politics behind this decision....

  • cricinme on April 14, 2011, 8:22 GMT

    Looks very much like West Indies A side. Wont surprise me if pakistan white wash this team.

  • on April 14, 2011, 8:21 GMT

    Pollard is a disgarce for national team. He choosed some cash league instead of his national duties.

  • on April 14, 2011, 8:20 GMT

    "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. " . What? WHAT????

  • Anneeq on April 14, 2011, 8:12 GMT

    I'm unsure about the exclusion of gayle, hes been the sole good performer for the windies in the last few years, ok he had a poor w/c but i still think he holds the keys for the west indies. But then again the other players seem to always want to dance to chris gayle's tune. Whenever he's on the team they only perform when he performs, so in that sence i can understand his exclusion, it was a brave and tough choice by the WICB hopefully their faith will pay off!! I say this as a Pk supporter lols...

  • on April 14, 2011, 8:01 GMT

    Cant understand this bizzare logic of not picking in gayle.I Can understand that sarwan and chanderpaul have passed their sell of date.However by not picking gayle and pollard its like just for the sake of changes West indies have dropped their two biggest match winners.And seriously i cant still contemplate sammy captaining the test side.He bowls those gentle long hops and his batting is not at all upto the mark.I would infact give the test captancy to someone like chanderpaul and ODI captancy too sammy

  • on April 14, 2011, 7:53 GMT

    this is a good and brave decision, the WI lost the world cup due to these seniors grouping, same like what has happened to Pakistan in the Semi final, by Younus Khan and Misbahul Haq. it is good for the West indies cricket future.

  • on April 14, 2011, 7:40 GMT

    Yes it could be a mismatch, but can we ever bet on Pakistan? Or given the odds in their favour, probably best to bet against them. "Oh no, how did Akmal drop that" etc..

  • chad_reid on April 14, 2011, 7:36 GMT

    FINALLY THE WEST INDIES BOARD DOES WHAT IT SHUD HAVE DONE AGES AGO ONLY AFTER THIER EMBARRASSING PERFORAMNCE AT THE WORLD CUP. I STATED EARLIER IN ONE OF MY COMMENTS THAT THESE 3 PASSENGERS SHUD BE DROPPED IF WEST INDIES ARE TO BECOME A COMPETITIVE CRICKET NATION I GUESS SOMEONE READ MY COMMENTS AND REASON AND DECIDED WHAT I WAS SAYING WAS CORRECT WELL DONE TO WI BOARD BUT YOU SHUD HAVE DONE THIS LONG TIME AGO

  • on April 14, 2011, 7:34 GMT

    Good to see WI cricket board coming up with a long term plan. Being flexible with IPL will allow them to find a great squad within 3 years from now.

  • on April 14, 2011, 7:32 GMT

    Pakistan tried the same thing after 2003 and failed miserably. We had to bring back Inzamam, Yousaf and Shoaib. You cannot just clear all senior players. Pakistan seemed to have learned from their mistake. Their squad seems much better balanced with youth and experience heads.

  • on April 14, 2011, 7:28 GMT

    WI selection committee is stuffing WI cricket's future, absolutely they don't any clue what so ever on How to manage and develop a team. By dropping senior players they are making a big blunder. First of all they have to get a good coach to coach and bring unity in team and make the team to work towards a particular goal. WI defnitely have some good talent in the form of Sarwan, Gale, Pollard, Samuels etc. They have work strategically toward gelling as a team and bring the best of the already talended players. the best example is Indian team itself after a 2007 world cup disaster and see now what a transformation.

  • stevedd on April 14, 2011, 7:27 GMT

    GREAT JOB !! and keep it up, this is what was needed before the world cup but anyway the west indies board has done a great job. unless you taste another food you dont know how well it taste. keep trying more players until you find another richards or lara. no matter how long it takes or how many matches you loose. and these three players should not have been in the world cup squad. their body language was so bad that they even demotivated other team members.

  • VipulPatki on April 14, 2011, 7:27 GMT

    Pakistan spinners in the WC semi final troubled the Indian batting line-up who is famed for playing spin well. They may wreck havoc on this inexperienced WI batting sans their three best players. I only hope we don't witness a horrific mismatch.

  • Tharangafernando on April 14, 2011, 7:22 GMT

    Chanderpaul,Sarwan,Gayle hav been great servants of WI cricket. but their recent form has been awful.they should be preasurised to perform.leaving out from the shorter versions is therefore justifiable.but must be considered seriously for the longer version.... their balling attack has been below par for the last decade or so.......... its high time that they keep faith on individuals and give them a longer go in whichever formet. in my mind they hav been changing the balling attack too often. the biggest problem for them is their captaincy. Darren Sammy should not be a regular member of all three formats. they cant keep sammy in the side just for captaincy.......... it should be given to a permenant member....their hardly seems any motivation to win............

  • on April 14, 2011, 7:22 GMT

    WCB will pay , It is silly.,

  • cricbuff1 on April 14, 2011, 7:15 GMT

    Now expect a mad rush by the IPL franchises to sign up the Big man.....

  • ABP235 on April 14, 2011, 7:09 GMT

    This was written all over the Caribbean walls! And the Windies selectors have done the most perfect job. These 3 players clearly demonstrated by their poor play in recent times (including the world cup) that they were kind of superstars, not willing to play under a young captain and never ever looked like gelling well as a team. Right decision, me as an Indian want to see West Indies return back to some strength sans politics. I would wish to see these 3 out of the test team as well.

  • getsetgopk on April 14, 2011, 7:04 GMT

    @sifter132 dead right there and gayles exclusion by WICB is just too drastic he's too good of a bat infact i think the only real challenge posed to pakistan bowling attack was gayle which was axed by the WICB im a pakistan supporter but that is just sad for cricket as a whole viewrs in both countries will just miss an excellent contest between bat and ball

  • on April 14, 2011, 6:59 GMT

    Good to see samuels back in the national side...

  • FitzroyMarsupial on April 14, 2011, 6:59 GMT

    The photo on this story is great. Mr Cool and Sarwan looking good, but wow, Chanders is looking real youthful!

  • coolguyrocks on April 14, 2011, 6:56 GMT

    Ruthless unless there's a definitive plan in the background... All the best... I'd love to see Gail & chanderpaul play.. especially for their consistency

  • kryptik_sunny on April 14, 2011, 6:43 GMT

    chanderpaul's looking quite young in the pic

  • on April 14, 2011, 6:43 GMT

    Really cannot understand what the selectors are up to....allowing players like Pollard and Bravo to play in some international league by giving reasons such as they would hone their skills in those leagues, shows that the board thinks playing international cricket wont help them a bit... Coming to the bowling department, jerome Taylor who had a promising start to his career and so did Fidel Edwards, should have been given a chance to be a part of team and build upon the pace bowling attack...They would have been of great help to younsters such as Roach and Russel... Sacking Gayle is also not a good move....His performance during the series in SriLanka and other series has been more than satisfactory. Moreover he is a kind of player that can take the game away from the opposition. The board seems to have done nothing to strengthen the middle order...Also, one important step that has to be taken is to develop a good young wicketkeeper batsman..

  • HawK89 on April 14, 2011, 6:42 GMT

    Brian Lara said that there is something wrong with the West Indies system, and he is right. Remove their selectors and even the WICB, and start fresh there. Good WI talent being wasted.

  • on April 14, 2011, 6:42 GMT

    What is Darren Sammy doing in this hopeless squad, he shouldn't be in the squad at first and to add insult to the injury he is the captain. OMG replace Gayle as a captain. My squad woul be GAYLE, BARATH, DARREN BRAVO, BRENDON NASH, MARLON SAMUELS, DWAYNE BRAVO, BAUGH, POLLARD, BENN, BISHOO, ROACH, RUSSEL, RAMPAUL,DEVON SMITH.

  • on April 14, 2011, 6:39 GMT

    haha what a ridiculous policy, drop your 3 of your best batsmen just because they are old??

  • sanchit_sabharwal on April 14, 2011, 6:35 GMT

    WICB WHAT R U DOING GUYS, U HAVE AXED CHANDERPAUL UR MOST EXPERIENCED PLAYER, SARWAN THE BEST MIDDLE ORDER BATSMEN, AND GAYLE THE BEST OPENER OF WI OF LAST DECADE, HAVE U EVER SEEN INDIA AXING SACHIN TENDULKAR WHEN HE IS OUT OF FORM??? NEVER BCOZ THEY KNOW THAT A PLAYER WHO IS PLTING PERFORMING FROM LAST 10 - 15 YEARS WORTH A LOT, COME ON SELECTORS GET THESE PLAYERS BACK IF U WANNA WIN , AND FOR GOD SAKE AXE SAMMY HE IS GOOD FOR NOTHING, HE IS OCCUPYING THE SPACE OF A DESERVING PLAYER, AND MY GOD HOW CAN HE BE THE CAPLTAIN OF WI, U R GIVING HIM THE POSITION WHICH IS HELD BY BRIAN LARA AND CLYVE LLOYD.

  • VisBal on April 14, 2011, 6:32 GMT

    Currently, Chanderpaul and Sarwan are the only batsmen WI can build their innings around. None of the others (except maybe Barath or Darren Bravo) has shown the ability to lay a foundation for the end of the innings. Pollard does not have the temperament to play ODIs and should be left to play T20s whenever and wherever he wants. And why aren't Fidel Edwards and Jerome Taylor in the squad ; are they still injured?

  • on April 14, 2011, 6:29 GMT

    I think the WI Selectors has made a plan, How to loose first two ODI against a new look Pakistani side, they would have thought that sacking the three seniors may be the only best way to loose first two,.......

  • willy_upper on April 14, 2011, 6:20 GMT

    How does Darren Sammy warrant selection, let alone be picked as captain? Bewilders me everytime

  • on April 14, 2011, 6:19 GMT

    Can we bring some sense back into our cricket? The team has two only batsmen who can score a 100 - Bravo and Smith. I'm not too confident of Samuels - he's coming back after ages, and the rest of them can tonk it around for a couple of overs each, max. Doesn't work in a 50-over game. Any good team needs 3-4 solid batsmen who can last 50 overs. If the team finds itself at 40-3, they're out of the game immediately. I can't think of a single team in history that hasn't had this core, but has still managed to consistently beat top-class opposition.

    Such rubbish.

  • gazelle79 on April 14, 2011, 6:16 GMT

    Looks like the WICB doesn't know the difference between "phasing out the old guard" and "ripping out all the seniors and throwing juniors in the deep end" .I can understand Chanderpaul's omission . Great player though he was , he has been a liability of late . Sarwan was beginning to look good after he came back from a long injury and form related absence and he is still just 30 . Gayle is still the most consistent and feared of all present WI batsmen . They could have retained Gayle and put Sarwan on notice that he needs to perform well in this series if he wants to get picked again . What's the use of packing a squad with youngsters ( however talented they may be ) if there are no seniors along to guide them through ?

  • on April 14, 2011, 6:08 GMT

    Dropping Gayle is not sensible. Fidel Edwards could have been included to lend experience and guidance. WI should build from Test down to T20 instead of the other way around. It is important to pick a team that will bat the full quota 95% of the time. This team will squander every other game in ODIs. Time for WICB to wisen up. Good luck.

  • aahahaa on April 14, 2011, 6:04 GMT

    "It was mutually determined that Pollard (and J Taylor) would be best served (HOW TRUE ) 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. That I doubt. there is no present or future benefit to WI cricket if contarcted players dont play for the team when they have to. The problem has been the selectors in the past, now it is three fold. the selectors, coach and the captain.

  • KiwiRocker- on April 14, 2011, 5:51 GMT

    It is actually sad to see Gayle, Swaran and Chanderpaul being dropped. West Indies cricket need to wake up and make some bold decisions. It is a joke allowing Pollar and Bravo play a worthless IPL tournament. What message it sends to youngsters that IPL is more important than West Indies cricket? Learn from Broad, Bopara and Pakistani players who are not featuring in IPL and serving their countries. Those days were wonderful when Ambrose, Walsh, King Richard and Brian Lara( Best batsman of modern era and miles ahead of Tendulkar's worthless runs) were playing. West Indian cricket needs a hero and they do not need to look for inspiration other than their opponents- Pakistan. Everything was being thrown at Pakistani team last year this time and a certain Australian former ICC Chief called Pakistani cricket a basket case while same Pakistani team hammered everyone including the eventual fluke winners India in the WC. Dropping Shoib Akhtar was such a bold decision and rare for Pakistan!

  • Kazakhstan on April 14, 2011, 5:44 GMT

    It's all about IPL as team players do not want to join national side, for both WI players and board is useful... but indeed they WI team do not have intention to play as rest of the cricket playing nations even they never have soft corner in their heart for country UNDERSTANDABLE. God bless WI cricket.

  • Rahic on April 14, 2011, 5:22 GMT

    This was a well calculated move by the WI selectors. Gayle was used as a scapegoat in order to get rid of Chanderpaul and Sarwan. The axe should have fallen on the WI selectors and Board members instead of the three best players.

  • SyedArbabAhmed on April 14, 2011, 5:18 GMT

    Playing for Mumbai Indians than for your country is beyond imagination for me. It means there is hardly any senior liability left in WI team, then why still not out Misbah is going on tour?

  • shawnsundar on April 14, 2011, 5:13 GMT

    Yea, we will loose Test status eventually. Congrats WI for having the worst and most senseless selection committee in the history of cricket! Why was Benn dropped? As a mater of fact Sarwan, Chanders, and Gayle being dropped is proof that WI cricket will never rise again, only certain players would flourish and then get axed for a few bad performances :(

  • p77gin on April 14, 2011, 5:13 GMT

    west indies selectors have got it totally wrong. i am from india and i am shocked that anyone who gives preference to IPL over national duty is still given open for national selection! i am sorry to mr. selectors but you are not going in the right direction, rather taking a step further back. have you even considered the precedence you are setting up for the future of WI cricket?

  • james.fernando on April 14, 2011, 5:13 GMT

    Why do you need players who prefer playing for IPL ? Gayle plays his natural game like wise how Sehwag/Watson does. Problem is they rely more on him... He's the only guy who can be match winner for WI Team

    Sarwan/Chanderpaul both are out of form..... so good decision not to play them.

    Bravo/Pollard good for only IPL, play for money not for Country. Infact these players should have been axed.

  • wambling_future on April 14, 2011, 5:10 GMT

    Pollard preferring IPL over ODIs, will not hurt WI as he has not proven his worth in this team. He is over-rated player for ODIs and is highly inconsistent. What hurts me more is to see Bravo opting out of Test matches. This is really sad for WI and I wonder if it is going to encourage more of their players to follow same path.

  • paringogri on April 14, 2011, 5:07 GMT

    Quite a shocker of move from the WI selectors...They are right they want to set up a team with future in sight but u need to have a senior player who will act as a mentor in difficult situations and teach young players to tackle those situations. Its right you need to get the old players out and replace them with fresh legs but you do not do it in this manner where you have sent 3 stalwarts of WI cricket in last decade. Pathetic!!

  • on April 14, 2011, 4:53 GMT

    Right decision by the West Indies Board. Gayle, particularly is only interested in IPLs and other T-20s. Gayle is clearly past his best as he is vey inconsistent. Sarwan has lost his touch and is in indiffeent form. As far as Chandrpaul is concerned, although grit is there age is catching up and it is time he hangs his oots. The sad fact is that youngsters are also not shaping well - but there again youngsters should be prsisted over a period of time and not thrown out after one or two maches. What a sad reflection of the state of West Indies cricket from the time of the great Ws, Sobers, Kanhai, Hall, Lloyd, Andry Robers, Holding, Kallicharan, to name a select few ! Hope, the old glory will be revived in the coming years !

  • hot-spot on April 14, 2011, 4:51 GMT

    WIC need a good selection committee, They didn't give more matches for Chandra Paul in WC, now they sack him, even Sarwan did well in WC games, WIC should think to come up with their ranks, Sure this series Pak will win & WI will go further down

  • Vinod on April 14, 2011, 4:39 GMT

    It is time now where West Indies should really split into their respective countries: Barbados, Guyana, Jamaica, Leeward Islands, Trinidad & Tobago, Windward Islands. Current players representing West Indies cricket team have no sense of patriotism and it shows in their game. Let's have some more test teams and hopefully it will bring a sense of patriotism while playing for the country.

  • on April 14, 2011, 4:37 GMT

    i'm okay with it for teh ODIs

    but i still believe there;'s a role for chanders and sars to play uin the test setup...

  • katandthat3 on April 14, 2011, 4:34 GMT

    I'm staggered those guys are out. It's not the full picture over there, that's for sure. I like Russell and Bishoo, Simmons is ok and Darren Bravo will be a gun but they still need some experience there. It takes an amazing person to unite the Windies like Lloyd and Worrell did and a lesser extent Richards and Richardson, Sammy doesn't seem the guy.

  • on April 14, 2011, 4:34 GMT

    It is clear the West Indies Selecters are as bad as the cricketers themselves... I am all in favour of dropping the top players if they are not performing as that will force them to earn their spot and possibly in the long run make them more dedicated or competitive. However to drop them all at one time and from the squad is stupid to say the least. And then I dont see where they have replaced them with any experience or a consistent batting force. I still fail to understand what Sammy brings to the team and I don't understand why they have refused to play Nash in the world cup and now this series. They have sent a young team to get slaughtered and this is not good for their confidence or developement

  • mastr_blastr on April 14, 2011, 4:31 GMT

    What the hell has happened to WI cricket ??

  • kobler on April 14, 2011, 4:22 GMT

    Nonsense, Gayle does not deserved to be dropped.

  • Ozcricketwriter on April 14, 2011, 4:22 GMT

    West Indies doesn't have all that many good players. Shame on the WICB for getting rid of the few that they have. Sammy is okay and has potential but he is nothing like as good as Pollard, Bravo, Gayle, Sarwan and Chanderpaul. If this keeps up, soon West Indian players will only be those not good enough for the IPL and 20/20 careers!

  • Biggus on April 14, 2011, 4:20 GMT

    Wow! "Careful with that axe Eugene!" But seriously, swinging the axe is all well if there's a whole lot of dead wood keeping top talent out of the side but it can also be like rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic while the ship is sinking if it's just to give the appearance of decisive action by a rattled selection group. To be fair, for all his talent Chris Gayle's slack attitude has never been a great example for young players, but to sack all three is pretty drastic stuff. Sir Frank Worrell must be spinning in his grave with enough momentum that you could connect a generator up to him and power a small town from the resulting electricity. I dare not even imagine what Vivi must be making of all this. Those of us who marvelled at the '80s Windies could never have imagined it would come to this. Some say that there are more distractions for the current generation-U.S.Basketball etc. If that's the case I'm just glad I saw them when they were 'Kings of the World'.

  • nzcricket174 on April 14, 2011, 4:18 GMT

    Why would they drop Chris Gayle? He's easily been West Indies' best player since Lara retired.

  • on April 14, 2011, 4:11 GMT

    this is like dropping tendukar dravid and laxman in a test match

  • on April 14, 2011, 4:05 GMT

    With West Indies struggling to bat through 50 overs, why isn't there a space for Nash in the team?

  • ricardowill on April 14, 2011, 4:01 GMT

    Why is Devon Thomas in the team? I like Darren Sammy but I think his days are numbered. This is West Indies cricket gone mad and down the toilet. It is a wild gamble by the selectors and I don't see it working. Same old mistakes being made all over again. West Indies cricket in shambles. Gayle, Sarwan, and Chanderpaul play their best cricket on Caribbean soil. I don't think the West Indies selectors are taking this series serious.

  • YoBro on April 14, 2011, 3:58 GMT

    Unbelievable! How could they drop the only people with decent averages in Test cricket to write home about??!! WI cricket keeps sinking to newer lows. They're gone now. Finished.

  • ganeshraam on April 14, 2011, 3:56 GMT

    Ouuch! That was little harsh with the way they have dealt with the seniors but need to make sure that it doesn't hurt West Indies in the Pak series as they are a damn good team!

  • spiritmenace on April 14, 2011, 3:51 GMT

    WOW! Darren Sammy is still the captain!? Talk about selecting a side based on emotions... West indies is going to get the trashing of their life by Pakistan. Let the madness begin. Thanks W.I.C.B., you've done the greatest selection of all time.

  • wenty on April 14, 2011, 3:50 GMT

    Finally the board is taking some initiative. Job well done Mr.Butts.

  • on April 14, 2011, 3:48 GMT

    How much longer until Edwards and Taylor are fit to play?

  • on April 14, 2011, 3:47 GMT

    YES! Finally a good move from the WICB! Let consistency be the determining factor for selection.

  • on April 14, 2011, 3:47 GMT

    the wicketkeeper thomas seems unable to perform in front of the stumps.... why is he still there?

  • b4u8me2 on April 14, 2011, 3:46 GMT

    While I can understand the sacking of Chanderpaul and, to an extent, Sarwan I cannot understand the sacking of Gayle who, apart from Brian Lara, has been the only ODI batsman of worth over the last decade with moments of glory from Chanderpaul, Sarwan and ... and ... and... I can't even think of anyone else who has consistently made any runs for the West indies in a given period over the last decade in ODI or tests. I think The West Indies Board is trying to ensure Gayle earns nothing during this period probably to teach him a lesson for not signing the contract. So now he's not earning any salary at all seeing he missed out on the IPL. So we have a ODI team with only one batsman really capable to hitting a bowler out the attack - Samuels. West Indies Cricket Board is being too drastic in their policy for change. Gayle should play. he's still the best ODI batsman in the West Indies!!!!!!!!!!

  • dilvishal on April 14, 2011, 3:41 GMT

    where is jermone taylor and edwards??? if taylor is fit enough to play the IPL, surely than he is fit for international cricket....Selectors,please WAKE UP...

  • howizzat on April 14, 2011, 3:41 GMT

    An excellent step in right direction. Its high time that the trio, Gayle-Sarwan-C'paul to get axed. Hopefully they wont retract.

  • ms.arjun on April 14, 2011, 3:38 GMT

    Its so sad to see WI cricket in this state. On the 1983 WC final, chasing a modest total, their batting collapsed, starting the curse that never ended over the period of 28 years now. Richardson, Jimmy Adams and Hooper all had their taste of success for a very short term besides having the likes of Lara, Walsh, Ambrose, but eventually the story remains the same over and over again. The story which has the title "WI cricket is pathetic". Its not only about the national team, but even the domestic teams like Guyana and T&T. Pollard single handedly took T&T all the way in 2008 and Guyana were thrashed by everyone at CLT20 last year. They were clearly not in the same league as others. If this state is going to continue, I am sure some day they will lose their test status and will be pushed to associate's section eventhough they are 2 time world champions. That will end WI cricket once and for all. Its going to take a miracle to change this scenario.

  • on April 14, 2011, 3:27 GMT

    even if they're in bad form, how can you drop your three best players??

  • Viper2.0 on April 14, 2011, 3:25 GMT

    Why do you want players like Pollard,Bravo when they aren't even committed to playing cricket for their country.I am sure there are plenty of youngsters with a burning desire to play for their country could do with these wasted contracts which were given to these two players.Wake up,Windies board if you ever want to take West Indies cricket back on the cricketing map!

  • Meety on April 14, 2011, 3:22 GMT

    Sounds suspicious re: Pollard & IPL. What really stinks is Bravo opting out of the 2 TESTS, unless he was told he would not be required!

  • on April 14, 2011, 3:22 GMT

    same way the have treated there past star when with the wicb learn i thought the had leanr from the mistakes in the past lets hope they know what they are doing

  • on April 14, 2011, 3:12 GMT

    "Consistent with the policy to expose young players?" What utter nonsense. WICB must enjoy sending out second string teams to get pummeled. Gayle is 31 and Sarwan is 30. Dropping your key players with such a weakened team is asking for trouble. I'm all for a young team but whose going to mentor these new guys into developing into better cricketers? Half the selections have very little merit apart from trying out a new squad. I'm just curious as to what Sammy's role in the team is. He bowled poorly in the WC and is more a bowling all-rounder then a batting one. Samuels himself is 30 and inconsistent as hell. Politics continue to kill WI cricket. I expect a thrashing by Pakistan and the merry-go-around of learning nothing new and churning out new players to continue

  • Ali-Sial on April 14, 2011, 3:12 GMT

    I have no clue that the WICB are trying to do. It seems they don't know how to develop a team. You don't just throw all the experienced players out....you have to have some experienced players and then try transitioning like pakistan are doing right now. Learn from Pakistan's previous mistake. This series is going to be so uncompetitive, it will be painful to watch west indies. Oh well...makes things easier for pakistan.

  • Robster1 on April 14, 2011, 3:08 GMT

    A brave step by the selectors and one that hopefully will at least bring a better, more industrious attitude from the players. As for the big three who have been dropped, Chanderpaul has been magnificent by age seems finally to be catching up with him in the shorter forms of the game, Sarwan's attitude apprently is very poor, but Gayle can't be a permanent exclusion from the side - he's just too good a batsman.

  • xenon555 on April 14, 2011, 3:08 GMT

    Sacking Sarwan is understandable and quite sensible too. But Gayle and Chanderpaul are the cornerstone. WI will fail without the chanderpaul backone and gayle explosives.

  • sifter132 on April 14, 2011, 3:05 GMT

    "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"....Wow, what a sad day for cricket. This series would be a great chance for Pollard to show what he can do in 50 over cricket against a good bowling team. He NEEDS that kind of series to develop as a player. Bashing around Indian kids in the IPL won't help his cricket much at all. We already know he's got 20 over skills... This is just a sell out by the WICB to try and keep Pollard happy I guess.

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  • sifter132 on April 14, 2011, 3:05 GMT

    "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"....Wow, what a sad day for cricket. This series would be a great chance for Pollard to show what he can do in 50 over cricket against a good bowling team. He NEEDS that kind of series to develop as a player. Bashing around Indian kids in the IPL won't help his cricket much at all. We already know he's got 20 over skills... This is just a sell out by the WICB to try and keep Pollard happy I guess.

  • xenon555 on April 14, 2011, 3:08 GMT

    Sacking Sarwan is understandable and quite sensible too. But Gayle and Chanderpaul are the cornerstone. WI will fail without the chanderpaul backone and gayle explosives.

  • Robster1 on April 14, 2011, 3:08 GMT

    A brave step by the selectors and one that hopefully will at least bring a better, more industrious attitude from the players. As for the big three who have been dropped, Chanderpaul has been magnificent by age seems finally to be catching up with him in the shorter forms of the game, Sarwan's attitude apprently is very poor, but Gayle can't be a permanent exclusion from the side - he's just too good a batsman.

  • Ali-Sial on April 14, 2011, 3:12 GMT

    I have no clue that the WICB are trying to do. It seems they don't know how to develop a team. You don't just throw all the experienced players out....you have to have some experienced players and then try transitioning like pakistan are doing right now. Learn from Pakistan's previous mistake. This series is going to be so uncompetitive, it will be painful to watch west indies. Oh well...makes things easier for pakistan.

  • on April 14, 2011, 3:12 GMT

    "Consistent with the policy to expose young players?" What utter nonsense. WICB must enjoy sending out second string teams to get pummeled. Gayle is 31 and Sarwan is 30. Dropping your key players with such a weakened team is asking for trouble. I'm all for a young team but whose going to mentor these new guys into developing into better cricketers? Half the selections have very little merit apart from trying out a new squad. I'm just curious as to what Sammy's role in the team is. He bowled poorly in the WC and is more a bowling all-rounder then a batting one. Samuels himself is 30 and inconsistent as hell. Politics continue to kill WI cricket. I expect a thrashing by Pakistan and the merry-go-around of learning nothing new and churning out new players to continue

  • on April 14, 2011, 3:22 GMT

    same way the have treated there past star when with the wicb learn i thought the had leanr from the mistakes in the past lets hope they know what they are doing

  • Meety on April 14, 2011, 3:22 GMT

    Sounds suspicious re: Pollard & IPL. What really stinks is Bravo opting out of the 2 TESTS, unless he was told he would not be required!

  • Viper2.0 on April 14, 2011, 3:25 GMT

    Why do you want players like Pollard,Bravo when they aren't even committed to playing cricket for their country.I am sure there are plenty of youngsters with a burning desire to play for their country could do with these wasted contracts which were given to these two players.Wake up,Windies board if you ever want to take West Indies cricket back on the cricketing map!

  • on April 14, 2011, 3:27 GMT

    even if they're in bad form, how can you drop your three best players??

  • ms.arjun on April 14, 2011, 3:38 GMT

    Its so sad to see WI cricket in this state. On the 1983 WC final, chasing a modest total, their batting collapsed, starting the curse that never ended over the period of 28 years now. Richardson, Jimmy Adams and Hooper all had their taste of success for a very short term besides having the likes of Lara, Walsh, Ambrose, but eventually the story remains the same over and over again. The story which has the title "WI cricket is pathetic". Its not only about the national team, but even the domestic teams like Guyana and T&T. Pollard single handedly took T&T all the way in 2008 and Guyana were thrashed by everyone at CLT20 last year. They were clearly not in the same league as others. If this state is going to continue, I am sure some day they will lose their test status and will be pushed to associate's section eventhough they are 2 time world champions. That will end WI cricket once and for all. Its going to take a miracle to change this scenario.