T-20 specialists West Indies have named their official 15-man squad for the upcoming 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup.
Chris Gayle and Andre Russell make a comeback to the national team while Dwayne Bravo, Keiron Pollard, and Sunil Narine have missed out on sealing a berth in the World Cup squad.
While Russell was cleared by the West Indies selectors for World Cup selection, Narine missed out on World Cup due to injury concerns.
Jimmy Adams, Cricket West Indies Director said “I spoke to Andre a few days ago and he assured me that he will be okay for the World Cup. He has a few niggles. He has some pain behind his knee but he assured he’ll be okay for the World Cup.”
Robert Haynes, interim chairman of Cricket West Indies talked about Narine’s concerns with his finger. He said “We had a lot of dialogue with Sunil and he assured us he would love to be playing for the West Indies, but he has a very sore finger.”
“He’s getting treatment after every IPL game, and he cannot bowl 10 overs and is struggling to bowl four.”
The squad is a bit short on genuine all-rounders, but it possesses a strong top order consisting of Chris Gayle, Evin Lewis, and Darren Bravo.
The presence of Shimron Hetmyer, Shai Hope, Nicholas Pooran, Carlos Brathwaite and Andre Russell provides depth to the middle order.
Hope and Pooran would be hoping to share the wicket-keeping duties during the World Cup.
Ashley Nurse is the primary spinner in the team with Fabian Allen also able to bowl spin along with offering a good middle order batting option.
The fast bowlers include Andre Russell, Shannon Gabriel, Sheldon Cottrell, the young Oshane Thomas and the returning Kemar Roach who hasn’t played an ODI since 2017.
West Indies squad: Jason Holder (C), Chris Gayle, Evin Lewis, Darren Bravo, Shai Hope (wk), Shimron Hetmyer, Fabian Allen, Nicholas Pooran (wk), Carlos Brathwaite, Andre Russell, Ashley Nurse, Shannon Gabriel, Sheldon Cottrell, Oshane Thomas, Kemar Roach