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BADREE, POLLARD, NARINE, SIMMONS BACK
Windies T20 chance
ST JOHN'S --- Batting superstar Chris Gayle will take no
part in the four-match Twenty20 series against Pakistan
starting later this month, after being left out of 16-man West
Indies squad announced last Saturday.
The left-handed Gayle also did not play in the three-match
series against the Pakistanis last September in the United Arab
Emirates, after advising selectors he was unavailable for selec-
However, the West Indies Cricket Board release lastSaturday
offered no explanation for Gayle's omission from the squad,
which will be led again by all-rounder Carlos Brathwaite.
Jamaican Gayle has been a key member of the West Indies
T20 set-up and remains one of the world's premier batsmen
in the shortest format. He averages 35 from 50 T20 Interna-
tionals with two hundreds and has already plundered nearly 10
000 runs in T20s overall.
Gayle last appeared for West Indies in the Twenty20 World
Cup in India last April when he helped the Caribbean side win
an unprecedented second title.
Also missing from the squad is experienced all-rounder
Dwayne Bravo, who played in the last series in the UAE. He
was extremely critical of the WICB following the Windies' 3-0
whitewash in the UAE, contending their abrupt firing of head
coach Phil Simmons had demoralised the unit.
The 33-year-old underwent surgery last January for a ham-
string injury sustained in the Australia Big Bash and has been
Also missing from the Windies' last outing are batsman
Nicholas Pooran and Johnson Charles, while marquee all-round-
er Andre Russell is unavailable due to a doping whereabouts
Batsman Lendl Simmons, who missed the last series through
medical reasons, has returned and joins other seasoned cam-
paigners in off-spinner Sunil Narine, Kieron Pollard and Mar-
Meanwhile, Jonathan Carter and Jason Mohammed have
forced their way into the squad, presumably based on their
form in the recent one-day series against England. They are
two of three new faces with left-arm spinner Veerasammy
Permaul a surprise inclusion after having not suited up for West
Indies in two years. He oddly makes it into the squad ahead of
fellow left-armer Sulieman Benn, who snatched 18 wickets in
the recent Regional Super50 but has once again been ignored
Impressive all-rounder Rovman Powell, yet to make his T20
debut, has retained his place in the squad. Test and one-day
captain Jason Holder has also kept his place in the squad despite
having not played a T20 in 16 months.
West Indies face Pakistan in the first T20 on March 26 at
Kensington Oval before clashing in the remaining games at
Queen's Park Oval from March 30 to April 2. (CMC)
West Indies bowler Sunil Narine (R) celebrates with teammate Kieron Pollard during a match last year.
St Andrew's tops schools' championships
St Andrew's Anglican reigned supreme at the Tobago Pri-
mary Schools Track and Field championships at the Dwight
Yorke Stadium last Wednesday (March 15).
Competing in 23 of the 51-eventsprogramme, St Andrew's
came out on top with 177 points.
Jahaziel David and Janae DeGannes were their outstanding
athletes. David won gold in the Boys' Under-11 100 metres, 200
metres and long jump while DeGannes also took gold in the
Girls' Under-13 100 metres, 200 metres and long jump.
Coming in second with 143 points was Mason Hall Govern-
ment. Leading the way for Mason Hall were Ben Israel Bannis-
ter and Aaliyah Roach.
Bannister was victorious in the Boys' Under-13 200m and
400m and claimed silver in the 100m, while Roach won gold
in the Girl's 13-15 100m and 200m.
Ten points were awarded for a win while second and third
place got eight and six respectively.
In third position was Signal Hill Government with 130 points.
Siel Mills stood out for Signal Hill in Boys' Under-9, winning
gold in the 100m and 60m.
Some of the events contested by youngsters were cricket ball,
shot put, javelin, high jump, 1500m and the sprints.
The top two athletes in each event will represent the Tobago
zone at the National Championships on May 16.
At least 12 Tobago
athletes achieved the
Carifta Games' qual-
ifying standard at the
recently held Nation-
al Gas Compa-
al trials at the Hasely
Leading the way
was Zenith's javelin
thrower Tyriq Hors-
ford, who landed the
spear 70.94 metres for
the easiest of victories
on day two of the tri-
als.The others were
Konnel Jacob of Jag-
uars (shot put), Clar-
ence Hannibal of Fal-
Benjamin (high jump),
Anya Akili (heptath-
lon), Safiya John (hep-
tathlon) and Kerlon
Ashby of Kaizen Pan-
thers, and Kymoi
Noray (javelin), Asha
James, Odell Joefield,
Vandell Joseph and
Anya Stanisclaus of
The Carifta Games
is scheduled for April
15th-18th in Curaçao.
PHOTO COURTESY DE GANNES/MANN/CLARKE
SQUAD --- Carlos Brathwaite (captain), Samuel Badree,
Jonathan Carter, André Fletcher, Jason Holder, Evin Lewis,
Jason Mohammed, Sunil Narine, Veerasammy Permaul,
Kieron Pollard, Rovman Powell, Marlon Samuels,
Lendl Simmons, Jerome Taylor, Chadwick Walton,
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