West Indies have named an unchanged squad from the recent Afghanistan clashes for the upcoming three-match series with India.
There was no place for stalwart Chris Gayle in the ODI squad after the veteran opener informed the board that he needs time to figure out his international future. Windies are due to play three ODIs and as many T20Is against India with Kieron Pollard retained as the skipper of both outfits.
All-rounder Andre Russell is absent from the squad as well despite making his return from a knee injury in the recently concluded T10 League in the UAE.
The Caribbean side have already been in India for some time now and took on Afghanistan in three ODIs and as many T20s in Lucknow. They emerged victorious by 3-0 in the ODIs, their first series win in the format since 2014.
However, they were beaten 2-1 in the subsequent T20 series.
🚨BREAKING🚨: WEST INDIES ANNOUNCE ODI & T20I SQUADS AHEAD OF INDIA TOUR NEXT MONTH pic.twitter.com/4dti4LdAOD— Windies Cricket (@windiescricket) November 28, 2019
“We have three matches in each format, so we wanted to give each squad a chance to compete against India,” head coach Phil Simmons stated.
“No disrespect to Afghanistan, but facing India will be a more difficult series. Our players really got the hang of things, with the 3-0 series win in the ODIs and I believe we will move from strength to strength.”
Simmons added: “In the T20s this will be another chance for them to play and development, and again no disrespect to Afghanistan, this should be a stronger T20 country and we will look to see how they perform against India.”
The engagements between India and West Indies will start off with the T20I series with the first clash due to take place in Hyderabad on December 6. The ODI-leg begins on December 15 with the series opener taking place in Chennai.
T20I squad: Fabian Allen, Sheldon Cottrell, Shimron Hetmyer, Jason Holder, Brandon King, Evin Lewis, Keemo Paul, Khary Pierre, Kieron Pollard (capt), Nicholas Pooran, Denesh Ramdin, Sherfane Rutherford, Lendl Simmons, Hayden Walsh Jr, Kesrick Williams
ODI squad: Sunil Ambris, Roston Chase, Sheldon Cottrell, Shimron Hetmyer, Jason Holder, Shai Hope, Alzarri Joseph, Brandon King, Evin Lewis, Keemo Paul, Khary Pierre, Kieron Pollard (capt), Nicholas Pooran, Romario Shepherd, Hayden Walsh Jr.
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