West Indies chief cricket selector Clive Lloyd has said the omission of Dwayne Bravo and Kieron Pollard from the ICC World Cup squad is no act of victimisation for their roles in the controversial abandoned tour of India.
After playing a whirlwind knock to lead West Indies to a world record T20 win over South Africa on Sunday, swashbuckling batsman Chris Gayle termed the exclusion of Dwayne Bravo and Kieron Pollard from the upcoming ICC 2015 Cricket World Cup squad as ridiculous.
Faf du Plessis blasted the second fastest century in Twenty20 internationals but it was not enough for South Africa as West Indies produced a record chase in a run-fest to win by four wickets at The Wanderers on Sunday.
Highly-rated off spinner Sunil Narine, top order batsman Darren Bravo and fast bowler Kemar Roach were all named in the West Indies World Cup squad on Saturday despite missing out on the current South Africa tour.
Chris Gayle believes success in the limited overs series against South Africa in the coming weeks will stand the West Indies in good stead for the ICC cricket World Cup in Australia and New Zealand starting in February.
West Indian batsmen Marlon Samuels and Devon Smith both expressed confidence on Friday after the third and final day of the tourists` match against a South African Invitation XI at Willowmoore Park was abandoned without a ball bowled because of rain.