Taylor and Sarwan back for Twenty20
Jerome Taylor and Ramnaresh Sarwan are back in the West Indies squad for the World Twenty20, having recovered from injury, while Wavell Hinds has been recalled after being dropped for the recent series against Zimbabwe.
Both Taylor and Sarwan have been out of action since the Test series in Australia late last year. Taylor pulled up with a hip injury during the first match in Brisbane, and Sarwan has struggled with a back problem since the end of the series and wasn't risked against Zimbabwe last month.
West Indies ended a barren run of form with their 4-1 one-day series against Zimbabwe, but suffered an embarrassing start to that tour with defeats in Trinidad in a T20 international and the first ODI at Providence - the venue for both their group matches against England and Ireland - in Guyana.
However, as they showed in England last year, West Indies have a potentially explosive mix for Twenty20 and Clyde Butts, the chairman of selectors, is confident of a strong showing from the team which is now coached by Ottis Gibson.
"We have Chris Gayle at the top of the order and he can be a match-winner," he said. "It is also good to have our experienced players in the middle-order - Shiv Chanderpaul and Ramnaresh Sarwan - and this gives us strength in the batting. Wavell Hinds has been recalled and he brings a wealth of experience. He is a knowledgeable cricketer and we believe can make a good contribution in the middle-order as well."
"Dwayne Bravo is one of the leading allrounders in world cricket and he is the key man with bat and ball. We are happy to have Jerome Taylor back in the bowling department and this is a big plus. I also believe Sulieman Benn will play a major role with the ball. Overall, we have a balanced side with good all-round strength.
"We are confident our players will deliver on the home stage. If we play as a unit we have a very good chance of winning the [World Twenty20]. The strength is in the allround ability of the team.
Gayle, Bravo, Kieron Pollard and Kemar Roach are at the IPL, so will have the advantage of recent Twenty20 action while some of the other members of the squad will take part on the Jamaica Cricket Association festival.
Squad Chris Gayle (capt), Sulieman Benn, Dwayne Bravo, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Narsingh Deonarine, Andre Fletcher, Wavell Hinds, Nikita Miller, Kieron Pollard, Denesh Ramdin, Ravi Rampaul, Kemar Roach, Darren Sammy, Ramnaresh Sarwan, Jerome Taylor