ST JOHN’S (Antigua), Jan 16: West Indies have recalled batsman Ramnaresh Sarwan for the upcoming One-day International series in Australia, but all-rounder Marlon Samuels has not been named in the 15-man squad.
Sarwan has not played for the West Indies in any form of cricket since the second Test against India in July 2011 but the 32-year-old, who has a one day average of 43.41, will get a fresh chance in the five match series which begins in Perth on Feb 1.
The Guyanese batsman, who has had fitness problems as well as disagreements with the team’s administrators, has played 173 matches and made 5,644 runs in the 50-over format.
Samuels has been playing in Australia’s domestic Twenty20 competition where he has attracted controversy following a clash with Shane Warne.
The Jamaican damaged his eye socket when he was struck in the head by Sri Lankan paceman Lasith Malinga on Jan 6.
Squad: Darren Sammy (captain), Dwayne Bravo (vice-captain), Tino Best, Darren Bravo, Johnson Charles, Narsingh Deonarine, Chris Gayle, Jason Holder, Sunil Narine, Kieron Pollard, Kieran Powell, Kemar Roach, Andre Russell, Ramnaresh Sarwan, Devon Thomas.
Schedule: Jan 29: v Prime Minister’s XI (Canberra, D/N).
Feb 1: First One-day International (Perth, D/N).
Feb 3: Second One-day International (Perth, D/N).
Feb 6: Third One-day International (Canberra, D/N).
Feb 8: Fourth One-day International (Sydney, D/N).
Feb 10: Fifth One-day International (Melbourne, D/N).
Feb 13: One-off Twenty20 International (Brisbane, D/N).—Reuters