Windies makes one-man change in squad for second India Test

Kevin Sinclair

The Cricket West Indies (CWI) Senior Men’s Selection Panel has announced the squad for the second Cycle Pure Agarbathi Test Match powered by YES BANK against India to be played in Trinidad and Tobago.

However, there is very little change following the humiliating defeat to India in the first Test held here in Dominica. Only Raymon Reifer was replaced–by Kevin Sinclair, the off-spinning allrounder.

However, Reifer will travel to Trinidad as cover in case of injury. Sinclair has been creating quite an impression in West Indies cricket. So far, he has played 18 first-class matches taking 54 wickets including three five-wicket hauls at an average of 23.98 each. He has scored 756 runs at an average of 29, including six half-centuries. The Guyanese cricketer was also the leading player in the West Indies Championship four-day first-class competition earlier this year. He also played a huge role with bat and ball in the recent West Indies “A” Team series win in Bangladesh.

This will be his maiden call-up to the West Indies Test squad.

The one-man change to the squad might be a big disappointment to many fans who have called for radical changes following the Dominica defeat when India won by an innings and 141 runs within three days. Veteran international cricket commentator, Joseph “Reds” Perreira had called for the West Indies selectors to make bold changes.

“After the heavy defeat in three days in Dominica, selectors, the Honourable Dr Desmond Haynes and Roland Butcher, are now forced to really re-construct the side with some major changes. I certainly believe they should make some bold changes,” he told criknation952, a leading cricket website in Guyana. “What has not worked in the past continues to be non-productive, and certainly a line-up for the second Test will offer the Caribbean people some hope as we might be competitive, especially if there is some backing from the crowd for the 100th game anniversary celebration.”

He gave his own opinion on what he thinks the squad should look like.

“My side will be [Captain Kraigg] Brathwaite; [Tagenarine] Chanderpaul; [Alick] Athanaze at three; [Brandon] King; [Kirk] McKenzie; [Shai] Hope; [Jason] Holder; [Alzarri] Joseph; [Kemar] Roach; [Akeem] Jordan or [Shannon] Gabriel, and Bryan Charles the off-spinner,” he stated.

“Gabriel will bring genuine pace, while Jordan will demonstrate his control in bowling a good off-stump line. With the uncertainty of [Rahkeem] Cornwall’s fitness, my off-spinner would be Bryan Charles, who had good First-Class figures, who, in fact, was [so] highly touted by the selectors that they took him up to Antigua for the camp. If you want to give an off-spinner a debut Test match, there is nothing like his home ground.”

Meanwhile, former India captain, Sunil Gavaskar, has attributed the recent failures on the international cricket stage to the  “laid-back temperament” of Windies cricketers.

He believes West Indies cricketers should be paid based on performance, rather than having a central contract.

“Today the West Indian players, whether it is Test player or T20 player, all the players all over the world are guaranteed by their central contracts, a hundred thousand dollars or whatever,” he told India Express.

“But if you know the West Indian temperament and you have that much in the bank before you score a run or take a wicket, I am not too sure about a lot of them if it actually matters whether they score runs or not. Because the money is in the bank. My suggestion would be to increase the Test match fees but don’t give them central contracts. You are paid for your performance. Then probably they will have a different attitude.”

The match in Trinidad will be historic because it will mark the 100th Test Match between West Indies and India, since the two teams first met at the Feroz Shah Kotla in Delhi in 1948.

It will be held from July 20 to 24

Kraigg Brathwaite (Captain)
Jermaine Blackwood (Vice Captain)
Alick Athanaze
Tagenarine Chanderpaul
Rahkeem Cornwall
Joshua Da Silva
Shannon Gabriel
Jason Holder
Alzarri Joseph
Kirk McKenzie
Kemar Roach
Kevin Sinclair
Jomel Warrican
Traveling Reserves:
Tevin Imlach
Akeem Jordan

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  1. The Twister
    July 19, 2023

    The sad and simple reality is that the West Indies teams currently being fielded across all three formats are not competitive.

    The talented players have opted to chase the big bucks in the IPL and other leagues, leaving the Test selectors with slim pickings. I don’t begrudge or blame the players at all as cricket is their vocation and they and their families have to eat.

    It is the right of all professionals to maximize their earning power. Cricketers and other athletes are no different.

    In the same vain, fans also reserve the right as to where or how they choose to invest their time, money and emotions; however, a wise fan should quickly realize when it is time to ditch a team that lacks talent or direction or even a clue.

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  2. July 19, 2023

    Why was Hodge not pick. Is it because they would feel bad to have 2 Dominican on the team? The selector’s need to be replace they make too many bad choices. The team is on another path to lose.

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    • Him
      July 19, 2023

      @Wallace Hussey
      Hussey his average is still not up to par..
      An average if less than 30?..Simply not good enough!

  3. Chichi Jr
    July 18, 2023

    I don’t mind the team picked by Joseph “Reds” Perreira except with maybe two changes . He didn’t pick wicket keeper Da Silva and it’s crazy to even think of dropping him . I disagree with the selection of Brian Charles ahead of Permaul, the 2nd leading wicket taker. Also why move Arthanaze to number 3 when you have a third opener like Kirk McKenzie? Does Reds forget that Richie Richardson was the opening batsman for Leewards but because of Haynes and Greenedge Richardson was the number 3 batsman? Arthanaze seems to be the only batsman on the team that can bat both pace and spin and therefore he should bat at # 4. So my team would be 1 Brathwaite 2. McKenzie 3. Chanderpaul, 4 Arthanaze 5. Hope 6. Da Silva 7. Holder 8 Sinclair, 9 Joseph, 10 Roach / Jordan 11. Gabriel

    • me
      July 19, 2023

      @Chichi Jr
      Mckenzie will bat at #3…Brathwaite and Chanderpaul will open!!

  4. The Starboy of Stupidity
    July 18, 2023

    “Only Raymon Reifer was replaced–by Kevin Sinclair, the off-spinning allrounder.
    However, Reifer will travel to Trinidad as cover in case of injury”

    So Raymon Reifer was replaced by Sinclair in the 13 man squad but Reifer remains as cover in case of injury? So who was on the team as cover for the Dominica test? Is this a new position created just to keep Reifer on the eleven? Are they planning to get someone injured so Riefer could fit in? Or do they already know that Cornwall is injured so they will replace him with Reifer on paper but in technicality Sinclair will come in for Cornwall but Reifer would added as the cover and keep his # 3 spot on the team?
    Who these Bajans think they are fooling? Because they and the Starboy of stupidity fooled Laborites with Ross University they think the can fool the Caribbean people with team selection?

    • me
      July 19, 2023

      Reifer is dropped. He wont play!!!

  5. Lin clown
    July 18, 2023

    For the first time,I supportr.Jonathan Younglow St.Jean 100%.That brotherhood mentality is killing Westindies cricket.
    Boy J, you coming back to reality.

  6. Jonathan Y St Jean
    July 18, 2023

    There appears to be a brotherhood mentality among players and management on the pathetic and disgraceful West Indies cricket team. I would like to see wholesale changes on the team for any chance of progress. Cornwall couldn’t spend much time out in the middle playing cricket so why was he kept on the team? Brathwait can’t be the captain because he doesn’t show leadership from his performances. An analysis of the performances of many other players shows they are mediocre and don’t deserve to be the premier players on the West Indies cricket team. Where are the young committed and desperate young cricketers who are in the academy hungry for opportunity? The current crop of recycled duds should have to compete against the young upstarts for a place on the team. The should stop choosing guys on past performance, instead it should be, what have you done for me lately.
    Nepotism is a cancer to West Indies cricket it appears.

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    • Ibo France
      July 18, 2023

      Mr. St Jean, name some cricketers you would select to replace the present crop of players.

      The problem is that most of the possible replacements have a batting average below 30. What is needed has to be long term. Develop the standard of cricket played in the individual territories – schools, clubs, communities and villages.

      The CARICOM heads expressed dismay at the performance of the team. They are nothing but hypocrites. They have invested little to develop the sport but expect big things. What you put in you get out.

      • ???
        July 19, 2023

        The pool of new players is almost vacant…Very POOR averages indeed!

      • Zandoli
        July 19, 2023

        IBO, have you not seen the state of the grounds around the island? Take a look at the Geneva playing field and tell me how Dominica can raise a crop of players if we don’t have, at the very basic level, facilities to groom young talent?
        I don’t know what it’s like around the rest of the Caribbean, by if the state of sports in Dominica is any indication, the standard of cricket in the region will continue to decline even further over time.
        My expectation of any of the WI teams is very low, so when I see mediocre performances from them, I do not get my blood pressure up.

      • Jonathan Y St Jean
        July 19, 2023

        @lbo France, I’m not one for recycling failure, but I’m for giving opportunities to some unknowns. Tom Brady wasn’t on anyone’s high list of QB’s and look at his place in history. I’ve even advocated for putting West Indies out of international test cricket for 5 years to give them a chance to rebuild. I’m for stopping the recycling of failure, both cricketers and administrators. To continue to look at the current crop of failed players who represent us and deny opportunities to hungry unknowns is lunacy. Better to lose while training prospects for future success. Like Joel Embid of the Philadelphia 76ers said, “trust the process”.

  7. MEME
    July 18, 2023

    Bring back:
    I V A Richards
    C H Lloyd
    H L A Gomes
    J Dujohn
    M Marshall
    M Holding
    AME Roberts
    J Ghana/ C Croft
    India lose series 2-0

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    • Hmmmmmm
      July 18, 2023

      MEME you forgot
      Lance Gibbs…You must have a specialist spinner, (even if its your 12th man), since Richards is just a part time spinner. So i would include Gibbs.
      At their prime, India would be decimated, but those days are gone!!

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    • Ibo France
      July 18, 2023

      Are you trying to be facetious? Going down memory lane is of no significance.

    • me
      July 18, 2023

      This team is unbeatable. Those were the days. In a five match series, India would go down 5-0.

    • Hello
      July 18, 2023

      Open with Greenidge and Federicks. Rest Kallicharan, Gibbs, Haynes and Croft, go with opener Federicks, Khanai at #3 and Ghana #11.
      I shall listen whole night to how Indians are ducking, running and losing teeth!

    • me
      July 18, 2023

      Thanks for those wonderful memories MEME.
      In those days i listened on a blue and white transistor radio. When Windies toured Australia, i would not sleep. I listened whole night!

    • July 19, 2023

      I wonder how these greats would perform against the current crop of international players, The other countries have improved their game whereas west indies at best have remained stagnant.

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    • Greg
      July 19, 2023

      How could you forget Lara and criticize the current crop of selectors. SMH.

      • Hmmmmmm
        July 19, 2023

        I think Lara played later than those players…
        Can’t remember Lara playing with Richards, Roberts and company…Guess that’s why..

    • ???
      July 19, 2023

      On a fast wicket, many Indians would be hit on the head by this fearsome foursome for sure!
      THOSE GLORY DAYS are Gone!!

  8. MEME
    July 18, 2023

    In addition to Reifer, Blackwood, Warrican Cornwall and Holder should be dropped as well..
    Hope, Mckenzie, Sinclair, Pooran, Gabriel and King should have been on the ELEVEN in Trinidad.
    The Windies team shows no fighting spirit, the players lack pride, and have too many deficiencies. Good cricketers adjust their style of play according to the wicket. Those players just believe in making wild swings with the bat…SHAMEFUL!!

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    • Ibo France
      July 18, 2023

      Are you trying to be facetious? Going down memory lane is of no significance.

      • Ibo France
        July 18, 2023

        This comment was invented to respond to MEME’s naming of his dream team of former WI cricketers.

    • Ibo France
      July 18, 2023

      The problems of today with our cricket is simply this in my humble opinion. When we were on top we failed to put a succession plan in place. So when all our outstanding players retired there was nobody to live up to the high standard of play they set.

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