West Indies rest Gayle, recall Pollard
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 in Dominica on Saturday and Sunday.
The 34-year-old Gayle has struggled with injury in recent months but still managed to score two half-centuries in the three-match Test series which ends today.
Pollard has also been plagued by injury but is now set for his first taste of international cricket in nearly a year.
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 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.
Darren Sammy, axed as Test captain ahead of the New Zealand series, returns to tead the team.
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. (CMC/EZS)