Bangladesh in West Indies 2014 August 9, 2014

Dwayne Bravo returns to lead West Indies

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Dwayne Bravo has made a comeback from injury to lead the West Indies team in the home ODIs against Bangladesh in August. Chris Gayle, Kieron Pollard and Kemar Roach are the additions to the squad that played West Indies' previous ODI assignment - against England at home in March. Kieran Powell, Marlon Samuels, Dwayne Smith are the players missing from that group.

Bravo had been ruled out of the 2014 IPL season after hurting his shoulder fielding for Chennai Super Kings during their opening game against Kings XI Punjab, and he missed West Indies' home series against New Zealand. He made a comeback to competitive cricket during the ongoing CPL as captain of the Trinidad & Tobago Red Steel franchise.

Gayle had missed the one-day series against England after suffering lower back pain following in the preceding first Twenty20 against Ireland, while Pollard had a knee injury and Roach was recuperating from a shoulder injury.

Powell and Samuels remain out of favour after poor performances in the home Tests against New Zealand. Smith didn't make the cut after ordinary performances in the ODIs against England, the World Twenty20 in Bangladesh and the home T20s against New Zealand. He was overlooked for selection despite hitting two centuries in his first eight CPL innings, though his other six scores were poor.

Squad: Dwayne Bravo (capt), Darren Bravo, Kirk Edwards Chris Gayle, Jason Holder, Nikita Miller, Sunil Narine, Kieron Pollard, Denesh Ramdin, Ravi Rampaul, Kemar Roach, Darren Sammy Lendl Simmons
In: Chris Gayle, Kieron Pollard, Kemar Roach
Out: Kieran Powell, Marlon Samuels, Dwayne Smith

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  • on August 11, 2014, 16:18 GMT

    why dont i see jerome taylor in the squad here and in other links i see them saying he has returned for the squad

  • JoshFromJamRock on August 11, 2014, 13:42 GMT

    If Holder can put on some more good performances with the bat, it will only be a matter of time before he cements his place in the ODI XI as a bowling allrounder who is good enough to bat at 7. If this happens very soon, Taylor, Roach, Rampaul and Narine could all fit in the XI and WI would have a very good team for the world cup. Ramdin can bat at 6 as he's grown immensely in both maturity and consistency leaving the selectors to find the five best batsmen to construct the top and middle order. BUT until these batsmen develop better temperament, its safer to play 7 batsmen (WK included) and four bowlers.

    1)Gayle 2)Simmons 3)Edwards 4)DM Bravo 5)DJ Bravo 6)Pollard 7)Ramdin 8)Roach 9)Narine 10)Rampaul 11)Taylor ---- Reserves: Holder, Badree, Russell and Samuels.

  • expediters on August 11, 2014, 2:20 GMT

    Could someone please tell me why Samuel Badree was overlooked for this Odi series....Come on!! Look at his stats...there must be more ways to utilise this great talent and not just limit it to 4 overs.

  • on August 10, 2014, 19:55 GMT

    Ramdin needs to bat at 5 so Simmons can open. The two of them are the best in the team and should hold the innings together by providing some stability in the top and middle orders.

    ALTHOUGH,the team is missing the best 2 bats in the windies from guyana, chanderpaul (our Misbah/younis) and Sarwan (our KP).

    Taylor, Carlos Brathwaite & Russell are two of the best strike bowlers (and they dont give us the medium pace rubbish others dish up, both can hit 140k's consistently, ideal in bouncy seaming Aus conditions) but are again, ignored (island politics?)

    Kraigg Brathwaite should have superseeded Kirk as he is far superior and less prone to edging to slip outside off stump.

    And again, maybe the new panel should work it out, maybe they wont. You never know with west indies

  • josphe on August 10, 2014, 16:05 GMT

    I fail too see why Andre Russel keeps being ignored for ODI's. If you look at his record he has a better bowling and batting record than the 3 all rounders(Bravo, Pollard and Sammy) who keeps getting picked before him. I think he can play a key role if W.I want to do god in the world cup. He can play that kind of Faulkner role for the windies. Also i feel west indies needs to play 5 proper batsmen and all rounder at 6 and then the bowlers. Playing pollard and bravo in the same team wont cut it since pollard averages under 30 with the bat and barely bowls so can hardly be considered an all wounder. And anyone asking for Ramdin to be dropped must be crazy, he has been a good a batsman as any in the West Indies over the past year or so he has finnaly come of age.

  • on August 10, 2014, 14:23 GMT

    Strong team against Bangladesh. Hope Bangladesh will fight against this strong team. Sakib Al Hasan is absent is this tour.

  • on August 10, 2014, 2:58 GMT

    Kieron Pollard does not warrant selection in the squad, much less the xi, after a poor ipl, cpl and a dire lack of international cricket,(need i remind you he was dropped for averaging 14 with 3 consecutive ducks since the tri series) His technical defiecencies against short balls and spin bowling has been exposed in the current cpl, and playing him would mean wasting ramdin whose had a purple patch since returning to the team.

  • larahooperinc on August 10, 2014, 0:55 GMT

    I am surprised that taylor was not selected,we are too close to the world cup not to be selecting our best team.These selectors will have to realize Sammy can no longer make the odi team as a bowler.Although I understand Edwards selection,i disagree with him being used as opener.we have get our top 4 fixed for wc on aussie soil.Maybe we need to pick our best 5 batsmen,dj bravo and the best 4 bowlers.Gayle,Simmons,Edwards,lil Bravo,Samuels,big Bravo,Ramdin,Taylor,Narine,Roach,rampaul.Reserves -Pollard,Sammy,Russell,Holder etc.

  • satspeare on August 9, 2014, 23:49 GMT

    Totally agreed @ Dr_Van. My 11 1 Chris Gayle 2 Lendl Simmons 3 Darren Bravo 4 Kirk Edwards 5 Denesh Ramdin 6 Dwayne Bravo 7 Kieron Pollard / Darren Sammy 8 Jason Holder 9 Sunil Narine 10 Kemar Roach 11 Ravi Rampaul / Nikita Miller. Sammy and Miller will miss out. Pollard and Sammy are playing as all rounders in the squad, so its either or and not both. Captain Bravo plays as a batsman who MAY bowl. The fifth bowing option is shared between either #7, captain & maybe Simmons. Ramdin is in good nick and must be responsible for holding the lower order together. Depending on the wicket, we play both spinners.

  • 10yearstudent on August 9, 2014, 22:15 GMT

    time for Samuels to move on which is good.I think if gayle fails again at the top it is time to drop him too. time to blood new youth as opener.

  • on August 11, 2014, 16:18 GMT

    why dont i see jerome taylor in the squad here and in other links i see them saying he has returned for the squad

  • JoshFromJamRock on August 11, 2014, 13:42 GMT

    If Holder can put on some more good performances with the bat, it will only be a matter of time before he cements his place in the ODI XI as a bowling allrounder who is good enough to bat at 7. If this happens very soon, Taylor, Roach, Rampaul and Narine could all fit in the XI and WI would have a very good team for the world cup. Ramdin can bat at 6 as he's grown immensely in both maturity and consistency leaving the selectors to find the five best batsmen to construct the top and middle order. BUT until these batsmen develop better temperament, its safer to play 7 batsmen (WK included) and four bowlers.

    1)Gayle 2)Simmons 3)Edwards 4)DM Bravo 5)DJ Bravo 6)Pollard 7)Ramdin 8)Roach 9)Narine 10)Rampaul 11)Taylor ---- Reserves: Holder, Badree, Russell and Samuels.

  • expediters on August 11, 2014, 2:20 GMT

    Could someone please tell me why Samuel Badree was overlooked for this Odi series....Come on!! Look at his stats...there must be more ways to utilise this great talent and not just limit it to 4 overs.

  • on August 10, 2014, 19:55 GMT

    Ramdin needs to bat at 5 so Simmons can open. The two of them are the best in the team and should hold the innings together by providing some stability in the top and middle orders.

    ALTHOUGH,the team is missing the best 2 bats in the windies from guyana, chanderpaul (our Misbah/younis) and Sarwan (our KP).

    Taylor, Carlos Brathwaite & Russell are two of the best strike bowlers (and they dont give us the medium pace rubbish others dish up, both can hit 140k's consistently, ideal in bouncy seaming Aus conditions) but are again, ignored (island politics?)

    Kraigg Brathwaite should have superseeded Kirk as he is far superior and less prone to edging to slip outside off stump.

    And again, maybe the new panel should work it out, maybe they wont. You never know with west indies

  • josphe on August 10, 2014, 16:05 GMT

    I fail too see why Andre Russel keeps being ignored for ODI's. If you look at his record he has a better bowling and batting record than the 3 all rounders(Bravo, Pollard and Sammy) who keeps getting picked before him. I think he can play a key role if W.I want to do god in the world cup. He can play that kind of Faulkner role for the windies. Also i feel west indies needs to play 5 proper batsmen and all rounder at 6 and then the bowlers. Playing pollard and bravo in the same team wont cut it since pollard averages under 30 with the bat and barely bowls so can hardly be considered an all wounder. And anyone asking for Ramdin to be dropped must be crazy, he has been a good a batsman as any in the West Indies over the past year or so he has finnaly come of age.

  • on August 10, 2014, 14:23 GMT

    Strong team against Bangladesh. Hope Bangladesh will fight against this strong team. Sakib Al Hasan is absent is this tour.

  • on August 10, 2014, 2:58 GMT

    Kieron Pollard does not warrant selection in the squad, much less the xi, after a poor ipl, cpl and a dire lack of international cricket,(need i remind you he was dropped for averaging 14 with 3 consecutive ducks since the tri series) His technical defiecencies against short balls and spin bowling has been exposed in the current cpl, and playing him would mean wasting ramdin whose had a purple patch since returning to the team.

  • larahooperinc on August 10, 2014, 0:55 GMT

    I am surprised that taylor was not selected,we are too close to the world cup not to be selecting our best team.These selectors will have to realize Sammy can no longer make the odi team as a bowler.Although I understand Edwards selection,i disagree with him being used as opener.we have get our top 4 fixed for wc on aussie soil.Maybe we need to pick our best 5 batsmen,dj bravo and the best 4 bowlers.Gayle,Simmons,Edwards,lil Bravo,Samuels,big Bravo,Ramdin,Taylor,Narine,Roach,rampaul.Reserves -Pollard,Sammy,Russell,Holder etc.

  • satspeare on August 9, 2014, 23:49 GMT

    Totally agreed @ Dr_Van. My 11 1 Chris Gayle 2 Lendl Simmons 3 Darren Bravo 4 Kirk Edwards 5 Denesh Ramdin 6 Dwayne Bravo 7 Kieron Pollard / Darren Sammy 8 Jason Holder 9 Sunil Narine 10 Kemar Roach 11 Ravi Rampaul / Nikita Miller. Sammy and Miller will miss out. Pollard and Sammy are playing as all rounders in the squad, so its either or and not both. Captain Bravo plays as a batsman who MAY bowl. The fifth bowing option is shared between either #7, captain & maybe Simmons. Ramdin is in good nick and must be responsible for holding the lower order together. Depending on the wicket, we play both spinners.

  • 10yearstudent on August 9, 2014, 22:15 GMT

    time for Samuels to move on which is good.I think if gayle fails again at the top it is time to drop him too. time to blood new youth as opener.

  • Riddymon on August 9, 2014, 22:08 GMT

    @Naman Samuels has been dropped..he's been playing like garbage for a while now and many fans on here have been calling for his head. Glad the selectors have done that. Would've personally had Dwayne Smith in for Kirk Edwards mainly on that fact that he's in pretty good form right now and getting runs against a weaker team may boost his confidence a bit more....but i guess either or is fine. I want to see some major moves from Darren Sammy as well because I feel that it won't be long until he's dropped from the ODIs as well. He needs a consistent string of good performances with bat and ball so people will stop questioning his role in the squad since he's not captain.

  • BRUTALANALYST on August 9, 2014, 21:54 GMT

    Also can't understand dropping Dwayne Smith ? He didn't do well v England but he came in at late notice and it was just 3 games seems bit stupid to remove him from the squad. I don't like using T20 to make case for other format but it's only cricket he plays and he was phenomenal in the IPL and you could see his shot play has improved vastly and he has just scored 2 100's in the CPL last week surely in the new ODI format with power play and fielders up you'd want to utilise 2 power Right-hand/left-hand openers in Gayle and Smith like Aus use Warner /Finch to get off to a flyer. Lookin at the inconsistency of some of these players I'd also have Shiv bat 3 instead of either Darren/Simmons.

  • BRUTALANALYST on August 9, 2014, 21:45 GMT

    Sorry but you can't have both Pollard and Sammy in an ODI side you need proper bowlers these 2 can barely get away as T20 all-rounders lately. I'd much rather see Carlos Brathwaite as a stronger bowling all-rounder or as others have mentioned Jerome Taylor this is not T20 cricket and personally for the World Cup in Aus neither Pollard nor Sammy would be in my squad ahead of Carlos and Jerome and even Russell who's bowling has come on leaps an bounds.

  • Frayninho21 on August 9, 2014, 20:31 GMT

    My playing XI from that squad....Gayle, Edwards, DM Bravo, Simmons, Pollard, DJ Bravo, Ramdin, Holder, Roach, Rampaul, Narine. Miller and Sammy to miss out. I would have liked to have seen the likes of Evin Lewis, Nicholas Pooran, Sheldon Cottrell and Jonathan Carter being given an opportunity in these ODI's. Hopefully we'll see them in the T20's.....

  • wirus on August 9, 2014, 20:24 GMT

    It may be that they are trying not to overload Taylor as he acclimatizes again to the rigors of international cricket. That said, it is probably the best squad they could come up with although I think that in the shorter formats Ramdin should be rested and someone else could be given some exposure, using Ramdin only if the other keeper fails badly or is injured. As test captain he has to be looked after. The one big question mark is over the captaincy of Bravo. As shown in the CPL and on numerous other occasions he seems to lack the sort of thinking ability that is crucial for a captain. Stubbornly bowling the death overs is not a sign of courage but perhaps of arrogance or a lack of confidence in his other bowlers. At any rate his captaincy should be carefully watched in this series which Bang can win if they keep their heads. WI have to get it right in every department to win. About time that players like Pollard, Edwards and Darren Bravo come good in a big way with the bat.

  • Starvybz on August 9, 2014, 20:22 GMT

    so the wicb has decided that kirk is apparently a very reliable player having played very little cricket keep going we're going to be the first ones out next world cup

  • on August 9, 2014, 20:06 GMT

    I believe the selectors have missed a trick by not recalling Chanderpaul to open with the world cup on the horizzon. Windies ODI teams need more batsman who don't like hitting sixes & fours all the time & this is where C'Paul becomes very useful.

    I know Edwards has been doing OK in ODIs, but i would prefer Samuels still, especially after showing improved form in CPL.

    Somehow i suspect Taylor is being rested after playing the CPL. Given that Taylor/Roach are the main test bowlers, i expect en route to world cup, they might be rotated in the next few series. Both of them i don't think will go world cup, but come the world cup, they both are likely to be in the squad.

    Russell unlucky to miss out.

  • on August 9, 2014, 19:29 GMT

    Disappointing that there's no Taylor. As the guy below be said, Taylor/Roach/Holder/Narine makes for a match winning bowling lineup.

  • Dr_Van_Nostrand on August 9, 2014, 19:18 GMT

    No Jerome Taylor? Taylor/Roach/Holder could quickly become one of the world's leading attacks if they're given time to gel.

  • on August 9, 2014, 19:05 GMT

    My playing XI from this squad: Chris Gayle, Kirk Edwards, Darren Bravo, Lendl Simmons, Dwayne Bravo, Kieron Pollard, Denesh Ramdin, Darren Sammy, Sunil Narine, Kemar Roach, Ravi Rampaul. Holder and Miller would miss out. Although I wonder where is Samuels, Jerome Taylor

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  • on August 9, 2014, 19:05 GMT

    My playing XI from this squad: Chris Gayle, Kirk Edwards, Darren Bravo, Lendl Simmons, Dwayne Bravo, Kieron Pollard, Denesh Ramdin, Darren Sammy, Sunil Narine, Kemar Roach, Ravi Rampaul. Holder and Miller would miss out. Although I wonder where is Samuels, Jerome Taylor

  • Dr_Van_Nostrand on August 9, 2014, 19:18 GMT

    No Jerome Taylor? Taylor/Roach/Holder could quickly become one of the world's leading attacks if they're given time to gel.

  • on August 9, 2014, 19:29 GMT

    Disappointing that there's no Taylor. As the guy below be said, Taylor/Roach/Holder/Narine makes for a match winning bowling lineup.

  • on August 9, 2014, 20:06 GMT

    I believe the selectors have missed a trick by not recalling Chanderpaul to open with the world cup on the horizzon. Windies ODI teams need more batsman who don't like hitting sixes & fours all the time & this is where C'Paul becomes very useful.

    I know Edwards has been doing OK in ODIs, but i would prefer Samuels still, especially after showing improved form in CPL.

    Somehow i suspect Taylor is being rested after playing the CPL. Given that Taylor/Roach are the main test bowlers, i expect en route to world cup, they might be rotated in the next few series. Both of them i don't think will go world cup, but come the world cup, they both are likely to be in the squad.

    Russell unlucky to miss out.

  • Starvybz on August 9, 2014, 20:22 GMT

    so the wicb has decided that kirk is apparently a very reliable player having played very little cricket keep going we're going to be the first ones out next world cup

  • wirus on August 9, 2014, 20:24 GMT

    It may be that they are trying not to overload Taylor as he acclimatizes again to the rigors of international cricket. That said, it is probably the best squad they could come up with although I think that in the shorter formats Ramdin should be rested and someone else could be given some exposure, using Ramdin only if the other keeper fails badly or is injured. As test captain he has to be looked after. The one big question mark is over the captaincy of Bravo. As shown in the CPL and on numerous other occasions he seems to lack the sort of thinking ability that is crucial for a captain. Stubbornly bowling the death overs is not a sign of courage but perhaps of arrogance or a lack of confidence in his other bowlers. At any rate his captaincy should be carefully watched in this series which Bang can win if they keep their heads. WI have to get it right in every department to win. About time that players like Pollard, Edwards and Darren Bravo come good in a big way with the bat.

  • Frayninho21 on August 9, 2014, 20:31 GMT

    My playing XI from that squad....Gayle, Edwards, DM Bravo, Simmons, Pollard, DJ Bravo, Ramdin, Holder, Roach, Rampaul, Narine. Miller and Sammy to miss out. I would have liked to have seen the likes of Evin Lewis, Nicholas Pooran, Sheldon Cottrell and Jonathan Carter being given an opportunity in these ODI's. Hopefully we'll see them in the T20's.....

  • BRUTALANALYST on August 9, 2014, 21:45 GMT

    Sorry but you can't have both Pollard and Sammy in an ODI side you need proper bowlers these 2 can barely get away as T20 all-rounders lately. I'd much rather see Carlos Brathwaite as a stronger bowling all-rounder or as others have mentioned Jerome Taylor this is not T20 cricket and personally for the World Cup in Aus neither Pollard nor Sammy would be in my squad ahead of Carlos and Jerome and even Russell who's bowling has come on leaps an bounds.

  • BRUTALANALYST on August 9, 2014, 21:54 GMT

    Also can't understand dropping Dwayne Smith ? He didn't do well v England but he came in at late notice and it was just 3 games seems bit stupid to remove him from the squad. I don't like using T20 to make case for other format but it's only cricket he plays and he was phenomenal in the IPL and you could see his shot play has improved vastly and he has just scored 2 100's in the CPL last week surely in the new ODI format with power play and fielders up you'd want to utilise 2 power Right-hand/left-hand openers in Gayle and Smith like Aus use Warner /Finch to get off to a flyer. Lookin at the inconsistency of some of these players I'd also have Shiv bat 3 instead of either Darren/Simmons.

  • Riddymon on August 9, 2014, 22:08 GMT

    @Naman Samuels has been dropped..he's been playing like garbage for a while now and many fans on here have been calling for his head. Glad the selectors have done that. Would've personally had Dwayne Smith in for Kirk Edwards mainly on that fact that he's in pretty good form right now and getting runs against a weaker team may boost his confidence a bit more....but i guess either or is fine. I want to see some major moves from Darren Sammy as well because I feel that it won't be long until he's dropped from the ODIs as well. He needs a consistent string of good performances with bat and ball so people will stop questioning his role in the squad since he's not captain.