Barath Returns As West Indies Name Test Squad
Opening batsman Adrian Barath has returned to the West Indies Test squad ahead of the opening match against India, which begins on 20th June in Kingston, Jamaica.
Barath replaces Kraigg Brathwaite, who made his debut against Pakistan although the absence of fellow opener Chris Gayle is likely to provoke as many talking points as Barath's inclusion.
Barath is only just fit again after a lengthy spell out of the game due to injury which saw him pull out of the World Cup and his one international appearance since being fully fit was 17 in 46 balsl in the fifth and final One-Day International at Sabina Park - where the opening Test will be played.
Gayle, as expected, was left out, after the latest talks between the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB), himself and the West Indies Players' Association (WIPA) failed to resolve a long-running stand-off.
Furthermore, although experienced left-hander Shivnarine Chanderpaul has been included in the 13-man squad, the WICB are now set to arrange a meeting with the Guyanese player to outline 'the WICB's expectations of him in his future participation in the West Indies team as a player'.
West Indies Test squad: Darren Sammy (captain), Brendan Nash (vice-captain), Adrian Barath, Carlton Baugh, Devendra Bishoo, Darren Bravo, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Fidel Edwards, Ravi Rampaul, Kemar Roach, Marlon Samuels, Ramnaresh Sarwan, Lendl Simmons
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