Andre Russell has made his return to West Indies Cricket team for next month’s ICC Cricket World Cup. The team will be led by Jason Holder.
Jason Holder (c)
Who Missed out?
Sunil Narine is the biggest missing name in the West Indies Cricket team squad. Narine has missed out because of an injured finger. He is getting treatment after every game in the IPL. He is currently struggling to bowl four overs in the IPL and as a result missed out on the plane on England.
“I spoke to Andre a few days ago. He has a few niggles. He has some pain behind his knee but he assured the selection panel that he’ll be okay for the World Cup,” Robert Haynes, the interim chairman of CWI, said.
“He’s scored a lot of runs and we’ll be using him as a batting all-rounder,” interim head coach Floyd Reifer said of Russell. “He’s doing very well in the IPL. We have got to manage his injuries and have three to four days rest between the games.”
“Based on the new selection policy approach which allowed us to consider a number of players that have not regularly appeared in the side over the last two years, we had a wide base of talent from which to choose,” Haynes said. “There were a number of tough calls we had to make to settle on our squad of 15, including ensuring there was some continuity in the side, but we believe we have chosen a strong squad of players taking into consideration such factors as experience, fitness, team balance, current form and conditions.”
“Evin assured the selection panel that he’s doing a lot of training in India. We must remember that we have two games in England before the World Cup starts, so we can get him in that,” Haynes said of Evin’s lack of international match practice in the lead-up.
“If you look at his track record, he’s done very well opening the batting with Chris Gayle and we believe that he’s somebody we are going to see progressing as the tour goes on.”
West Indies Cricket team is due to play a tri-series in Ireland before the World Cup. The tri-series will involve Bangladesh and Ireland as the other two teams.