Ganga and Collins added to SA-bound squad

Daren Ganga, the former West Indies captain, and Pedro Collins, the left-arm medium-pacer, have been added to the West Indies squad for next month’s tour of South Africa. The tour, which includes three Tests, five ODIs and two Twenty20 matches, begins on December 16, after a five-ODI series against Zimbabwe.

Ganga and Collins will replace Narsingh Deonarine and Ravi Rampaul, who will fly back from Zimbabwe. While Collins has not represented West Indies since the home series against India in July 2006, Ganga captained the side for two Test matches during the tour of England in 2007 following Ramnaresh Sarwan’s injury in the second Test. He was, however, omitted for the Natwest Series that followed as well as the inaugural ICC World Twenty20 and failed to find a place in the ODI squad against Zimbabwe even after being named as Trinidad & Tobago’s cricketer of the year. He also lost the vice-captaincy spot to Dwayne Bravo for the tour of Africa.

Collins’ last ODI appearance for West Indies dates back to May 2005 but he was part of the squad for the ICC World Twenty20 in September. He then signed for Surrey as a Kolpak player, a decision that seemed to put his international career in doubt.

Squad Chris Gayle (capt), Dwayne Bravo, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Pedro Collins, Fidel Edwards, Daren Ganga, Rawl Lewis, Runako Morton, Brenton Parchment, Daren Powell, Denesh Ramdin, Darren Sammy, Marlon Samuels, Devon Smith, Jerome Taylor

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