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 MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! NORWALK – Physical education just doesn’t get any better than this.Before this school year got under way at Lakeside Middle School, eighth-grader Andrew Chaidez said PE class was boring.“Basically, you’d go outside and run,” the 13-year-old said.But with Tuesday’s unveiling of the school’s new Fitness Academy, PE has taken on a whole new meaning for the 800 students in grades six through eight who attend Lakeside.The school received a $175,000 federal grant last year to establish the campus fitness center, located in a new, air-conditioned portable classroom that includes dance machines, stationary bikes, stairsteppers and several other exercise machines.With almost half of young people aged 12-21 not participating in vigorous physical activity on a regular basis, the goal of the grant was to provide money to initiate, expand and improve physical education programs.And it’s already working, said PE teacher Donna Barrett. “It’s like Christmas morning for Lakeside,” Barrett told guests at Tuesday’s grand-opening ceremony. “All of the equipment in there is absolutely incredible.”Chaidez was one of dozens of students who were working out on the machines as guests looked on.His favorite is the VASA trainer, an exercise machine used to train swimmers that helps develop upper-body strength.“In here, you can do all sorts of exercises, and it’s fun,” Chaidez said. “Exercise doesn’t stress you out so much when you do it this way.”Principal Sandy Sanders said each PE class will get a certain amount of time inside the fitness center each day.And because the grant is supposed to be used to help students meet K-12 standards in physical education, Sanders said a new Fitness Club will be created for students who are the most overweight and unfit. “We’re going to target the ones who need it the most,” she said. firstname.lastname@example.org(562) 698-0955, Ext. 3051