November 23, 2007
Three Windwards players on Windies One-Day team

Three Windward Islands players have been selected for the West Indies team for a tour to Zimbabwe, later this month.

The three are left handed opener Devon Smith, fast bowling all rounder Darren Sammy and leg spinning all rounder Rawle Lewis.{{more}}

While Smith and Sammy were automatic choices, Lewis, 33, returns to the West Indies line up after his last tour to New Zealand in 2006.

Lewis, first played for the West Indies in a One Day International (ODI) against Sri Lanka November 1, 1997, and made his test debut sixteen days after, when he appeared in the series versus Pakistan.

The right handed Lewis has played 20 ODI matches, taking 14 wickets at an average of 48.28 runs per wicket. With the bat, the Grenadian has 172 runs from 15 innings.

While Lewis has gotten the selectors’ nod, no place was found for another all rounder, Dwayne Smith.

The powerful Barbadian has represented the West Indies in 71 ODIs. He has batted 56 times, scoring 791 runs at an average of 14.92. His returns with the ball show him taking 49 wickets at 37 runs apiece.

The lone newcomer to the squad is 25-year-old Jamaican batsman Brenton Parchment.

Chris Gayle, captains the team, in the absence of regular captain Ramnaresh Sarwan. The Guyanese right hander was ruled out because of injury.

The squad also includes Runako Morton, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Marlon Samuels, Narsighn Deonarine and Dwayne Bravo.

Completing the 15 man squad are Dinesh Ramdin, Darren Powell, Jerome Taylor, Fidel Edwards and Ravi Rampaul.

The West Indies open the One Day Series versus the host November 30 at Harare. The second ODI follows December 2, also at that venue.

The other three matches are slated for Bulawayo December 5, 7, and 9.

The team will be managed by former West Indies captain Clive Lloyd.

And, despite the recent appointment of new coach Australian John Dyson, the West Indies Cricket Board, announced last week that he would not accompany the team to Zimbabwe, as he had personal business to attend to in his homeland.

David Williams and Henderson Springer are the persons who would be in charge of the team.

Dyson is expected to take over from the two, for the South Africa leg, which follows, the Zimbabwe sojourn.