Zimbabwe in West Indies 2013

Gayle rested for Zimbabwe T20s, Sammy returns

ESPNcricinfo staff

February 26, 2013

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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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Posted by fridge87 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

Posted by vincy4ever 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.

Posted by WILAD 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.

Posted by Anil.Yadav 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.....

Posted by kentjones 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.

Posted by   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.

Posted by   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

Posted by   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.

Posted by cricketWI 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.

Posted by b4u8me2 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.

Posted by   on (February 27, 2013, 1:43 GMT)

It looks like T&T vs Zim ..

Posted by chesumsne on (February 27, 2013, 1:13 GMT)

where is rampaul? and why is simmons there? hope gabriel gets the nod for the final 11. Of the 13, I'd leave out simmons and russel...

Posted by class9ryan on (February 27, 2013, 0:57 GMT)

They keep coming ... Don't they ? West Indies have really got a good T20 bench strength. Some real blowers of the ball and some mystery bowlers make it a perfect side and not 2 forget the essence of all rounders. Mind u this side still doesn't have Rampaul or Roach but its still one heck of a side.

Posted by adkum on (February 27, 2013, 0:56 GMT)

Good idea to bring back Sammy to lead the T20. This should be his permanent position as he is better cut out for that type of cricket. I am firmly of the view that he does not merit selection on the ODI and Test team. His statistics: Test and ODI batting average of 21; Test bowling - 76 wickets at 34 av; ODI bowling 69 wickets at 42 av. No player could hold his place with such stats. No test and ODI captain in the history of the game has such a poor record of performance as Sammy. One just have to look at the performances of other captains such as Dhoni, Clarke, Smith, Cook to see how they are holding their places in leadership. Sammy has served his purpose to mold the team now it is time for the WI board to find an exit strategy for him.

Posted by   on (February 27, 2013, 0:51 GMT)

I know Barnwell had a good caribbean T20, probably the first major domestic tournament of his career. But i think Trinidad's Kevon Cooper is a better all-rounder option that him. Cooper already played in the IPL, BPL & SPL & has looked good for a longer period than Barnwell.

Posted by D-Train on (February 26, 2013, 23:33 GMT)

He's in poor form at the moment so the last thing he should be doing is resting. Playing against Zimbabwe might be his chance to regain form at international level.

Posted by Sussexx on (February 26, 2013, 22:55 GMT)

No no no no no !!!!!!!! He has not been rested but dropped from the squad and I just loved to see an IPL, BBL and all sorts of t-20 slogger has been dropped because he either has to choose an IPL or My Proud West Indies. Justice has been done now..... You better play seriously or stay away from the Proud maroon carribean colour, thank you very much WICB ........ good job by The WICB !!!!!!!!

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