West Indies squad for tri-series announced, Pollard and Ramdin axed
As reported yesterday, the West Indies selectors have dropped the experienced duo of Kieron Pollard and Denesh Ramdin for the upcoming tri-series to be played in Zimbabwe in the month of November. Courtney Browne, the chairman of selectors, earlier dropped an e-mail to both Ramdin and Pollard informing them about them being axed from the team but he also added that both the players should feel free to contact him if they want to have any discussion on the issue. The news of both the seniors being axed was leaked earlier and hence, there was no surprise when the squad was announced.
All-rounder Roman Powell and batsman Shai Hope has replaced the senior duo. Hope is yet to make his debut in the List A cricket whereas Powell has just played 8 List A games in his short career. He is yet to score a century in List A format and has a batting average of 37.16. The rookie was the part of Jamaica Tallawahs squad which won the Caribbean Premier League, he also made a vital contribution in the win as he scored 228 runs in 12 innings at an average f 25.33 but these numbers do not justify his selection in the national squad at the cost of seniors.
His selection should not surprise anyone who has earlier seen the workings of WICB as this cricket board is the most corrupted and non-sense board which should be banned by ICC. Other Boards should also boycott this board for the betterment of future of cricket.
West Indies will travel Zimbabwe next month where Sri Lanka will also join them as the third participant. The first match of the tri-series will be played on November 14 at Harare sports club with tri-series coming to an end on November 27 with the final to be played at Queen Sports Club in Bulawayo.