Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : January 13th 2015 Contents A46
Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Tuesday, January 13, 2015
JOHANNESBURG---An upset Chris Gayle has
blasted the omission of Dwayne Bravo and
Kieron Pollard from the West Indies squad
for next month s World Cup as "ridiculous",
and says it smacks of victimisation.
Speaking after firing West Indies to an his-
toric victory in the second Twenty20 Inter-
national against South Africa at the Wanderers
on Sunday, the maverick opener lashed out at
selectors for axing the all-rounders, arguing
the move weakened the one-day side.
"How can those two guys not be in the
team? To me it got to be like victimisation
when you look at it towards those two guys,"
"Come on, guys. It is just ridiculous. Come
on. Ridiculous. [I'm] really hurt. Ridiculous.
Honestly, it throw me off. We can only talk.
We can express our feelings, which I'm doing
at this point in time. The squad already is
announced. It is just sad."
The claim of victimisation is in reference to
the role Pollard and Bravo played on the con-
troversial abandoned tour of India when the
one-day team abruptly quit the series over a
contracts dispute with their players union,
Bravo, the one-day skipper at the time, led
the fight for the players against WIPA and the
West Indies Cricket Board, as the players
Pollard, meanwhile, was one of the senior
In selecting the squad for South Africa and
the World Cup, West Indies selectors said they
were looking to rebuild the squad, naming
rookie fast bowler Jason Holder as the new
And on Sunday, WICB president Dave
Cameron rejected claims Pollard and Bravo
had been victimised, contending the squads
had been selected on a cricketing basis only.
A furious Gayle said, however, the strength
of the one-day side would be impacted by the
"It is a big batting line-up when you look
at our team. But it's just disappointing when
you look at the 50-over format -- we won't be
at our strongest," Gayle said.
"We don't have our strongest team without
Pollard, nor Bravo. So that is actually sad for
us. It is a really big blow for us to actually lose
two key players, two key all-rounders as well,
very good in the outfield.
"I don't know what's the history behind it,
but it is a ridiculous selection from my point
He added: "I don't know where our cricket
is actually going to ... where we are heading
with this sort of situation. But it is really sad.
Actually we won the [Twenty20] series with
our best team and now there will be changes,
with two of our biggest players in ODI cricket
not involved in the 50-over format and the
"It really hurts but I'm really, really glad that
we won the series for Pollard and Bravo."
West Indies pulled off the highest run chase
in Twenty20 Internationals to beat South Africa
by four wickets with four balls to spare here
Sunday, and take a winning 2-0 lead in the
Gayle smashed a top score of 90 from 41
balls to record his second half-century and
Man-of-the-Match award in the space of three
DURBAN---Captain Darren Sammy is
hoping to rest several players for the third
and final Twenty20 International here
tomorrow with the series already wrapped
up, but has impressed upon his unit the
importance of making a clean sweep.
West Indies arrived here yesterday fresh
from taking a winning 2-0 lead in the series,
following an historic run chase which saw
the Caribbean successfully overhaul a mam-
moth 231 for seven by South Africa, to win
at Wanderers with four balls to spare.
Sammy said he would discuss with tour
selectors and coach Stuart Williams the
possibility of using a revamped team, espe-
cially considering the upcoming workload
of a few players.
"I said to the guys after [Sunday's] match,
3-0 in South Africa against South Africa
sounds way better than 2-1," Sammy said.
"Obviously Chris (Gayle) is our main T20
batsman and we have the one-dayers com-
ing up and we know how crucial [but] how
prone he is to injury. I think I had a con-
versation with him and Stuart and he want-
ed to play [on Sunday] so once we won the
series, he could get some time to manage
Gayle was pivotal in the series win, ham-
mering 77 off 31 balls in the opening game
in Cape Town to steer West Indies to an
uncomplicated four-wicket win. He returned
at the Wanderers to blast 90 from 41 deliv-
eries to set up another thrilling four-wicket
Sammy said he believed, however, there
were strong players who could be called
upon for the final game to ensure Windies
sustained their winning momentum.
"We have guys like Carlos Brathwaite
[who can come in]. To be fair, Jason (Holder)
after the Test series looked a bit tired and
we know he has the one-day captaincy to
think about so Carlos Brathwaite could get
his opportunity," Sammy explained.
"And (Andre) Fletcher could also come
in and keep after (Denesh) Ramdin had the
Test series and have the one-dayers and
the World Cup coming up.
"We will talk to the selectors and see if
we can give the other guys a chance to play
with the same mentality of going out and
winning in Durban." (CMC)
Sammy hit with fine
for slow over rate
Sammy will part with 20 per cent of his
match fee for West Indies slow over rate
during Sunday s second Twenty20 Inter-
national at the Wanderers.
The fine was imposed by match referee
Ranjan Madugalle after West Indies were
deemed to be one over short at the cut off
time for the innings.
The Windies players were also fined ten
per cent of their match fees for the offence.
Sammy accepted both the charge and
the fine, negating the need for a formal
If West Indies breach the over-rate rule
within the next 12 months, Sammy will be
slapped with a one-match suspension.
West Indies pulled off the highest ever
run chase in T20 Internationals on Sunday
to beat South Africa by four wickets with
four balls to spare. (CMC)
National captain Rayad Emrit warmed-
up for the upcoming Nagico Super50 series
with a five-wicket haul and opener Evin
Lewis banged 90 not out on Sunday night
during a warm-up clash at the Queen s
Skippering Team A, Emrit was able to
shot out Team B, led by Yannick Ottley for
just 175 off 39 overs. The pacer looked in
good form and gave the B Team batsmen
a torrid time. He finished with five for 28
off eight overs. Also among the wickets
were Jason Mohammed 2/14 and Imran
Khan 2/19. Top scoring for Team B was
Kevon Cooper who slashed 45 off 49 balls
with four fours and a six. All rounder Yan-
nick Carriah propped up the innings earlier
on with 41 off 70 balls, including two fours
and a six. Towards the end pacer Marlon
Richards cracked 31 off 25 balls with three
fours and a six.
Team A then made light work of the vic-
tory target getting to 178 for two off just
26.4 overs. Nicholas Sookdeosingh went
early for 17 but the left handed duo of Lewis
and Darren Bravo added 128 runs in 17.4
overs. The two lit up the Oval with a dazzling
batting display. Lewis remained 90 not out
at the end off 77 balls with six fours and
five sixes, while Bravo counted 62 off 60
balls with four fours and three sixes.
ST GEORGE'S---West Indies Cricket Board
president, Dave Cameron, has given his
full backing to new one-day skipper Jason
The 23-year-old pacer was surprisingly
named last month to replace Dwayne Bravo
for the five-match series in South Africa
starting Friday. He was also announced last
weekend to lead the Caribbean side to the
World Cup which bowls off next month in
Australia and New Zealand.
"He's somebody we have a lot of time
for, a lot of respect for, he's somebody who
is very mature for his age and I expect him
to lead very well in the World Cup,"
Cameron said in a radio interview here.
Holder has played just three Tests and
21 One-Day Internationals, after making
his international debut two years ago in
He has since taken 29 wickets at 28 apiece
in ODIs and was good enough to hit a half-
century on Test debut against New Zealand
last June in his hometown Barbados.
Cameron said he had been especially
impressed with Holder in recent outings
on the South Africa tour.
"I expect that we will give a good per-
formance as a team. If you look at our new
captain, he has done very well in the last
couple of matches," the Jamaican executive
said. "As the matter of fact, he has been
one of our better bowlers in the Test [match-
es] and the first T20 that was played so I
expect him to lead from the front."
West Indies face the Proteas in the first
ODI in Durban on Friday. (CMC)
axing of Pollard,
Captain Darren Sammy and Man of the Match Chris Gayle, pose after the second KFC T20
International match between South Africa and West Indies at Bidvest Wanderers Stadium on
Sunday. The West Indies won the match to take the three match series with the final contest
scheduled for tomorrow. PHOTO COURTESY WINDIESCRICKET
with five-wkt haul
Holder to excel
Team B 175 all out (38overs)(Kevon
Cooper 45, Yannick Carriah 41, Marlon
Richards 31, Rayad Emrit 5/28, Imran Khan
2/19, Jason Mohammed 2/14) vs Team A
178/2 (26.4overs) (Evin Lewis 90no, Dar-
ren Bravo 62) -- Team A won by 8 wkts.
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