Chris Gayle, 34, who played in all the three tests of the series against the Black Caps, has been concerned by a back injury and is receiving medical attention for the same. All-rounder Dwayne Bravo was also not included in the 13-man squad as he continues his recover from an injury picked while playing for the Indian Premier League franchise Chennai Super Kings in April which kept him out of action from most of the part of the tournament.

T20 specialist Kieron Pollard, who last played for West Indies in a T20I in July 2013, returns to the West Indies for the first time since July 2013 after recovering from a knee injury.

Winners of the World Twenty20 2012 in Sri Lanka, West Indies fell at the semifinals during their title defence in Bangladesh earlier this year, losing to Sri Lanka, the eventual winners.

Bowling all-rounder Christopher Barnwell and batsman Darren Bravo are the new inclusions in the T20 squad. The three missing from the World T20 in March are all-rounder Marlon Samuels, fast bowler Ravi Rampaul and opener Johnson Charles.

Samuels scored only 86 runs in five innings at a poor strike-rate of 81.13 during the World T20 and was also dropped from West Indies’ test squad after making a pair in the first test at Kingston. Rampaul and Charles hadn’t got a game during the World T20.

All-rounder Darren Sammy, dropped as test skipper this year, retains the T20 captaincy.

The two T20Is will be played at Windsor Park in Dominica on July 5 and 6 respectively.

New Zealand’s squad is yet to be announced, with a small number of short form specialists set to join the test lineup.

Squad: Darren Sammy (c), Samuel Badree, Christopher Barnwell, Darren Bravo, Sheldon Cottrell, Andre Fletcher, Sunil Narine, Kieron Pollard, Denesh Ramdin (wk), Andre Russell, Krishmar Santokie, Lendl Simmons, Dwayne Smith.

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