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T&T all rounders Keiron Pol-
lard and Dwayne Bravo and fast
bowler Ravi Rampaul have all
been dropped from the West
Indies team for the upcoming
International Cricket Council
World Cup in Australia and New
A well-placed source told the
T&T Guardian that one of the
players who was dropped con-
firmed to him that he and his two
countrymen will not be making
the trip to Australia/New Zealand
for cricket s most prestigious event.
The three players were also
dropped for the upcoming one-
day international cricket series
against South Africa. Bravo and
Pollard, however, are both included
in the T20 series against the same
opposition which gets going today
but Rampaul did not make the cut.
Four T&T players are in the
Jason Holder-captained squad.
They are Dwayne s brother Darren
Bravo, opener Lendl Simmons,
mystery spinner Sunil Narine and
Bravo, Rampaul and Pollard were
all involved in the walkout during
the Indian series in October and
there is likely to be calls from some
quarters citing victimisation. How-
ever, Ramdin and Darren Bravo,
who are both on the team, were
on that ill-fated tour.
Narine, who was out of action
while correcting a flaw in his bowl-
ing returns to the team. Narine
was called for illegal bowling during
the Champions League in India in
October last year. He then missed
the subsequent Indian tour to do
Narine visited the testing centre
in England in December and
worked on bringing the degree of
bending in his bowling arm down.
He needs to get it within the 15-
degree allowable limit.
Narine has been included on the
T&T team for the Nagico Super
50 series and will look to get his
game back in order. Also looking
forward to getting in some valuable
practice in the Nagico series is
Darren Bravo. The other T&T play-
ers on the team Simmons and
Ramdin are in South Africa playing
the T20 series and will stay on for
the five limited overs matches
against that country, before moving
across to Australia for their World
Cup warm-up matches against
England and Scotland.
The West Indies will open their
account in the World Cup against
Ireland on February 16 at the Sax-
ton Oval in New Zealand. They
are placed in a group that includes
Ireland, India, South Africa, Pak-
istan, United Arab Emirates and
The West Indies selectors will
have until January 11 to reveal the
names of the players who would
take part in the series.
Rampaul out W Cup
CAPE TOWN---A reinforced West
Indies outfit takes on South Africa,
without some of its leading players,
in the first of a three-match Twenty20
International (T20I) series at New-
"It s a format that we have done well
in and we are looking to continue in
that way. We are very confident,"
declared captain Darren Sammy.
"We have won a world cup three
years ago and we believe we have some
of the best players in the world in that
format. We have shown how well we
West Indies, who are without the
ICC s No 1 and No 2-ranked T20
bowlers, Samuel Badree and Sunil Nar-
ine, are packing more fire-power than
they did when they lost to the South
Africans two-nil in the three-test series
which concluded this week.
Chris Gayle s return is expected to
be a massive boost while Kieron Pollard
and Lendl Simmons will bolster a bat-
ting line-up that struggled against Dale
Steyn, Morne Morkel, and Vernon Phi-
lander in the Test series.
"Are you ready for me?" Gayle asked
the media as he walked past journalists
at the end of the third Test.
He missed the Test series with a back
injury but was previously playing for
a South African franchise, the Lions,
in the local T20 tournament, scoring
the competition s first hundred and
finishing the fifth-highest run scorer
"Winning the series will be the most
important thing," declared allrounder
Andre Russell who, like Sammy and
Pollard, were playing in South Africa
a little less than a month ago, in the
domestic twenty-over tournament, and
will be familiar with conditions.
"Contributing to the team and win-
ning the series will mean a lot more to
me than getting the man of the series.
We just have to be positive and come
against the proteas with fire."
West Indies, on paper, look the better
side, with the likes of Gayle, Simmons,
Pollard, Russell, and Sammy being
renowned the world over for their
prowess in the 20-over format.
South Africa, however, will be with-
out the services of AB de Villiers, Morne
Morkel Vernon Philander and Steyn,
their best bowler.
The Proteas will rely heavily on skip-
per Faf du Plessis who has described
West Indies as "the dominant T20 team
in the world at the moment."
David Miller is expected to provide
some fireworks in a batting order that
looks weak while their pace attack will
be led by Kyle Abbott, Wayne Parnell,
and Marchant de Lange.
"Playing in the ram slam was a good
experience and I surely had some good
time playing on these wickets," said
Russell, who believes he has a key role
to play in the team.
"So I just hope I can contribute big
for the team bowling and batting on
these types of wickets because I was
here a month ago so I am accustomed
to the conditions."
West Indies and South Africa have
not met in T20 cricket since 2010 and
the visitors have only won one of their
six encounters in the shortest format,
at Port Elizabeth back in 2007.
"Here in Cape town I have seen a
lot of ads about protefire so I guess
Cape Town will be blazing and some-
body will come out victorious and
hopefully that is the maroon fire," said
"It will be a difficult 11 to pick but
whatever 11 we put out will go out and
be very competitive against South
First ball is 6 pm (12 noon eastern
Caribbean Time/11 am Jamaica Time).
Windies to unleash
firepower in T20 clash
Chris Gayle, Dwayne Smith take a "breather" during West Indies T20 squad
training at the Newlands in Cape Town on Wednesday. WICB MEDIA PHOTO
Under-20 team captain Shan-
non Gomez says this country will
start the Concacaf Under-20
Championship against Jamaica
as though it were a final.
Gomez was speaking on the eve
of today s match as head coach
Derek King and his team headed
to a practice session at a training
pitch located near to the National
Stadium in Kingston, the venue
for the match which kicks off at
T&T arrived in Kingston on
Wednesday following camp in
Miami where they played two
Gomez said T&T were in no
mood to be pushovers. T&T were
knocked out in the Caribbean
phase of qualification in 2013 dur-
ing the regional leg in Jamaica.
"One of the goals is qualifying
for the youth World Cup and let-
ting the others know we are not
the underdogs and that we are one
of the big dogs. We didn t come
here to lie down," Gomez said.
"We will treat every team with
respect, but on the field it s a dog
fight. We will go for a win in every
game and try to qualify straight to
the World Cup," Gomez said.
T&T were crowned Caribbean
champions in 2014 but did not
face off with the young "Reggae
Boyz" who were already through
to the Concacaf finals as hosts and
were not required to contest the
Caribbean championship. But a
hat-trick in the 3--0 win over Haiti
in the final by Kadeem Corbin saw
T&T lift the Cup.
But King is not in the mood to
take Theodore Whitmore s team
"Our approach will be serious
with the mindset of taking three
points. Jamaica at home will always
be solid and their coach likes to
play attacking football. We will be
compact and tight in the opening
stages but we will not be playing
defensively because we want to
get three points to start this tour-
nament," King said.
"All the players are fit and avail-
able for selection. They are all eager
to get things rolling."
The likes of Levi Garcia, Brendon
Creed, Duane Muckette and Ricar-
do John will want to ensure T&T
are in top gear while goalkeeper
Johan Welch will hope his defence
maintains discipline and keep the
opponents off the score sheet.
Two other matches are carded
tomorrow with Aruba meeting
Panama and United States and
The junior "Soca Warriors" are
in Group A along with Jamaica,
Aruba, Panama, the United States
and Guatemala. Group B includes
Haiti, Canada, Mexico, Cuba, Hon-
duras and El Salvador, in order of
The tournament will crown the
Confederation champion and qual-
ify four teams to the World Cup
New Zealand 2015.
The top team from each group
after round-robin play advances to
the World Cup, and the second and
third-placed nations from each
group advance to the final day
knockout phase, with the chance
to dispute one of a pair of play-in
matches which will determine Con-
cacaf s other two World Cup spots.
U-20 men start Concacaf
march against Jamaica
Gameiro scored a goal
and created another for
Sevilla to beat Granada
2--1 in the Copa del Rey
passed to Gamerio whose
shot rebounded off the
post and landed back in
the Deulofeu s path for
the first in the 32nd
Granada missed a
chance just before half-
time when midfielder
Manuel Iturra s cross
pinpointed striker Isaac
Success on the penalty
spot, but Success headed
it over the crossbar.
Gameiro took advan-
tage of a defensive mix-
up in Granada s penalty
area to tap in Ever Bane-
ga s well-placed free kick
in the 53rd.
Lass Bangoura pulled
one back on his Granada
debut on loan from Rayo
Vallecano when his free
kick went straight
through the defenders
wall in injury time.
Sevilla beats Granada 2--1 in Copa del Rey
South Africa: Faf du Plessis (c),
Morne van Wyk (wk), Kyle Abbott,
Kagiso Rabada, Rilee Rossouw, JP
Duminy, Charl Langeveldt, Aaron
Phangiso, Wayne Parnell, Marchant
de Lange, David Wiese, Farhaan
Behardien, Reeza Hendricks, Imran
Tahir, David Miller, Justin Ontong.
West Indies: Darren Sammy (c),
Denesh Ramdin (wk), Kieron Pollard,
Chris Gayle, Andre Fletcher,
Sulieman Benn, Carlos Brathwaite,
Sheldon Cottrell, Ashley Nurse,
Jason Holder, Lendl Simmons,
Marlon Samuels, Dwayne Smith,
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