West Indies announce T20I squad for India series
Kieron Pollard and Sunil Narine made a comeback to the West Indies side as selectors announced a 14-man squad on Monday for the first two T20Is against India starting in Florida on August 3.
Narine last played a T20I for West Indies in 2016 against England.
Meanwhile megastar Chris Gayle made himself unavailable for this particular series aiming to play in the Global T20 League in Canada.
All-rounder Andre Russell, who was forced out of ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 due to knee injury, has also made a comeback into the squad.
The media release from Windies Cricket revealed the wicket-keeper batsman Anthony Bramble as the only newcomer in the squad.
Interim chairman of the CWI Selection Panel Robert Haynes said,
“This squad is an excellent balance of experience and youth.”
“It’s not just about the present – the India Tour of the West Indies – but we are also looking at the T20 World Cup coming up next year and it is important that we find the right combination of players and the right formula for defending our title,”
“We have to make sure that we put certain things in place now, so that when it comes to picking the squad for the T20 World Cup, it becomes easier, so we are giving more players the opportunity to play and get the exposure,” he said.
West Indies Squad for 1st and 2nd T20Is
John Campbell, Evin Lewis, Shimron Hetmyer, Nicolas Pooran, Kieron Pollard, Rovman Powell, Carlos Brathwaite (c), Keemo Paul, Sunil Narine, Sheldon Cottrell, Oshane Thomas, Anthony Bramble, Andre Russell, Khary Pierre.