West Indies include Bravo and Pollard in reserve players’ list
Cricket West Indies have announced their upcoming World Cup camp and the reserve players list which included the ace all-rounders duo- Dwayne Bravo and Kieron Pollard for the upcoming ICC World Cup 2019.
After Bravo and Pollard missed out the preliminary 15-man World Cup squad, they were called by the cricket board as one of the two reserve player among the total amount of 10. They both had been away from international cricket for many years.
Kieron Pollard played his last ODI back in 2016 against Pakistan at Abu Dhabi whereas the other all-rounder Dwayne Bravo played his last ODI back in 2014, five years ago from now against India at Dharamsala. Brave was added in the reserve players list despite being he was retired from international cricket in October 2018.
West Indies will proceed with their preparations for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 with a preparation camp in Southampton, England from May 19 to 23. The four-day camp will also see an additional warm-up fixture against Australia, which will be played on May 22 at the Ageas Bowl, the home of Hampshire County Cricket Club.
Batsman Sunil Ambris, and all-rounder Raymon Reifer have been picked in the reserve players list as cover for the camp in Southampton. They were part of Tri-Nation ODI Series in Ireland which just finished a day ago. Ambris and Reifer both showed great performances in the series. Ambris is accessible as spread for Evin Lewis, who has as of late recouped from a viral contamination and Reifer will join the bowling section to reduce the work load of the other bowlers.
Mentioning the reserve players, the Interim Chairman of Selectors, Robert Haynes commented: “The selection of players in the reserve list is to truly cover our bases and guarantee we have a decent parity in the pool of players that can be chosen if substitutions are required. We think the range of abilities in this pool is solid with a decent mix of experience and upcoming youthful players who can be prepared to contribute when required.”
Some key players were not in the squad of Tri-series due to their involvement in Indian Premier League (IPL) which finished just a week ago. As per the CEO Johnny Grave, the thought behind the preparation camp and playing an additional warm-up match is to give the World Cup squad more planning time in English conditions and game time together, particularly as seven individuals from the squad missed the Tri-Series in Ireland because of the IPL.
“We are extremely appreciative to Hampshire CCC for consenting to have us at the Ageas Bowl and to Cricket Australia for concurring the extra warm-up game. Because of the responsibilities and guarantees made, to both our players and the BCCI, this is the first occasion when that our whole World Cup squad can get together since the IPL wrapped up. We are sure that these extra five days of preparing and the additional warm-up game will imply that our players will be prepared to perform at their best in our opening match against Pakistan on the 31st May,” Johnny Grave said.
West Indies World Cup Squad:
Jason Holder (c), Chris Gayle, Evin Lewis, Shai Hope(wk), Shimron Hetmyer, Darren Bravo, Andre Russell, Nicholas Pooran, Carlos Brathwaite, Kemar Roach, Shannon Gabriel, Sheldon Cottrell, Ashley Nurse, Oshane Thomas, Fabian Allen.
Reserve player list:
Sunil Ambris, John Campbell, Kieron Pollard, Dwayne Bravo, Shane Dowrich, Jonathan Carter, Roston Chase, Keemo Paul, Raymon Reifer, Khary Pierre.