Pakistan in West Indies 2017 April 17, 2017

Kieran Powell recalled to West Indies Test squad

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Leeward Islands batsman Kieran Powell is in line to play his first Test in nearly three years after being recalled to the West Indies squad for the first match against Pakistan at Sabina Park beginning on Friday. The uncapped batting pair of Vishaul Singh and Shimron Hetmyer have also joined Powell in the 13-man squad, after all three batsmen made runs in the warm-up game against Pakistan.

Marlon Samuels, Darren Bravo and Leon Johnson were dropped from the squad that toured the UAE for three Tests against Pakistan in October.

West Indies chairman of selectors Courtney Browne said, "We have a young Test squad, which was admirably led by Jason Holder during the last series and, though there are some noticeable absentees, we believe that the players will give a good account of themselves especially in their own backyard."

Powell, 27, last played Test cricket in 2014 and briefly quit cricket altogether not long afterward in a failed attempt to break into baseball in America. He returned to the West Indies domestic scene last summer in the Caribbean Premier League with St Kitts & Nevis Patriots, and then finished as the leading scorer in the Regional Super50 competition in February, with 513 runs in eight innings at 64.12. He earned a recall to the West Indies ODI team for the three-match series against England in March and was subsequently picked for the ODI series against Pakistan earlier this month.

Powell's form in the domestic four-day competition is not as solid as his one-day record this season, with 342 runs at 28.50 and just two half-centuries. However, he produced scores of 58 and 84 not out for the West Indies President's XI in the drawn three-day tour match against Pakistan that concluded on Tuesday.

"We are happy to be able to give a recall to Kieran Powell for one of the opening slots, although he did not have the best regional first-class season," Browne said. "He showed for the President's XI that his experience can add value to our team.

"West Indies cricket has invested heavily in him over the years and with the void of openers within the Caribbean, the panel felt a need to fast track him through our A-Team programme last year with a view in helping him to bridge that gap."

Singh, a 28-year old right-hand batsman from Guyana, similarly had an underwhelming season in the domestic four-day competition, with 317 runs at 26.41 and a best of 71. However, he was the third-highest scorer in the 2015-16 season with 712 runs at 50.85 and three centuries. Like Powell, he also produced a strong performance for the West Indies President's XI, making an unbeaten 135 in the first innings.

"Vishal has been one of the more consistent batsmen in the Regional 4-Day Tournament over the last few seasons and had a very good A-Team series against Sri Lanka last year," Browne said. "His hundred over the weekend for the WICB President's XI against the Pakistanis helped to fortify in our minds that he has a place in our squad. He gives us the option of a solid middle-order batsman around whom our more free-scoring players can bat."

Hetmyer, 20, captained West Indies to the 2016 Under-19 World Cup title in Bangladesh last year and had a promising campaign for Guyana in the four-day competition, scoring 496 runs at 38.15 including four half-centuries in 15 innings. He has just one first-class hundred in his 17-match career, but it came against Jamaica in the last match of the 2015-16 season to clinch the four-day title for Guyana.

The ascension of Hetmyer coincides with the continuing impasse between Bravo and the WICB. Bravo was the second-highest scorer for West Indies in the Test series against Pakistan in October, but had his match contract cancelled for criticising WICB President Dave Cameron on Twitter in November. Browne said in January that Bravo would not be considered for selection again until the dispute was settled.

Also dropped from the previous Test squad against Pakistan were Carlos Brathwaite and Jomel Warrican. Though he was part of the Test squad in the UAE, Brathwaite didn't play any of the matches and his last appearance in the format was against India in Antigua last July. He is currently at the IPL and West Indies coach Stuart Law said he had been left out of the ODI squad ahead of the Test series to work on improving his fitness and bowling.

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  • on April 22, 2017, 21:59 GMT

    Garfield Sobers A brilliant fielder. I remember a catch he took at leg slip against England in England i believe it was the 1970 tour.

    A bowler. He is as fast as anyone playing the game today. As a slow bower he turned the ball both ways.

    As a batman in my opinion the best west Indian are Lara,Richards and sobers. U pick the order. Test average over 50, 90 plus tests.lara broke his world record at the time for highest test innings 375 not out at Sabina. The crowd invaded the field and damage the pitch celebrating the record and he was unable to continue his innings. Only god know what he would ended up with. First batman to hit 6 sixes in a overs. In addition to his 28 test centuries he hit 5 more for the rest of the world against the world champions Australia in unofficial test series. Don Badman said his double century he scored during that series was the best he had ever seen. The best all-rounder the game has ever seen.

  • Michael on April 21, 2017, 20:32 GMT

    @ALEXPUGLIESE89 .. Players like Kraigg,K.Powell,Hetmyer,Chase,Dowrich,Singh,Reifer, S.Hope K.Mayers,C.Brathwaite,Hetmyer,Lewis.Mohammed,Gabriel,Joseph,Cummins,Blackwood,R.Powell,R.Cornwall,Ambris,Roach,Holder,Bishoo,Nurse should be the core going forward in in the formats that suit them ..but that doesn't mean that others could not be considered.

  • Alexander on April 21, 2017, 13:56 GMT

    @METMAN I can see that you are passionate about your native Barbados and that is a good thing. However, as an Australian who likes all of the islands in the Caribbean I couldn't really care less where the players are selected from as long as the West Indies win. While it can be fun to reminisce and critique the players from the past, I am more interested in the future. So I ask you again the question I actually want you to answer and that is what is your view on player retention in the West Indies going forward?

  • Michael on April 21, 2017, 12:15 GMT

    @CANARYTABBY.....but can't you read and UNDERSTAND .I have just OUTLINED MOST OF THEM and you turn around and asked me what records BAJANS HOLD ?? Big man I will try AGAIN...GARFIELD SOBERS is the BEST all rounder the WEST INDIES have ever produced....Garfield Sobers TEST average is BETTER than Lara.all yuh record holder..Clyde Walcott is the ONLY WI keeper with a batting average of 55+ Malcom Marshall was the BEST fast bowler the WI have ever produced followed by Joel Garner and I can go on and on.......... THOSE ARE RECORDS...what do you think they are?... @MNGC1 .....and Ramdin is the WORST INTERNATIONAL wicket keeper BY FAR with an.av of around 25 after 74 tests and a RECORD 73% of chances taken behind the INTERNATIONAL DISGRACE as a KEEPER in whatever he does...taking the ball off the ground and vehemently appealing for a catch for the WORLD to see and taking bits and pieces of paper to point at cameras while batting.

  • Dennis on April 21, 2017, 5:54 GMT

    Ref metman. Having a lack of cricket understanding, will also give you another record as a bajan. Record er there for History, Brian has TWO (2). Apart from Very Poor Wicket Keeping & Slow scoring rate, what other record ah bajan Hold. ???. Please highlight me.

  • Dennis on April 21, 2017, 5:48 GMT

    Ref, metman, Could you please tell me what Cricket record does Gary Hold,??? He was just ah good player, & so was Ramadine, who I played & Toured Trinidad with.

  • michael on April 21, 2017, 2:46 GMT

    Trini Lara, Bajan Kraigg and Bajan Hope all have world records. Lara has most runs in a test inning 400* and First Class inning 501*. Kraigg has the world's slowest SR in an ODI. Hope with 65 % chances taken is presently the world's worst international keeper.

  • Michael on April 20, 2017, 23:10 GMT

    @ALEXPUGLIESE89 .......if you used to follow cricket you would have known that Barath was DROPPED for poor form by the WI as well as Trinidad. One day cricket was the reason his cricket had deteriorated as he was being selected for all formats and failing in ALL. @CANARYTABBY....GARFIELD SOBERS WAS A BAJAN.....enough said. @SWARZI said all of that RHETORIC to say that Roach should take the place of Gabriel who takes a five wicket haul EVERY FIVE years with the next one due in the year 2022.and the rankings showed that WI performances in tests were.... in 2005 they were 8th and from 2015 to 2017 still ODIs 7th out of 11 jn 2005..DROPPED to SECOND LAST... 8th out of 9 in 2010 and is now 9th out of 12 by 2017 ...and that according to what you are telling yourself shows that WEST INDIES CRICKET HAS DETERIORATED UNDER HOLDER.

  • dysonc7900658 on April 20, 2017, 21:52 GMT

    The same reasons given as to why that is an outlandish statement about Nurse and Bishoo proves my point. After bowling so beautifully​ in the past all that Mr Bishoo can muster up on his home ground in the recently concluded tournament was a mediocre performance along with his fellow countryman . He spun the ball and he turned the ball and he was not able to bowl two consecutive good balls. He have regressed be honest. Nurse on the other hand have been proving that he wants to play for west Indies. I respect that. I want the best team for west Indies out there

  • Michael on April 20, 2017, 21:33 GMT

    @CANARYTABBY.........Lara might have the most runs but Sobers,Weekes and Walcott have 55+ averages and they ALL played less than 95 tests and they are ALL BAJANS what is Laras' average in his 131 tests 52.88 and who tops the list of fast bowlers 2 Bajans...Marshall and Garner and who have the most countrymen on an ALL TIME WEST INDIES X1...BARBADOS and which Country have the most wins in Regional cricket ..Barbados and who have the best 3 opening batsmen in the history of WI cricket ...Barbados and I can go on and on but I will save the BEST FOR LAST...GARFIELD SOBERS WAS THE WORLDS GREATEST ALL ROUNDER and I know you have to be in more pain cause he is NOT A TRINI. All yuh have ONE PLAYER of INTERNATIONAL REPUTE....BARBADOS HAS NUFF..Clyde Walcott so far has the BEST RECORD as a wicket keeper batsman....check the stats...where is RAMDINS' say doesn't count for ANYTHING...ANY BODY can FABRICATE, UPDATE FABRICATIONS or give personal opinions....STATS don't lie.

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