WI name under-probe Samuels in WC squad
The selectors also sprung one surprise with the inclusion of Kieron Pollard, beating off more experienced names for the final place.india Updated: Feb 16, 2007 12:51 IST
The West Indies have named Marlon Samuels in the 15-man squad for the World Cup they will host next month despite an ongoing probe of his links with an alleged bookmaker.
And selectors also sprung one surprise with the inclusion of Kieron Pollard, the 19-year-old Trinidad allrounder beating off more experienced names for the final place.
Much of the squad had been set in stone, but Pollard has kept out the likes of Darren Sammy and Runako Morton, while Rayad Emrit who played in the recent series against India didn't even make the reserve list.
Pollard, who made his debut in the West Indies' domestic first-class and limited-overs competitions this year, has captured the imagination of fans in the Caribbean with his big-hitting for his native Trinidad and Tobago.
"We've had a good look at Kieron Pollard over the last few matches in the Carib Series and the KFC Cup," said Gordon Greenidge, the former master batsman now the convener of the West Indies selectors.
"He impressed us all. Throughout the Caribbean, a lot of praise has been heaped on this young man. Also being an unknown quantity - he is not known to the outside world who will be coming to compete in this World Cup.
"From what we've seen, we feel that he will add value to the team. His contribution in regional tournaments so far has been very good."
Pollard first gave notice of his emerging status when he crashed 83 off 38 balls against Nevis to put Trinidad and Tobago into the final of the inaugural Stanford Twenty20 Cup in Antigua.