West Indies selectors have named Rovman Powell as captain for the upcoming One-Day International series against Bangladesh, ignoring T20 skipper Carlos Brathwaite who has also gained a recall to the 15-man squad.
The 25-year-old Jamaican is a surprise choice to lead the unit especially since he has precious little captaincy experience and is presiding over a squad with two players who have already captained West Indies representative teams.
Brathwaite has led the Windies in the shortest format for the last two years and opener Kieran Powell has skippered both Leeward Islands and West Indies A with some success.
Powell will stand in for regular captain Jason Holder who is still recuperating from the injury that also ruled him out of the preceding two-Test series which the Windies lost 2-0 last weekend in Dhaka.
A powerful hitter of the ball, Powell has struggled for form of recent, managing a mere 61 runs from five innings on the recent five-match ODI tour of India.
Brathwaite, meanwhile, appeared the obvious choice especially after once again putting his leadership skills on show during the recent Regional Super50 when he captained Combined Campuses and Colleges to the domestic 50-overs title.
The Barbadian all-rounder was one of the competition’s top performers as well, averaging 53 with the bat and picking up 13 wickets with his medium pace.
In one another significant move, selectors have recalled left-hander Darren Bravo to the one-day squad, leaving the Trinidadian poised to play his first such match in two years.
He was sent home ahead of the Tri-Nations Series in Zimbabwe back in November, 2016 following an ill-advised Twitter rant aimed at Cricket West Indies president, Dave Cameron.
Bravo was subsequently excluded from selection and was only recalled last month when he featured in the three-match T20 series in India.
Chairman of selectors, Courtney Browne, said his selection would be a filip for the squad, especially with the World Cup in England swiftly approaching.
“With two more ODI Series before the 2019 World Cup, the Bangladesh series allows us to narrow our search for our final 15-member World Cup squad,” Browne said in a CWI statement.
“In the absence of captain Jason Holder, the panel believes the team can still be competitive, especially with the return of Darren Bravo. Darren’s experience will add value to the batting, which in turn will place selection pressure for spots in the squad.
“The selection panel therefore takes this opportunity to wish the team much success in Bangladesh.”
Roston Chase, who struggled with 34 runs from four innings in the preceding two-match Test series, has been recalled to the squad. He played eight ODI matches last year but managed only 68 runs and was axed.
The right-hander did not feature in the most recent Super50 because of West Indies duty but gets the nod presumably based on his 558 runs in the 2017-18 tournament back in January.
There are several notable omissions, however. All-rounder Andre Russell and Sunil Narine, both of whom were injured for the India tour, are both missing from the squad, despite featuring extensively in the T10 League in Sharjah last week.
And opener Evin Lewis, who pulled out of the India series due to “personal reasons” is absent once again. He too played in the T20 League.
No reason was given by Browne for their omissions.
There was also no place for left-hander Nicholas Pooran who scored heavily in the Regional Super50 while off-spinning all-rounder Rahkeem Cornwall, who also shone in the competition, was again snubbed.
West Indies take on Bangladesh on Sunday in the opening ODI in Dhaka.