Cricket West Indies announced a 17 member squad for the Two match Test series against Pakistan. What comes as a shocker for cricket fans is the exclusion of Farren Bravo & Shannon Gabriel from the squad. While middle-order batsmen Shamarh Brooks & pacer Chemar Holder have been recalled to the Test squad.
In an Official release, CWI Chief Selector Roger Harper said that Shannon Gabriel has fully recovered & has been given more time to rehab completely from his injury.
“Shannon Gabriel has been given time to rehab fully and build his conditioning, so he was not part of the preparations for the Test series against Pakistan, which included the Best v Best game,” said Harper. “Darren Bravo has been part of the ‘bubble’ from the preparation camp leading into the Betway Test series against South Africa and has been given a break.”
Chemar Holder made his debut for the national team against New Zealand last year. However, since then he has not played any international cricket. Shamarh Brooks last played test cricket in the test series against New Zealand held last year. Brooks last hit an impressive century in the Best vs Best game last week. Harper said this century helped him make his way back into the West Indies side.
“Chemar Holder returns, having recovered from his injury. He will bolster the fast-bowling department. Shamarh Brooks batted his way into the provisional squad by scoring an accomplished century. He will certainly add some depth to the squad’s batting,” said Harper.
The two-match Test series between Pakistan & West Indies will be played on Thursday. Both the test matches will be palyed at Sabina Park in Jamaica. Opening batter Kraigg Brathwaite will lead the West Indies, while Jermaine Blackwood will be his deputy.
Cricket West Indies announced West Indies squad for Pakistan Test Series
Kraigg Brathwaite (C), Jermaine Blackwood (VC), Nkrumah Bonner, Shamarh Brooks, Rahkeem Cornwall, Roston Chase, Joshua Da Silva, Jahmar Hamilton, Chemar Holder, Jason Holder, Shai Hope, Alzarri Joseph, Kyle Mayers, Kieran Powell, Kemar Roach, Jayden Seales, Jomel Warrican.