Team West Indies
World Cup Claim to Fame:
West Indies - World Cup Ladder
11 Apr 2006
By: Liam Camps
Tournament hosts and 2-time World Cup winners.
1. Champions on their day.
2. Woefully inconsistent.
1) Brian Lara
Given the nature of the associate nations that will be present, Brian Lara may not be the oldest man at the World Cup next year, but he will certainly be the most celebrated old man there. With a curtain call primed and a chance to upgrade from Champions Trophy success to the big boy trophy, Lara's appearance in 2007 is essential.
2) Ian Bradshaw
There aren't many reliable bowlers in West Indies cricket, but Ian Bradshaw is nothing if not reliable. His steady left-arm seam and gutsy lower order batting means that he must be in the team come 2007.
3) Shivnarine Chanderpaul
A captain he may not be, but Shivnarine Chanderpaul is still one of the finest Caribbean batsmen and, when not cracking under the pressures of captaincy, is one of the best in the world. Odds are that he will not be captain next year (despite the preferences of Bennett King), but he is still a sure pick.
4) Ramnaresh Sarwan
Keep an eye on Sarwan as he hooks and gifts his wicket away over the next year and still manages to make the World Cup squad as one of the best batsmen in the West Indies. Riding on talent and inconsistency, Sarwan may well be the skipper in 2007.
5) Chris Gayle
Much in the same boat as Sarwan, Gayle can probably be relied upon to hold his own on West Indian pitches at the top of the order. His batting inks him into the West Indian plans, but his slow bowling is also quite an asset.
6) Dwayne Bravo
Should he lose an arm and a leg (knock on wood) over the next year, Bravo would likely still find himself in the squad. Bennett King indicated the importance of Bravo's mere presence in the team, when he insisted on playing the allrounder as a specialist batsman in New Zealand, despite an injury which prevented him from bowling. One of the most exciting prospects in world cricket, Dwayne Bravo will not simply be spectating at the World Cup.
7) Fidel Edwards
Perhaps he has finally matured as a bowler, or perhaps Fidel Edwards just gets fired up by knocking Kiwi batsmen on the helmet. Whatever the explanation, Edwards has managed to bowl with pace and consistency thus far in 2006, proving a genuine threat. Leagues better than his of next quickest countryman (Best), Edwards will be key.
8) Denesh Ramdin
He may have forgotten how to bat on his second trip to Oceania, but Ramdin has done enough over the past year to suggest that he is the long term solution for a post-Ridley Jacobs West Indies team.
9) Corey Collymore
If he's fit, he will play. The best of the West Indian seamers according to all except Pedro Collins fans.
10) Pedro Collins
If he's fit, he will play. The best of the West Indian seamers according to all except Corey Collymore fans.
11) Dwayne Smith
It doesn't matter if he can't build an innings. He can be excused for forging a career on consistently getting out in exactly the same fashion. The raw talent, power, and nippy medium paced bowling of Smith wraps his spot.
12) Wavell Hinds
The selectors suddenly seem keen on forcing Wavell into the role of an ODI specialist. His experience and multi-purpose guarantee book his spot.
It would take a pretty woeful effort over the remainder of 2006 for Morton to dismantle the reputation he built in New Zealand at the start of this year. Slow West Indian pitches will suit him famously.
14) Marlon Samuels
Lazy? Perhaps. Frustrating? Definitely. Marlon Samuels has the kind of talent that you hate to see go to waste. His multitude of runs against England 'A' will do him no disservice in another push for a recall.
15) Ryan Hinds
Down the typically conservative path, if the West Indies selectors choose a spinner in the World Cup squad, it will likely be batting allrounder Ryan Hinds. He may prove economical, but he won't take wickets.
16) Richard Kelly
Perhaps a wildcard in the minds of many, Kelly is quickly making a name for himself playing for Trinidad and Tobago and West Indies 'A'. Nippy seam bowling and powerful left-handed batting make his appeal undeniable. He will certainly be in and around the running for the final 16.
17) Sylvester Joseph
His prolific batting form for West Indies 'A' simply underlined his leadership credentials. Not to tempt fate, but Joseph might do more than just squeeze into the World Cup squad.
18) Carlton Baugh jr.
Baugh will not make it into the West Indies first team unless Ramdin is injured or continues to play the sweep shot. A lesser gloveman and generally a less stable batsman than Ramdin, Baugh remains the classic second string wicketkeeper.
19) Ricardo Powell
The forgotten man in West Indies cricket. It was not long ago that Powell was a fixture in the West Indies side. Alas, Dwayne Smith already fills the Powell requirement in this West Indies team.
20) Daren Ganga
Ganga has played a couple of decent innings in this his umpteenth return to international cricket, but odds are that he will wander out of contention by the time 2007 arrives.
21) Darren Sammy
Maybe not quite as far from the West Indies team as it would seem. Not nearly as good as Dwayne Bravo, but better than most other West Indian allrounders.
22) Devon Smith
He has not played ODI cricket since 2004, but Devon Smith remains one of the more logical options should one of the front-line top order batsmen fall ill around World Cup sweeps.
23) Omari Banks
Never too far out of contention, Omari Banks is young and talented. He could use a bit of consistency though.
24) Jerome Taylor
Bennett King likes him, and that's usually enough. However, injuries will likely make that favour inconsequential.
25) Daren Powell
Powell may not be in the ODI team now, but as long as he continues to impress in spurts at Test level, he will never be totally out of the picture.
26) Mervyn Dillon
Dillon claims to be enjoying his cricket once again. Whether or not he can partner that enjoyment with a 2006 recall will determine his 2007 fate.
27) Dave Mohammed
It's only a matter of time before he embarks upon world domination.
28) Jermaine Lawson
A year ago Lawson looked like the next big thing in West Indies cricket, when he was tearing through the Sri Lankan top order. Lawson's career has been ravaged by injury and a dodgy bowling action. Everytime he seems to get some success, he finds himself out of the game for one of the two reasons. A year on and he is a medium-paced non-threat. Whether he can turn things around remains to be seen.
29) Tino Best
Given that he still has not learnt to "mind the windows", Tino will find it hard to get near the 2007 posse.
30) Rawl Lewis
He bowled well in New Zealand without much luck, but the distinct lack of ODI opportunities may mean that he won't get a chance to secure a spot in time for the show next year.
31) Deighton Butler
Butler started impressively in ODI cricket, but after an uneventful tour of New Zealand, it seems he has fallen far back in the pecking order.
32) Narsingh Deonarine
It took a crisis to get Deonarine his first international cap, and it will probably require a greater crisis to earn him a World Cup place. He is more talented than that statement suggests.
33) Sewnarine Chattergoon
One of the best and gutsiest opening batsmen in the region, but Chattergoon may never represent the West Indies team. Despite his merits, he is way down the pecking order at this stage.
34) Kenroy Peters
Peters' domestic record is outstanding, but he is about as far away from senior squad as Tino Best is from "the windows".
35) Reon King
Once he was the brightest prospect in all of West Indies cricket. His action was likened to that of Michael Holding, and he started his international career with quality displays that would have made the great man proud. Then injury hit. He has never been the same.
36) Gareth Breese
Until he can get into the West Indies 'A' team, I won't be convinced he will ever play for the West Indies again. His offspin may be economical, but it is not enough to have him higher than 36.
37) Lendl Simmons
Such flair. Such elegance. Such woeful inconsistency. Simmons will not get good enough by 2007.
38) Xavier Marshall
For a man who was playing every ODI match at the start of 2005, Marshall has been conspicuously absent from all serious consideration this year. The selectors probably destroyed his confidence by selecting him for a string of chancy failures. He won't recover in time.
39) Floyd Reifer
The days when Reifer deserved a spot in the West Indies middle order have come and gone. A couple of years ago he was one of the best one-day batsmen in the region. Now he's just old.
40) Dale Richards
Richards may be a belligerent opening batsman who has scored well for Barbados, but time is not on his side. He will be 30 by the World Cup and if he has not been capped by now, the odds are that he will not be by then. He's no Ian Bradshaw.