Gayle, Bravo and Sammy ques­tion ODI se­lec­tion

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BAR­BA­DOS—Chris Gayle, Dwayne Bravo and Dar­ren Sammy have ques­tioned the se­lec­tion of the West Indies ODI squad for the tri-se­ries in­volv­ing Aus­tralia and South Africa in June. They ex­pressed sur­prise at Kieron Pol­lard and Su­nil to play be­cause his bowl­ing ac­tion had been de­clared il­le­gal. He was cleared to bowl by the ICC only in April.

In a se­ries of tweets and retweets, the play­ers who had been left out of the squad ex­pressed their in­credulity at the se­lec­tion. “@KieronPol­lard55 & #Su­nilNarine se­lected for WI TriS­eries. How is that pos­si­ble @westindies?” asked Gayle on Twit­ter. “WICB stop Su­nil from play­ing super 50 and now they pick him. If @KieronPol­lard55 was fit he would’ve play the B Bash just like the rest of us!!”Bravo called the de­vel­op­ment “magic” on Twit­ter. “Joke of the day: WI se­lec­tors. One minute Pol­lard & Narine were not good enough & now are per­fect for Tri Na­tion se­ries? It’s like magic! One minute we have to be avail­able for do­mes­tic super 50 to be se­lected and the next minute, it seems we don’t. Magic! Get se­ri­ous peo­ple!”

Sammy, while con­grat­u­lat­ing Pol­lard, asked him how he had man­aged a come­back: “@KieronPol­lard55 great to see u back in odi team but tell me how did u qual­ify for se­lec­tion hav­ing not played the su­per50 or ODI since 2014.” In re­sponse to Sammy and the oth­ers, Pol­lard seemed to say he did not know why he had not played an ODI since Oc­to­ber 2014: “Bingo, or I should say Pingo. Num­bers shuf­fled and up popped P55!! Or should I [say] lucky days!! Think the truth, or real rea­sons of ex­pul­sion will fi­nally come out??? Have been baf­fled for 15 months. Then Pingo.”—AFP

KUN­SHAN: Team China cel­e­brates on the podium dur­ing the award cer­e­mony af­ter win­ning the ti­tle at the Uber Cup Bad­minton Cham­pi­onship.

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