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Gayle is captain; Parchment in WI squad to Zimbabwe

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BRIDGETOWN, Barbados - Jamaican batsman Brenton Parchment is poised to make his West Indies debut after being named in a 15-man squad for the tour of Zimbabwe later this month.

The 25-year-old, right-hander scored 154 runs at an average of 38.50 with one half-century, in helping Jamaica capture the recent KFC Cup regional one-day tournament.

Guyanese batsman Narsingh Deonarine, who was chosen for the Twenty20 World cup in South Africa in September, has also maintained his spot in the side despite his recent poor form.

The 24-year-old Deonarine, who has played four Tests and ODIs, had a poor run in Guyana's KFC Cup campaign managing just 71 runs from four innings.

Prior to the Twenty20 World Cup, he had been ignored by selectors for nearly two and a half years following the turbulent tour of Sri Lanka in 2005.

The selectors have also named 33-year old leg-spinning all-rounder Rawle Lewis who last played for the West Indies on the tour of New Zealand back in 2006.

One-day specialist, all-rounder Dwayne Smith has been overlooked.

Chris Gayle, who led the side in the ODI tournament in England earlier this year, has been named as captain as Ramnaresh Sarwan has been ruled through injury. Clive Lloyd has been appointed team manager.

Barbadian Henderson Springer and Trinidadian David Williams will serve as the coaches on the tour with newly appointed Australian coach, John Dyson unavailable.

West Indies will open their tour of Zimbabwe on November 30 at the Harare Sports Club and will play the second ODI two days later at the same venue.

The Queens Sports Club in Bulawayo will be the scene of the next three matches on December 5th, 9th and 7th respectively.

SQUAD: Christopher Gayle (captain), Dwayne Bravo, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Narsingh Deonarine, Fidel Edwards, Runako Morton, Rawle Lewis, Brenton Parchment, Darren Powell, Denesh Ramdin, Ravi Rampaul, Darren Sammy, Marlon Samuels, Devon Smith, Jerome Taylor.
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not a suprise with sarwan injured i think he is the best man to lead west indies
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