Highly promising opening batsman Kieran Powell has been rewarded for his sparkling form in the first Test against Bangladesh by being kept on for the One-Day Series against the hosts that starts November 30.
Powell, who first came to regional prominence as a teenager in the Stanford Twenty20 competition, has been strangely overlooked for the shortened forms of the game while the likes of St. Lucia’s Johnson Charles has been preferred, especially in T20 cricket. Charles, despite his unflattering regional and international record, was the preferred opener in the recent ODI series against New Zealand.
Powell joined an illustrious group of West Indian greats when he hit centuries in each innings of the first Test at Mirpur.
The West Indies selectors have also retained left-arm spinner Veerasammy Permaul in the limited overs squad in preference to the likes of Trinidad and Tobago’s miserly leg-spinner Samuel Badree who had an outstanding World T20 Cup tournament.
The selectors have also decided to recall Kemar Roach for the intense nature of 50-overs competition after he missed the Test tour with a knee injury. Roach has been selected despite the conditions which are not expected to favour pacers and his chronic no-ball problem. With the likes of Ravi Rampaul and Tino Best in the team and a host of batting all-rounders, Roach might not figure in the final eleven chosen.
Hard-hitting all-rounder Kieron Pollard has been given a huge vote of confidence by being elevated to the position of vice-captain in the absence of all-rounder Dwayne Bravo who is still on the injury list. Test vice-captain Denesh Ramdin is returning to the Caribbean and this provides the opportunity not only for Pollard, but another chance at the international level for Leeward Islands’ glovesman Devon Thomas.
Also returning home are Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Narsingh Deonarine, Fidel Edwards, Kirk Edwards and Assad Fudadin.
Despite being the most successful fast-bowler in the current West Indies team, it appears likely that Edwards will be returning to the Caribbean having not played a single game. Barring injury to Best or Rampaul, he is not expected to factor into the second Test.
West Indies squad: Darren Sammy (capt), Kieron Pollard (v/capt), Tino Best, Darren Bravo, Chris Gayle, Sunil Narine, Veerasammy Permaul, Kieran Powell, Ravi Rampaul, Kemar Roach, Andre Russell, Marlon Samuels, Lendl Simmons, Dwayne Smith, Devon Thomas (wk).