|Dav Whatmore - who's talking?|
The other note worthy former player Whatmore has worked with is Kamran Akmal, the former keeper who many believe is stained with the same dirty palms as Butt and the two youngsters he duped. The theory goes that Kamran was one of many who walked down the same dark road. How Pakistan could select him again is a mystery, especially as his replacement, brother Adnan, has done a splendid job. The breakdown in communication at the centre of the "lack of ill will" between Iqbal and Whamore may well be over Kamran Akmal. Pakistan have cleaned a lot of the cupboards in their administration of the game and have adopted a selection policy of promoting youngsters and keeping them clean. It has been the cornerstone of captain Misbah-ul-haq's approach, which has relied on on-field tactics of preserving wickets and playing Pakistan's strengths. The results can't be argued with. Given Younis Khan's statements in regard match and spot fixing, its hard to imagine him staying if Kamran Akmal returns nor Misbah, for that matter. Like Darren Sammy, Misbah is the lynch pin in the side.s progress forward.
The unresolved question is whether Whatmore or Iqbal consider Kamran Akmal worthy of a return.
Pakistan is an odd place though. Arch enemies one day can be fierce friends the next in a country which operates by expediency. In cricket, at least, that looked to be changing.
|Is that good enough Skipper?|
All of which is conjecture at best. Wade intervening appearances will all be in short form games and the current crop of selectors, Clarke especially, are likely to take much notice of these in consideration for the November show down. Even if Haddin was to peel of hundreds and take ten stumpings an innings in Shield games in the month before the First Test, Wade has just scored a Test century and is 24. It's Matthew Wade who will be keeping in England next year, not the man who is ten years older than him. To Haddin's great credit as a man, as a human being, he knew that when he returned from the West Indies to be with his family.
In choosing a touring side for England, the West Indies selectors have made several changes to the squad which recently was so competitive at home against Australia. Kraigg Brathwaite, Carlton Baugh and Davendra Bishoo are the major casulaties. Bishoo lost ground after being dropped following the First Test loss in Barbados and Shane Shillingford splendid form in the remaining Tests. Brathwaite and Baugh were given every chance but failed to score the runs that were needed. Brathwaite looks to be a player who will return but for Baugh, it could be his final appearance.
|Dinesh Ramdin recalled|
Its hard to believe, but some things are more important than cricket.
The two uncapped players in the squad are future oriented. Shannon Gabriel is a fast bowler from Trinidad and Tobago who has 63 wickets at 29 in first class cricket, including a timely 5-78 against Barbados at Port-O-Spain in the last first class match of the season. He has a handful of appearances for West Indies A and was one of the first intake of the new Sagicor High Performance Centre launched in 2010. Assad Fudadin is a left handed middle order batsman and handy medium pacer who has taken his time to rise to the senior team after playing in the West Indies U15 side in 2000 and then run scoring appearances for the U19 team in the 2004 World Cup. His domestic form has been excellent this season with two centuries and consistent run making.
Adrian Barath has been retained, despite having poorer returns than Brathwaite and his new opening partner will be Keiran Powell as Kirk Edwards returns at No 3 and is elevated to the role of Darren Sammy's deputy.