After almost 24 hours after the stipulated deadline, the West Indies have finally released their 15 man squad which sees a major inclusion.
Andre Russell who has only played one ODI since 2015 has been included in the preliminary squad. Russell has been having a good season in the Indian Premier League where he is averaging 65.33 at a strike rate of over 200 with the willow. Among those included from the IPL, self proclaimed,”’Universe Boss” Chris Gayle, Shimron Hetmyer, Carlos Brathwaite and Evin Lewis while veteran all-rounder Sunil Narine misses out.
After a period of sub-par performances and having to go through the qualifiers for a place in the World cup, there will be optimism in the squad after a series draw with the number 1 ranked ODI nation England at the beginning of the year. The Windies begin their campaign at Trent Bridge against Pakistan on the 31st of May.
Squad: Jason Holder (c), Chris Gayle, Andre Russell, Sheldon Cottrell, Shannon Gabriel, Kemar Roach, Nicholas Pooran (wk), Ashley Nurse, Fabian Allen, Shimron Hetmyer, Shai Hope (wk), Oshane Thomas, Carlos Brathwaite, Darren Bravo, Evin Lewis.