FORMER West Indies batsman Suruj Ragoonath insists that he would leave both veteran players Chris Gayle and Sunil Narine out of a squad for the T20 World Cup, but for very different reasons. With the World Cup just a few months away, the debate has raged on regarding the most effective composition of the squad. Experienced players like Gayle, Narine, and Dwayne Bravo, who all have world titles under their belts, remain eligible for selection. Some have called for the selection panel to look past the players. Recently, the selection of veteran players Fidel Edwards and Gayle, for the West Indies series against Sri Lanka, set off vigorous debate around the region. While some endorsed the Cricket West Indies (CWI) selection panel’s decision to add experience to the World Cup squad, some argued that Gayle being 41 and Edwards 39, the CWI should invest in selecting promising youth players. In the meantime, top spinner Narine is only 32 but has not appeared for West Indies since 2019 and prior to that had not played consistently.
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