Chris Gayle declines selection, West Indies announce ODI and T20I teams vs India

first_imgChris Gayle will not be a part of the Windies’s squad for the three-match T20I series in India as “he has declined selection” while Darren Bravo and Kieron Pollard are back in international cricket.West Indies announced their squad for the five-match ODI series and T20I series against India on Monday. The ODI team does not bear a stark contrast to the Windies Test squad even as three young players have been selected for Windies’s white-ball cricket.Andre Russell does not feature in the ODI squad and according to the release by Windies Cricket, he has been ruled out due to injury while Alzarri Joseph, who has been named in the ODI squad, will undergo a fitness test before leaving for India.Jason Holder will captain the Windies in the ODI series while Carlos Brathwaite will captain the team for the T20I series against India.Courtney Brownie, Chairman of the Selection Panel, explained the selections adding that ahead of the 2019 ICC World Cup, they are looking to give youngsters a chance to showcase their skills.”As we continue our Cricket World Cup preparations, the upcoming tour of India provides a great opportunity to expose some of our young talent. Opener, Chandrapul Hemraj, all-rounder Fabian Allen and fast bowler Oshane Thomas will get their opportunity to showcase their skills, along with Sunil Ambris, who is returning to the fold,” Brownie said.”We will be without our stalwart, Chris Gayle for this Indian tour and the next tour against Bangladesh as he has declined selection at this time, however, he has made himself available for the selection for the visit of England to the Caribbean and the CWC in 2019,” Brownie added.advertisementBrownie also welcomed Bravo and Pollard back in the squad while adding that looking ahead to World T20 in 2020, they want to invest in young players and built a team out of the young energy.”With the 2020 ICC World T20 two years away and the limited amount of T20 Internationals within the next year, the panel believes at this juncture it is time to invest in the young players that have emerged over the last two years from WINDIES A and B teams, along with 2018 CPL.”The panel believes that this new group of cricketers, in addition to their cricketing skills, will have the athleticism needed to improve our fielding, which will be vital to our success.”The team will continue to retain some experienced players who will work alongside the younger group. We wish the team every success on a challenging assignment in India and, offer our congratulations to the players making their international debuts and welcome back Darren Bravo and Kieran Pollard to international cricket.”Johnny Grave, Chief Executive Officer of the Windies, also explained the reason behind announcing the squad so early, saying they had to arrange for travel and visas.”The team will have a camp before the start of the ODI series in Guwahati, so we had to select the squad before the start of the Super50 Cup, in order to organize flights and visas. With the CPL finishing last month, there was no reason to delay announcing the T20 squad.”Here is the Windies squad for ODI series vs India:Jason Holder (Captain), Fabian Allen, Sunil Ambris, Devendra Bishoo, Chanderpaul Hemraj, Shimron Hetmyer, Shai Hope, Alzarri Joseph, Evin Lewis, Ashley Nurse, Keemo Paul, Rovman Powell, Kemar Roach, Marlon Samuels, Oshane ThomasFollowing is the T20I squad of Windies for series vs India:Carlos Brathwaite (Captain), Fabian Allen, Darren Bravo, Shimron Hetmyer, Evin Lewis, Obed McCoy, Ashley Nurse, Keemo Paul, Khary Pierre, Kieron Pollard, Rovman Powell, Denesh Ramdin, Andre Russell, Sherfane Rutherford, Oshane Thomaslast_img

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