WICB announces Cricket World Cup squad; Darren Sammy included

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St. Lucia’s Darren Sammy

ST. JOHN’S, Antigua – The West Indies Cricket Board on Saturday announced the West Indies squad to contest the Cricket World Cup 2015 in Australia and New Zealand.

Jason Holder (Captain)

Marlon Samuels (Vice Captain)

Sulieman Benn

Darren Bravo

Jonathan Carter

Sheldon Cottrell

Christopher Gayle

Sunil Narine

Denesh Ramdin

Kemar Roach

Andre Russell

Darren Sammy

Lendl Simmons

Dwayne Smith

Jerome Taylor

Chairman of the Selection Panel Clive Lloyd said he has high hopes for the squad which is a competitive mix of experienced players and some fresh faces.

“I believe we have selected a very good team which will do West Indies proud at the World Cup. We have a good mixture of some good seasoned players and some good youngsters who will fly the West Indies flag in Australia and New Zealand,” Lloyd said.

“If they play to their potential I am quite sure we will do very well. I have really high hopes in this team – I believe they can do something special. We have the talent and if we can play to our potential we have a very good chance of lifting that trophy,” Lloyd said.

Lloyd, a double world cup winning captain (1975 and 1979), said that the prestige of the Cricket World Cup offers a significant opportunity for the team to bring pride to the Caribbean region similar to the success of the West Indies team in the ICC World Twenty20 in 2012.

“This is a very prestigious world event, one of the biggest sporting events on the international calendar and it is a huge opportunity to create something historic and memorable for West Indies cricket and the people of the region,” Lloyd said.

Highly rated off spinner Sunil Narine returns to the Jason Holder captained squad and will share spin duties with left armer Sulieman Benn. Also returning to the squad is top order batsman Darren Bravo who had taken time away from the game to address some personal matters. Fast bowler Kemar Roach returns after suffering an injury in the recently completed Test series against South Africa.

Seasoned batsman Marlon Samuels has been appointed Vice Captain.

The most experienced ODI player in the squad is opener Chris Gayle with 258 appearances. Samuels (162), Denesh Ramdin (115) and Darren Sammy (115) all have over a hundred ODI games under their belts. Dwayne Smith (94) could achieve his 100th appearance during the Cricket World Cup.

The squad has a total of 1156 ODI appearances with only Sheldon Cottrell and Jonathan Carter yet to debut internationally. Carter and Cottrell are both in the West Indies ODI squad to face South Africa in a five match series to commence shortly.

The Cricket World Cup commences on February 14th with West Indies playing their opening match on February 16th against Ireland.

West Indies CWC Pool B Schedule

February 16 – West Indies v Ireland at Nelson

February 21 – West Indies v Pakistan at Christchurch

February 24 – West Indies v Zimbabwe at Canberra

February 27 – West Indies v South Africa at Sydney

March 6 – West Indies v India at Perth

March 15 – West Indies v UAE at Napier

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6 comments

  1. You mean two months prior to a world cup these guys are changing the captaincy and an inexperienced player as captain, if you felt like punishing Bravo why punish the man twice by firing him as captain and dropping him again and why the senseless victimization of Pollard.You dropped Sammy and then you recalled him because this action would have been too obvious. Guys please don't try to destroy West Indies cricket.

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  2. greatest finisher of all times.... when they lose just know he still tried... guy just knows how to get the job done wish one day they wud stop the Politics in cricket

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  3. Alex antoine need a pick

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  4. West indies bowlers will be the problem they can't contain or bowl sides out in any format, go sammy

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  5. go sammy go!! always support you.

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  6. Sammy, the reliable finisher, has done it again in S. African with an initial superb contribution once again by the yardies. All in all a magnificent team effort which should give them the boost they needed, going into the World Cup.

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