Zimbabwe in West Indies 2013 February 26, 2013

Gayle rested for Zimbabwe T20s, Sammy returns

ESPNcricinfo staff

After opting out of the ODI series against Zimbabwe, Chris Gayle has been rested from the upcoming two Twenty20 internationals against the visitors as well. A WICB release said Gayle had asked to miss the T20s. Darren Sammy, who had also been rested from the ODI series, returned to lead a 13-man West Indies squad, which had call-ups for fast bowler Shannon Gabriel and allrounder Christopher Barnwell.

The release said both were leading performers during the recent Caribbean T20 tournament. Barnwell, who has played four T20s for West Indies, was the highest run-getter in the Caribbean T20 and also took six wickets. Gabriel, who made his Test debut at Lord's in May 2012, picked up five wickets.

The T20s against Zimbabwe will be played on March 2 and 3 in Antigua.

West Indies squad: Darren Sammy (capt), Samuel Badree, Christopher Barnwell, Tino Best, Darren Bravo, Dwayne Bravo, Johnson Charles, Shannon Gabriel, Sunil Narine, Kieron Pollard, Denesh Ramdin (wk), Andre Russell, Lendl Simmons

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  • Pradyum on March 1, 2013, 10:20 GMT

    Really hope barnwell gets an opportunity ahead of russell. As long as someone can bat and bowl west indies refer to them as allrounders they should be qualified enough to make the team on one of them the other an asset to fall back on wen out of form

  • Harton on February 28, 2013, 19:28 GMT

    On the subject of Captaincy. What about Dwayne Bravo? Pleasantly surprised to see leadership qualities in a team seriously lacking, apart from the above and a cricketer of modest talents- namely Mr Sammy.

  • Albert on February 27, 2013, 14:12 GMT

    @Kentjones So you're saying it's Sammy's fault that Chris Gayle, Sarwan and these other guys diid not perform in Australia? It's his fault the batsmen couldn't handle a little swing? I hope selectors don't think like you. Ofcourse the Test captaincy should be given to Ramdin, a guy that averages no more than 25.

  • Anil Kumar on February 27, 2013, 12:39 GMT

    Sammy is a real fighter. He has done very well for West Indies cricket and there is no reason why he should not be a part of this team which he has built. As once told by Sammy himself, "people didn't even leave Christ and nailed him on the cross, then he is just another human being". He has come a long way by taking all the feedback that come to him through his critics very positively. Sammy should continue in all the forms.....

  • kent on February 27, 2013, 6:20 GMT

    Sammy will always be my pick to lead the T20 squad. His game is well suited to this format and I expect him to fare well here. Dwayne Bravo is showing he can handle the ODI leadership and should become the permanent leader in this arena. The test squad should be led by Mr. Ramdin, who at 27 is ready to tkae the mantle here. WI selectors must ensure that they get the team structure right with good balance and depth in batting and bowling. Omitting Sammy from the ODI and test teams will provide the selectors with greater flexibility and options for the ODI and test. The recent trouncing by Aus was more a reflection of bad team selection which resulted in poor team play. Sammy's removal will allow for greater strength in team selection.

  • Dummy4 on February 27, 2013, 5:17 GMT

    Gayle should have played against Zimbabwe. He didn't score runs against Australia and Bangaladesh. He got some form in IPL and CCL. He should have definitely played against Zimbabwe. Don't know why he opted for rest . I am sure he would have performed well against Zimbabwe and that would have been good for Gayle.

  • Dummy4 on February 27, 2013, 4:51 GMT

    Santokie is missing again??????? Best should not be considered for selection... He is not up for the T20 arena..

    but here is my squad...

    1.Johnson Charles 2.Lendl Simmons 3.Darren Bravo 4.Dwayne Bravo 5.Kieron Pollard 6.Darren Sammy 7.Andre Russell/Christopher Barnwell 8.Denesh Ramdin (wk) 9.Sunil Narine 10.Samuel Badree 11.Shannon Gabriel 12th man Tino Best

  • Dummy4 on February 27, 2013, 4:11 GMT

    That's a good t20 squad. I'm guessing the line up would be. 1.Simmons 2.Charles 3. DM Bravo 4. DJ Bravo 5.Pollard 6.Sammy 7.Ramdin 8.Russel 9.Badree 10. Narine 11. Best.

  • Jal on February 27, 2013, 4:08 GMT

    @-b4u8me2- i agree with you. I think santokie should get a call up and if he plays well maybe he should get a chance in the odi arena.

  • Carson on February 27, 2013, 1:57 GMT

    So are you really telling me that Gabriel deserves a place over Santokie? This must be a joke. What does Santokie have to do to get a call up to the WI team. He has consistently been the best seamer in 20/20 cricket in the Caribbean yet he cannot make the team.

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