Kingston: Adam Sanford on Sunday became the first cricketer from one of the indigenous people of the Caribbean to be picked for West Indies when the squad for the first Test against India was named.
Sanford, a Dominica-born fast bowler, who now lives in Antigua, earns his place following an impressive season in the domestic championship in which he captured 41 wickets at 25.19 apiece in eight matches. Sanford is from the indigenous Carib people, many of whom reside in his native Dominica, and will be one of the fast bowlers that captain Carl Hooper expects to call upon to try and blast out the Indian batsmen during the series which starts in Guyana on Thursday.
Brian Lara and batting prodigy Ramnaresh Sarwan both return from injury and should add substance to the batting. There have been recalls for opening batsman Stuart Williams and wicket-keeper/batsman Junior Murray, neither of whom has played Test cricket for three years. Also recalled are leg-spin bowler Mahendra Nagamootoo and fast bowler Marlon Black. Opening batsman Daren Ganga and wicket-keeper/batsman Ridley Jacobs, vice-captain of the side last year, are two notable omissions from the squad that assembles in Georgetown on Monday ahead of the gruelling home series.