West Indies, on Saturday, announced their 14-man squad for the forthcoming ODI tri-series in Ireland. The other two teams in the series are the hosts and Bangladesh.
As expected, Jason Holder will lead the side. The newly-appointed West Indies selection panel have recalled allrounder Jonathan Carter and pacer Shannon Gabriel for the series which will be a dress rehearsal for the Caribbean outfit before the all-important World Cup.
Surprisingly, West Indies have not named some the likes of Chris Gayle, Andre Russell, Shimron Hetmyer and Alzarri Joseph in the squad. The players are currently playing in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL).
But while several other teams like England and Australia have already made it clear their players will miss the last phase of the IPL to prepare for the World Cup, the Caribbean outfit has decided against it. The series gets underway from May 5 in Dublin with the final slated for May 17.
While terming the tournament as a dress rehearsal, Cricket West Indies’ director Jimmy Adams made it clear that it will have no bearing on the final World Cup squad.
“The selection panel consisted of interim Head Coach Floyd Reifer, Captain Jason Holder and interim Chairman of Selectors Robert Haynes,” Jimmy Adams, director of cricket was quoted as saying in ICC website.
“They have selected a squad to Ireland that allows a slightly wider pool of players to get 50-over experience in UK conditions which I think is very important. This is not the World Cup squad, as a number of players are not available for this series as they are still participating in the IPL.”
Holder, Gabriel and Kemar Roach form the pace attack.
“The pace attack of Shannon Gabriel, Kemar Roach and Jason Holder, will only serve to enhance the performances we expect from the team,” he said.
“We felt that the composition of the team brought together a harmony of experienced international players and players who have been on the periphery of international cricket.”
The only uncapped member in the ODI squad is Barbadian all-rounder Raymon Reifer, cousin of coach Floyd.
Earlier on Friday, Windies sack coach Pybus just weeks before World Cup.
The West Indies sacked controversial coach Richard Pybus amid a flurry of changes announced on Thursday, only seven weeks before the start of the World Cup.
Floyd Reifer will become interim head coach, with Robert Haynes replacing Courtney Browne as interim head of selectors, while the entire selection panel has also been changed.
West Indies Squad:
Jason Holder (Captain), John Campbell, Darren Bravo, Shai Hope, Sheldon Cottrell, Shannon Gabriel, Kemar Roach, Sunil Ambris, Raymond Reifer, Fabian Allen, Ashely Nurse, Roston Chase, Shane Dowrich, Jonathan Carter