Cricket West Indies, on Thursday, announced a 13-member squad for the first Test against Pakistan. However, they have made some shocking exclusions in the squad with the likes of Raheem Cornwall being left out.
West Indies didn’t have a great time in the longest format of the game as they used to have in the olden days. Their players are struggling in both departments. When their batsmen grabbed the runs, it was their bowlers who have failed them and when their bowlers were on peak, it was their batters who have disappointed them.
They have some big names in the squad with the likes of Jason Holder and Kemar Roch being included in the team. Their experience will surely help the Jamaicans to seal a series against Pakistan, who are currently the favorite to win this series.
The Selection panel of West Indies further torched the selection and mentioned that the players are being picked while considering both the spin and pace bowling. The lead selector Roger Harper justified that they wanted to strengthen their batting which has provided them good rewards in Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.
“The Selection Panel chose a squad that provides both pace and spin bowling options. With Roston Chase included, variety was considered in the selection of Jomel Warrican”
“It is good to have Nkrumah Bonner back. The team does very well when our batsmen score centuries as we saw against Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. So, I look forward to our batsmen scoring big,” Roger Harper, lead selector of the West Indies senior men’s team.
West Indies Squad:
Kraigg Brathwaite (Captain), Jermaine Blackwood (Vice-Captain), Nkrumah Bonner, Roston Chase, Joshua Da Silva, Jason Holder, Shai Hope, Alzarri Joseph, Kyle Mayers, Kieran Powell, Kemar Roach, Jayden Seales, Jomel Warrican
Shamarh Brooks, Rahkeem Cornwall, Jahmar Hamilton, Chemar Holder