West Indies news May 21, 2013

Fit Samuels joins West Indies at CT preparatory camp

ESPNcricinfo staff

West Indies allrounder Marlon Samuels, who returned home from the IPL in the last week of April with a groin injury, is back to full fitness. Samuels joined his team-mates at West Indies' Champions Trophy preparatory camp, which started on Monday in Bridgetown, Barbados.

Following the Barbados camp, CMC reported, West Indies will fly to the UK, where they will have a second preparatory camp in Cardiff. In Barbados, West Indies are without some members of their Champions Trophy squad - including new ODI captain Dwayne Bravo, Darren Sammy, Kieron Pollard and Jason Holder - who are competing in the closing stages of the IPL in India. They are also without batsman Ramnaresh Sarwan, who is currently playing for English county Leicestershire. The players at the IPL and Sarwan are expected to join their West Indies team-mates for the camp in Cardiff.

West Indies coach Ottis Gibson said getting acclimatised quickly is important. "We will have a week in Barbados where will we put in some hard work as well as look to do team building exercises," Gibson said. "We will then leave for Cardiff where we will put in some more work and get ready for the tournament. It is a great opportunity for us. We have quite a few players who have played in England and Wales before.

"The hardest thing will be to get used to the conditions early. But we have quite an experienced one-day outfit at the moment, so once we get there and get acclimatised early we will be okay."

West Indies also play two warm-up matches in the lead-up to the Champions Trophy, against Australia and Sri Lanka. They are placed in Group B for the tournament, alongside South Africa, India and Pakistan. Their opening game is against Pakistan on June 7.

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  • Kasinathan on May 28, 2013, 7:27 GMT

    The one Team that can beat All Teams is West Indies. Good batting in Gayle D.Smith Sarwan Samuels Pollard the master blaster. In bowling Narine Rampaul Bravo Roach Sammy and Badree . I fervently hope the team will fill their Almirah with the Champion' s Trophy alongwith the T20 Cup. Good Luck my favourites. Kashinath

  • Dummy4 on May 27, 2013, 17:16 GMT

    I think Dwayne Smith should be apart of the set up to take some pressure of Gayle also I think we should introduce one of our new pace bowler form the Caribbean to play a player like Johnson with his left arm seam could be dangerous in the English conditions. My 11: Chris Gayle. Dwayne Smith. Ramnaresh Sarwan. Marlon Samuels. Darren Bravo. Dwayne Bravo, Kieron Pollard. Denish Ramdin. Sunil Narine.Ravi Rampaul. Fidel Edwards.

  • Brendan on May 26, 2013, 12:30 GMT

    Love the Windies hope they make the final against Aus. This would be my starting XI; Chris Gayle, R Sarwan, Darren Bravo, Marlon Samuels, Dwayne Bravo(c), Kieron Pollard, Darren Sammy, denesh Ramdin (vc), Kemar Roach, Sunil Narine, Tino Best. Bench: Shillingford, Rampaul, Charles

  • o on May 25, 2013, 3:19 GMT

    Dwayne Smith should be opening in this side, he has great experience of playing in England can take pressure of Gayle and has been in great form all IPL however he doesn't even make the squad . . . I also don't understand how you can make a new captain for a world tournament talk about straight in at the deep end this is just nonsensical to me as is Charles opening a guy that looked out of place opening in a T20 tournament.

  • gaurawa on May 24, 2013, 5:42 GMT

    My 11 for WI C. Gayle, R. Sarwan, Chanderpaul, M. Samuwels, Dwane Bravo (c), K. Pollard, D. smith/Andre russel, D. Ramdin, S. Naraine/S. Benn, F. Edwards, Jereme Taylor But this never become real. I don't know y WI selectors so stupid, try this team they will win any tourment

  • GREGORY on May 23, 2013, 23:14 GMT

    Wish them all the best, my starting 11. 1 Chris Gayle 2 . Ramnaresh Sarwan openers 3. Darren Bravo 4. Marlon Samuels 5. Dwayne Bravo (c) 6. Kieron Pollard 7. Darren Sammy 8 Dnesh Ramdin .9 Kemar Roach10. Shane Shillingford 11. Tino Best we must remember Narine did badly in English conditions and Shillingford has improved tremendously also Ramphal does great in his 1st spell of 5 overs after that he is expensive.

  • Dummy4 on May 23, 2013, 13:07 GMT

    samuels and darren has not played for awhile. why were they selected for this team? this is non sensical

  • Dummy4 on May 22, 2013, 14:04 GMT

    this time around the WI will be able to hold their own, simply because they have 5 or 6 players who were playing the game competitively over the last few weeks and are cricket ready. this ethos will argour well for the team.

  • Dummy4 on May 22, 2013, 12:38 GMT

    I have been waiting for years to see West Indies with a strong side. The only problem WI should have right now is team selection. The first round will be the toughest because WI records against South Africa hasn't been good ever since. Pakistan is very good but lack competition, and India is 50/50 % chance. WI team segmented strength: Fielding 95/100, Batting 96/100, Bowling 83/100, overall strategy 75/100. I hope that Cpt. Bravo can used his intelligence and make some improvement. I have already purchased all material to clean the Trophy on the shelves.

    Playing 11 west indies for champions trophy

    1. Chris Gayle 2.Ramnaresh Sarwan 3.Marlon Samuels 4.Darren Bravo 5.Kieron Pollard 6.Dwayne Bravo 7. Darren Sammy 8.Denesh Ramdin 3. (c) 9. Ravi Rampaul 10.Kemar Roach 11.Sunil Narine

    Bench. Shane Shillingford, Tino Best, KA Edwards and KOA Powell

  • Dummy4 on May 22, 2013, 8:11 GMT

    think that wi don't have a chance for going to the playoffs because they don't have a goo bowling attack.you can't depend on batting alone.

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