Barbados, April 14: The experienced trio of Chris Gayle, Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Ramnaresh Sarwan have been dropped from the West Indies squad for the first two matches of the upcoming one-day internationals series against Pakistan.
A statement from the WICB said that the changes have been done to blood new players for the future. Ernest Hilaire, the chief executive of the West Indies cricket Board, said, "With a view to the stated goal of winning the 2015 Cricket World Cup, in the 2011-2012 phase the Selection Committee will expose players to international cricket who could potentially play a vital role in the 2015 Cricket World Cup campaign."
Darren Sammy has been retained as the skipper of the side while all-rounder Dwayne Bravo who was forced out of the World Cup due to a knee-injury has made a comeback. Bravo has also been appointed as the vice-captain of the squad.
Marlon Samuels, who was banned for two-years due for passing on information to bookmakers, has also been into the side that has only one uncapped player in Antiguan leg spinner Anthony Martin.
West Indies squad for the first two ODIs against Pakistan:
Darren Sammy (captain), Dwayne Bravo (vice-captain),Devendra Bishoo, Darren Bravo, Kirk Edwards, Anthony Martin, Ravi Rampaul, Kemar Roach, Andre Russell, Marlon Samuels, Lendl Simmons, Devon Smith, Devon Thomas.