New look Windies T20 squad announced

St John’s, Antigua– The WICB Selection Committee on Wednesday named the squad for the Digicel T20 International against Pakistan at the Beausejour Cricket Ground in St Lucia on Thursday, April 21.

The squad features several uncapped players at the international level. They have been selected based on performances in the Caribbean T20 Tournaments in 2010 and earlier this year.

Powerful right-handed batsman Danza Hyatt, all-rounder Christopher Barnwell, off-spinner Ashley Nurse, and left-arm seamer Krishmar Santokie have received their maiden call ups to the international circuit.

There are also recalls for all-rounder Lendl Simmons, who last played for West Indies in 2010 in Australia, and batsman Marlon Samuels, who last played an international against Sri Lanka in 2008.

 

SQUAD

Darren Sammy (Captain)

Christopher Barnwell

Devendra Bishoo

Darren Bravo

Andre Fletcher

Danza Hyatt

Ashley Nurse

Ravi Rampaul

Kemar Roach

Andre Russell

Marlon Samuels

Krishmar Santokie

Lendl Simmons

 

WICB Chairman of Selectors, Clyde Butts said on the Digicel T20 Squad:

“The squad includes players who have performed well in the Caribbean T20. We are looking to expose players as he build towards the next ICC World T20 Tournament next year. Samuels and Simmons have both played at this level before and performed consistently in the Caribbean T20. We believe they will be key members of this team.

“Hyatt, Santokie and Nurse played in the West Indies ‘A’ Team against Pakistan ‘A’ and they did well. We have decided to give them the opportunity in the senior West Indies team and we believe they will make the transition to the higher level. Barnwell also did well in the Caribbean T20 and he also had exposure for Guyana in the Champions League last year. He is a lively and enthusiastic cricketer and we expect good things from him as well.”

Butts added: “Hyatt is a hard-hitting batsman who has demonstrated his ability to be a match-winner when he played against Pakistan ‘A”. Santokie has been exceptional in the Caribbean T20 using the new ball for Jamaica. Nurse is a clever bowler, a hard worker and has the ability to make vital runs in the lower order as well.”

Digicel Series Schedule

April 18: Pakistan v Vice Chancellor’s XI (50 over) – Beausejour Cricket Ground

April 21: Digicel Twenty20 – Beausejour Cricket Ground

Digicel ODI Series

April 23: First Digicel ODI – Beausejour Cricket Ground

April 25: Second Digicel ODI – Beausejour Cricket Ground

April 28: Third Digicel ODI – Kensington Oval

May 2: Fourth Digicel ODI – Kensington Oval

May 5: Fifth Digicel ODI – Guyana National Stadium

May 8-9: Two-day practice match – Bourda Cricket Ground

Digicel Tests

May 12-16: First Digicel Test – Guyana National Stadium

May 20-24: Second Digicel Test – Warner Park

Notes:

i) Chris Gayle, Dwayne Bravo and Kieron Pollard did not qualify for selection due to non-participation in the Caribbean T20 2011.

ii) The squad for the five-match Digicel One Day International Series against Pakistan will be announced at a later date.

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