Windies induct five new-blood in WC prelim squad

Published: Saturday, January 13, 2007, 23:53 [IST]
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St John's (Antigua):West Indies selectors inducted some fresh blood in the 30-member provisional squad for the forth coming World Cup announced here on Friday.

Trinidad's Kieron Pollard and all-rounder Reyad Emrit, Gavin Tonge of Antigua, Barbados stumper Patrick Browne and experienced Guyanese batsman Travis Dowlin were the uncapped members shortlisted for the World Cup squad.

The 19-year-old Pollard came into reckoning after hitting 126 on his first class debut in a domestic tournament last week.

The World Cup starts in the Caribbean on Mar. 13.

Emrit, 25, was also included in the 14-player squad for India with all-rounder Dwayne Bravo, who skipped the Pakistan one-day series for personal reasons, also making a return.

Meanwhile Injured West Indies batsman Ramnaresh Sarwan will miss this month's one-day series in India, the cricket board said.

However, the batsman was named in the 30-member provisional World Cup squad announced by the West Indies board, which included five uncapped players.

Sarwan was ruled out of last month's one-day series in Pakistan due to a hairline fracture of his right foot and the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) said on its Web site he was not medically fit.

The India matches will be played in Nagpur (Jan. 21), Cuttack (Jan. 24), Chennai (Jan. 27) and Baroda (Jan. 31).

Squads: World Cup probables: Brian Lara (capt), Omari Banks, Carlton Baugh, Ian Bradshaw, Dwayne Bravo, Patrick Browne, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Corey Collymore, Narsingh Deonarine, Travis Dowlin, Fidel Edwards, Reyad Emrit, Chris Gayle, Ryan Hinds, Wavell Hinds, Sylvester Joseph, Rawl Lewis, Dave Mohammed, Runako Morton, Daren Powell, Keiron Pollard, Denesh Ramdin, Darren Sammy, Marlon Samuels, Ramnaresh Sarwan, Lendl Simmons, Dwayne Smith, Devon Smith, Jerome Taylor and Gavin Tonge.

India series: Brian Lara (captain), Ian Bradshaw, Dwayne Bravo, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Reyad Emrit, Chris Gayle, Runako Morton, Daren Powell, Denesh Ramdin (wk), Darren Sammy, Marlon Samuels, Lendl Simmons, Devon Smith and Jerome Taylor.


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