Gayle, Edwards earn recalls to West Indies
Batsman Chris Gayle and fast bowler Fidel Edwards have been included in West Indies T20I squad against Sri Lanka after hiatus.
Gayle last played for West Indies back in 2019, against India after the World Cup, while Edwards will be putting on maroon jersey for the first time since 2012. Edwards was a Kolpak player in England until the Brexit happened.
“As we build towards the defence of the T20 WC, the opportunity is being taken to determine our best team and squad as we go forward. Chris Gayle has performed very well in recent tournaments and the selection panel thinks that he can still add great value to our team. Fidel Edwards has been selected to give the bowling the potent firepower needed,” Cricket West Indies chief selector Roger Harper said.
Kieron Pollard, the captain, Nicholas Pooran, Dwayne Bravo, Jason Holder, Lendl Simmons and Evin Lewis are all back after they had pulled out of Bangladesh tour.
The T20I and ODI squads also include Kevin Sinclair, who has earned a maiden call-up, and Akeal Hosein, who impressed in the ODIs in Bangladesh.
All-rounder Andre Russell is a name missing as he is reportedly recovering from COVID-19.
The three-match T20I series will kick off on March 3, after which three ODIs and two Tests will follow.
West Indies T20I squad: Kieron Pollard (captain), Nicholas Pooran, Fabian Allen Dwayne Bravo, Fidel Edwards, Andre Fletcher, Chris Gayle, Jason Holder, Akeal Hosein, Evin Lewis, Obed McCoy, Rovman Powell, Lendl Simmons, Kevin Sinclair.
West Indies ODI squad: Kieron Pollard (captain), Shai Hope, Fabian Allen, Darren Bravo, Jason Holder, Akeal Hosein, Alzarri Joseph, Evin Lewis, Kyle Mayers, Jason Mohammed, Nicholas Pooran, Romario Shepherd, Kevin Sinclair.
West Indies vs Sri Lanka 2021 itinerary-
March 3: 1st T20I at CCG
March 5: 2nd T20I at CCG
March 7: 3rd T20I at CCG
March 10: 1st ODI at SVRS
March 12: 2nd ODI at SVRS
March 14: 3rd ODI at SVRS
March 21-25: 1st Test at SVRS
March 29-April 2: 2nd Test at SVRS