Cricket West Indies on Saturday named their ODI and T20I squad for the home series against Sri Lanka commencing on March 3.
West Indies hit-machine Chris Gayle has made his comeback in the national side after a two-year gap. He has been named to the T20I squad. Veteran bowler Fidel Edwards has also made a comeback in the team after a long 9 years break.
Maiden call-ups in the squads include Kevin Sinclair and Akeal Hosein. Sinclair makes his international debut while Hosein received his first T20I call-up.
CWI Lead Selector Roger Harper said, “As we build towards the defence of the T20 World Cup, the opportunity is being taken to determine our best team and squad as we go forward. Chris Gayle has performed very well in recent tournaments and the selection panel thinks that he can still add great value to our team. Fidel Edwards has been selected to give the bowling the potent firepower needed.”
“Jason Holder has shown his all-round value in this format in recent times and after missing a few series he will add depth and experience to the squad. Akeal Hosein performed very well in Bangladesh [ODI Series] and had excellent stats in the CPL so this is an opportunity to see how he equips himself in this format. Kevin Sinclair grabbed our attention in the Super50 Cup back in 2019 and has been consistently economical in the last CPL and the current CG Insurance Super50. He will provide an off-spinning option for the team,” Harper added.
Sri Lanka’s tour of West Indies commences next month on March 3rd and will extend till April 2nd. The tour comprises three T20Is, three ODIs, and two Test matches. All the T20I matches will be held in the Coolidge Cricket Ground (CCG) in Antigua. It would the first occasion after 2013 that the West Indies Men’s team will play at the CCG. All the matches of the other formats will be played at Sir Vivian Richards Stadium (SVRS).
All the ODI matches will form part of the ICC Super League and subsequently serve the teams an opportunity to qualify for the 2023 ICC Cricket World Cup in India, while the Test matches forms part of the ICC World Test Championship.
West Indies T20I squad: Kieron Pollard (c), Nicholas Pooran (vc), Fabien Allen, Dwayne Bravo, Fidel Edwards, Andre Fletcher, Chris Gayle, Jason Holder, Akeal Hosein, Ewin Lewis, Obed McCoy, Rovman Powell, Lendl Simmons, Kevin Sinclair.
West Indies ODI squad: Kieron Pollard (c), Shai Hope, Fabien Allen, Darren Bravo, Akeal Hosein, Jason Holder, Alzarri Joseph, Evin Lewis, Kyle Mayers, Jason Mohammad, Nicholas Pooran, Romario Shepherd, Kevin Sinclair.
West Indies vs Sri Lanka Match Fixtures
|1st T20I||03.03.21||Coolidge Cricket Ground (CCG)|
|2nd T20I||05.03.21||Coolidge Cricket Ground (CCG)|
|3rd T20I||07.03.21||Coolidge Cricket Ground (CCG)|
|1st ODI||10.03.21||Sir Vivian Richards Stadium (SVRS)|
|2nd ODI||12.03.21||Sir Vivian Richards Stadium (SVRS)|
|3rd ODI (day-night)||14.03.21||Sir Vivian Richards Stadium (SVRS)|
|1st Test||21.03.21-25.03.21||Sir Vivian Richards Stadium (SVRS)|
|2nd Test||29.03.21-02.03.21||Sir Vivian Richards Stadium (SVRS)|