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.
Alarm broke out last Saturday when residents of Bushrod Island discovered that the relentless assault of the Atlantic Ocean had hacked off a portion of the fence of D. Twe Memorial High School in New Kru Town.A visit by the Daily Observer revealed that the school is the next target to be destroyed if nothing is done to halt the erosion.“This must not be allowed to happen,” said New Kru Town resident, and a former graduate, James Weah, demanding that “the Liberian Government must save D. Twe.”D. Twe is the only government high school that caters to residents of New Kru Town, (NKT), Colonel West (CW), Logan Town (LG), Popo Beach, (PB), Caldwell and other outlying communities.Since 1981, investigations conducted with residents revealed, successive Liberian Governments have ignored appeals to save the school.“If nothing is done immediately,” said another resident, “we will lose this important school.”A long time resident of New Kru Town, Mr. Samson Tweh, warned that it would be unfair for the Liberian Government to ignore the threat to D. Twe’s existence.“I have seen journalists come here and go. I have also seen them telling the government that the erosion is destroying our houses.“All our appeals have not paid off and it appears that there are people at the Ministry of Education who have grown their ears for decoration,” Mr. Tweh said in frustration.Another resident Mr. Wonplue Weah, known as Daddy Cool, who took our reporter on a guided tour last Saturday, asked, “Can the Liberian government afford to lose D. Twe?”“That should not happen,” insisted Mr. Weah. “Losing the school would mean that those who have been elected to seek the school’s interest don’t care or are not aware of the danger it will bring upon the community.”Mr. Weah said current difficulties in the education system should move the Ministry of Education to swiftly find a solution to save the only government high school on Bushrod Island.Residents of Popo Beach, and Logan Town, interviewed appealed to the Liberian government to take immediate measures to save D. Twe High School.“I’m appealing to Education Minister George Werner to make it a priority to save D. Twe,” Doris Doe of Logan Town said.Meanwhile, a youth group in New Kru Town is said to be preparing a petition for Rep. Edward Forh, of District #16 on the urgency to save D. Twe High School.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)