Six Barbadians are included in the provisional 30-member squad announced today by the West Indies Cricket Board for the 2012 ICC World Twenty20 Tournament to be staged in Sri Lanka in September.
Bowling all-rounder Carlos Brathwaite, who was sidelined for part of the regional season after picking up an injury during the West Indies Cricket Board’s Twenty20 Competition, is joined by fast bowlers Fidel Edwards, Tino Best and Kemar Raoch, left-arm spinner Sulieman Benn and batsman Dwayne Smith in the line-up that shows no newcomers to international cricket.
There is no place for promising Twenty20 specialist Kevon Cooper in the squad. The young Trinidad and Tobago medium-pacer, who had a laudable start to the Indian Premier League earlier in the year, was forced out of that tournament with an injury.
West Indies have been drawn with Australia and Ireland in Group-B of the competition. The squad will be trimmed to a final 15 players next month. Full Squad: Samuel Badree; Christopher Barnwell; Carlton Baugh Jr; Sulieman Benn; Tino Best; Devendra Bishoo; Nkrumah Bonner; Carlos Brathwaite; Darren Bravo; Dwayne Bravo; Johnson Charles; Fidel Edwards; Chris Gayle; Danza Hyatt; Garey Mathurin; Nikita Miller; Sunil Narine; Kieron Pollard; Kieran Powell; Denesh Ramdin; Ravi Rampaul; Kemar Roach; Andre Russell; Darren Sammy; Marlon Samuels; Krishmar Santokie; Shane Shillingford; Lendl Simmons; Dwayne Smith; Devon Thomas.