Zimbabwe in West Indies 2012-13 February 18, 2013

Sammy, Gayle rested for Zimbabwe ODIs

ESPNcricinfo staff

Regular captain Darren Sammy and key batsman Chris Gayle have been rested by West Indies for the first two ODIs of their three-match home series against Zimbabwe. Allrounder Dwayne Bravo will lead the team in the matches, which are scheduled for February 22 and 24 in St George's.

Gayle, a WICB release said, had asked to skip the games, while it was decided that Sammy needed a break after playing in every match for West Indies over the past two years. The selectors are yet to name a vice-captain.

Wicketkeeper Devon Thomas, who travelled with West Indies to Australia for their just-concluded limited-overs series missed out, making way for Denesh Ramdin to return. Ramdin's last ODI for West Indies was against New Zealand in July 2012, though he played the World Twenty20 and the Test series against Bangladesh that followed.

Fast bowler Jason Holder was also left out, with the selectors going in for the extra spinner in left-armer Veerasammy Permaul who had a fine first-class game for Guyana against Leeward Islands last week, taking a match haul of 9 for 115.

Devon Thomas had a poor series in Australia with the bat, totaling 48 in five ODIs. Holder had played only two of those games, claiming the wicket of Aaron Finch in both matches.

Veteran batsman Ramnaresh Sarwan, who made a comeback on the Australian tour after a contentious 18-month absence from the team, retained his spot despite getting two ducks in three ODIs in Australia.

Marlon Samuels, meanwhile, is still sidelined, currently recovering from the facial injury that he suffered at the Big Bash League after being struck in the face while facing Lasith Malinga.

Following the ODI series, West Indies also host Zimbabwe in two Twenty20s and two Tests.

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  • Alex on February 21, 2013, 16:55 GMT

    The main problem with the WI selectors is "getting the right mix" on the field of play .We often see a player who does well in the local competion and when given a chance at the highest level , more often than not he FAIL . All this boils down to "a mind Thing" . Most of the time the butterflies are alive and well in his chest with hands shaking . Such a condition will not stand up to top bowlers at the highest level .

  • charlie on February 21, 2013, 14:32 GMT

    It seems to come down to likes and dislikes of individuals where some posters are concerned ! Why do so many people think that Ramadin is not good enough for the keepers job ? Any time a keeper can score more than one century in test {as in Ramadin's case } says a lot for his batting ,not to mention that he is a great keeper ,the best WI has . Some speak about his learning to bat at this stage ,but there is nothing wrong with that . Many professionals adjust their games from time to time , as they see fit [ Tiger Woods / Roger Federer eg; ] in order to attain maximum success - Ramadin should be no different . I sincerely hope that others in the team [ C.Gayle and D.Sammy ] would do the same to correct the flaws in their respective games .

  • Dummy4 on February 21, 2013, 4:44 GMT

    Ramdin? This guy is 27 and still learning to bat. Make a hundred against Bangladesh and he's a savior. Give me Walton or even Dorwich. Other than that no one else should come in. There is no one setting the Caribbean alight. WI would beat ZIm with or without Sammy but people will say it's because he's not in the team that's why they win.

  • NAZ on February 21, 2013, 2:51 GMT

    how can they dare to mention sammy and gayle's names in the same sentence one is a statesman the other is an opportunist

  • Alex on February 20, 2013, 23:23 GMT

    We will wait and see what the selectors doing with JASON HOLDER .Ramdin is back so we will also take a look at his form . What must WALTON do to get into a West Indies squad .Will SARWAN come good with a score on the board?, we will see sooner or later .

  • Alex on February 20, 2013, 22:52 GMT

    No problem with this decision . these TWO guys were going for qiute sometime, so its only fitting . Even tho Bravo stands as Vice to Sammy , seeing that Ramdin is back in the squad and is the present captain of T&T , he should have carry the squad ahead of Bravo .

  • Mohamed on February 20, 2013, 18:47 GMT

    In the past years I longed for Gayle, Sars and Chanders, but alas, it's too late. Gayle should be dropped (not rested) after he failed against Bangladesh and Australia and so too should be Sars. As for Chanders, they have pretty much written him off and that's too bad because the man is most dependable and can hold his own in almost any type of condition. Pollard scored a lot of runs in recent ODIs. Unfortunately that was after the series was lost. Same against Bangladesh. What is Sammy's role? He hardly bowls and bats late, scores a 50 in every 14/15 match and drops a lot of catches. He is the definittion of a 'half rounder'. If Pollard plays well against a weaker bowling attack as he often does, Gibson and the selectors will again be fooled into believing he is really worthy of a spot on the team. WI will unfortunately continue to regress in Test and ODIs as long as they continue to make T20 their main focus and as long as Gibson plays ODIs as if its T20.

  • Dummy4 on February 20, 2013, 17:01 GMT

    Johnson Charles made one score of a hundred in the last ODI after being dropped on six. He is garbage, he shouldn't be on the squad!!! Chanderpaul has the second fastest ODI hundred, Brathwaithe should replace Charles. A keeper"s job is clear, Thomas is not at that level, his keeping was poor, shoddy at best. West Indies have no stars just talented players, by the way, count how many catches Sammy put down off Narine in the slips. Give Jason Holder and Shannon Gabriel a chance. I think whoever is on the selection panel is not worthy of their salary and should tie their pay to selections and how they perform including coach Gibson.

  • Dummy4 on February 20, 2013, 16:12 GMT

    There is no way that we should need Shiv in order to black wash Zimbabwe but seeing as we lost to the minnows- Bangladesh under their watch last year Gibson , Sammy & the selectors should be KISSING THE TIGER"S FEET to get him back in2 our ODI setup. I know Shiv would be more than willing to play if he is fit & selected

  • mohammad on February 20, 2013, 15:34 GMT

    I think the only way is to resolve problem of wicket keeper is Johson Charles. he is in good form. No need for ramdin. train Jhonson up and also for Simmons can cement his place in this team as a wicket keeper batsman. Why the selectors don't understand this simple thing? If Ramdin is making his way for either Simmons or Charles then WI can get one genuine extra fast bowler. so that someone like Rampaul does not need to stay out. my eleven will be for the future: 1) gayle 2) Powell) 3) samuelse 4) darren bravo. 5) dwayne bravo 6) pollard. 7) Charles/ Simmons/ ramdin 8) sammy/Rampaul 9) tino10) roach 11) narine . Hand over the captaincy to DJ bravo and let sammy to fight for either as a batsman or a bowler and let three wicket keeper to fight for one position.