Also missing from the squad is experienced all-rounder Dwayne Bravo who played in the last series in the UAE. He was extremely critical of the WICB following the Windies’ 3-0 whitewash in the UAE, contending their abrupt firing of head coach Phil Simmons had demoralised the unit. The 33-year-old underwent surgery last January for a hamstring injury sustained in the Australia Big Bash and has been recovering since. West Indies face Pakistan in the first T20 on March 26 at Kensington Oval before clashing in the remaining games at Queen’s Park Oval from March 30 to April 2. SQUAD — Carlos Brathwaite (captain), Samuel Badree, Jonathan Carter, André Fletcher, Jason Holder, Evin Lewis, Jason Mohammed, Sunil Narine, Veerasammy Permaul, Kieron Pollard, Rovman Powell, Marlon Samuels, Lendl Simmons, Jerome Taylor, Chadwick Walton, Keswick Williams. ST JOHN’S, Antigua, CMC — Batting superstar Chris Gayle will take no part in the four-match Twenty20 series against Pakistan starting later this month, after being left out of 16-man squad announced Saturday. The left-handed Gayle also did not play in the three-match series against the Pakistanis last September in the United Arab Emirates, after advising selectors he was unavailable for selection. However, the West Indies Cricket Board release on Saturday offered no explanation for Gayle’s omission from the squad which will be led again by all-rounder Carlos Brathwaite. Jamaican Gayle has been a key member of the West Indies T20 set-up and remains one of the world’s premier batsmen in the shortest format. He averages 35 from 50 T20 Internationals with two hundreds and has already plundered nearly 10,000 runs in T20s overall. Gayle last appeared for West Indies in the Twenty20 World Cup in India last April when he helped the Caribbean side win an unprecedented second title.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LA MIRADA – Playing on the varsity basketball team at La Mirada High School isn’t all about athletics anymore, says head coach Jack Dunbar. After hearing from coaches at other schools about the benefits of having young athletes perform community service, Dunbar decided it was time to do the same at La Mirada High.And that’s exactly what his varsity players were doing Friday on their day off from school. They were reading to third-graders at nearby La Pluma Elementary School and talking to them about keeping up their grades, working hard and staying away from drugs and alcohol.“We’re trying to teach the kids that there’s more to life than basketball,” Dunbar said. “What we’re doing \ is nice, but our long-term goal is to do much more because these are such good young men.”Friday’s visit was arranged by Larry Kaupang, the varsity team’s assistant coach and a third-grade teacher at La Pluma. Kaupang’s son, Stephen, plays on the varsity team as well.Kaupang said he remembered when his children were younger and developed friendships with older athletes who would sign autographs for them and encourage them.“For the older kids, it’s important for them to know they’re role models,” Kaupang said. “And it’s important for the young kids to see how it is in high school.”On Friday, the varsity players were divided into small groups and dispatched to four different third-grade classrooms, including Kaupang’s.They took turns reading a book to the class, then took general questions from the youngsters about basketball and school.Then the third-graders were able to read to the older students and ask more questions.“Everybody benefits,” Dunbar said. “We want these young men not to just give back to the community, but to develop a lifetime of volunteering – to learn that this is something to do all the time, not just one time.” email@example.com(562) 698-0955, Ext. 3051