Cricket West Indies (CWI) left out the experienced duo of Kieron Pollard, Sunil Narine from its 15-member World Cup squad while including Andre Russell in the line-up.
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The squad was picked by the freshly appointed interim selection panel chaired by Robert Haynes, along with Jimmy Adams (director of cricket) and West Indies’ newly appointed coach Floyd Reifer.
“I spoke to Andre a few days ago and he assured me that he will be okay for the World Cup. He has a few niggles. He has some pain behind his knee but he assured he’ll be okay for the World Cup,” said Jimmy Adams, CWI Director of Cricket.
“With players like the captain, Jason Holder, as well as Andre Russell in the lower middle-order, we believe we have good depth to our batting will give us the best chance of winning the World Cup,” observed Robert Haynes, Interim Chairman of Selectors CWI.
Jason Holder will continue to be the captain and Chris Gayle will also play his fifth World Cup. Gayle’s opening partner will most likely be Evin Lewis. Nicholas Pooran is the back-up wicketkeeper. Ashley Nurse is the only specialist spinner.
While Pollard failed to find a spot in the side spinner Sunil Narine had to miss the bus due to a finger injury. Narine, who is playing for KKR in IPL 2019, is reportedly getting treated after every match and cannot bowl 10 overs.
West Indies squad for 2019 World Cup: Jason Holder (c), Andre Russell, Ashley Nurse, Carlos Brathwaite, Chris Gayle, Darren Bravo, Evin Lewis, Fabian Allen, Kemar Roach, Nicholas Pooran, Oshane Thomas, Shai Hope, Shannon Gabriel, Sheldon Cottrell, Shimron Hetmyer