The West Indies Selectors have named Marlon Samuels as the replacement for the injured Captain Ramnaresh Sarwan. Samuels was originally axed from the Test Squad unexpectedly but he was a sure part of the One Day Squad that will be announced on Saturday. The 26-year-old Jamaican has a modest average of over 28.00 in the 23 tests he has played with a career best of 104 against India.
The captaincy of the West Indies team has been handed over to Daren Ganga but for the One Dayers that might not be the case. It is because Daren Ganga hasn’t been known to be good enough for the limited version of the game. The nasty shoulder injury to Sarwan had happened during the fag end of the first day’s play of the Leeds Test which forced Sarwan to stay away from batting. Windies therefore suffered their worst ever defeat in their history. Sarwan has been ruled out for atleast six weeks for recovering from his injury. West Indies have enough time to regroup and come up with something special to compete in this four-test series.
Currently the West Indian team is engaged in a traditional match against the Marylebone Cricket Club at Durham. The MCC Side would be featuring Sri Lankan Master Blaster Sanath Jayasuriya as well. The third test at Old Trafford starts from the 7th with Marlon Samuels taking the place of Sarwan and Shiv Chanderpaul hopefully returning back from his knee problem to replace Sylvester Joseph most likely.