Chris Gayle, Sunil Narine All Set To Miss ODI, T20 Series For West Indies Against India

| October 8 , 2018 , 15:46 IST

The Windies Cricket Board on Monday had announced the squads for the upcoming ODI and T20I series against India which is scheduled to start soon after the conclusion of on-going Test series from October 21.

Destructive opening batsman Chris Gayle has not been included for the limited overs series against India after he opted out for playing Afghanistan premier league along with off-spinner Sunil Narine who was another exclusion as the selection committed announced the 15-member squad.

Windies Cricket board has named three new faces in the form of Chandrapaul Hemraj, Fabian Allen and Oshane Thomas for the upcoming series. Jason Holder will be the captain of the ODI squad, the West Indies T20 team will be led by Carlos Brathwaite.

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Interestingly, Darren Bravo and all-rounder Kieron Pollard will be seen in the shortest format, while all-rounder Andre Russell, who has been ruled out of all 50-over cricket due to injury but has been included in the T20I squad which will take place in the month of November.

Speaking to media, WICB chairman of the selection panel Courtney Browne in a statement said, "We will be without our stalwart, Chris Gayle for this Indian tour and the next tour against Bangladesh as he has declined selection at this time, however, he has made himself available for the selection for the visit of England to the Caribbean and the World Cup in 2019."

The West Indies team is all set to play five ODIs and three T20 Internationals. The first ODI will be held in Guwahati on October 21.

"As we continue our Cricket World Cup preparations, the upcoming tour of India provides a great opportunity to expose some of our young talents," Browne said.

"Opener, Chandrapaul Hemraj, all-rounder Fabian Allen and fast bowler Oshane Thomas will get their opportunity to showcase their skills, along with Sunil Ambris, who is returning to the fold.

Russell, however, has been ruled out of all 50-over format due to injury and Alzarri Joseph will undergo a fitness test before leaving for India.

Courtney Browne further said, "With the 2020 ICC World T20 two years away and the limited amount of T20 Internationals within the next year, the panel believes at this juncture it is time to invest in the young players that have emerged over the last two years from Windies A and B teams, along with 2018 CPL."

"The team will continue to retain some experienced players who will work alongside the younger group...offer our congratulations to the players making their international debuts and welcome back Darren Bravo and Kieran Pollard to international cricket," he said.

WICB Chief Executive Officer Johnny Grave justified the reasons behind the early squad announcements.

"The team will have a camp before the start of the ODI series in Guwahati, so we had to select the squad before the start of the Super50 Cup, in order to organise flights and visas. With the CPL finishing last month, there was no reason to delay announcing the T20 squad," he said.

Take a look at the Windies squads

ODI Squad- Jason Holder (Captain), Fabian Allen, Sunil Ambris, Devendra Bishoo, Chanderpaul Hemraj, Shimron Hetmyer, Shai Hope, Alzarri Joseph, Evin Lewis, Ashley Nurse, Keemo Paul, Rovman Powell, Kemar Roach, Marlon Samuels, Oshane Thomas.

T20I Squad- Carlos Brathwaite (Captain), Fabian Allen, Darren Bravo, Shimron Hetmyer, Evin Lewis, Obed McCoy, Ashley Nurse, Keemo Paul, Khary Pierre, Kieron Pollard, Rovman Powell, Denesh Ramdin, Andre Russell, Sherfane Rutherford, Oshane Thomas.