West Indies v Pakistan, T20 series March 17, 2017

Pollard, Narine, Badree, Simmons to play Pak T20s


Kieron Pollard and Sunil Narine are back in West Indies' colours © AFP

The Trinidad quartet of Kieron Pollard, Sunil Narine, Lendl Simmons and Samuel Badree has been picked by the West Indies selectors to play in the T20 segment of the limited-overs series against Pakistan. ESPNcricinfo has learned that the four players are part of a squad picked for the first two contests of the four-match series.

The T20 series starts on March 26 in Barbados with the following three matches to be played in Trinidad on March 30, April 1 and 2.

It is understood that all the four players were informed on their selection on Wednesday, by WICB selection committee head Courtney Browne. It is not clear whether the four will feature in the final two games of the T20 series, which will end three days before the IPL begins. All the four players are part of various franchises in the IPL.

West Indies' last T20 series was also against Pakistan, in the UAE last September.With the exception of Simmons, the players in question all featured, although West Indies lost the three-match series 3-0. Simmons has not played for West Indies since featuring in the two-match T20 series against India last August in Fort Lauderdale.

Based on the WICB policy to pick only players who featured in the Regional Super50, none of the four players are expected be available for selection for the ODI segment of the Pakistan series which follows the T20 series. Although the senior WICB staff comprising team director Jimmy Adams and chief selector Courtney Browne have indicated that the board is likely to review its selection policy, it is fair to assume that none between Pollard, Narine, Simmons and Badree will be picked for the three-match ODI series.

Despite his lean recent form, Carlos Brathwaite is expected to lead West Indies in the T20 series against Pakistan. It remains to be seen whether the selectors would bring back former West Indies captain Darren Sammy, whose last assignment was winning the World T20 crown in Kolkata last year. Sammy was instrumental in Peshawar Zalmi winning the PSL earlier this month and says he has not yet given up hope of making a West Indies comeback in limited-overs cricket.

"I'm only retired from Test cricket," Sammy said after participating in the recently concluded Hong Kong T20 Blitz. "I'm not retired from limited-overs cricket. I'm available for selection. We have a series coming up against Pakistan, [I'm] available for that and wherever my services are needed."

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  • cricfan69761513 on March 23, 2017, 8:48 GMT

    why not Sammy in the team as a captain 2 time world champion captain

  • alexpugliese89 on March 20, 2017, 0:15 GMT

    @CRICINFOUSER it is not that simple. I am from Australia and the reason why players like Starc and Smith have not played in a multitude of different t20 leagues is because they are under contract to Cricket Australia. They get paid over a million dollars each year TO PLAY FOR AUSTRALIA. The WICB in comparison, pay their players about a tenth of that if they decide to sign a central contract. There just isn't the wealth in the WICB to compete and you can't blame the West Indian players for opting to make money elsewhere. In a perfect world the pinnacle of financial compensation would be given if you play test cricket but this isn't the case. It is the reason that the West Indies have not improved and have in fact regressed. While the WICB cannot regulate how many tournaments these players play in, I do agree that the WICB should compromise on their regional participation policy to ONLY IF a player does not play in an overseas tournament then he MUST play in the Super50

  • mngc1 on March 18, 2017, 12:16 GMT

    @nivalink. Did you see any of the PSL games? I was anti Sammy when he lost form for a long time. In PSL he bonded the team together and lifted their game tremendously to perform as a unit. Even down to the celebrations calling the guys together "taking imaginary selfies". His knock in the final 28 in 11 plus a couple of other game winning innings. He is a man in form. believer and inspiring others at this time. That is a massive improvement to even his captaincy at the T20 WCs. Carlos and Holder are nowhere near that. BTW I forgot Smith who had a good PSL in my team earlier. Coax him out of retirement for this series.

  • Cricinfouser on March 18, 2017, 11:09 GMT

    You know there is a simple solution to the selection problems. It requires a couple of simple things, IMO . 1: compromise on participation in the Super 50. Those that aren't playing in the BigBash play the first half of the Super50 then they can move on to the PSL. those who played the BB come home and play the remainder of the Super 50. In all of this though they have to show why they are considered better than all the people most of you don't want selected. Once they are selected they ho out and win series and not just a 1 match. All the while keeping their mouth shut and allowing their abilities and results do the talking and fighting for them.There is also the option of just regulating how many tournaments a player can take part in if he is playing for WI. Just for the record Indians don't play anywhere else because they can't . Australia will either not allow a player to play elsewhere or they will call him home early to prepare and or rest for an upcoming series. None of you cry foul when that happens, so why do it with the WI?

  • Nivalink on March 18, 2017, 10:12 GMT

    Role of Sammy in T20 has been curious. He bats at 8 .. has a swish at 8-10 balls. Bowls 1 or 2 overs ... with none or max wicket .... still is considered a force.

  • Riddymon on March 18, 2017, 5:58 GMT

    Would love to see Sammy back in Windies colors...even if it's just to see his smiling face and the energy he brings to the team for another year or two.

  • cricfan1730054099 on March 18, 2017, 3:08 GMT

    why aren't west Indies trying their t20 team for test and odi

  • cricfan2188228232 on March 18, 2017, 2:52 GMT

    Bring Back Champion Sammy

  • mngc1 on March 18, 2017, 2:50 GMT

    @cricinfouser. Pollard and Narine toxic but not Samuels?? Sammy as captain marshaled his forces in PSL at a level that I have never seen him do before in any team. And he was contributing with the bat in the slog overs. Sammy should be captain and Brathwaite out because he is not contributing with bat or ball. He has to solidify his game without the burden of captaincy or he will fail continuously. Walton got a shot at international level and failed. He reminded me of an Audi (0000 in his first 5 innings). Hope is a poor keeper (4 missed in 12) who cannot make up with the bat in limited overs games. I believe in 3 spinners in T20 so maybe Cornwall could have a try. Rovman yes but also consider Kesrick Williams who was very good in BPL. My team openers Gayle and Simmons/ Lewis. 3-6 Darren/Samuels, Pollard (at 4 or 5), Rovman, Sammy, depends on keeper, Narine, Cornwall, Badree, Williams/Gabriel. Batting up to 6 plus Narine and keeper. Sammy/ Pollard/ Samuels/Simmons/ Gayle as 5th bowler.

  • SM49 on March 18, 2017, 2:46 GMT

    big mistake to select these guys, they are not committed to WI. can't you all see that they are only selected for first two games they are comitted to IPL after that. get rid of these guys and continue to build a young comitted team it will serve WI for years to come. pollard, narine and company are bad influence on young WI cricketers.

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