Roseau, Dominica (TDN) -- Dominica’s test cricketer Shane Shillingford has been recalled to the West Indies test squad for the two test Zimbabwe series taking place in the Caribbean. The right arm off spinner replaces Trinidadian Sunil Narine in the 13-man squad.
Shillingford was dropped for the recent Bangladesh test series and his replacement at the time left-arm spinner Veerasammy Permaul, who made his test debut has also been retained. Narine failed to impress in Bangladesh taking three wickets in two Tests at an average of 114.33. Permaul had a far better series with eight wickets at 31.62.
All rounder Marlon Samuels who missed the Bangladesh series due to injury is also back in the test squad along with fast bowler Shannon Gabriel, who debuted in the Lord's Test last year but was then sidelined by injury.
Also excluded from the bowling attack is Ravi Rampaul and Fidel Edwards who both toured Bangladesh. Other players excluded are batsmen Kirk Edwards and Assad Fudadin. At the same time, Ramnaresh Sarwan who recently got back into the good graces of the West Indies selectors and played in the one dayers have been left out of the test squad.
Wicketkeeper Denesh Ramdin retains his place as Test vice-captain, and Chris Gayle will partner with Keiron Powell at the top of the West Indies batting order.
The first test is scheduled to begin on March 12, 2013 in Bridgetown, Barbados with the second test scheduled to start on March 20, 2012 in Roseau, Dominica.
The full West Indies squad is: Darren Sammy (capt), Denesh Ramdin (wk & vice-capt), Tino Best, Darren Bravo, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Narsingh Deonarine, Shannon Gabriel, Chris Gayle, Veerasammy Permaul, Kieron Powell, Kemar Roach, Marlon Samuels and Shane Shillingford.