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Gabriel, Barnwell in T20 squad for Zimbabwe
ST GEORGE’S—Two rising stars in regional cricket, fast bowler Shannon Gabriel and all-rounder Christopher Barnwell, have been called up to represent world champions West Indies in the upcoming two-match T20 international series against Zimbabwe.
Gabriel, the T&T pacer, is receiving a first-time call up for the T20 format while Guyanese player Barnwell is being recalled for the matches Saturday and Sunday at the Vivian Richards Cricket Ground in Antigua.
Gabriel, who played for West Indies against England last year, was forced to return to the Caribbean prematurely after suffering back spasms while Barnwell emerged from the Caribbean T20 tournament last month as the leading scorer with 245 runs and six wickets.
The two have been named in a 13-man squad released yesterday to be skippered by Darren Sammy, who was at the helm when the West Indies won the ICC World T20 title in Sri Lanka last year.
Darren Sammy is also back at the helm, following his rest for the three ODIs against Zimbabwe, which the West Indies swept. Opening batsman Chris Gayle has asked to miss the T20 series and has been granted permission, a release from the WICB said.
The West Indies team will assemble in Antigua today and will have training sessions at the Vivian Richards Cricket Ground on tomorrow and Friday.
Darren Sammy (Captain)
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