Bangladesh A in West Indies 2011-12 November 9, 2011

Dwayne Smith to lead West Indies A in T20s

ESPNcricinfo staff

Dwayne Smith, the West Indies allrounder, has been named captain of the West Indies A Twenty20 Team that will take on Bangladesh A in two games in St Lucia.

Smith has played 10 Tests, 77 ODIs and 10 T20Is for West Indies, but his last Test came in 2006 and his last ODI in 2010. He opened the innings for West Indies in their last T20I at The Oval on September 25, when they beat England by 25 runs. He was not included in the West India A four-day squad that is currently playing two unofficial Tests against Bangladesh A.

The 13-man squad includes three players who have never played for the West Indies senior team: legspinner Samuel Badree, who impressed in the Champions League T20, left-arm spinner Veerasammy Permaul who was part of the four-day squad, and batsman Jason Mohammed, who was named the Player of the Tournament and awarded the Richie Richardson Trophy for most outstanding batsman in the recently concluded Regional Super50 Tournament.

Garey Mathurin, who starred in that game at The Oval, taking took 3 for 9 in on debut, joins Badree and Permaul as the three specialist spinners in the squad. T20 specialists, allrounder Christopher Barnwell and left-arm seamer Krishmar Santokie have also been included, as has allrounder Carlos Brathwaite, who is a member of the West Indies A four-day squad.

Meanwhile batsman Shamarh Brooks has been added to the West Indies A four-day squad as the replacement for Dwayne Bravo, who injured his ankle and was forced to miss the series. Brooks is a graduate of the Sagicor High Performance Centre and has played in 16 first-class matches for Barbados. He is also a former West Indies Under-19 captain.

Squad: Dwayne Smith (capt), Samuel Badree, Christopher Barnwell, Miles Bascombe, Nkrumah Bonner, Carlos Brathwaite, Johnson Charles, Jason Mohammed, Garey Mathurin, Nelon Pascal, Veerasammy Permaul, Krishmar Santokie, Devon Thomas (wk)

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  • Derek on November 11, 2011, 21:06 GMT

    @aclarity what else does Devon come to the part with? How is his bowling relative to Dwayne's ? Do not select players based on where they are from, think about the objective. Darren Ganga is very much the PAST; is this a typo, did you mean Sherwin? You are critical of Ramdin's ability this guy has been spotted from an early age and came through the ranks, here is another example of the way in which the WI structure has failed people like Ramdin, Sarwan, Taylor and others. Give up the keyboard for a coaching badge since you might never play yourself, lets see what you talent and guidance can produce.

  • charlie on November 11, 2011, 0:36 GMT

    Good move by the selsctors to make Dwayne Smith captain of the team ,just what he needs to establish himself as a regular player in the team . I wish him the utmost success and HOPE HE CAN INSPIRE THE TEAM TO DO THE SAME . Can't wait to see one of the greatest fielders in the game perform on the field ,not to mention his explosive batting . This is your chance Dwayne ,please make the best of it . Most of us are routing for you ,do us proud young man .

  • Deuel on November 10, 2011, 13:24 GMT

    i still don't understand how Carlos Braithwaite is picked after 1 season of 4 day cricket, yes his record is good, but a proven T20 performer like Cooper should have been chosen in this team

  • Dummy4 on November 10, 2011, 6:24 GMT

    Why on earth have the selectors left out SUNIL NARINE???? ABSOLUTE RUBBISH! Badree is a great pick, he deserves it and Jason Mohammed as well.. @degiant, our job is to back a team with players that deserve to be there, dont talk nonsense!

  • Kirkwood on November 10, 2011, 4:49 GMT

    I still remember the last ODI Dwayne Smith played before being dropped. We needed a cool head and he slogged (probably to cow corner) and got caught. He's still paying for that.

    On a more exciting note, Shamarh Brooks has a top score of 61* in both first class and list A matches!

  • Sachit on November 10, 2011, 4:48 GMT

    I always find selections made by Windies selectors as most bizarre. Firstly Windies does not have an efficient domestic circuit in place to give genuine opportunities to first class players, like Barbados ListA season ended with only 1 complete match. Second there selection criteria is always beyond imaginations. Sometimes too much of patience is shown with players who are consistently under performing and sometimes players after good showings also does not get due credit. Inexperienced batting lineup selected to tour India is major example. Other examples are: Mathurin after great debut did not even get considered for any of the squads selected for Bangladesh and India. No room for Narine and Kevon Cooper after great showings in CLT20 in any of the squads. Dale Richards, after pair of half centuries against South Africa in ODIs last year got disappeared from the scene completely. He did not appear in any of the Windies squads after that.

  • sachin on November 10, 2011, 4:47 GMT

    WOW no narine or cooper.

  • ERROL on November 10, 2011, 2:59 GMT

    The team already have three spinners and everyone cannot play. Let the selectors do their jobs and our job is to back the team

  • Jack on November 10, 2011, 2:23 GMT

    This is another hopeless choice by WI Selectors. How can they get it so wrong? Dwayne Smith played 11 T20 matches and has an average of 11.70. He failed in recent regional Super 50s, failed in the World Cup in the Caribbean and will continue to fail at the higher levels. His primary shot is a pull in the air from Off stump towards mid wicket. Devon Smith on the other hand has an average of 33 in T20, captain of the Windwards and is a far better choice. The way the selectors are going they might go bact to Daren Ganga. They can not get it that Ramdin and Smith do not have the ability nor temperament to make it at the highest levels. Just go to the video tape - the statistics. For a future captain they should look to Brathwaite. Give him the captaincy in 2 years and forget about the losers who shake rather than bake when we need them. They should have gone with a younger back up keeper in India but instead they recycle tainted blood. Go young!

  • lidon on November 9, 2011, 22:00 GMT

    WHERE IS NARINE? he needs to be there too.

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