West Indies news February 13, 2014

Gayle back in ODI, T20 squads

ESPNcricinfo staff

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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?

  • espncricinfomobile 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

  • dummy4fb 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

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