Power hitters Andre Russell and Chris Gayle have been included in the provisional West Indies World Cup squad which was announced on Wednesday. However, Mumbai Indians allrounder Kieron Pollard was snubbed by the Windies selectors despite his good form in the ongoing Indian Premier League.
Jason Holder will be leading the team in the tournament which also includes the likes of Nicholas Pooran, Shannon Gabriel, Kemar Roach among others.
“Based on the new selection policy approach which allowed us to consider a number of players that have not regularly appeared in the side over the last two years, we had a wide base of talent from which to choose,” said the interim chairman of selection panel Robert Haynes.
“There were a number of tough calls we had to make to settle on our squad of 15, including ensuring there was some continuity in the side, but we believe we have chosen a strong squad of players taking into consideration such factors as experience, fitness, team balance, current form and conditions.”
“In keeping with tournament regulations, we submitted our squad prior to the deadline date of yesterday. All players named for the Tri-Nations Series could, however, stake a claim to be in the final 15-member squad that will be submitted after the Tri-Series and before the final deadline next month.”
Russell, who completed a one-year anti-doping whereabouts ban in January 2018 has made his way into the squad thanks to his heroics in the ongoing Indian Premier League.
West Indies World Cup squad: Jason Holder (capt), Fabian Allen, Darren Bravo, Carlos Brathwaite, Sheldon Cottrell, Shannon Gabriel, Chris Gayle, Shimron Hetmyer, Shai Hope (wk), Evin Lewis, Ashley Nurse, Nicholas Pooran, Kemar Roach, Andre Russell, Oshane Thomas.