The sport of basketball appears to be making slow but certain headway as far as staging the long-awaited National Basketball Championships is concerned.
The WICB Selection Panel yesterday announced a change to the squads for the upcoming One-Day Internationals against Ireland and England. Dwayne Smith has been called up as replacement for Chris Gayle for the four matches. Gayle experienced stiffness in his lower back following the first T20 International against Ireland on Wednesday. He did not play in the second T20 International on Friday. He had precautionary scans and will have medical management and necessary treatment in Jamaica. Smith was the highest runscorer and MVP in the recent Nagico Super50 tournament in T&T. He made 232 runs in four innings at an average of 58 runs per innings to help Barbados win the Clive Lloyd Trophy. The West Indies will face Ireland on a one-off ODI on Sunday at Sabina Park. They travel to Antigua on Monday for three ODIs at the Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Ground.
SQUAD vs IRELAND
Dwayne Bravo (Captain), Darren Bravo, Miguel Cummins, Kirk Edwards, Jason Holder, Nikita Miller,
Sunil Narine, Kieran Powell, Denesh Ramdin, Marlon Samuels, Darren Sammy, Lendl Simmons, Dwayne Smith.
SQUAD vs ENGLAND
Dwayne Bravo (captain), Darren Bravo, Kirk Edwards, Jason Holder, Nikita Miller, Sunil Narine, Kieran Powell, Denesh Ramdin, Ravi Rampaul, Marlon Samuels, Darren Sammy, Lendl Simmons, Dwayne Smith.
Ottis Gibson (Head Coach)
(Team Operations Manager)
Stuart Williams (Assistant Coach)
Andre Coley (Assistant Coach)
Saqlain Mushtaq (Assistant Coach)
C.J. Clark (Physiotherapist)
Hector Martinez Charles (Strength & Conditioning Coordinator)
Richard Berridge (Video & Statistical Analyst)
Virgil Browne (Massage Therapist)
Philip Spooner (Media Relations Manager)
MATCH SCHEDULE – start 9.30 am
n West Indies v Ireland at Sabina Park
Only One-Day International
West Indies v England at Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Ground
Tuesday: England v UWI Vice Chancellor’s XI
Friday: 1st One-Day International
March 2: 2nd One-Day International
March 5: 3rd One-Day International
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