Martin’s spin rewarded


Antiguan leg-spinner Anthony Martin
is the only uncapped player named in the West Indies One Day International
squad for the First and Second Digicel one-day internationals against Pakistan
in St Lucia which begin on Thursday.

But all-rounder Dwayne Bravo has
recovered from the knee injury he sustained at the recent World Cup and returns
to the squad. Bravo has also been named vice-captain to Darren Sammy.

The 13-man squad includes the
experienced strokemaker Marlon Samuels, Trinidad and Tobago opening batsman
Lendl Simmons, rookie Barbadian batsman Kirk Edwards and Guyanese leg-spinner
Devendra Bishoo.

However, the selectors found no
room for the trio of former captains Chris Gayle, Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Ramnaresh

According to a West Indies Cricket
Board release, their exclusion was consistent with the policy to expose young
players. The Board release also stated that Kieron Pollard would miss the ODIs
to play T20 in the Indian Premier League.

The board has also given permission
to Bravo—also contracted to an IPL franchise – to miss the two Digicel Tests
against Pakistan in order to participate in the IPL.

Adrian Barath has not yet attained
a level of satisfactory fitness and was not considered for selection.

Martin, 28, has been a consistent
performer in regional cricket for Leeward Islands in recent years. In the last
edition of the WICB Regional 50-over tournament last October, Martin was one of
the leading Leeward Islands bowlers as his team shared the trophy with Barbados
following a tied final. He finished that tournament with eight wickets from
five matches but had the best economy rate of all bowlers — 2.82 runs per over.

Martin’s fellow Antiguan, Devon
Thomas will retain duties behind the stumps after an impressive showing with
the gloves at the World Cup.


Martin gets an unex-pected call up.