Zimbabwe in West Indies 2012-13

Sammy, Gayle rested for Zimbabwe ODIs

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February 18, 2013

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West Indies squad for first two Zimbabwe ODIs

  • Dwayne Bravo (capt), Tino Best, Darren Bravo, Johnson Charles, Narsingh Deonarine, Sunil Narine, Veerasammy Permaul, Kieron Pollard, Kieran Powell, Denesh Ramdin (wk), Kemar Roach, Andre Russell, Ramnaresh Sarwan
  • In: Veerasammy Permaul, Denesh Ramdin
  • Out: Darren Sammy, Chris Gayle, Jason Holder, Devon Thomas


Dwayne Bravo is delighted after removing Phil Hughes, Australia v West Indies, 5th ODI, Melbourne, February 10, 2013
Dwayne Bravo will lead West Indies in the first two Zimbabwe ODIs © Associated Press
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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.

© ESPN Sports Media Ltd.

Posted by mar2000 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 .

Posted by simonviller 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 .

Posted by   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.

Posted by NAZMO-CRICKFANN 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

Posted by mar2000 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 .

Posted by mar2000 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 .

Posted by nafzak 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.

Posted by   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.

Posted by   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

Posted by mancricbd 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.

Posted by simonviller on (February 20, 2013, 12:55 GMT)

I never thought that Devon Thomas was a good enough keeper or batsman to fill the position ,but that Ramadin was the best around ,batting and keeping . It's my opiunion that WI is trying to distribute the work load of the keepers due to all the cricket being played ; the problem is that they are trying to make Thomas in to that player ,which he may become sometime in the future , but at present not showing enough progress to be a starter . That being said ," this chain " has too many rusted or weak links ,which needs repair or replacement if WI cricket is to move up from the present level .

Posted by Reagos on (February 20, 2013, 11:22 GMT)

West Indies selectors need to remove the scales from their eyes. Bring back Chanders, he could anchor an inning perfectly...a man who can bat through an innings when wickets are falling all around him, which we are used to. Give him the opportunity to retire and not force it on the good man. West Indies owes him and not the other way around. I do not blame WI players and WIPA when they sue the incompetent WICB or even chose to play in other leagues over international duties (such as IPL). Also its good to have Ramdin back, senseless to remove him from the Aus tour, in addition Sarwan confidence will soon come back and I hope for his sake he scores some runs quickly.

Posted by   on (February 20, 2013, 4:35 GMT)

Well said tappee 74 what do we need to do to get chanderpaul. Back in the team ..drop Sarwan and give chanderpaul a chance

Posted by fridge87 on (February 20, 2013, 0:22 GMT)

Thank you tappee74 for shedding some light on cricketdebator chanderpaul is an assest that should not be left out of one day or test cricket. His strike rate is adaptable wi too often haven't lasted 50 overs in a situattion like that wouldn't you rather some1 play through the innings. By the way you forgot to mention chanderpaul coming out 2 resume an innings against nz having retired hurt and hitting 3 consecutive boundries 2 get wi 2 victory off the last ball

Posted by tappee74 on (February 19, 2013, 19:51 GMT)

CRICKETDEBATOR,I am one of them who asked why Chanderpaul is not on the team.Your answer is most unreasonable.For your information,Chanderpaul has 11 one day hundreds , 59 fifties,a strike rate of 70,and an average of 41 in ODI.Are you saying that those stats belong to a man who is a liability? How many batsmen in world cricket are in possession of such figures?In a one day match he hit Steve Harmisson for 5 fours and a six in an over.He at one time scored the third fastest test hundred.He hit the last 2 deliveries from Chaminda Vass for a 4 and a 6 to win a match.He is one of 11 batsmen with 10.000 test runs and in ODI he has about 8600 runs.Those stats belong to greatness and not a liability.He also has 27 test hundreds and 61 fifties.His last two test innings have scores of 200 not out and 150 not out with a strike rate of over 50.For your information ,this man belongs to the company of the greats

Posted by westindian4life on (February 19, 2013, 19:34 GMT)

i don't agree with the wholesale policy which the selectors have adopted of omitting chanderpaul from the one day team...a man of chanderpaul's vintage could have been particularly useful against the australians in the recently concluded series down under...clearly chanderpaul would have been able to provide a steady spine to the west indies batting at a time when starc and johnson were feasting on the poor techniques of the halpless windies batsmen...

Posted by cricketdebator on (February 19, 2013, 14:25 GMT)

Someone asked why Chanderpaul is not on the team. The answer is clear. He scores too slowly whenever he is batting in any game, and particularly in the limited overs games, he is a liability rather than a compliment to the other batsmen. As for Sarwan, he is simply a waste of time and has nothing to offer to the future of West Indies cricket. Obviously those who support him might think differently, but time will tell. One of the problems with WI cricket is that the so-called stars do not produce when it really matters. Big names like Gayle, Sarwan, Roach - all failures on the tour to Australia. Mystery spinner Narine - 4 wickets in the series. Yet all that is pointed out is that the young inexperience wicket keeper Thomas had a poor tour down under. Does anyone really expect WI to beat Australia in Australia, without contribution from the so-called star players? I suggest that in commenting, we aim to be constructive and lay blame squarly at the feet of those who merit blame.

Posted by gloriouscricket on (February 19, 2013, 13:29 GMT)

Sarwan must be given this opportunity to come good;This will probably be his last chance,he isn't the best batsman on the team, he is not looking good, he seems unsure of himself,he needs to toughen up mentally get among the runs consistently, then we can look to him as one of the best.Samuels & Chandepaul along with Darren Bravo tops the list.I'M puzzled as to why Ramdin is returning to the team-WINDIES needs a wicketkeeper who can also bat.Shame on you fans who advocated dropping Tino Best;Lionhearted thats what he is;Boy do we need Samuels now.The team looks good,the Bravos, Pollard Powell Roach & company must play to their fullest,too inconsistent;The tea starts too slow, this must stop.I still say Simmons must find a place in this team, so must the young fast bowlers-this is the series to intro-them.When is Samels returning?

Posted by fridge87 on (February 19, 2013, 13:13 GMT)

The biggest problem with wi cricket continues 2 be their Selectors. I believe ramdin is not only the best keeper at present in the caribbean but also the most suited for the position of captain he needs to accept that responsibility and start putting in more effort into his batting everytime he does results are evident. I am not a sammy hater I support his selection currently in all formats although some formats he maybe in jeporday if other players step up consistently but I do not see him as the best choice for captain

Posted by   on (February 19, 2013, 6:17 GMT)

something is definitely wrong with the wicb shiv should have gotton the first choice preference in the one day squad more than any one else,bishoo is a good bowler yes but premal is a better choice because he can bat as well and is capable of scoring runs.Sarwan didnt do any thing special to earn his spot in the team for a come back and he should be luckly now and try to do something special.

Posted by simonviller on (February 19, 2013, 5:55 GMT)

To all the Sammy haters ! Whether you like it or not ,WI can ill aford to leave him out of the team permanently ,because he is the most accurate and tactful of all the bowlers . When the quicker bowlers sre spraying the ball around trying to break partnerships ,he usually comes through with the much needed wicket . Lets look beyond sammy to the many failures , or under performers in the team and they are a few , to place the blame .

Posted by   on (February 19, 2013, 5:24 GMT)

i think its a fairly good squad however dwayne bravo does not show leadership qualities. my choice as captain would have been ramdin. he has a smart head. side with batting order for ODI 1.charles 2. powell 3. Darren Bravo 4. Pollard 5. Sarwan 6.Ramdin 7. Dwayne 8. Russell 9. Narine 10. permaul. 11. Best

Posted by tappee74 on (February 19, 2013, 3:05 GMT)

Why is Shivnarine Chanderpaul not on the team? He is the best West Indian batsman and one of the greatest of all time. It's a shame to see a team doing so badly and a world class player is being ignored.Something definitely is not adding.Can anyone shed some light in this matter

Posted by   on (February 19, 2013, 0:47 GMT)

shiv should not be in for anyone, he has done far more than enough to hav a cemnted place in the team. he along with marlon would hav made australia looked more than ordinary.i wish Sammy wold rest every time we hav a series, he is only good enough for my t2o team, russel has an average of 30 odd and sammy bout 22 or so, that speaks for itself. both of them are quiet ordinary with the ball. Sammy looks gud when the pitch offers swing

Posted by sajjodaalman on (February 19, 2013, 0:38 GMT)

is rampaul still injured? and instead of permaul, devendra bishoo should have been recalled

Posted by   on (February 19, 2013, 0:16 GMT)

@ martin crowther i agree with you. i believe that sarwan should focus on the longest version of the game. but without gayle,samuels and shiv, you have a "batting" lineup filled with ppl who average less than 30 in odis. this one stat sums it up andre russell the "bowler" has a higher career odi average than both bravos,sammy,pollard. i think its a good move by the selectors to help sarwan find his form that he had in england because they know they will need him for sterner competition. in an odi team that hasn't batted 50 overs in the longest while. i agree that ramdin is the best gloveman in the caribbean but has played over 125 matches and has a paltry average in the low 20's. a new young keeper needs to be groomed unless he has a rebirth with the bat a la samuels. a test avg of 25 from a wk is substandard. ab de velliers avgs near 50. lol

Posted by   on (February 19, 2013, 0:07 GMT)

@californiamysteryspinner you would like to replace the 11th rated test bowler and only w.i bowler besides narine with an odi average below 30, for a fairly new bowler who does have talent but is no raoch and with regards to his good batting with a strike rate of less than 40 in odis. any one who watched those odis saw that holder has a good defense but inability to have a s/r of more than 50 or rotate the strike is a serious detriment especially in limited overs cricket.

Posted by   on (February 19, 2013, 0:02 GMT)

@ nazmo crick-fann One of the many great aspects of espncricinfo.com is that they have the stats of almost every player that has played at least list a cricket. this being said you do recognize that sarwan has the highest odi average of any of the batsmen that has played an odi for w.i in the last 2 years right?

Posted by Albert_cambell on (February 18, 2013, 23:26 GMT)

Chris gayle is only good for IPL and BPL. He is no good for international. Powell and charles will do much better than gayle in this zimbabwe ODI series.

Posted by   on (February 18, 2013, 22:45 GMT)

Where are they going with ramdin again!!! I dont think it is fair to Devon Thomas. Why have they ditched Jason Holder after just one tour?? I do not understand the thoughts behind these ridiculous selections. How many chances are they going to give ramdin to figure out that he just isn't good enough with the bat. Devon Thomas is much better with the bat and he needs to be given a decent run. Take a leaf out of the ausies's book fellas!

Posted by adkum on (February 18, 2013, 22:21 GMT)

Good move to rest Sammy. Poor guy has played in all matches for the past two years and boasts one of the poorest statistics. He has proved that he is not fit for a place in the team. His greatest credential is enthusiasm. But is that all it takes to get in the team permanently??? Time to exit him permanently from the team permanently.

Posted by westindian4life on (February 18, 2013, 20:00 GMT)

i am very disappointed with the selections made here...i am a trini and i am happy to see ramdin back but surely chadwick walton or shane dorwich could have been tried at least for the one dayers...also although i'm not a fan of devon thomas..but how could you select the guy against the aussies and even though he fails then drop him against the zimbabweans ?...is it that he was sooo bad and shows no room for improvement that the selectors have now written him off ?....i mean he should have at east been given an opportunity against zimbabwe...i hope we see the return of kirk edwards and jason holder and maybe even at some stage ronsford beaton and shannon gabriel at least for the odi's

Posted by   on (February 18, 2013, 19:18 GMT)

it's about time the selectors ease sammy out especially in the odi and test. sarwan deserves another chance and this is it. ramdin needs to show that he belongs and grab this second chance, i think the youngster from Barbados has a bright future as a wicket keeper and should continue to work hard. THEY SHOULD GET IN THE YOUNG FAST BOWLERS IN THERE.

Posted by Rally_Windies on (February 18, 2013, 18:44 GMT)

@ boxer44 ?

Do you WATCH WI cricket ?

how can you say :"How on earth can you take a wicket keeper to play the Aussie in Australia, but now its an easier side, a side that can help build the kid's confidence, he is dropped for a consistent failure"..

a better question is to ask: "what has Devon Thomas done to deserve more ODI games in a Calender year, than Baugh, Rhamdin, Dowrich and Walton ?

Rhamdin, came off scoring the highest score by ANY WI keeper in an ODI..and was rewarded with an immediate drop .. In December 2012 he played in Bangladesh averaging 81 ! and was rewarded with a Drop .....

Baugh, has dropped vital catches while not providing adequate runs, and Thomas has done exactly the same...

question: why keep dropping Rhamdin for players who do not contribute runs and drop important catches ? In 4 years, Rhamdin has not played even 1/3 of all WI games ...and scored 2 centuries ...

I believe he deserves an HONEST 2-3 series run ...

Posted by   on (February 18, 2013, 17:52 GMT)

Sarwan needs to be kept away from limited overs cricket and allowed to focus on test matches. WI are really missing Samuels especially in limited overs cricket. Dwayne Bravo needs to return to the test team as Darren Sammy needs another bowlng option because in test cricket Sammy ruins the balance of the team as his bowling as a 3rd or 4th bowler isnt strong enough. Darren Bravo is a frustrating batsmen to watch as you want to see him too well and make the big scores but you do feel when hes batting he will make a nice 30 or 50 odd and then get out. He doesnt show the temperament to nail big scores to west indies win test matches. Pollard needs to be given a go at test level as a bastmen as he shows he has the mental toughness to score big in the form if he focuses. However, his dibbly ,dobly bowling wont be good enough for test matches.

The test team should be

Powell Gayle Sarwan Samuels/Pollard Chanderpaul Bravo Ramdin(wkt) Sammy Narine Rampul/Roach Best/Edwards

Posted by boxer44 on (February 18, 2013, 17:15 GMT)

Sarwan, and Ramdin??? How on earth can you take a wicket keeper to play the Aussie in Australia, but now its an easier side, a side that can help build the kid's confidence, he is dropped for a consistent failure. Sarwan's failure is not due to any battles with Bravo, coach, or captain, its just a matter of incompetency. When Sars had a little talent he got complacent and never tried to improve, was too busy reading clipping on how talented he was to put in the work to improve, now the talent is failing and he has no clue.

Posted by NAZMO-CRICKFANN on (February 18, 2013, 14:15 GMT)

Question ? my gosh why are they still persisting with ranaresh sarwan. is the writing on the wall not clear enough...

Posted by   on (February 18, 2013, 14:05 GMT)

This is a move of a difference and even though i will not attend none of the matches here in Grenada i commend the change. The opportunity is there for a balance team to be picked. As opposed to a series of all rounders players filling in the middle, i expect to see 1 to 5 front line batsmen followed by perhaps two all round cricketers etc. Personally i would like to see Sarwan get among the runs because he is still the best batsman in the team at 32. He has to understand that the personality conflicts between he and the others (Bravo) in the team is side tracking him from nonperforming. He has to develop a tough mentality and it is never too late. What a waste of talent.

Posted by   on (February 18, 2013, 13:55 GMT)

Why is shiv not included he should be in n Andre russel out Andre could play in 20/20

Posted by   on (February 18, 2013, 13:32 GMT)

Im sure most ppl miss having Samuels in the team. He was the only person capable of holding up the middle order in ODIs. The next guy capable of doing so is Shiv and he is not in the team. The inclusion of Shiv for Sarwan would have been a good move.

Posted by WTEH on (February 18, 2013, 13:12 GMT)

Not sure about Gayle, but resting Sammy would be a blessing for Windies. Now it can be certain that they'll win this series.

Posted by   on (February 18, 2013, 12:54 GMT)

I am from im and think that allowing these sort of unballanced matches are a sad waste of time. It is like asking a pro team to play a bunch of high school or recreational teams. im should be in a league where they play Ireland, Kenya, Namibia, etc. What is gained by series like this? Zim is not what they used to be and it is unlikely they will ever come close again with the set up they have now. It is very sad but this is doesn't make for better cricket in any measure.

Posted by PACERONE on (February 18, 2013, 12:20 GMT)

How could they not pick Walton as the wicketkeeper?He is a batsman that is in good form and a capable wicketkeeper.Holder for Roach would make sense.I think our selectors keep making too many mistakes.It is less than a year since Holder and Johnson bowled exceptionally well against India A.These young bowlers should be encouraged by giving them regular playing time against touring teams.

Posted by kentjones on (February 18, 2013, 11:51 GMT)

@Emmanuel Cummings I am in full agreement with your suggestions for individual captains for T20, ODi and test. I beg to differ on the selections for captain though. Sammy should remain captain for the T20s only, since his style of batting and bowling are effective in this format, for the ODi's I favour Dwayne Bravo and for the tests Ramdin. Dwayne has the experience shown that he has the capability to arrest a batting slide, apart from being able to raise the run rate when required and his bowling is competent enough at the ODI level and is a natural leader. Ramdin has the experience (49tests), has scored three centuries at 47.92. He has led WI under 19 as well as T&T and has shown the capability to inspire the squad when needed. Captaincy will in my view will make him focus on his batting, since the talent is already there and so prove to be important to stabilise and strengthen the lower order which has been one of the WI weakness in the longer format. At 27 he is ready.

Posted by BRUTALANALYST on (February 18, 2013, 11:48 GMT)

Yeah I just noticed he's not in the team that's disappointing I was just watching him in the BPL hitting a clean ball and remembered last time he was in the Caribbean I'll watch out for Masakadza. I agree anything other than W.I whitewash would be unexpected here equally disappointing they haven't given any new bowlers a shot Roach needs to be rested to me he looks unfit has lost any kind of form he had and lost his pace.

Posted by MeijiMura on (February 18, 2013, 11:22 GMT)

BRUTALANALYST, Elton Chigumbura did not make the Zimbabwean touring team so we won't be seeing him this time around. As for Zimbabwean batsmen who resmeble the legendary Desmond Haynes, I'd say the powerfully-built and hard-hitting Zimbabwean opener Hamilton Masakadza fits the bill better than Elton does. In any case back to the topic at hand, the West Indians resting Gayle and Sammy. Unfortunately the West Indians could rest their entire first-choice squad and still comfortably win all three series, ODIs, T20s and Test Matches such is the weakness of their opponents on foreign shores. The best Zimbabwean spinner, Graeme Cremer has only been included in the Test Squad whilst their one world-class fast bowler Kyle Jarvis will find it hard going carrying the Zimbabwean attack all by himself. The batting is really thin with the top three carrying the whole team. Zimbabwe rely heavily on Sibanda, H.Masadaza and Taylor for their runs while M.Waller shows promise. The fielding is even worse

Posted by BRUTALANALYST on (February 18, 2013, 11:17 GMT)

@Binay you obviously don't watch the games ? BEST was the only bowler that visibly troubled the Aussies on tour it was amazing to me and others like Brett Lee commentating that he wasn't selected for the first 3 games especially the openers at the WACA. He is bowling faster than anyone in the world right now and as good as ever he was also the standout bowler during the Bangladesh Test series where he blew most of them away.

Posted by BRUTALANALYST on (February 18, 2013, 10:53 GMT)

I was expecting W.I to give at least 1 or 2 new bowlers a run out, also y have Charles and Ramdin Charles can open and keep then 3 up space for another bowler. My 11 from squad selected,

1.Powell 2.Charles(k) 3. Sarwan/Deonarine 4.Bravo jr 5.Bravo (c) 6.Pollard 7.Russell 8.Narine 9.Best 10.Permaul 11.Roach

Also W.I need to watch out for Elton Chugumbura one of the most destructive batsman in world cricket he reminds me of a modern Desmond Haynes with his short snappy action and clean hitting.

Posted by   on (February 18, 2013, 10:45 GMT)

i believe i a pure West Indian fan....and almost feel i was a West Indian in my previous birth......

to the point....both Gayle and Sarwan arent playing well and are out of batting form. it is a good decision Gayle for rest and Sammy i wouldnt agree.

about bowling Tino Best is no good option. as far as i know....had played for first time against Australia for West Indies and gosh....he bowled only NO BALLS....as was left out of the team for years and still needs more practice....i would rather suggest Fidel Edwards, Jerome Tyolor, Suliman Benn, who are far better than Best.....and have proved for west Indies Cricket.....

good luck.....guys....and god bless u all...........love ya guys

Posted by   on (February 18, 2013, 7:25 GMT)

Suleman benn deseres a chance...................

Posted by Gurram on (February 18, 2013, 7:04 GMT)

WI team is supported on the field only when they are batting, bring in some good pacemen into side. Fidel Edwards?

Posted by   on (February 18, 2013, 6:48 GMT)

Will love to see Andre Russell in action.

Posted by anver777 on (February 18, 2013, 6:01 GMT)

Another golden chance for out of touch Sarwan !!!! If he fails this time, i think it will be very hard to regain his spot again.... Experienced Ramdin is a better option than Thomas who didn't do anything special in the last series !!!!

Posted by   on (February 18, 2013, 5:55 GMT)

@cms totally agree with you. Holder bowling performance was much better than Roach did. West Indies selectors sure knows how to shatter a guys confidence as a young player. Roach needs a lot of in the net practice before the two tests matches. am happy that Sammy is been rested, I would have rather see Ramdin as captain instead of Bravo. more experience as captain. and what about Rampaul our best seem bowler.

Posted by   on (February 18, 2013, 5:53 GMT)

The WI Selectors are very good at recycling failures , In addition the WI should start thinking of having a Test captain with test players and a Twenty/20 and one day team with a different captain. I would therefore suggest that Sammy be the captain for the one day and Twenty/20 and he should not be in the test team since he affects the balance of the bowling attack, Ramdin should captain the test team , which will give the WI a chance of playing 4 proper bowlers. It seems that we are not learning from Australia and England etc by playing specialist players for the various form of the game. WE just continue to play the same bunch of jokers in all formats of the game. Sarwan for eg should ony play in test and Dwayne Bravo , Sammy Barnwell, Pollard , Narine etc should only be in the one day and twenty/20. Daren Bravo should only play in test. The selectors should stop picking players by name but by performance under the present selection polices we will continue to be at the bottom

Posted by tickcric on (February 18, 2013, 5:28 GMT)

Ya Gayle needs rests from International matches. IPL, BPL, BBL, SLPL, PSL its just too much cricket!

Posted by Ankkkit on (February 18, 2013, 5:24 GMT)

@CrICkeeet - If its Gayle then it would be 1st Triple Century in ODIs :-)

Posted by Erebus26 on (February 18, 2013, 5:04 GMT)

Sarwan didn't do anything against Australia and looked badly out of touch. Zimbabwe would've been an opportunity for the WI selectors to blood another young and upcoming batsman. How long is Samuels out for?

Posted by satishchandar on (February 18, 2013, 4:59 GMT)

I would have kept Holder ON unless he is injured. No Rampaul comeback? Wouldn't have backed up Deo and Sarwan as they looked out of depth in the chances they got in Australia. Powell, Charles, Darren B, Dwayne B, Pollard, Ramdin, Russel, Permaul, Narine, Best, Roach will be my choice of 11.

Posted by CrICkeeet on (February 18, 2013, 4:28 GMT)

oh no.... GAYLE really missed d chance 2 get the third double century in ODI cricket history

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