Zimbabwe in West Indies 2012-13

Samuels returns for Zimbabwe Tests, Narine left out

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March 8, 2013

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Sunil Narine trains, Mirpur, November 7, 2012
Sunil Narine had taken three wickets in two games at 114.33 in West Indies' previous Test series © Bangladesh Cricket Board
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WI squad for the first Test v Zimbabwe

  • Darren Sammy (capt), Denesh Ramdin (wk & vice-capt), Tino Best, Darren Bravo, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Narsingh Deonarine, Shannon Gabriel, Chris Gayle, Veerasammy Permaul, Kieron Powell, Kemar Roach, Marlon Samuels and Shane Shillingford
  • In: Shannon Gabriel, Shane Shillingford
  • Out: Ravi Rampaul, Sunil Narine, Kirk Edwards, Fidel Edwards, Assad Fudadin

Allrounder Marlon Samuels returns to the West Indies squad after a two-month injury break, having been picked for the first Test against Zimbabwe that begins on March 12. Offspinner Sunil Narine did not feature in the 13-man squad, and in his place Shane Shillingford came in.

Samuels had missed the limited-overs leg of the Zimbabwe series after picking up a facial injury during the Big Bash League, Australia's T20 competition, in January.

Fast bowler Shannon Gabriel, who debuted in the Lord's Test last year but was then sidelined by a stress reaction in his back, made a comeback. Two exclusions of note on the fast-bowling front included Ravi Rampaul and Fidel Edwards. Rampaul had returned to the domestic circuit in February after two months out due to knee trouble and had said at the time that he was "100% fit". Edwards had taken a match-haul of seven in his previous Test match - against Bangladesh in November. His last competitive match was on February 14, in the Bangladesh Premier League.

The other players to miss out from the squad that played the Bangladesh series, which was West Indies' previous Test assignment, include batsmen Kirk Edwards and Assad Fudadin.

Narine had had a poor run in that series, taking three wickets in two Tests at an average of 114.33. Twenty-three-year-old left-arm spinner Veerasammy Permaul, who had a relatively better series with eight wickets at 31.62, retained his place.

Wicketkeeper Denesh Ramdin kept his role as Test vice-captain, while Chris Gayle returned after asking to skip the limited-overs series against Zimbabwe. Experienced batsman Ramnaresh Sarwan, who returned for West Indies on last month's limited-overs tour of Australia after a contentious 18-month break, was not handed a Test comeback.

West Indies and Zimbabwe will play two Tests in all, and the hosts' squad for the second Test will be named at a later date.

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Posted by Metman on (March 11, 2013, 21:09 GMT)

@b4u8me2 !...... Bishoo after 5 tests 21 wickets @ an av.of 30.5 ,and strike rate 68.74,.... Suliman Benn 18 wkts after 5 tests...av 49.8 and strike rate 86.2,where are there now ? The point is that Narine is a good bowler when you are going after him or trying to go after him ...example one day cricket...when it comes to patient cricket,he is found wanting.Both Warne and Murali made their names as test cricketers before they played one days,so they were able to adjust.Narine made his name in the one days,that is why he finds it hard to adjust to test cricket.

Posted by   on (March 11, 2013, 14:25 GMT)

ok the selectors is crazy sammy at #8 then 9 10 11 sammy is not a strike bowler for test cricket if he has to play he has to bat higher an play 4 strong bowlers you just putting more pressure on the other bowlers.

Posted by   on (March 11, 2013, 12:00 GMT)

Good to see Gabriel back, i was impressed with the pace he generated against Zim. I still think that the selectors should've taken the opportunity to blood in some promising youngsters, to gain some Test Match experience against Zimbabwe. As others have suggested, they should invest within the base of teams who've been successful in the Regional Tournaments and give them a platform to start their International Careers. With the stronger challenge of Pakistan approaching, it's always nice to have other options to strengthen the balance of the squad.

Posted by cricketdebator on (March 10, 2013, 22:12 GMT)

Surprisingly, good batsmen seem to pick Narine quite easily in Test matches, and most of the time he does not look like getting them out. However, I think the selectors should have persisted with him rather than leaving him out at this stage of his career. Anyway, I expect to see him back soon, and I dare say that it would increase his chances if he improves on his fielding. He looks too lackadaisical on the field of play.

Posted by   on (March 10, 2013, 22:06 GMT)

what happened to Dwayne Bravo doesnt he play test cricket anymore? i think he has a lot to offer to the West Indies.

Posted by   on (March 10, 2013, 19:40 GMT)

Jasson shld be in team wi dropp him after include in aus tour not fair .............

Posted by   on (March 10, 2013, 14:41 GMT)

It's a huge shame Clive Lloyd did not get a chance to preside over WI cricket. The present regime, including the selectors, continue to play politics of control, via their compliant puppet Sammy, who does not merit a place in the side but also substantially disrupts its balance. They chop and change the players who could merituously lead the team better than Sammy, including Bravo, Ramdin, Gayle, Sarwan and Samuels. The best thing that could happen to our cricket right now is ironically if Zimbabwe embarrasses us! Maybe then, there would be a modicum of change drivers. We have some of the very best players in the world right now! yet languish with the bttom-feeders. the status quo are more interested in protecting their positions and feeding troughs.

Posted by   on (March 10, 2013, 14:03 GMT)

@Giovaughn when miller learns to turn the ball then maybe he should get selected again. It seems the players you called mediocre none were jamaican and you say you are not bias

Posted by   on (March 9, 2013, 19:37 GMT)

When people argue that the Windies selectors are biased it is not without reason as Jamaica has won the past 5 regional 4 day tournaments easily yet neither of the two Jamaican spinners Miller & Brown who take bucket loads of wickets each season have been considered while mediocre 'spinners' like Shillingford, Permaul, Narine , Bishoo, Benn have all represented us @ test level :( so sad that's why for the time being i am supporting South Africa until the politics stops dictating that we do not pick our best 11 but the 11 that suit the requests of biased short sighted people

Posted by vivek_khyati on (March 9, 2013, 19:37 GMT)

Narine should not be dropped. he is a great bowler and need to be persisted with for west indies to do better in test matches.

Posted by   on (March 9, 2013, 17:49 GMT)

I hope they are planning and playing all three fast bowlers the likes of Sarwan, and kirk Edwards, should have being in the team johnson and catteral deserved a call up.

Posted by   on (March 9, 2013, 17:49 GMT)

Myopic West Indian supporters should focus less on Gibson and Sammy and focus more on the appalling state of the first class competition in the Caribbean. That is the core of our cricket problems. Since Lara and Sarwan when has a young batsman stood our such that the selectors were forced to take a serious look at him?

Posted by   on (March 9, 2013, 17:20 GMT)

@Dreama: well said. I hope Gibson and Sammy reads thesee comments

Posted by gtbadboy57 on (March 9, 2013, 16:44 GMT)

sammy is the one they should drop not sawran bravo the selectors is a pack of jokers

Posted by   on (March 9, 2013, 15:04 GMT)

To leave out Rampaul, Narine, and possibly Sarwan seems foolish to me.

Posted by   on (March 9, 2013, 13:27 GMT)

Gayle ( lucky to be there, form has been ordinary ) Powell ( getting better with every game ) Bravo ( time to make No 3 his own ) Samuels ( time for him to come up the order ) Chanderpaul ( Still the best middle order bat in the region ) Ramdin ( interesting to see if he can hold down No 6 ) Sammy ( needs to be more accountable, we want wickets and runs ) Permaul ( Needs to contribute with the bat ) Shillingford ( best test spin option ) Rampaul ( should be for his swing ) Kemar ( need more wickets ).

Posted by   on (March 9, 2013, 12:25 GMT)

west indies have all the right resource now to be one of the top teams in the world but the selecting policy is the problem. i love Darren Sammy, when he take over the captaincy the west indies team was in a disarray, he bring back the fight in the team the self believe and confident along with Otis Gibson. But the time has come for him to give up the test captaincy, and play in ODI and T20, the west indies selectors need to get one of the left-arm quick in the team add more variety to the bowling department. Stop playing the extra batmen and pick a good bowling attack that can take 20 wickets to win a game, not underrating Zimbabwe but i think this series would have being good to give some of the up coming and future talents a go. gayle 1 powell 2 bravo 3 samuels 4 sarwan 5 chanderpaul 6 ramdin 7 roach 8 narine 9 best 10 gabriel 11 this eleven can challenge any team in the world right now.

Posted by   on (March 9, 2013, 9:28 GMT)

@cricketdebator: Really?! How about his most recent test match? 150 not out? Or if not that then the test before that? 203 not out? Not good enough? Still the first name on the team sheet for me.

Posted by Dav1daKing on (March 9, 2013, 7:36 GMT)

Tests: 1.Gayle, 2.Powell, 3.Sarwan, 4.D.M. Bravo, 5.Samuels, 6.Chanderpaul, 7.Ramdin(Wktpr) (Capt), 8.Holder, 9.Rampaul, 10.Shillingford, 11.Johnson. (12th man.Deonarine, 13.C. Brathwaite, 14.Roach, 15.Benn)

ODI's: 1.Gayle, 2.Powell, 3.Samuels, 4.D.M.Bravo, 5.Ramdin(Wktpr), 6.D.J.Bravo, 7.Pollard, 8.Sammy(Capt), 9.Holder, 10.Narine, 11.Rampaul. (12th man.Johnson, 13.Barnwell, 14.Russell, 15.Carter)

T20's: 1.Gayle, 2.Walton(Wktpr), 3.Samuels, 4.D.J. Bravo, 5.Pollard, 6.Russell, 7.Sammy(Capt), 8.Kooper, 9.Santokie, 10.Narine, 11.Edwards. (12th man.Charles, 13.Badree, 14.Smith, 15.Beaton.

Posted by   on (March 9, 2013, 4:06 GMT)

Bowling department good fast bowling picks and guys who deserve their call up, Jason holder missed out. Spin department, selectors have bowled a carrom ball and picked shillingford at age 30 to mesmerize the minnows. Any participant in Kiddi cricket would have kept the pool of Narine, permaul and miller and rotate them based on form. Narine is clearly a man for the future, spinners get better with age and matches played, it's an art that is learned over time.....give the former 3 players and bishoo the time. Please please pick a captain from the starting eleven. With Sammy is one less batsman and bowler, he will never win us a match! Have he ever? I remembered a match in eng where he got 5 wickets! That's about it.... I'm sorry for kieron pollard, in my opinion # 6 batsman in test cricket.......who he gets left out for? Players like deonarine whose first class record doesn't inspire the masses..further when gayle shiv and marlon goes only then Polly wud get a chance . Talent wasted!

Posted by   on (March 9, 2013, 4:04 GMT)

I kind a get it, Narine omission! but most of the West Indies players playing today can only play the short format. Gayle out of form. Rampaul is fit and is the best bowler and swing bowler we have so why is he not picked. West Indies needs too seriously consider going the route of the big boys selecting three teams. when were the last time have most of the guys played in any four day matches. that why they need togo that route. who ever plays in the 11 will not be much of a test for this Zimbabwe team.

Posted by   on (March 9, 2013, 4:01 GMT)

@cricketdebator does anyone in the team score as consistent as chanderpaul?? his knocks has save west indies many times. take out chanderpaul scores from all west indies test card for the past 5 years and u will see how embarrassing the totals will be and most of the match would've finish quicker than they did.. there is no question about chanderpaul place in the test team.

Posted by   on (March 9, 2013, 3:50 GMT)

There are many thing that need to be explained to me with this selection, I was of the opinion that this team is in the rebuilding process.Now with this in context and we are up again minnows, why aren't the youngsters given a chance to develop themselves and gain confidence in preparation for next three or four years when Shiv, Marlon and Chris is gone! We need them around, but to play all three against zimbabwe is a waste of opportunity to blood guys when Edwards, Simmons, Charles and even Dwayne Bravo looks on......seems we soon will be back to square one when the big 3 goes. Secondly wrt to allrounders Bravo and Russel are 2 of the most talented players in world cricket and they sit out of the side because of Sammy! All credit to Sammy he did a Job and all windies should be ever greatful but time as come for him to step down. He cannot make this team with his talent while bravo and russel wasted, these guys can win a game batting bowling and fielding.

Posted by   on (March 9, 2013, 2:47 GMT)

Good call by the selectors.Naraine should play only limited overs cricket..

Posted by   on (March 9, 2013, 1:57 GMT)

One of the stats that we should show is the islands or venues where more spectators come out to watch cricket. The WestIndies board is smart to give Shillingford another opportunity and to give Dominica another test match because Dominicans support westindies cricket in large numbers.

Posted by   on (March 9, 2013, 1:47 GMT)

@Rally_Windies Miller can't turn a ball to save his life. There are more things to look at than just stats. Miller would never get a top batsman out in international cricket.

Posted by creekeetman on (March 9, 2013, 1:21 GMT)

even if shillinfoord was to do well, its only zimbabwe, at home to boot... he is not test class, proper teams will play him easily. i agree with rally, miller is someone who should get a proper test run, he has the most potential among the windies spinners at the moment. but its the windies, when did sense ever prevail, for instance sammy is still in the team. at least there is no sarwan, so i guess thats a plus.

Posted by thrill132 on (March 9, 2013, 0:59 GMT)

Sammy is a waste of time in WI test team, there is no 2 ways about it. In the ODI and T20 he is a first choice. The guy just holding back a young player, if he has WI cricket at heart and not the money, he would leave the test side NOW!, I still wud luv 2 see Sarwan back in the test side, the guy still have the goods. I wud stil want 2 see Narine in the test team, Zimbabwe is a weak side and wud be a gud learning curve for him, dont matter wat we hide ourselves in we know deep down he is the best spinner in the caribbean presently

Posted by SNIFFLEATHER on (March 9, 2013, 0:32 GMT)

1.C.Gayle, 2.K.Powell, 3.D.B.Bravo, 4.M.Samuels, 5.S.Chanderpaul, 6.D.Ramdin(w), 7.D.Sammy(c), 8.V.Permaul, 9.T.Best, 10.K.Roach, 11.S.Gabriel

Delorn Johnson should have been selected, but as he remains on the outside, the above side should take the field in Barbados. The decisions to leave Fidel Edwards, Ravi Rampaul and Ramnaresh Sarwan out are all correct. The team needs to progress with younger players, such as Gabriel, Permaul, Powell and Bravo. The pace of Roach, Best and Gabriel should overwhelm the tourists.

Posted by bigstick on (March 9, 2013, 0:27 GMT)

mr cricketdebater,i dont think you know anything about cricket,you think shiv should retire and replace him with who u,without him you are looking at 175or250 runs per innings.he is the one gluing the innings,u want to know the last time he saved a game,how about tha match vs india.

Posted by IPSY on (March 9, 2013, 0:25 GMT)

I still am saying that the WI selectors need to be dumped somewhere outside of WI cricket. When they dumped Shillingford recently, he was the best WI bowler. There was no reason to drop him. But he was dropped because of this nepotism and big friend business that have been plaguing WI cricket perpetually. Now, the only reason that they are bringing him back is to try to attract a crowd for the Dominica match. I predict that regardless to how badly Shillingford bowls in Barbados, he would still be selected for the Dominica test. Then, regardless to what happens in Dominica, he would not play test cricket again until a next test is played in Dominica - watch and see. this "little boy" attitude in WI cricket needs to be stopped. Hence, I agree with Jamaican TV sports anchor, Simon who suggested that the fans must demand more fair and serious business from our cricket officials by not attending the matches when they deliberately do stupid things, like picking a player only to get a crowd

Posted by vladtepes on (March 9, 2013, 0:20 GMT)

all these players losing so much time to injury tells me that their conditioning is being sorely ignored. the first thing that brought the west indies to success in the 1970s was the presence of a conditioning trainer who made them run and stretch to build themselves into sports machines, the best in the world. now it seems the only real training they do is in the nets. glad to see samuels back, but west indies need 4 seamers (from bravo, sammy, best, rampaul, holder, johnson, roach) and a spinner from narine, shillingford, gayle, samuels).

Posted by vikash77 on (March 9, 2013, 0:06 GMT)

Clearly this cricketdebator is a bandwagonist wi fan who only start support wi after they won t20 World Cup. There is a reason why chanderpaul is the world #3 test batsman #StatsSpeakForThemself

Posted by   on (March 8, 2013, 23:51 GMT)

there is nothing to permaul's bowling.he can never be trump.narine would have been dangerous on home soil.should not be discarded.odean brown n miller r most consistently good.shilly is good but his strike rate is too high.jamaica is the best team in the region n the team shoud reflect that. just as trinidad in the shorter formats. all of that been said WI is doomed as long as sammy remains.

Posted by   on (March 8, 2013, 23:44 GMT)

well done to the selectors for not picking sarwan has had enough oppertunitys roach will be next if he dodent lift his game and become more consistent . i am dissapointed that k. edwards wasnt selected. he is class player.

Posted by   on (March 8, 2013, 23:19 GMT)

vs Australia at home & vs England on tour + numerous other ocassions Shiv has been the man to stand in the gap - Whether match defining or not runs are runs & he scored almost 1K of them last year @ an average of almost 100. Gibson & his cronies kicked Shiv out of the ODI team & now we cant even bat out the 50 overs against Bangladesh who beat us last year. a bird in the hand is worth 2 in the bush. people must let common sense prevail

Posted by   on (March 8, 2013, 23:09 GMT)

@ cricket debator - you seriously need your head examined!! any sensible person knows that the international level is not the place 2 prepare young batsmen to face the challenges of top class cricket especially in Test matches. That is what 1st class cricket is for, & with most teams @ that level struggling to make a 150 runs in an inning what would they do when they come up against international class bowling? Chanderpaul may not score at a run a ball but look at his stats since Lara retired? whenever Windies make decent runs either he has made a significant amount of those runs or he was a stabilizing influence at the other end when those runs were made. Case in point check Bravo's average partnership when Shiv is at the crease vs other batsmen everyone bats better with Shiv at the crease. Kirk Edwards scored his century on debut with Shiv at the crease. & we all know Shiv has been the go to man when everybody else is falling like bowling pins.

Posted by   on (March 8, 2013, 21:53 GMT)

It is really something on how they pick these teams. Marlon to now come back at this long version of the game I think sets him up for failure. He should get back him form and also to not have a leading bowler by ICC standards on the side does not say much in the selectors method of thinking

Posted by Rally_Windies on (March 8, 2013, 21:13 GMT)

@ Akash Maniam look at the stats ? have you looked at them ?

Shilly's stats are actually quite horrible ! It is s so bad , it is though to imagine how bad you have to be in your other games if you recently had a 10 wicket haul so early in your international career and still average 44 with a strike rate of 80 ?

without that 10 wicket haul, shilly's stats would read like a nightmare ... 50+ runs per wicker and strike rate of 100+ deliveries .

if you want to talk stats ..... ask why are Permaul and Shilly in the 13 and Miller still can't get a call up ?

Posted by MMZCric on (March 8, 2013, 21:02 GMT)

Best of luck to WI. To the non knowledgeable cricket fan, 98% of Chanderpaul innings has been a match defining innings.

Posted by   on (March 8, 2013, 20:46 GMT)

Great move in omitting Sunil for the tests. He should only be suited for limited overs games. Test cricket gives the opposing teams a long time to read him and work on ways of playing him out.

Posted by cricketdebator on (March 8, 2013, 20:22 GMT)

In the interest of the future of West Indies cricket, Chanderpaul needs to retire with immediate effect, so as to make it easier for the selectors to build the future West Indies batting line-up. Furthermore the fews runs he usually scores per innings are having no impact whatsoever in terms of whether the team win or save a match. I would like anyone of his supporters to tell me when last has a dominant Chanderpaul played a match - defining innings for West Indies?

Posted by   on (March 8, 2013, 20:14 GMT)

The selections are pretty much the same. At least you can see there is a level of sustainability in the selection of the test players. With the players who perform really badly like Narine begin dropped as well as bringing in a prospect doing well like Gabriel. Tino has been our best bowler for the past couple must so he should be in first team. Fidel can never make my team again. He not the same bowler and hasn't been accurate.

Posted by   on (March 8, 2013, 20:05 GMT)

what is it with our selectors, where are your brains, can someone tell me why I love Marlon but give him time to get back into the some sort of form, no Narine our strike bowler that we feel is the best thing since slice bread?, No Sarwan, after a solid performance, Devon Smith deserve a chance with a great season or Edwards, Kurt. we are not going back gentlemen come on earn your travels, get off your brains, shocking, Happy for Garriel. Permaul I question, what are these people doing, BULL SHIT. SHILLINGFORD DESERVE ANOTHER CHANCE, but play people who have been playing and performing. West Indies will always be my team but our selectors needs to go and go now.just my 2 cents.

Posted by old_chap on (March 8, 2013, 19:32 GMT)

despite leaving sarwan out, the batting order looks vigorous though the bowling unit yet to prove their part as sammy being included in 3rd seamer's position..what happened to those guys who have been doing really well in the domestic circuit such as jason holder and delorn johnson.both are well over 6 feet and with lively pace and can extract bounce of the surface. no problem about the selection of kemar roach ..darren sammy shouldn't have been included and i should say most overrated cricketer of the world with neither proper batting nor bowling skill. my team 1. gayle 2. powell 3. bravo 4.samuels 5. chanderpaul 6. deonarine 7. ramdin 8. delorn johnson/gabriel 9. kemar roach 10. jason holder 11. shillinford

Posted by   on (March 8, 2013, 19:23 GMT)

Wow Dreama that is some harsh words right there, but guess what I am in agreement with you, that Mr. Sammy and Mr. Gibson warrants qualification. Consequently I would often ask the question who is the better all-rounder Sammy, Dwayne Bravo, Russell or Pollard? I could be wrong, but Narine is a good bowler but not at the test level. If batters attack Narine, he (Narine) will get them out. In the test arena batters have time to jut sit back and play him no rush. Jamaica keeps on winning in the four day competition but can't get not even one pick, Miller or Brown deserves a game. I feel we have a good crop of young fast bowlers play them. Sarwan deserves selection.

Posted by   on (March 8, 2013, 18:56 GMT)

I like Dingcol's eleven for the most part. I might have included Narine or Shillingford for Permaul

Posted by Rally_Windies on (March 8, 2013, 18:36 GMT)

@David Ingram ....

(1) Narine is VERY young and has very limited experience .. his AMAZING start in IPL was actually his debut for T&T .. Permaul has played under 19 cricket and played 2 , second 11 1st class tours (as captain) ... Narine is not good at longer version cricket YET ---- "YET" -- He simply has not had the same amount of exposure and opportunity to develop his game in that format- Narine has not even played 20 1st class games as yet .. In comparison he is a 20/20 veteran !

(2) Shane Warne was tata when he started . (3) the BEST long version spinner in the Caribbean is "NIKITA MILLER" -- look him up, he + Deonnarine would make an awesome wicked spin pair ..... (4) Shillingford's stats are Mediocre , and so are Suleiman Benn's -

Posted by   on (March 8, 2013, 18:14 GMT)

@Jhonny...in no way is Narine a better Test spinner than Shane right now..I'm a trini and to be honest, most trinis just have too much bias towards their own players..Shane never deserved to be dropped in the first place...ONE look at the stats will support this argument..it's fans like you that bring the team down..we're NOT mediocre, we're doing very well for what we have..get behind the team, remove your bias and realize what the selectors are doing. Narine needs more craft as a test spinner..hell the Zim batsmen even handled him well in the limited overs games overall...in a Test it will be much easier.

Posted by dingcol on (March 8, 2013, 18:11 GMT)

Though I'm from a different country, I'm a diehard fan of WI cricket. Not happy to see WI going down the ladder in test cricket.After having a look at the side picked for the forthcoming test series,the thing that's hurting me is the exclusion of the talent like Sarwan.My question to honorable selectors is why are you not letting him (Sarwan) settle in the team? With him making a ton in ODI, it seems things have just started to look up for him.It's unfortunate for him not to have a look-in. Is there any west indian here who can help me get my head around how a mediocre like Narsingh Deonarine is considered before Sarwan.It's for sure constant chop and change will not bring any success. Best 11 should be Gayle,Powel, Darren Bravo,Sarwan,Chanderpaul,Samuel,Ramdin,Sammy,Permaul,Gabriel & Roach.

Posted by   on (March 8, 2013, 17:53 GMT)

I cannot understand why Edwards is not in the team. we have to seriously cons ider the position of the skipper, he is taking the spot of an inform batsman or specialist fast or spin bowler what about d. smith i

Posted by   on (March 8, 2013, 17:53 GMT)

No Edwards , No Rampaul and No Sarwan , RIDICULOUS !!!!! I hope they lose this series ,won't happen ,but once again , Mr Ottis Indifferent Gibson leaves his mark on another bullshit selection of players ,well done ...there isn't any 'i' in team ,but clearly there are two in Ottis Gibson .................

Posted by   on (March 8, 2013, 17:48 GMT)

Good team...WI cricket board need to build a pool of players specializing in three different international formats...they r world champs in International T20...i think this is write step in process of building no 1 test team in world...however.....Kiirk Edwards and Kraig Braithwaite shd have been retained.....thy both can play long innings....

Posted by   on (March 8, 2013, 17:44 GMT)

glad to see Shannon got a call up, he's been bowling well :) I would have honestly given Pollard a chance to see if he can prove himself. Resting Narine may prove to be our downfall and to be honest, the selectors continue to baffle with their choices. But I won't complain much, we're playing Zimbabwe and that gives us a chance to experiment a bit.

Posted by lyl67 on (March 8, 2013, 17:41 GMT)

Gayle performabce is questionable, I was only saying to my ftiend maybe his eyes is gone, the same as Sewag both players make little or no feet movement. They will score runs agin,but not as they did in the past. The dropping of Narine is not worth debating.

Posted by   on (March 8, 2013, 17:33 GMT)

This is a good squad. Im still not pleased with Sammy as the test captain. I still believe if Ramdin is the captain for the test, there would be more flexibility, but i still like the combination of players. With Sammy coming in at 6/7 is a possitive for the team...The next step is for Sammy to prove himself as a test all-arounder.....well done selectors.

Posted by Dreama on (March 8, 2013, 17:28 GMT)

Of late I haven't watched a single ball in any form of WI cricket, while I fought off sleep to watch OZ vs India. When selectors and Head Coach can implement plans to destroy the top players and embarrassed the region with obedient Puppets masquerading as Int'l Cricketers, they are not entitled to the support of real cricket fans, only those who see an opportunity for their country men to get a game. When Sammy and Gibson qualify for the position they hold, I will reconsider supporting WI Cricket.

Posted by   on (March 8, 2013, 17:26 GMT)

@Jhonny James apparently you did not see t he last test tour that Narine played. Where spinners like Deonarine were picking up wickets he was being tonked around the park. England and Bangladesh have exposed him as being just a limited overs spinner not ready for the big leagues as yet!

Posted by   on (March 8, 2013, 17:15 GMT)

@Jhonny: Narine is a better spinner than Shillingford in Limited Overs, MAYBE, but not first class and definitely not Test cricket. Look at recent performances- Shillingford: 10 wicket haul against Australia. Narine: 4 wickets in two tests against BANGLADESH and comprehensively outbowled by Permaul. Narine is like all mystery spinners, successful at first class level (and, let's face it, first class cricket in the Caribbean isn't of that great a standard) but easily figured out in test cricket. Ajantha Mendis from Sri Lanka is exactly the same. 100% agree with WI selectors call. Disappointed to not see Pollard in for this series, though. Would have been a good time to see if he could cut it.

Posted by   on (March 8, 2013, 17:13 GMT)

A good decision by the selectors in my book. Narine already proved that he is the number one spinner in the region and he is obviously our first choice, so i definitely agree in giving shane a go because we need to develop more quality spinners in the region. Until then narine would be our number one against more tougher opponents.(No disperect intended to zimbabwe).

Posted by   on (March 8, 2013, 16:46 GMT)

selectors continue to amaze! What is the justification for omitting Narine and replacing him with Shillingford? Narine just picked up 6 wickets in a four day game against guyana and is clearly a better spinner than shillingford. Is it because of some kind of quota system enough T&T players are in the team and to ensure some small islanders are picked? This is precisely why west indies cricket will remain at a level of mediocrity.

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