West Indies news February 13, 2014

Gayle back in ODI, T20 squads

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Chris Gayle made a return to the West Indies squad for the limited-overs matches against Ireland, after missing the New Zealand tour due to a hamstring injury. Darren Sammy and Marlon Samuels also made comebacks to both squads after recovering from injuries which made them miss the limited-overs leg during the New Zealand tour.

Uncapped 23-year-old fast bowler Miguel Cummins was named in the ODI squad while Ravi Rampaul was only included in the T20 squad. Rampaul had returned home from the New Zealand tour after sustaining a thumb injury. He missed the last two ODIs and both T20s.

Cummins, who plays for Barbados, has an experience of only 18 domestic games - 13 first-class, three List A and two T20s. In first-class matches, he has 42 wickets at an average of 21.18 while in List A he has seven wickets at 18.14.

While Tino Best, Johnson Charles, Narsingh Deonarine and Chadwick Walton were dropped from both squads, allrounder Kieron Pollard was not considered due to the knee injury he sustained last year and continues to be under rehabilitation. Best played only one ODI against New Zealand and conceded 70 runs in nine overs. He leaked 77 more in the seven overs he bowled in the following two T20s, with three wickets.

Batsmen Deonarine and Charles were also dropped possibly because of their recent form in New Zealand. Deonarine played three of the five ODIs and managed only 38 runs. Charles played four ODIs, but managed 40 runs, including two ducks. In the two T20s, both of which West Indies lost, he could put together only 23 runs. Wicketkeeper-batsman Walton, who stayed back in New Zealand after the Tests as replacement for an injured Samuels, didn't fare any better. In the two ODIs and two T20s in which he got to bat, his scores read 17, 0, 9 and 0.

Krishmar Santokie and Dwayne Smith were recalled in the T20 squad, in place of Nikita Miller and Kieran Powell. Left-arm medium-pacer Santokie, with two international T20s to his name, came back to the squad after nearly two years having last played a T20 in March 2012 against Australia. Allrounder Smith also made a comeback after a long gap, with his last T20 for West Indies in December 2012.

West Indies will host Ireland for two T20s and one ODI with the first T20 on February 19 in Kingston.

West Indies ODI squad: Dwayne Bravo (capt), Darren Bravo, Miguel Cummins, Kirk Edwards, Chris Gayle, Jason Holder, Nikita Miller, Sunil Narine, Kieron Powell, Denesh Ramdin (wk), Marlon Samuels, Darren Sammy, Lendl Simmons.

West Indies T20 squad: Darren Sammy (capt), Samuel Badree, Dwayne Bravo, Andre Fletcher, Chris Gayle, Sunil Narine, Denesh Ramdin, Ravi Rampaul, Andre Russell, Marlon Samuels, Krishmar Santokie, Lendl Simmons, Dwayne Smith.

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  • simonviller on February 19, 2014, 5:45 GMT

    I won't rejoice too much at Best's exclusion from the team yet guys ,until all the other pacers get fast , fit ,quick and aggressive to do the job . What Best needs is a stint with someone like Dennis Lilly ,who has a approach to fast bowling from his present coach ,because what he is doing is not working . A FULLER LENGTH AROUND OFF WOULD SERVE WELL FOR TINO . It still amazes me the effort he put out without injury when so many around him fall to injury !!

  • sobersfan on February 18, 2014, 4:34 GMT

    Has Chris Gayle ever tweeted about cricket? 1.25 followers and all he does is go on about booze.Tragic waste of a platform. I'm assuming he wasn't watching Mcullums 300. He had a bad hamstring but he couldn't stay with the team in NZ? Brutal. Was a fan but i like team guys

  • NCassie on February 17, 2014, 16:23 GMT

    ODI Best 11: Gayle, Simmons, Kieron, Samuels, Darren Bravo, Dwayne Bravo, Ramdin, Sammy, Sunil, Holder and Cummins.

    T20 Best 11: Gayle, Smith, Samuels, Simmons, DJ Bravo, Russell, Ramdin, Sammy, Santokie, Badree and Narine

  • rayinto on February 16, 2014, 1:22 GMT

    So what's the excuse for Sarwan this time? Gibson still don't like him?

  • on February 15, 2014, 3:58 GMT

    Will pollard be ready for IPL?

  • Roysingh1972 on February 15, 2014, 3:53 GMT

    I would like to see Beaton in the one day team, the man is dangerous and fast like Ambrose! Sharwan should of been selected for the ODI with Darren Bravo, and Dwayne Smith, and Rampaul should be in the ODI also. I hope Cummings do well, and Barnwell should of been in the 20/20, he is a good all rounder. Never expect to see the best WI team, they are known for having bad selectors

  • on February 15, 2014, 3:38 GMT

    Both squads have uncertain batting. On current evidence, only Dwayne and Darren Bravo and perhaps Simmons can be expected to do well. Gayle and Samuels have a chance to get their knucks in vs a weak team, I suppose. If Edwards does well it won't prove anything. The T20 side cannot afford to be without our best batsman Darren Bravo. Can anyone explain the selection of Fletcher? In bowling, it is fair enough to make sure Rampaul remains fit for Bangladesh and it is probably a good idea to try out Cummins in the ODI's. A place for Beaton at the expense of Russell might have been smart. Russell is a problem because his economy rate is not comforting. You cant have both Russell and Dwayne Smith in the same eleven, and dont need both if Gayle, Sammy, Samuels and Simmons are firing in the T20's.

  • Alexei on February 14, 2014, 18:41 GMT

    Sarwan should have certainly got a look in too. Top form at the moment

  • Alexei on February 14, 2014, 18:40 GMT

    @LeftarmLollipop How can u question Ramdin's inclusion in the T20 team when he played outstandingly well in the last T20 in NZ? He deserves his place, especially amongst soo many hard hitting allrounders. How can u bring in Jerome Taylor soo early after playing just three games since his return from injury... What happens if he breaks down again? Give the man time to return to full form. I don't agree with Colin Croft to blood youngester in these T20's because the world championship is a month away and now is the time for them to gain as much practice as possible. For me Cummins has not played much recently but Beaton has ad is in form... Beaton should have gotten the nod in the ODI's. No player in this squad has been selected because of performances in the ongoing Super50.

  • azsaffar on February 14, 2014, 14:06 GMT

    Why no sarwan he's the best top order batsman in the Caribbean. The guy need to play at all time. U guys keep picking gayle Samuel bravo etc these guys fail numerous time yet there still in the team. U guys have a coach who has no logic about cricket yet he's the coach he couldn't even make the west Indies team all he know to do is to long his mouth like the length of the pitch. U guys need to pick team to win not compete. Sarwan need to be in the team the guy as a lot to offer to the west Indies team and the people of the Caribbean. U guys need to wake up

  • simonviller on February 19, 2014, 5:45 GMT

    I won't rejoice too much at Best's exclusion from the team yet guys ,until all the other pacers get fast , fit ,quick and aggressive to do the job . What Best needs is a stint with someone like Dennis Lilly ,who has a approach to fast bowling from his present coach ,because what he is doing is not working . A FULLER LENGTH AROUND OFF WOULD SERVE WELL FOR TINO . It still amazes me the effort he put out without injury when so many around him fall to injury !!

  • sobersfan on February 18, 2014, 4:34 GMT

    Has Chris Gayle ever tweeted about cricket? 1.25 followers and all he does is go on about booze.Tragic waste of a platform. I'm assuming he wasn't watching Mcullums 300. He had a bad hamstring but he couldn't stay with the team in NZ? Brutal. Was a fan but i like team guys

  • NCassie on February 17, 2014, 16:23 GMT

    ODI Best 11: Gayle, Simmons, Kieron, Samuels, Darren Bravo, Dwayne Bravo, Ramdin, Sammy, Sunil, Holder and Cummins.

    T20 Best 11: Gayle, Smith, Samuels, Simmons, DJ Bravo, Russell, Ramdin, Sammy, Santokie, Badree and Narine

  • rayinto on February 16, 2014, 1:22 GMT

    So what's the excuse for Sarwan this time? Gibson still don't like him?

  • on February 15, 2014, 3:58 GMT

    Will pollard be ready for IPL?

  • Roysingh1972 on February 15, 2014, 3:53 GMT

    I would like to see Beaton in the one day team, the man is dangerous and fast like Ambrose! Sharwan should of been selected for the ODI with Darren Bravo, and Dwayne Smith, and Rampaul should be in the ODI also. I hope Cummings do well, and Barnwell should of been in the 20/20, he is a good all rounder. Never expect to see the best WI team, they are known for having bad selectors

  • on February 15, 2014, 3:38 GMT

    Both squads have uncertain batting. On current evidence, only Dwayne and Darren Bravo and perhaps Simmons can be expected to do well. Gayle and Samuels have a chance to get their knucks in vs a weak team, I suppose. If Edwards does well it won't prove anything. The T20 side cannot afford to be without our best batsman Darren Bravo. Can anyone explain the selection of Fletcher? In bowling, it is fair enough to make sure Rampaul remains fit for Bangladesh and it is probably a good idea to try out Cummins in the ODI's. A place for Beaton at the expense of Russell might have been smart. Russell is a problem because his economy rate is not comforting. You cant have both Russell and Dwayne Smith in the same eleven, and dont need both if Gayle, Sammy, Samuels and Simmons are firing in the T20's.

  • Alexei on February 14, 2014, 18:41 GMT

    Sarwan should have certainly got a look in too. Top form at the moment

  • Alexei on February 14, 2014, 18:40 GMT

    @LeftarmLollipop How can u question Ramdin's inclusion in the T20 team when he played outstandingly well in the last T20 in NZ? He deserves his place, especially amongst soo many hard hitting allrounders. How can u bring in Jerome Taylor soo early after playing just three games since his return from injury... What happens if he breaks down again? Give the man time to return to full form. I don't agree with Colin Croft to blood youngester in these T20's because the world championship is a month away and now is the time for them to gain as much practice as possible. For me Cummins has not played much recently but Beaton has ad is in form... Beaton should have gotten the nod in the ODI's. No player in this squad has been selected because of performances in the ongoing Super50.

  • azsaffar on February 14, 2014, 14:06 GMT

    Why no sarwan he's the best top order batsman in the Caribbean. The guy need to play at all time. U guys keep picking gayle Samuel bravo etc these guys fail numerous time yet there still in the team. U guys have a coach who has no logic about cricket yet he's the coach he couldn't even make the west Indies team all he know to do is to long his mouth like the length of the pitch. U guys need to pick team to win not compete. Sarwan need to be in the team the guy as a lot to offer to the west Indies team and the people of the Caribbean. U guys need to wake up

  • azsaffar on February 14, 2014, 13:58 GMT

    Why no sarwan he's the best top order batsman in the Caribbean. The guy need to play at all time. U guys keep picking gayle Samuel bravo etc these guys fail numerous time yet there still in the team. U guys have a coach who has no logic about cricket yet he's the coach he couldn't even make the west Indies team all he know to do is to long his mouth like the length of the pitch. U guys need to pick team to win not compete. Sarwan need to be in the team the guy as a lot to offer to the west Indies team and the people of the Caribbean. U guys need to wake up

  • ad2810 on February 14, 2014, 13:24 GMT

    Dwayne Smith s back!!!!! <3

  • on February 14, 2014, 11:39 GMT

    why pollard is not in the squad for t20 world cup?

  • BUKHARI53 on February 14, 2014, 6:12 GMT

    It is sad to know that Kieron Pollard, a player of class is unfit at the moment. Every body want to see him playing in Word T20 and IPL, after fully recovered from his knee injury. My sympathy and prayers for him, being a big fan from Pakistan, of a great cricketer of West Indies.

  • on February 14, 2014, 5:26 GMT

    I am so sorry for Ireland and ENGLAND. England's nightmares are just getting started after the Ashes

  • on February 14, 2014, 3:14 GMT

    y always ramdin?dont they have any other choices?

  • Alexei on February 14, 2014, 0:55 GMT

    @Frayninho on point with ur preferred teams, I have the same. Only Sammy I'd include because of his recent form in the ODI team.. Miguel Cummings did well against India A in ODI's but I thought Ronsford Beaton would have gotten a call here bcuz of his impressive new ball form. But! Cummings is a real good bowler onetheless. I think the selectors know this and are throwing him into an inexperienced bowling lineup too early

  • on February 13, 2014, 23:50 GMT

    For me WIBC is a one trick pony and continue to get selection wrong and continue to get team balance wrong loading the squad with batsmen and all rounders and miss the trick for 2 decades now because they move away from the formula that brought them success andre fletcher is taking the spot of holder. the likely 11 would be Gayle Smith Samuels Simmons Bravo Sammy Russell Narine Ramdin Santokie Rampaul. T20 world cup coming up maintain a strong cohesive team and holder should be the back up for either bowler. Don't get it guess they like to be at the bottom of the pile and be mockery of cricket but as a fan I HATE IT and the methods are that of trying players rather than solidifying players. IPL team pick your best players at T20 Those are the players WIBC should solidify for the World cup. "Come on men"

  • Left_Arm_Lollipop on February 13, 2014, 23:45 GMT

    They can't ever get it FULLY RIGHT! Do we really need Ramdin in the T20s? Charles,Fletcher are both good enough to wear the gloves for 20 overs and both give you impetus at the top of the order. Ramdin, on his day, at best, gives you what anyone else around him can give with the bat. Russell, in T20s IS a batting-then fielding-then--bow...okay maybe not that allrounder but he ought to be in both squads. One of or both these squads should have the names of Jerome Taylor, Ramnaresh Sarwan & Rayad Emrit based on current form and consistent performances in the games that we supposedly use to choose players(?) in recent times. Especially Emrit and to some measure, Sarwan. The West Indies selectors always seemed do be a decade behind the rest of the world with their team balance strategies....it doesn't require a PHD in Astronomical Physics to appreciate the importance of having a decent left arm spinner in your T20 squad, at least. In Benn, Miller and Mathurin, we do have at least 3.

  • on February 13, 2014, 23:22 GMT

    i know taylor just come back but he's looking more prolific and steady in line and length than cummings but as it is they always get it wrong. how many failure do they expect from powell to continue with him as i see it he need to go work on his mentality which is evident. the odi team still need another pace bowler which they should be developing for australia. your definately going to need 3 genuine seam bowler i wonder who is doing brain storming for WIBC because its weak

  • JoshFromJamRock on February 13, 2014, 22:11 GMT

    ODI Team probably will be like this for the first match:

    1)Gayle 2)Edwards 3)Lil Bravo 4)Samuels 5)Simmons 6)Dj Bravo 7)Ramdin 8)Sammy 9)Narine 10)Holder 11)Cummins.

  • JoshFromJamRock on February 13, 2014, 21:59 GMT

    Actually don't mind these squads at all. WI is moving in the right direction by dropping Best, Charles, Deonarine and Walton. Rampaul and Taylor will soon be part of all three squads, just a matter of time. Sarwans needs to be in the Tests for sure. Bonner and Johnson need a little more experience before consideration Test selection.

  • BRUTALANALYST on February 13, 2014, 21:03 GMT

    If WICB knew they were going to select Cummins for W.I then they should have made sur ehe was playing in the domestic 50 over yet he wasn't even selected for the squad ? Where is the logic in this . . .

    I'm disappointed Carterand Beaton haven't been included for the ODI it was perfect oppertunity to give debuts to these 2. Taylor should have been included with Roach out to see where he's at, he looked good in the 2 games he played for Jamaica 6 wickets and bowling with a smooth action would of been great to see him back v Ireland to gage where he's at I thought he could have even led the attack v England with Roach injured. I hope Cummins does well but I don't see him and Holder leading an attack v England or anyone else right now.

    Agree with Frayninho21 sides from the squad selected only Santokie instead of Rampaul.

  • german1 on February 13, 2014, 19:14 GMT

    Sarwan should be in the ODI squad from Powell based on current form. Thank God Tino and deonarine careers are over. Good to see Santokie in the T20 squad.

  • on February 13, 2014, 18:46 GMT

    Cummings is more of a test bowler. Otherwise I don't mind the squad. Maybe the inclusion of Sarwan an Shiv but I think Shiv can rest off meaningless ODIs for now. When World Cup year is here then we can include him in couple games before the tournament. Sarwan has showed form and deserves a place. What does Emrit have to do to get picked? Top bowler in T20 and this 50 over competition.

  • Sachit1979 on February 13, 2014, 18:13 GMT

    Is Miguel Cummins some how related to former Barbadian, West Indies and later Canadian fast bowling all rounder Anderson Cummins?

  • Frayninho21 on February 13, 2014, 18:09 GMT

    Not enough new faces for my liking....from this squad, the best XI for ODI:

    Gayle, Powell, Edwards, DM Bravo, Samuels, DJ Bravo, Ramdin, Holder, Miller, Narine, Cummins.

    T20:

    Gayle, Smith, Simmons, Samuels, DJ Bravo, Russell, Sammy, Ramdin, Narine, Rampaul, Badree.

  • on February 13, 2014, 18:06 GMT

    everyone but charles deserved to be dropped i rather see ramdin go an charles keep wicket atleast for the t20 should not give up on charles just yet happy to see gayle fit again

  • on February 13, 2014, 18:00 GMT

    why is Sammy still capt.this is a joke HE DID NOT PLAY IN THE CURRENT ODI, these guys , gayle , samuels should play a few games before they come back in the side. we need new selectors

  • Ncnotorious on February 13, 2014, 17:45 GMT

    Shiv continues to make runs in the Nagico Super 50 competition, as do Sarwan. If you can't pick someone based on performance, how do you justify ANY selection?

  • on February 13, 2014, 17:41 GMT

    What's the point of a regional 50-over competition if you're not going to select players based on their performances in it?

  • PaddyRasta2 on February 13, 2014, 17:33 GMT

    Strange really picking Andre Russell for T20 instead of ODIs.I really hope Cummings gets a game and does well. It's about time the Best is dropped for good.

  • CodandChips on February 13, 2014, 17:32 GMT

    Good to see Charles and Best dropped. Now Pollard and Dwayne Bravo to follow.

  • satspeare on February 13, 2014, 17:15 GMT

    there is no reasonable explanation for our continual refusal to select Shiv for the ODI's. An average of 41 and a strike rate of 70 is not enough for our selectors. We MUST be dominating world cricket or some thing like that!! Even Sarwan ( ave 42 / Strike rate 75 ) not good enough for our world beaters! we want a team for tomorrow but can we select a team to compete today also? Bishoo? Benn? these guys must have forgotton to play the game!wow!

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  • satspeare on February 13, 2014, 17:15 GMT

    there is no reasonable explanation for our continual refusal to select Shiv for the ODI's. An average of 41 and a strike rate of 70 is not enough for our selectors. We MUST be dominating world cricket or some thing like that!! Even Sarwan ( ave 42 / Strike rate 75 ) not good enough for our world beaters! we want a team for tomorrow but can we select a team to compete today also? Bishoo? Benn? these guys must have forgotton to play the game!wow!

  • CodandChips on February 13, 2014, 17:32 GMT

    Good to see Charles and Best dropped. Now Pollard and Dwayne Bravo to follow.

  • PaddyRasta2 on February 13, 2014, 17:33 GMT

    Strange really picking Andre Russell for T20 instead of ODIs.I really hope Cummings gets a game and does well. It's about time the Best is dropped for good.

  • on February 13, 2014, 17:41 GMT

    What's the point of a regional 50-over competition if you're not going to select players based on their performances in it?

  • Ncnotorious on February 13, 2014, 17:45 GMT

    Shiv continues to make runs in the Nagico Super 50 competition, as do Sarwan. If you can't pick someone based on performance, how do you justify ANY selection?

  • on February 13, 2014, 18:00 GMT

    why is Sammy still capt.this is a joke HE DID NOT PLAY IN THE CURRENT ODI, these guys , gayle , samuels should play a few games before they come back in the side. we need new selectors

  • on February 13, 2014, 18:06 GMT

    everyone but charles deserved to be dropped i rather see ramdin go an charles keep wicket atleast for the t20 should not give up on charles just yet happy to see gayle fit again

  • Frayninho21 on February 13, 2014, 18:09 GMT

    Not enough new faces for my liking....from this squad, the best XI for ODI:

    Gayle, Powell, Edwards, DM Bravo, Samuels, DJ Bravo, Ramdin, Holder, Miller, Narine, Cummins.

    T20:

    Gayle, Smith, Simmons, Samuels, DJ Bravo, Russell, Sammy, Ramdin, Narine, Rampaul, Badree.

  • Sachit1979 on February 13, 2014, 18:13 GMT

    Is Miguel Cummins some how related to former Barbadian, West Indies and later Canadian fast bowling all rounder Anderson Cummins?

  • on February 13, 2014, 18:46 GMT

    Cummings is more of a test bowler. Otherwise I don't mind the squad. Maybe the inclusion of Sarwan an Shiv but I think Shiv can rest off meaningless ODIs for now. When World Cup year is here then we can include him in couple games before the tournament. Sarwan has showed form and deserves a place. What does Emrit have to do to get picked? Top bowler in T20 and this 50 over competition.