Gayle out, Pollard returns for Dominica T20s

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, CMC – Flamboyant opener Chris Gayle has been rested but Kieron Pollard has returned to the West Indies Twenty20 squad for the two-match series against New Zealand next weekend in Dominica.

The 34-year-old Gayle has struggled with injury in recent months but still managed to score two half-centuries in the ongoing three-match Test series.

He sought medical treatment in Germany prior to the current series but has not yet returned to full fitness.

In his absence, West Indies will have available Kieron Pollard who is now set for his first taste of international cricket in nearly a year.

Chris Gayle
Chris Gayle
Kieron Pollard
Kieron Pollard

Pollard, too, has been plagued by injury and only returned to action in the domestic tournament for Trinidad and Tobago in April this year, before turning out for Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League.

However, the Windies will have to do without all-rounder Dwayne Bravo, the one-day captain, who is yet to recover from the injury that made him unavailable for selection for the current Test series.

He injured his shoulder during the IPL and was limited to just one game but then picked up a hamstring injury which is yet to heal.

Stylish left-hander Darren Bravo and all-rounder Christopher Barnwell, neither of whom have played T20s for West Indies in over a year, have both been recalled to the squad.

There is no room, however, for batsmen Marlon Samuels and Johnson Charles, and fast bowler Ravi Rampaul, all of whom were part of the Windies failed campaign in the Twenty20 World Cup in Bangladesh this year.

Samuels managed just 86 runs in five innings during the tournament and was subsequently dropped from the Test squad after a poor first Test against New Zealand at Sabina Park three weeks ago.

Darren Sammy, axed as Test captain ahead of the New Zealand series, returns to take charge of the unit.

Both T20s will be played at Windsor Park on July 5th and 6th.

SQUAD – Darren Sammy (captain), Samuel Badree, Christopher Barnwell, Darren Bravo, Sheldon Cottrell, Andre Fletcher, Sunil Narine, Kieron Pollard, Denesh Ramdin, Andre Russell, Krishmar Santokie, Lendl Simmons, Dwayne Smith.

 

Latest in Sports

The Guyana Amazon Warriors winged out for St Kitts yesterday ahead of the clash against the St Kitts and Nevis Patriots on Thursday as the 2016 Hero CPL T20 Tournament bowls off.

Warriors depart, looking to return as heroes

The Guyana Amazon Warriors on Sunday winged out for St Kitts where they will begin their 2016 Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) T20 title pursuit against the home team, the Patriots in game one set for Thursday at Warner Park.

Dynasty sealed- Captain of Sparta Boss outfit Devon Millington collecting the championship trophy from Sports Director Christopher Jones while members of the team and Banks DIH Limited look on.

Sparta still boss of the streets

The traditional Linden versus Georgetown rivalry provided the plot for the solidification of a dynasty as Sparta Boss retained their Guinness of the Streets National Title, defeating Lindeners Team 25 2-0 on Friday.

default placeholder

Slingerz edge Alpha United 1-0 in season finale

It was the changing of the guard as Slingerz FC were crowned the inaugural Guyana Football Federation (GFF) season champions, edging Alpha United 1-0 on Sunday at the Leonora Sports Facility.

Argentina’s Lionel Messi is turning his back on international football following Sunday’s Copa America defeat of Argentina by Chile.

Messi retires from internationals after Chile retain Copa

EAST RUTHERFORD, New Jersey, (Reuters) – Lionel Messi blasted a penalty over the bar in what looks like being his last act in international football as Chile beat Argentina in a shootout to win the Copa America for the second year in a row on Sunday.

20160628italy28

Italy break jinx to end Spain’s long European reign

PARIS, (Reuters) – Italy broke a 22-year hoodoo to end Spain’s bid for a record third successive European title with a deserved 2-0 win over familiar foes in an absorbing last 16 clash between the two heavyweights at Euro 2016 yesterday.

Iceland’s victorious players celebrate with their fans after the final whistle.

Iceland stun England with 2-1 win at Euro2016

NICE, France, (Reuters) – Iceland pulled off one of the greatest shocks in European Championship history when they recovered to beat England 2-1 in their last 16 clash yesterday and will now face hosts France in the quarter-finals.

default placeholder

TKR will play tough cricket, warns McCullum

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, CMC – Big-hitting New Zealand batsman Brendon McCullum says Trinbago Knight Riders were bracing for tough opposition but planned to play an “attractive brand of cricket” when the Caribbean Premier League bowled off here tomorrow.

default placeholder

GFSCA to field two teams in New York Independence and Legends Cup

The Guyana Floodlights Softball Cricket Association will be sending two teams to New York to take part in the New York Softball Cricket League International softball tournament to be held this weekend (July 1-3).

Comments

About these comments

The comments section is intended to provide a forum for reasoned and reasonable debate on the newspaper's content and is an extension of the newspaper and what it has become well known for over its history: accuracy, balance and fairness. We reserve the right to edit or delete comments which contain attacks on other users, slander, coarse language and profanity, and gratuitous and incendiary references to race and ethnicity.

Stay updated! Follow Stabroek News on Facebook or Twitter.

Get the day's headlines from SN in your inbox every morning: