The West Indies selectors have pulled several surprises in the West Indies 15 man for the ICC World Twenty20 Tournament. The Clyde Butts-led panel has shown a clear preference for experience as they recalled veteran batsman Wavell Hinds while ignoring the young Trinidadian trio of Adrian Barath, Darren Bravo and Lendl Simmons.

WH2Wavell 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,” Butts said of the Jamaican left hander.

Seasoned batsman Ramnaresh Sarwan and fast bowler Jerome Taylor return to the squad after recovering from back injuries.

The selectors have kept faith with Grenadian top order batsman Andre Fletcher who has not been faring well with the bat in his recent outings at the highest level. With Gayle being the lone regular opening batsman the decision to select only one other specialist opener in Fletcher may mean that he is sure to play. Alternatively Shivnarine Chanderpaul could open with Gayle.

Fletcher will also serve as back-up wicketkeeper to Denesh Ramdin, who himself has been under-performing with the bat.

The strength is in the all-round ability of the team. Overall, we have a balanced side with good all-round strength. We want to prepare well, because good preparation leads to good results,” Butts said.

We have Chris Gayle at the top of the order and he can be a match-winner. 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,” Butts said.

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 ICC T20 World Tournament,” Butts said.

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.”

Some of the players, Butts said, were in Barbados last week and they now head to Jamaica for the Jamaica Cricket Festival where the team will play against Ireland and Canada.

1. Chris Gayle (Captain)
2. Sulieman Benn
3. Dwayne Bravo
4. Shiv Chanderpaul
5. Narsingh Deonarine
6. Andre Fletcher
7. Wavell Hinds
8. Nikita Miller
9. Kieron Pollard
10. Denesh Ramdin
11. Ravi Rampaul
12. Kemar Roach
13. Darren Sammy
14. Ramnaresh Sarwan
15. Jerome Taylor

1. Merissa Aguilleira (Captain)
2. Kirbyina Alexander
3. Shemaine Campbelle
4. Britney Cooper
5. Shanel Daley
6. Deandra Dottin
7. Cordel Jack
8. Stacy-Ann King
9. Pamela Lavine
10. Anisa Mohammed
11. Juliana Nero
12. Shakera Selman
13. Tremayne Smartt
14. Stafanie Taylor

westindiescricketaskmeanyNOTE: Abbiegaye Hendricks, Danielle Small and Charlene Taitt will be part of the pre-Tournament camp in St Kitts and will be eligible for selection in One-Day Internationals and T20 Internationals against Sri Lanka and Pakistan ahead of the ICC World T20 Tournament.

Chairman of Selectors Clyde Butts on the women’s team:

Our girls have been playing some very good cricket in the last six months. They beat England , the Number 1 team in the world, and I know they will be ready when the first match bowls off. They will have a camp in St Kitts and matches against Sri Lanka and Pakistan, which will be good preparation. I expect our girls to do very well in this Tournament. We have very good allround team and they are very disciplined. They handle the pressure very well and play together as a unit under Merissa Aguilleira, who has matured as a good leader.

With Stafanie Taylor and Deandra Dottin at the top of the order, we have two match-winners. They are also capable allrounders and they are growing with every match. I would expect these players to lead with Cordel Jack and Pamela Lavine making good contributions as well. We have a good bowling unit as well led by Anisa Mohammed with Taylor, Shanel Daley and Shakera Selman also able to get crucial wickets.”

Men’s Group D at Guyana National Stadium
Friday, April 30: vs Ireland at 5 pm (4 pm Jamaica Time)
Monday, May 3: vs England at 1:30 pm (12:00 Jamaica Time)
Women’s Group A at Warner Park, St Kitts
Wednesday, May 5: vs South Africa at 10 am (9 am Jamaica Time)
Friday, May 7: vs England at 2 pm (1 pm Jamaica Time)
Sunday, May 9: vs Australia at 2 pm (1 pm Jamaica Time)

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