England in West Indies 2016-17 February 21, 2017

Kieran Powell back in WI squad after two years

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At one stage of the recent Regional Super50 competition, Kieran Powell had scores of 105, 135, 52, 106 and 80 in successive games © WICB Media/Randy Brooks of Brooks LaTouche Photo

Opening batsman Kieran Powell, who last played an international game in June 2014, has been recalled to the West Indies side for the upcoming three-match ODI series against England, which starts from March 3. Powell's inclusion follows the batsman's prolific run in West Indies' domestic List A competition, the Regional Super50, where he emerged as the highest run-getter, scoring three centuries and two fifties.

The squad does not feature left-arm spinner Sulieman Benn, wicketkeeper-batsman Johnson Charles and offspinner Sunil Narine, who were part of the team in West Indies' previous ODI assignment, the tri-series against Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe in Zimbabwe.

Alzarri Joseph, who was first picked and later withdrawn from the tri-series, has also found a place in the squad.

If he takes the field on March 3, Kieran Powell will play his first match in the format after nearly three years, having played England in his previous ODI appearance in March 2014. Powell played only one more international match - a Test against New Zealand in June that year - before he was dropped from the squad.

The batsman took a self-imposed break from the game, and in January 2015, issued a statement saying that mixed signals from West Indies cricket authorities had left him "deflated and confused" as he attempted to return to international cricket. This resulted in his decision to step away from the game for some time and in January 2016, he tried his hand at baseball, without much success.

He finally made a return to first-class cricket in March 2016, featuring for Leeward Islands in the Regional 4-day tournament. Between his exclusion from West Indies sides and his return for Leeward Islands, Powell played four first-class matches - for Tamil Union Cricket and Athletic Club in Sri Lanka's first-class Premier League Tournament in February-March 2015.

While he played only two matches in last season's Regional 4-day, he has had a longer run with the team in the 2016-17 domestic season, and has enjoyed better returns. Until December - when the first half of the first-class tournament concluded - Powell had scored 264 runs with two fifties in five matches. In the Regional Super50 competition that followed, his tally of 513 runs from nine matches at an average of 64.12 propelled Leeward into the semi-finals, where they lost to Barbados. At one stage, Powell had five successive fifty-plus scores, raking up 105, 135, 52, 106 and 80.

The squad also does not feature allrounder Marlon Samuels, who was cleared to bowl in international cricket by the ICC last week. Samuels last played an ODI in October last year before being dropped from the squad for the tri-series in Zimbabwe.

The 15-man squad will have a training camp in Antigua this week, with the team's new coach Stuart Law. The board also announced the WICB President's XI team,which will play a practice match against England on February 27 in St Kitts.

The first two ODIs will be played in Antigua on March 3 and 5, followed by the final match in Barbados on March 9.

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  •   Prince Mohamed on February 28, 2017, 5:55 GMT

    Where is Gayle DJ Bravo DM Bravo Samuels Pollard Sunil Narine ??????????????

  • anilhira on February 28, 2017, 2:31 GMT

    Selector Rahkeem Cornwall,should be in West Indies one day team

  • WILAD on February 26, 2017, 18:16 GMT

    Not much bad here in the selected squad. There will always be one or two disagreements but overall good picks. People have a problem with Carlos yet still Dwayne Smith played over 100 games for WI averaging 18 (West Indian logic), The great Pollard after 100 matches averages 25. Dorwich is hanging on by a thread, I can see Sunil Ambris coming into the squad soon and also Cornwall once he gets more fit. Otherwise I agree with the moving towards the future. People forget we dropped in ODIs with the same "star" players that are left out.

  • GoodAreasShane on February 24, 2017, 0:34 GMT

    This squad isn't perfect, but it is about the best they can do only using players who competed in the regional Super50. Excited to see what Hope, R Powell and Joseph can do.

  • Cricinfouser on February 24, 2017, 0:29 GMT

    WHNS so Courtney Browne is all powerful and the other 4 selectors have absolutely no say in who is selected? Really now?I would agree that Cummings should be nowhere near the ODI Team nothing suggests otherwise. Dowrich is neither here nor there for me right now.As far as the insularity thing goes I really thing everybody needs to take a step back When the Team was full of Trinis all was well. a when certain people got selected all was well. Eventually it will be adjusted . As for Taylor he dug his own grave pure and simple. He refused to play a warm up match to try and regain some sort of bowling form after the Australian tour . For him it was disrespectful and promptly retired from Test cricket, and ran to the IPL, and failed abysmally. Low and behold he is back . I suspect that if he could've gotten a contract we wouldn't have seen him in the Super50. I could be wrong but I don't think so. The Team has been selected live with it and hope for the best. If we bowl to get wickets and not try to contain England we should be ok

  • cricfan42554639 on February 24, 2017, 0:04 GMT

    This is obviously a Barbados versus England contest as the Trinidad & Tobago Cricket Board (TTCB) has done nothing to resolve the Darren Bravo matter. TTCB has also done nothing to represent their players generally. Pres Cameron continues to practice village vengeance as PM Gonzales aptly describes his behaviour and insularity is alive and kicking in the Caribbean... Nuff said!!!!!

  • Metman on February 23, 2017, 23:45 GMT

    @mngc1...That $100K is just a contract and it does not include other fees for appearance and match fees among other things and could rise to $150 K or more. I don't care what he does either as long as doesn't play for the WI again.That would give Anthony Alleyne and others chances to get into the WI team. All that rambling and juggling with figures to convince yourself that the WI lost because of Kraigg has been laid to rest ever since when the powers that be got rid nos 3,4,5 and 6....the REAL reason for the WI lost. That was what I said back then and noted past cricketers Waqar and Holding said the SAME thing too.

  • shawnsundar on February 23, 2017, 20:31 GMT

    Given the policy of the board to only pick people who play and perform well regionally, I think its the first time they actually came close to doing it. Bishoo, Cummins, and Dowrich though? Roach for Cummins, Walton for Dowrich (solely on performance in super 50), Benn or Jacobs for Bishoo. I guess Rampaul is another victim of WICB victimization.

  • johnycrg on February 23, 2017, 19:49 GMT

    @WHNS the logic for those picks are pretty simple. They were already a part of the squad and never got an opportunity to play. are you going to drop someone you thought was good enough to make the squad previously, never gave them the chance to prove themselves then drop them? Carlos is still riding his WC sixes and if I remember correctly in the tri series carter did contribute in one of those games. They may not have performed up to our standards this competition but does that automatically mean they're not good enough? granted ambris had an excellent tournament, but was he knocking on the door for selection previously? All performers deserve a fair chance to prove themselves, those already on the squad performed previously to make it to the squad in the first place. those that did well this tournament I hope they keep it up so they get their opportunity in the future.

  • WNHS on February 23, 2017, 14:38 GMT

    Don't know why yall get riled up by Metman/Michael Austin still. The man is a troll with no cricket knowledge. Anyways, as I said before a team with Miguel Cummins, Jonathan Carter, Shane Dowrich and Carlos Brathwaite is clearly an insularly chosen team and therefore will fail. There is absolutely no reason these guys should have been picked in front of Jerome Taylor, Sunil Ambris etc. Shane Dowrich has never proven himself in the shorter format with a poor list A average, meanwhile Sunil Ambris who is also a wicketkeeper is coming off the required tournament to play ODI cricket for WI with an average of 55 and can't get picked. Miguel Cummins got slaughtered in his first game for Pride and couldn't get a game after that and he got picked, yet some people really want us to believe that insularity has nothing to do with it. If not insularity, then what is the reason for these baffling picks?

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