Before the three-match T20 series against Bangladesh, the West Indies Cricket Board took a big decision. Star batsman Chris Gayle and Rayad Emmett have been excluded from the 13-man T-20 squad. While returning to the one-day squad after three years, Andre Russellheihehe has also been retained in the T20 team. The first T20 match between the West Indies and Bangladesh will be played on August 1 in the Beseter. Wicketkeeper-batsman Chadwick Wellton has been included in the squad instead of stormy batsman Chris Gayle. While the second change in the team has been replaced by Sheldon Cottrell. In place of him, all-rounder Ryad Emerit has been included in the team. Apart from these two changes, there is no other change have been followed by the selectors. Carlos Brathwaite’s shoulder will lift the weight of the team’s captaincy.
Chairman of the West Indies Selector Committee said, “We have rested Chris Gayle and Sheldon has been given a place in the team. The team gets a glimpse of the charity match played in the UK. West Indies teammate Dinesh Ramdin will be the second major spinner of the team, Pip Walton is considered to be the strongest contender for the playing eleven. In the 13-member team, Samuel Badree will be the responsibility of the spin attack. Apart from them, Kimmo Paul, Ashley Nurse, Keswick Williams, Brathwaite, and Russell will also take charge of the Pace attack.
The CWI Selection Panel has assembled a 13-man squad to face Bangladesh: Carlos Brathwaite – Captain
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Andre Russell, who joined the ODI team against Bangladesh after 2015, has been retained with the team. Russell was injured during the last one-dayer against Bangladesh. But they are ready for the T20 series. In the absence of Chris Gayle, Evan Luis will be responsible for giving the team a good start.
WI Squad for T20 Series: Carlos Brathwaite (captain), Samuel Badree, Sheldon Cottrell, Andre Fletcher, Ivan Lewis, Ashley Nurse, Kimmo Paul, Rovman Powell, Denesh Ramdin, Andre Russell, Marlon Samuels, Chadwick Walton, Kaisrek Williams.