ICC World Twenty20 2010 March 19, 2010

Baugh in West Indies squad

Cricinfo staff

Jamaican wicketkeeper Carlton Baugh jnr has been included in West Indies' provisional 30-member squad for the World Twenty20 to be staged in the Caribbean late next month.

The wicketkeeper's slot is something of a worry for new coach Ottis Gibson, following Denesh Ramdin's disappointing performances in the recent matches against Australia and Zimbabwe. Besides Baugh and Ramdin, the other in the running for the position are Andre Fletcher, Chadwick Walton and Devon Thomas.

Of the frontline wicketkeepers in the regional competition, Baugh is the best batsman with a solid first-class average of 36.45 and 11 hundreds, though he has played only a handful of Twenty20 matches. He hasn't impressed on the international stage yet, last having played for West Indies in December 2008, a Twenty20 game against New Zealand.

Fletcher and Walton have been let down by their batting as well in recent matches for West Indies, and it is believed the selectors may not risk to exposing 20-year-old Thomas to such a high-profile competition at this time.

There were no real surprises in the squad except for the axing of left-hander Brendan Nash. Ramnaresh Sarwan and Jerome Taylor, who have been out of action with injuries, are likely to undergo fitness assessments before the selection panel, headed by Clyde Butts, name the final 15.

West Indies have been drawn in Group D, along with England and Ireland, and will be playing their league matches at the Providence Stadium in Guyana. They open their campaign against Ireland on April 30.

West Indies probables for the 2010 World Twenty20: Lionel Baker, Adrian Barath, Carlton Baugh jnr, David Bernard jnr, Sulieman Benn, Darren Bravo, Dwayne Bravo, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Royston Crandon, Travis Dowlin, Narsingh Deonarine, Andre Fletcher, Chris Gayle, Wavell Hinds, Nikita Miller, Runako Morton, Kieron Pollard, Denesh Ramdin, Ravi Rampaul, Kemar Roach, Darren Sammy, Ramnaresh Sarwan, Lendl Simmons, Devon Smith, Dwayne Smith, Jerome Taylor, Devon Thomas, Gavin Tonge, Chadwick Walton

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  • Richie on March 26, 2010, 23:06 GMT

    Reuel based on your comments you are quite likely from Trinidad to be promoting Ramdin, who is a very ordinary wicket keeper, and citing only Ramdin's first 5 test, what about the next 35 test, those are not important too. I do agree that Ramdin probably is the best wicket keeper of the bad lot we have in the W.I. but he's still ordinary. JJoseph4 you are clearly Jamaican and you need to get that bias out of your selection. How can you include Samuels, who has not played any competitive cricket in well over that year, in the W.I. team. Also, Hinds may have had a good start in the regional competition, however, there are far more talented batsmen out which include the likes of Barath and young Bravo. Chunnie, please ignore my comment about "just starting following W.I. cricket", everyone commenting here are clearly passonate followers of W.I. cricket. Chunnie your 11 looks good except that Deonarine deserves to be in the side ahead of Simmons. Simmons did not step up in Australia.

  • Jagdesh on March 26, 2010, 21:45 GMT

    I was wondering when someone was going to mention Baugh's career stats. I 've always known he's a waste. That's why I didn't bother to mention him. I remember thinking the last time he played that that was the end of his international career. He ALWAYS throws it away. Would you rather a guy like that or someone who is better but just out of form?

    And I noticed jjoseph4 had Hinds, Samuels and Smith in his eleven. All I'll say on that is that RichieScotty should direct some of his comments his way.

    My ideal 11 would be Gayle, Barath, Sarwan, Bravo, Chanderpaul, Ramdin (c), Pollard, Khan, Taylor, Edwards, Roach... and Simmons (12th man).

    But from the 30 that WI chose, it'd have to be Gayle, Barath, Sarwan, Bravo, Chanderpaul, Ramdin (c), Simmons, Pollard, Miller, Taylor, Roach... and Deonarine (12th man).

    Gayle shouldn't be captain. While he is respected, his attitude isn't good for the team.

  • Sandeep on March 26, 2010, 18:24 GMT

    Guys.. when is samuels coming back..? I remember that his ban will get over by May 9th.. and yeaa.. here goes my playing eleven.. Gayle..Barath..Sarwan..Deonarine..Bravo..Pollard..Ramdin..Sammy..Miller..Taylor..Roach.

    Whoz it..?

  • Dummy4 on March 26, 2010, 17:21 GMT

    What about Sherwin Ganga? He does a great job in 20 over cricket with the ball and the bat.

  • joe on March 26, 2010, 15:59 GMT

    this should be west indies team 1.gayle 2.hinds 3.sarwan 4..samuels 5.bravo 6.pollard 7.smith 8.ramdin 9.taylor 10.edwards 11.roach

  • Dummy4 on March 26, 2010, 13:54 GMT

    Baugh is a waste of time. and seriously why is the name of fletcher being mentioned. Fletcher is also a waste. Ramdin is the best keeper in the region, hands down, the best glove man that the w.i. have had in recent times. i hear all this talk bout baugh, but he has failed internationally as well with the bat, and lets face it he is nowhere, not even close to ramdin's level when it comes to glove work. in case u forgot let me refresh ur memory, baugh played 5 test with an ave of 19, ramdin's first 5 test saw him with an ave of 31. so what if he lost some form with the bat, every international player looses some kinda form at some point. Ramdin is the number one keeper, full stop. however i am glad he has some pressure being placed on him, cause it would only make him stronger, and better player. morton, dowlin, tounge, are wastes of time. some u19 squad members should have been called to the camp, to get some experience around senior players even if they dont get to play in the tourney

  • Dummy4 on March 26, 2010, 3:15 GMT

    The China man Dave Mohammed should have been there. He did well in the Champions league. He may not have made the final squad but it would have been valuable practice for the WI batsmen since they have so much difficulty batting spin.

  • Andre on March 25, 2010, 23:53 GMT

    Perhaps Pollard should come in higher, 3 or even open so if he fails to clear the boundary, he'll still clear the inner circle. Personally, I want to see at least 5 practice matches on grounds similar to where WI will play. Our fielding has been the most heartbreaking aspect of WI cricket, we really need to improve. I hope someone in the WI camp has access to all the IPL games for thorough review and to use as examples to our cricketers...

  • Jagdesh on March 25, 2010, 22:00 GMT

    Chanderpaul MUST be in the side! We need him there. Those against that are deluding themselves. And RichieScotty, I've been following WI cricket through thick and mostly thin for the better part of my life. I'm fed up of seeing the same mistakes being made series after series and nothing being done to correct them. Your statement that Hinds, Morton and Fletcher will not be picked just shows the kind of mentality that has led to this breakdown in WI cricket in the first place. So do you think it would be okay to continue picking players like these in 30 man squads and ignoring other players who should have been given chances? When will it end? And by the way, if you bothered to check you would see that Benn averages 45 in 12 tests and 75 in 14 ODIs. Is this the kind of mediocrity we want to encourage?

  • rovin on March 25, 2010, 16:44 GMT

    RichieScotty is right on! they only included those guys in the 30 man squad, there not gonna be playing for the tournament, Also with chanderpaul...i agree he shouldnt be excluded from the side however why is it that he doesnt open with Gayle anymore? over the years shiv and gayle has open batting and let the stats show!

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