Sunday, December 17, 2017

Three new faces for T20 defence

Sheldon Cottrell, Krishmar Santokie and Andre Fletcher are the new faces in the West Indies ICC (International Cricket Council) World Twenty20 squad for the March 16 to April 6 tournament, in Bangladesh.

The trio were the only changes to the West Indies 15-man squad that won the trophy in 2012, replacing Darren Bravo, Fidel Edwards and the injured Kieron Pollard.

Both wicket-keeper/batsman Fletcher and seam bowler Santokie have played international T20s for the regional side, while fast bowler Cottrell is yet to make his T20I debut for the West Indies.

Middle-order batsman Darren Bravo and pacer Edwards were both axed from the team, while Pollard and fast bowler Kemar Roach were not considered for selection due to continued rehabilitation from injury.

Pollard is recovering from a knee injury sustained late last year, and Roach is still trying to get over a shoulder injury.

The side will be led by Darren Sammy, and includes six Trinidad and Tobago players–mystery spinner Sunil Narine, all-rounder Dwayne Bravo, pacer Ravi Rampaul, leg-spinner Samuel Badree, wicket-keeper Denesh Ramdin and batsman Lendl Simmons, who were all part of the side that won the trophy when they toppled hosts Sri Lanka by 36 runs in the final, in Colombo, two years ago.

Also included in the squad are NAGICO Super50 MVP Dwayne Smith, hard-hitting opening batsman Chris Gayle, and the West Indies hero of the 2012 final, Marlon Samuels.

West Indies World T20 Squad: Darren Sammy (captain), Samuel Badree, Dwayne Bravo, Johnson Charles, Sheldon Cottrell, Andre Fletcher, Christopher Gayle, Sunil Narine, Denesh Ramdin, Ravi Rampaul, Andre Russell, Marlon Samuels, Krishmar Santokie, Lendl Simmons, Dwayne Smith.

Team management unit: Ottis Gibson (head coach), Richie Richardson (team operations manager), Stuart Williams (assistant coach), Andre Coley (assistant coach), Saqlain Mushtaq (assistant coach), C.J. Clark (physiotherapist), Hector Martinez Charles (strength & conditioning coordinator), Richard Berridge (video & statistical analyst), Virgil Browne (massage therapist), Philip Spooner (media relations manager).