West Indies news June 22, 2012

Chief selector sees bright future for West Indies cricket

ESPNcricinfo staff

Clyde Butts, chairman of West Indies' selection panel, has said West Indies A's impressive show against India A in the unofficial Test series, which the hosts won 2-1, augurs well for the future of West Indies cricket.

West Indies A, who made a weak start to the series by losing the first game by two wickets, outplayed India A in the two matches that followed, winning them by comfortable margins. Butts said a strong all-round performance helped the team. "They were exceptional in all departments and deserved to win," Butts said.

"We want to develop our players and see them move forward but we also want to develop a winning mindset. In the 'Test' matches the players showed that they are developing into a very competitive unit and it was really good to see the way they performed against more experienced opposition and won the series."

Butts said the WICB had placed greater emphasis on the A-team programme in recent years. "The WICB has set out a policy of development and where we want to go. This series win and some of the individual performance were steps in that direction and we are confident that we are on the right path.

"We saw players stepping up and playing with confidence and assurance. Last year we also played some good cricket when the Bangladesh A Team came to the West Indies. The win in this series against India was a huge bonus."

West Indies A will now face India A in two Twenty20 matches on June 23 and 24 and three 50-overs games thereafter. Butts said the selectors picked the side for the T20 matches with an eye on the World Twenty20 in September. "We have the World T20 tournament in Sri Lanka coming in September, that's just around the corner, so we have selected a number of players who have represented West Indies in this format and others who have done well in the regional competitions.

"We had some players who featured in the 'Tests' but are not in the T20 side. We want to make it clear they have not been dropped or anything like that. This weekend we are focussing on the T20s and we have selected a few new faces to have a closer look at them against the Indians."

Edited by Carlyle Laurie

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  • Dummy4 on June 23, 2012, 14:26 GMT

    Permaul has earned his right to play for the West Indies! He should be given a chance and I know he will not disappoint. Why Deonarine and Fudadin are not in the starting eleven is a travesty.

  • Dummy4 on June 23, 2012, 4:23 GMT

    @swingandseam, and @sniffleather: While I agree with both of you on selection. I would like in note that the basis of the selection should be on the following: 1. examine NZ batting, their stats and find out how they got out. 2. After learning of these weaknesses, we look at our players who has the closest abilities to exploit these weaknesses. 3 Success begets success, therefore, Johnson, Holder, Carter and Permaul should be in contention. 4. Pollard, DJ Bravo, Russell Best, Ramdin, Rampaul etc. are not automatic picks anymore. 5. Remove Gibson and get this Colin Borde guy as the Coach.

  • Carl on June 22, 2012, 22:47 GMT

    This home series is the first realistic chance for a victory against a major test nation for quite a while, so we West Indian fans will be hopeful. I believe that the best squad for this series must include some of the guys who have excelled during this recent home series against India 'A'. Delorn Johnson must get a game, and Jason Holder and Kieron Powell will also be close to the minds of the selectors. Permaul, Bishoo and Kevin McLean can also stake claims with their recent performances. The possibility of the West Indies fielding two giant fast bowlers again (Johnson and Holder), in the near future, is heart warming for pace like fire lovers such as myself. Bring on the Kiwis!!!

  • James on June 22, 2012, 19:37 GMT

    Delorn Johnson looks a good prospect and could be worth a shout for the series against New Zealand. Fidel Edwards and Tino Best have given their.... best, but are not really the future for West Indies cricket. A pace attack with Roach, Rampaul and Johnson could cause opponents a few problems, and if Narine can make the step up to Test cricket then the future is promising.

  • Dummy4 on June 22, 2012, 15:47 GMT

    Excellent outlook for this A TEAM. While all the players seem to know how to bat, bowl and win, I am concerned about what will happen to these abilities once the come incontact with the likes of Gibson and Sammy. We seem to take excellent talent and convert them into players who lose their confidence and underperform in a hurry.

  • Dummy4 on June 22, 2012, 15:34 GMT

    Permaul would be an excellent pick for the upcoming NZ series!!!!!!!!

  • Blythesville on June 22, 2012, 15:29 GMT

    This performance had more to do with Colin Borde's leadership than the WICB. He is a good manager - he was involved with Trinidad & Tobago cricket team in their amzing CTL20 run in 2009. He is the manager that West Indies need.

  • Dummy4 on June 22, 2012, 14:49 GMT

    what we in tha caribbean need is for these A-team matches to be carried live like the senior side... i would love to see these games so we can have a good assesment of who will be promoted and not be suprised when they do make the side

  • trevor on June 22, 2012, 12:24 GMT

    West Indies A team did well to beat India A in the just concluded unofficial test series;They played as a unit helping each other and keeping their heads & shoulders erect when the going got tough. More of these matches should be played in the region. I might add I would look forward to seeing them scoring more centuries, it builds confidence for the team,s morale when batsmen reach triple figures. Congrats to WINDIES Selectors & administrators.

  • Ram on June 22, 2012, 11:43 GMT

    It is good to see WI A performing well, but the story of the senior team has been the same. Hope the senior team plays well in the coming NZ series

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