Six Jamaicans - wicketkeeper Carlton Baugh, batsmen Marlon Samuels, NKrumah Bonner and Danza Hyatt, all-rounder Andre Sussell and medium pacer Krishmar Santokie have been included in a 30-man West Indies training squad, which began a two-week training camp in preparation for the upcoming Australia series. The camp is being held in Barbados.
A notable absentee is opener Chris Gayle who has been at loggerheads with the West Indies Cricket Board since last April when, during a radio interview, he criticised members of the board and the West Indies coaching staff.
Meanwhile, Trinidadian Sunil Narine, who made his one-day international debut against India in Ahmedabad last November, will be one of 13 non-contracted players participating in the camp.
Speculation is rife he will be called up for all three forms of the game during the Australia tour, which runs from March 16 to April 27.
Narine has been explosive in his first full season of first-class cricket, taking 31 wickets in just three matches for Trinidad and Tobago.
Meanwhile, fast bowler Tino Best, who played the last of his 14 Tests almost three years ago, has also been called up. He has bowled with pace and hostility to take 14 wickets for Barbados during the current four-day season.
He is one of the non-contracted players.
Players began fitness testing yesterday before the camp started in earnest under the management of West Indies head coach Ottis Gibson.
Squad: Adrian Barath, Carlton Baugh, Devendra Bishoo, Kraigg Brathwaite, Darren Bravo, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Fidel Edwards, Kirk Edwards, Shannon Gabriel, Nelon Pascal, Kieran Powell, Kemar Roach, Andre Russell, Darren Sammy, Marlon Samuels, Shane Shillingford, Devon Thomas, Samuel Badree, Tino Best, Nkrumah Bonner, Dwayne Bravo, Johnson Charles, Shane Dowrich, Danza Hyatt, Garey Mathurin, Sunil Narine, Kieron Pollard, Denesh Ramdin, Krishmar Santokie and Dwayne Smith.