WHANGAREI, New Zealand – Injuries have forced West Indies selectors to make several chances to the one-day and Twenty20 sides for the upcoming limited overs series starting next week.
Sunil Ambris, Alzarri Joseph and Marlon Samuels have all been ruled out of the 50-over squad, with Shimron Hetmyer, Sheldon Cottrell and Chadwick Walton coming into the group of 15 for the three-game series, which starts at Whangarei’s Cobham Oval on Wednesday.
Ambris, who had played one ODI but was on his maiden Test tour, suffered a fractured left arm during the second match of the Test series in Hamilton, which New Zealand won by 240 runs to secure a 2-0 series whitewash.
The right-handed batsman had a debut series to forget, stunningly dismissed hit wicket twice in his first three innings, before then retiring hurt in the second dig at Seddon Park, after being struck on the arm by aggressive left-arm pacer Neil Wagner.
While the absence of Ambris was telegraphed, the Windies were further set back with fellow Test squad member, 21-year-old seamer Joseph, now sidelined with a back injury, and 36-year-old Samuels out because of an injury to his right ring finger.
Right-armer Joseph, who has played 14 ODIs, grabbed a five-wicket haul in the one-day series against England last September while Samuels’ experience of 192 matches will be missed, despite his modest form in the England series.
Hetmyer, 20, is now in line for a debut, having shown some good touches in the Test series, while 32-year-old batsman Walton, who has played eight ODIs, gets a recall, having played for the Windies earlier in the year and currently in the midst of the three-day T10 League event in the United Arab Emirates.
Left-arm quick Cottrell, 28, could feature in his first match for the Windies since January 2015, when he played his only two ODIs.
For the three-game T20 series which follows the ODIs, Samuels will be replaced in the 14-man squad by uncapped Shai Hope, who was part of the Test team and who will perform the glove work in the 50-over version.
However, Hope has not played a T20 in two years and has played just six overall. The last four came in the 2015 Caribbean Premier League when he scored just 39 runs.
Off-spinner Narine, 29, who is now a T20 specialist, with 262 games to his name, will also miss the tour, for what a Cricket West Indies release said were “personal reasons.”
He has been replaced by fellow off-break bowler Ashley Nurse, with the 28-year-old already part of the ODI squad.
The Windies play a New Zealand XI in a 50-over warmup match in Whangarei on Saturday.
ODI – Jason Holder (captain), Jason Mohammed, Ronsford Beaton, Sheldon Cotterell, Chris Gayle, Shimron Hetmyer, Kyle Hope, Shai Hope, Evin Lewis, Nikita Miller, Ashley Nurse, Rovman Powell, Shannon Gabriel, Chadwick Walton, Kesrick Williams.
T20 – Carlos Brathwaite (captain), Samuel Badree, Ronsford Beaton, Rayad Emrit, Andre Fletcher, Chris Gayle, Shai Hope, Jason Mohammed, Ashley Nurse, Kieron Pollard, Rovman Powell, Jerome Taylor, Chadwick Walton, Kesrick Williams.