After an ill-fated tour of India last month during which a dispute between players and the WICB (now the dispute has been resolved) led to the tour being abandoned, the West Indies selectors have named a full strength squad for the three match Test series against South Africa starting December 17th at Centurion.
The squad comprises of their regular Test captain Denesh Ramdin. Chris Gayle has also makes a return to the side after missing the tour of India due to back injury.
Clive Lloyd, West Indies Chairman of Selectors, said:
“Of course at all times the selection panel aims to select the best and strongest team available,” chairman of selectors Clive Lloyd said. “We look forward to this squad giving a good account of themselves for the three Tests in South Africa.
“There is a significant amount of international cricket to be played over the next six months, including Test matches against some of the higher ranked teams in world cricket and as such it would be critical for the squad to get off on a positive note in South Africa.
“Specifically we have selected young fast bowler Sheldon Cottrell who is a good prospect. The selection panel is looking to introduce players such as Cottrell who can contribute in moving West Indies cricket forward.”
The players selected for the tour have been given a deadline of 18th November to sign the new contracts after the pay disputes that took place earlier( as mentioned above).
“All players selected have been notified of their selection and that their selection is contingent upon their signing of the match tour contract which was sent to each player selected for the South African tour,” said a WICB official.
West Indies Squad:
Denesh Ramdin (capt), Sulieman Benn, Jermaine Blackwood, Kraigg Brathwaite, Darren Bravo, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Sheldon Cottrell, Shannon Gabriel, Chris Gayle, Jason Holder, Leon Johnson, Kemar Roach, Marlon Samuels, Jerome Taylor, Chadwick Walton.
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