After opting out of the ODI series against Zimbabwe, Chris Gayle has been rested from the upcoming two Twenty20 internationals against the visitors as well. A WICB release said Gayle had asked to miss the T20s. Darren Sammy, who had also been rested from the ODI series, returned to lead a 13-man West Indies squad, which had call-ups for fast bowler Shannon Gabriel and allrounder Christopher Barnwell.

The release said both were leading performers during the recent Caribbean T20 tournament. Barnwell, who has played four T20s for West Indies, was the highest run-getter in the Caribbean T20 and also took six wickets. Gabriel, who made his Test debut at Lord's in May 2012, picked up five wickets.

The T20s against Zimbabwe will be played on March 2 and 3 in Antigua.

West Indies squad: Darren Sammy (capt), Samuel Badree, Christopher Barnwell, Tino Best, Darren Bravo, Dwayne Bravo, Johnson Charles, Shannon Gabriel, Sunil Narine, Kieron Pollard, Denesh Ramdin (wk), Andre Russell, Lendl Simmons