West Indies cricket board on Monday announced the squad for second practise match between India and West Indies Board President’s XI. Both the teams will clash in a three-day affair which will start from Thursday. The match will be played in Basseterre at the same ground where the last practise game was played.
West Indies team has made a number of changes to the squad and have also included the fast bowler Kemar Roach whose selection comes as a surprise. John Campbell, Montcin Hodge, Chemar Holder are few of the new inclusions in the squad who have replaced those selected for the first Test match clash. Leon Johnson who led the team in the last practise game will again lead the team. He is also part of the Test team which will have been selected for the first Test match.
Out of all the selected players, it is the best opportunity for Roach to stage a comeback to the international level as he is one of the experienced campaigners in the batch of selected players. He was the part of the West Indies team that toured to Australia for the Test series earlier this year. He went wicketless in the three Test matches he played. After his return from there, he has played 3 first class matches but hasn’t done anything special yet. It is the best chance for him to perform her to stage a comeback in the national team as it is a long tour and the squad will be altered after each Test match.
Indian team will kick off the international assignment from July 21 where the hosts and the Indian team will clash in first off the four Test matches. Earlier the WICB announced the Test team for the first Test match; Jason Holder will lead the Test team.
West Indies Board President’s XI squad: Leon Johnson (capt), Jermaine Blackwood, John Campbell, Rahkeem Cornwall, Jason Dawes, Jahmar Hamilton, Montcin Hodge, Chemar Holder, Shai Hope, Keon Joseph, Gudakesh Motie, Kemar Roach, Vishaul Singh.