West Indies captain of the ongoing Test series against Sri Lanka Darren Sammy, has been named skipper of the West Indies one-day series leg of the tour as well. The additional feather to his cap comes as he finds himself leading a 15-member contingent which includes wicket-keeper Carlton Baugh, top-order batsmen Devon Smith and Adrian Barath, as well as uncapped player Kirk Edwards. The West Indies selectors have held back from appointing a vice-captain just yet.
Premier batsman from Guayana Ramnaresh Sarwan has been mysteriously ignored for what is to be the West Indies last set of ODI encounters prior to the World Cup next year. Sarwan was excluded from the Test side as well and his involvement with the side in the near future appears bleak as of now.
Brendan Nash, Devon Thomas, Nelon Pascal and Shane Shillingford who are currently part of the Test squad will be replaced by Edwards, Kieron Pollard, Nikita Miller and Ravi Rampaul. Fast bowler Andre Russell, who played his first Test in the Galle match against Sri Lanka is also slated to make his ODI debut in the upcoming series.
Baugh is ostensibly being given experience to play the role of a back-up for Denesh Ramdin while Smith will make his return to one-dayers after a little over a year.
West Indies play five ODIs and one Twenty20 in Sri Lanka. The series begins on December 9 with the first one-dayer at Hambantota.
West Indies squad: Darren Sammy (capt), Adrian Barath, Carlton Baugh (wk), Sulieman Benn, Darren Bravo, Dwayne Bravo, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Kirk Edwards, Chris Gayle, Nikita Miller, Kieron Pollard, Ravi Rampaul, Kemar Roach, Andre Russell, Devon Smith