West Indies ODI squad vs India: Windies announce 14-member squad for the ODI series vs India in August; Gayle too makes the cut
West Indies announced their 14-member squad for the three match ODI series at Home against India beginning from August 8 at Guyana.
The self-proclaimed ‘Universe Boss’- Chris Gayle has been included in the squad after a sudden change in mind as he had announced his decision to retire after the 2019 World Cup. In fact recently, he threw a surprise by commenting that he could play for another five years from now. Whether it was said in his ever jolly state of mind or not is another matter.
“Chris is a very valuable player and he brings a lot of experience, a lot of knowledge, he lends a lot to any dressing room and it is great to have him in the squad,” said interim West Indies head coach Floyd Reifer.
However, the likes of Sunil Ambris, Shannon Gabriel, Ashley Nurse and even the flamboyant all-rounder Andre Russell have been left out of the squad.
John Campbell, Roston Chase, and Keemo Paul recalled
Campbell, Chase and Paul were all part of the tri-series in Ireland that took place before the World Cup but were left out for the marquee event in England and Wales. Reifer said that the trio has been included to add balance to the side that already has its fair share of experienced players.
“We have a mixture of some experienced and young ODI players,” said Reifer. “It is good to have Keemo, John and Roston back, and they will help to bring further balance to the team. Looking ahead to the series, I think we have a lot to build upon following the World Cup. We have retained a large number of players from the World Cup squad, so there is a lot to build on and I am looking forward to the series”, said Reifer.
Here is the 14-member West Indies squad for ODI series vs India:
Jason Holder (c), John Campbell, Evin Lewis, Shimron Hetmyer, Nicholas Pooran, Roston Chase, Fabian Allen, Carlos Brathwaite, Keemo Paul, Chris Gayle, Sheldon Cottrell, Oshane Thomas, Shai Hope, Kemar Roach.
West Indies announce squad for India ODIs:
Jason Holder (c)
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