Cricket West Indies (CWI) on Saturday (April 13) has named a 14-member squad for the tri-series in Ireland. The third team for the triangular series is Bangladesh. The ODI series will run between May 5 and May 17 in Dublin. However, the exciting names like veteran Chris Gayle, Andre Russell have missed their respective spots for the upcoming competition.
Apart from high-flying Alzarri Joseph, Shimron Hetmyer has also been overlooked for the tri-series. As of now, Hetmyer is struggling with his form, as he is partaking in the IPL for the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB).
However, Russell has been in ominous touch while winning most of the games for the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR).
Russell’s form good sign for the Windies:
Besides, the southpaw Gayle had a decent run with Kings XI Punjab (KXIP), but unfortunately, he is struggling with his long-standing back problem.
In the lead up to the 2019 World Cup, the interim chief coach for Windies, Floyd Reifer reiterated it isn’t necessary that the World Cup squad will appear what has unfolded ahead of the twelfth edition of the ODI showpiece.
Recently, Windies board has sacked Richard Pybus as a head coach which serves as an indicator for the major overhauling in the Caribbean set-up ahead of the World Cup.
Earlier, the selection panel has made it clear that the rehearsal in the lead up to the World Cup will benefit the team’s cause in a nutshell.
Windies Director of Cricket, Jimmy Adams revealed they have picked a squad to test the bench strength. He added some of the players are partaking in the IPL.
Also, the selection panel includes temporary chairman of selectors, Robert Haynes.
“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,” ICC quoted Adams as saying.
With the exuberance of experience and young blood, senior all-rounder Jason Holder will lead the side. The squad seems pretty much balanced with the likes of Darren Bravo, Shane Dowrich, Shai Hope and Roston Chase.
Gabriel has a major chance to grab his opportunity:
Also, paceman Shannon Gabriel had made a comeback after two years and four months. He last represented Windies in the day-long format in December 2017.
“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,” Adams added.
Also, there is a solitary uncapped cricketer in the team in the form of Raymon Reifer. He has featured snared 51 scalps in List A fold. The 27-year-old Reifer has accumulated 1,096 runs at an average of 29.62.
Besides, the newly-appointed president Ricky Skerritt stated the changes will help Windies in the foreseeable future.
Interestingly, the series in Ireland will help Windies to acclimatise to the English conditions.
The quadrennial event will commence on May 30. Also, the Windies will kick-off their World Cup campaign against Pakistan on May 31 at Trent Bridge.
Here’s the 14-man squad for Windies:
Jason Holder (capt), 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