New Zealand, who meet the West Indies for 2 T20s in Florida, will have to face an unfamiliar bowling attack in Samuel Badree, an uncapped Windie leg-spinner, when the matches start on June the 30th. The T20 matches between the two nations will be hosted by the United States of America in Florida, in an attempt to popularize and spread awareness of the game in the country.
After injuries sent the likes of seamer Tino Best, Darren Bravo (groin strain) and all-rounder Andre Russell away for some time, the Rookie Badree was called on to the national team eleven, one of the reasons being his good format in the shortest format of the game.
The 31-year-old plays for Trinidad and Tobago and has played 12 first-class games, taking 14 wickets at an average of 37.50 in a 10-year-long career. His ODI figures are better though, with him getting 32 wickets at 26.31, but his T20 performance has been his best by far. He has played 41 T20s, collecting 39 wickets at 15.61. That’s an economy rate of just 4.42 an over. He had a great run in the Caribbean T20 as well, picking up 8 wickets in 6 matches at 11.87, going for only 4.31 an over. In the final, he played a pivotal role for his team (T&T), when he gave away just 14 runs in his 4 overs, taking a wicket.
The West Indies’ chief selector Clyde Butts spoke about the fresh choices made and was quoted saying: “The team is well-balanced and has been selected with the Twenty20 World Cup in mind. Looking at the team, we expect this side to do very well against New Zealand, as our preparation for the World Cup continues.
“Badree has been a consistent performer in regional tournaments over a period of time and the selectors felt it was the right time to introduce him to the team.”
The Windies will leave the UK and fly straight to Florida, where the 2 T20s are played, after which the teams head to the Caribbean for 5 more ODIs and 2 tests.
West Indies T20 squadDarren Sammy (capt), Samuel Badree, Dwayne Bravo, Johnson Charles, Fidel Edwards, Chris Gayle, Sunil Narine, Kieron Pollard, Denesh Ramdin, Ravi Rampaul, Marlon Samuels, Lendl Simmons and Dwayne Smith.