Many New Players in the West Indies Squad on the Tour of Bangladesh

Many New Players in the West Indies Squad on the Tour of Bangladesh
21.01.2021,12:01 170 0

West Indies have announced a 25-member squad for the tour of Bangladesh, where the Caribbeans are due to play three ODIs and 2 Test matches between January 20 and February 15. Several key players, including Jason Holder, Kieron Pollard, Darren Bravo, Shamarh Brooks, Roston Chase, Sheldon Cottrell, Evin Lewis, Shai Hope, Shimron Hetmyer and Nicholas Pooran, Fabian Allen and Shane Dowrich, declined to go on the tour due to covid concerns or personal reasons. Romario Shepherd who was included in the squad dropped out after testing positive for covid before the squad departed for Bangladesh. He was replaced by Keon Harding. Hayden Walsh Jr has been quarantined after he tested positive for covid after the team landed in Bangladesh and will not take part in the ODI series for which he was selected.

Test Squad Players with Prior Test Match Experience

The Test team will be led by 28-year-old Kraigg Brathwaite from Barbados, a right-handed batsman and an occasional off-break bowler who has played 59 Tests. His 29-year-old deputy, Jermaine Blackwood from Jamaica, is a right-handed batsman who has appeared in 30 Test matches. John Campbell, 27, from Jamaica, is a right-handed batsman who has played 6 Test matches. Antiguan Rahkeem Cornwall, 27, an all-rounder who bats right-handed and bowls off-breaks, has appeared in 3 Tests. Joshua Da Silva, 22-year-old wicket-keeper-batsman from Trinidad and Tobago, has played one Test match. A thirty-two-year-old right-arm fast bowler from T and T, Shannon Gabriel, has played 48 Test matches. Antiguan Alzarri Joseph is a 24-year-old right-arm fast-medium bowler with 12 Tests behind him. Guyanese Veerasammy Permaul is a 31-year-old slow left arm orthodox bowler who bats right-handed and has played 6 Tests. Kemar Roach, a 32-year-old right-arm fast bowler from Barbados, has appeared in 59 Tests. Raymon Reifer, 29, from Barbados is a left-handed all-rounder who bowls left-arm fast and has played one Test match. 28-year-old Jomel Warrican from St Vincent who bats right-handed and bowls slow left arm orthodox spin has participated in 7 Test matches.

ODI Squad Players with Prior ODI Experience

The ODI team will be led by Trinidadian Jason Mohammed, a 34-year-old right-handed batsman and occasional off-break bowler with 26 previous ODI appearances. His deputy, Sunil Ambris, is a 27-year-old right-handed batsman from St Vincent who has played 8 ODIs. Rovman Powell, a 27-year-old right-handed all-rounder from Jamaica, has played 34 ODIs. The ODI squad includes fast-medium bowler Alzarri Joseph who will also take part in the Test matches on the tour.

Test Squad Players without Prior International Experience

Kavem Hodge, a 27-year-old all-rounder from the Windward Islands, who bats right-handed and bowls left arm off-spin, averages 17.50 with the bat in first-class cricket, with a ton and a fifty to his credit. Twenty-eight-year-old Barbadian, Kyle Mayers, is an all-rounder who bats left-handed and bowls right-arm medium. Mayers has played 14 first-class matches, scored 436 runs at 21.80 and taken 44 wickets. Shayne Moseley, 26, from Barbados, is a left-handed batsman and occasional right-arm medium bowler with 1745 runs at 32.31 including 4 tons and 11 fifties in 30 first-class matches. Nkrumah Bonner of Jamaica is a 31-year-old all-rounder who bats right-handed and bowls leg-spin. In 60 first-class matches, Bonner has scored 2621 runs at 32.47 and taken 38 wickets.

ODI Squad Players without Prior International Experience

Jahmar Hamilton, a 30-year-old right-handed wicket-keeper-batsman from the Leeward Islands, has played 78 first-class matches and scored 3704 runs at 27.23, with 6 tons and 20 half-centuries. Barbadian Chemar Holder, 22, is a right-arm fast bowler who has taken 25 wickets in 8 first-class appearances. Akeal Hossein is a 27-year-old all-rounder from T and T who bats left-handed and bowls slow left-arm off-breaks. Hossein has scored 449 runs at 19.52 in 15 first-class matches with one ton and a half-century. He has also taken 27 wickets. Andre McCarthy, 27, is an all-rounder from Jamaica who has scored 1023 runs at 20.05 in 27 matches, with one ton and four half-centuries. Trinidadian Kjorn Ottley is a 31-year-old left-handed batsman and occasional right-arm off-spin bowler with 739 runs at 22.39 in 17 first-class games, including his top score of 99. Twenty-four-year-old Barbadian Keon Harding is a right-arm fast-medium bowler with 54 wickets in 17 first-class matches.

Test Squad Players with ODI Experience

While there are several players without any international experience, there are some who have represented the West Indies in both Tests and ODI matches. Chief among them is Kraigg Brathwaite, the skipper of the Test side who has played 10 ODIs. Jerome Blackwood has played 2 ODIs. John Campbell has played 6 ODIs and registered a batting average of 49.60. Shannon Gabriel has appeared in 25 ODIs. Veerasammy Permaul has played 7 ODIs. Kemar Roach has appeared in 92 ODIs. Curiously, none of these players have been included in the ODI squad. Alzarri Joseph is the lone exception with prior experience in both formats who has been named in both squads.

Test Squad Players without ODI Experience Included in the ODI Squad

Joshua Silva and Raymon Reifer, neither of whom has played one-day internationals, have been named in both Test and ODI teams.

Conclusion

We are not sure why many players with prior ODI experience have been excluded from the ODI team, especially as the matches in the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Super League will count towards qualification for the ODI World Cup in 2023. Surely, The ODI team would have benefited from the inclusion of such players as Kraig Brathwaite, Jerome Blackwood, John Campbell, Shannon Gabriel, Veerasammy Permaul and Kemar Roach.

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