Chris Gayle ruled out of T20s against Black Caps

MARK GEENTY
Last updated 07:28 30/06/2014
Chris Gayle
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MISSING: West Indies batsman Chris Gayle will be a notable absence in the upcoming T20 series against the Black Caps.

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Big-hitting West Indies opener Chris Gayle has been rested from the tour-ending Twenty20 cricket internationals against New Zealand in Dominica.

Gayle's name was missing from the West Indies' 13-man squad named today, while mystery spinner Sunil Narine returns after being unwanted for the three-test series due to his late arrival from the Indian Premier League.

All-rounder Dwayne Bravo remains unavailable due to a shoulder injury, but T20 specialist Kieron Pollard returns to the West Indies for the first time since July 2013 after recovering from a knee injury.

Bowling allrounder Christopher Barnwell and batsman Darren Bravo are the new inclusions in the T20 squad. The three missing from the World T20 in March are allrounder Marlon Samuels, fast bowler Ravi Rampaul and opener Johnson Charles.

Samuels scored only 86 runs in five innings during the World T20 and was also dropped from West Indies' test squad after making a pair in the first test at Kingston.

All-rounder Darren Sammy, dropped as test skipper this year, retains the T20 captaincy.

The two T20 matches are on Sunday and Monday, starting at 6am NZT.

New Zealand's squad is yet to be announced, with a small number of short form specialists set to join the test lineup.

West Indies squad: Darren Sammy (c), Samuel Badree, Christopher Barnwell, Darren Bravo, Sheldon Cottrell, Andre Fletcher, Sunil Narine, Kieron Pollard, Denesh Ramdin, Andre Russell, Krishmar Santokie, Lendl Simmons, Dwayne Smith

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