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Benn back in the fold

Published:Friday | June 22, 2012 | 12:00 AM
Benn

ST JOHN'S, Antigua (CMC):

Selectors have recalled exiled left-arm spinner Sulieman Benn in a 13-man West Indies A squad for the Twenty20 double-header against India A this weekend.

The 30-year-old Benn has not played in West Indies colours for more than a year following disciplinary problems during last year's World Cup on the Asian subcontinent.

While the West Indies Cricket Board has not been specific about those shortcomings, chief selector Clyde Butts said last year that Benn "did not have a very good report from the World Cup" and hoped the player could "reform" to show he was serious about West Indies cricket.

Benn, boasting a gangling six-foot, seven-inch frame, was the regional side's front-line spinner up until the World Cup.

He snatched 12 wickets in six games at the showpiece but was promptly dropped in favour of right-arm leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo.

Pecking order

Since then, Benn has slid further down the pecking order with the emergence of off-spinner Shane Shillingford and the arrival on the scene of mystery off-spinner Sunil Narine.

His call-up to the Windies A side comes after he was snubbed for the preceding unofficial three-Test series, despite 45 wickets in the regional four-day championship this season.

He will be part of a side captained by Test opener Kieran Powell and which also includes Krishmar Santokie, Garey Mathurin, Chris-topher Barnwell and Danza Hyatt, all of whom have already played for senior West Indies.

Both weekend matches will be played at Queen's Park Oval.

West Indies A won the Test series 2-1 after crushing India A by 10 wickets in St Lucia on Tuesday.

SQUAD: Kieran Powell (captain), Samuel Badree, Christopher Barnwell, Sulieman Benn, Nkrumah Bonner, Jonathan Carter, Jason Holder, Danza Hyatt, Delorn Johnson, Garey Mathurin, Jason Mohammed, Krishmar Santokie, Devon Thomas (wicketkeeper).