West Indies have named their 15-man squad for the upcoming three-match One-Day International (ODI) series against England. The first two ODIs will be played in Antigua on 3rd and 5th March followed by the final ODI in Barbados on 9th March. Ahead of the ODI series, England will play two tour games on 25th and 27th February versus WICB Board President's XI led by Jahmar Hamilton.
The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) have left out players like Marlon Samuels, Darren Bravo, Johnson Charles, Sulieman Benn and Sunil Narine for the series against England.
The 36-year-old Marlon Samuels served a 12-month ban for an illegal bowling action in December 2015. However, his remodelled bowling action was cleared by ICC following a series of remedial works.
Samuels played his last ODI for West Indies against Pakistan in October last year in Abu Dhabi. Following an ordinary performance, he was then left out of the squad for the tri-series in Zimbabwe which also featured Sri Lanka as the third team. The 36-year-old has played 71 Tests and 187 ODIs for West Indies.
Opener Kieran Powell has earned a recall to the national side nearly after a gap of almost 3 years on the back of his consistent performances in West Indies' domestic List A competition – ‘Regional Super50’. He emerged as the highest run-getter with three centuries and two fifties in the competition.
The Caribbean side will be led by all-rounder Jason Holder, with players like Kraigg Brathwaite, Shane Dowrich and Carlos Brathwaite providing more balance to the team. World Cup U-19 hero, Alzarri Joseph has also been picked in the ODI squad.
West Indies squad: Jason Holder (Captain), Devendra Bishoo, Carlos Brathwaite, Kraigg Brathwaite, Jonathan Carter, Miguel Cummins, Shane Dowrich (WK), Shannon Gabriel, Shai Hope, Alzarri Joseph, Evin Lewis, Jason Mohammed, Ashley Nurse, Kieran Powell, Rovman Powell.