India in West Indies 2017 June 18, 2017

West Indies unchanged for first two India ODIs

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A squad with only two centurions

West Indies have named an unchanged 13-man squad for the first two ODIs of a five-match series against India, opting for continuity after the 1-1 result against Afghanistan earlier in June.

Fast bowler Shannon Gabriel was unavailable as he continues his rehabilitation from an injury that kept him out of the series against Afghanistan, meaning the hosts will be without their premier fast bowler for their most important series this season. The reasons for its importance are not just pragmatic - India brings the most lucrative TV revenues - but also cricketing. West Indies are ranked ninth in the ICC ODI table, with only the top eight guaranteed qualification for the World Cup in 2019. The drawn series against Afghanistan did not help, and this series could represent their last realistic chance to avoid playing a potentially awkward qualifying tournament, where the top two teams will go through to the tournament in England.

India arrive in the Caribbean off the back of a Champions Trophy run to the final, where they finished runners-up to Pakistan. The first ODI is on Friday (June 23) at Queen's Park Oval in Trinidad and Tobago.

West Indies squad: Jason Holder (capt), Devendra Bishoo, Jonathan Carter, Roston Chase, Miguel Cummins, Shai Hope (wk), Alzarri Joseph, Evin Lewis, Jason Mohammad, Ashley Nurse, Kieran Powell, Rovman Powell, Kesrick Williams

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  • Johnny865 on June 22, 2017, 13:46 GMT

    and to continue with my point. look at England's 2 premiere front line players. stokes and woakes, both are England's frontine all rounders. so let's compare them to bravo. Bravo played 164 odi currently averages 25.36 with the bat and averaging 29.51 with the ball. now let's look at woakes who played 63 odi averages exact 25 with the bat and with the ball he averages 31.60 and stokes after 59 odi averages 33 with the bat and 39.14with the ball. so it's clear to see that bravo is better with both bat and ball when compared to woakes and stokes is the better of the two when it comes to batting however bravo is clearly the better bowler. yet some of you all are saying bravo stats are not internationally worthy. lol so funny...

  • Johnny865 on June 22, 2017, 13:18 GMT

    @wnhs.... correct is right. if you were to compare the senior guys to the rest in the world, the difference is marginal. I know what's the problem though. they see guys like smith, kohli, Williamson, root, de villers and wanna compare our senior player with those but they fail to realise that those said players are in a different league all together and every generation would produce such players. before them they were lara, Tendulkar, ricky ponting, kallis, sangakara. so comparing our players with the new generation of best players (kohli, smith and others) is like comparing players like dilshan, laxman and greame smith to lara, ponting and Tendulkar. yes those player were good but when compared to those 3 there seem inferior. and that is what people isn't understanding...

  • WNHS on June 22, 2017, 11:43 GMT

    @Johnny865 You have to admire those who try to use averages of the senior players to justify (or so they think) why they should not be picked, when in fact that argument shows exactly why they should be picked. Currently West Indies has only 2 players with averages over 30 in Jason Mohammed and Shai Hope. Also only 2 players who have scored centuries in Evin Lewis and Shai Hope with 1 century apiece. Name any other country where in 11 players there are only 2 centurions and they both only have 1 century each to their name? So obviously wouldn't it be helpful to have players like Chris Gayle, Darren Bravo, Marlon Samuels and Lendl Simmons who has averages in the 30's and most importantly experience, in the squad? Players who all have scored centuries as well. But hey let them continue to use the same argument the WI Cricket Board uses which has shown time and time again to be failing cricket in the region with no signs of resurgence but more signs of sinking further.

  • jamol on June 22, 2017, 10:24 GMT

    The reason Bangladesh is doing so well is because they stuck with a core of senior players and built a team of new players around them. West Indies got it wrong starting with the approach of Ottis Gibson and Clive Lloyd getting rid of some and trying to get rid of all Senior playérs. Imagine Evin Lewis Jason Mohamed Ashley Nurse and one day Shai Hope being in the side with Llyndel Simmons Darren Bravo Marlon Samuels Dwayne Bravo Kieron Pollard Sunil Narine Andre Russell. Sounds better right? Mixture of the best new players and best senior players

  •   Vijay Srinivas on June 22, 2017, 6:09 GMT

    Again, no Gayle, no Pollard, no Bravo, no Sammy, no Narine, even no Samuels, this team will again lose like ninepins. If the above players were there, they would have given some fight to the mighty Indians.

  • Johnny865 on June 22, 2017, 2:58 GMT

    @afterhours... are you sure about what you speak of ?? you seem quite certain that the stats that the senior players has for the wi are so terrible compared to other countries. so let me break it down for u. firstly with England who has arguably the best odi side at the moment. Morgan avg 38 Roy avg 34 billings avg 27 hales avg 38 stokes avg 33 rashid avg 23 moeen ali avg 27 jos butter avg 37. so you tell me the big difference between those stats and those of the wi senior batsmen. and let's compare them to Australia. Finch avg 34 khawaja avg 31 wade avg 26 maxwell avg 32 henriques avg 9. they have gotten Steve Smith and warner who are a class apart from the rest with avg 44 each. so again as you can clearly see most players even from countries that dominate cricket right now. most of they batsmen are averaging around the 35 mark or lower. so pat down....

  • cricfan0366091090 on June 22, 2017, 0:57 GMT

    @cowboy West Indies will never beat India even if they bat twice they couldn't even beat afg so imagine what's going to happen it's sad only rain could save our shame

  • cricfan0366091090 on June 22, 2017, 0:53 GMT

    These t20 players are the same players who brought joy to the region with the championship and this is the thanks is the thanks in return.

  • afterhours on June 22, 2017, 0:49 GMT

    So these are the players and their averages that ah whole lot of people are saying to bring back Gayle matches 269 runs 9221 av 37, Smith M 1905 R 1560 av 18, Simmons M 68 R 1928 av 32, Pollard M 101 R 2289 av 26, Samuel M 187 R 5180 av 34, Dwayne Bravo M 164 R 2968 av 25 and Darren Bravo M 94 R 2595 av 32. Now with those averages tell me what other team apart from Bangladesh can any of these players get into?It only goes to show that these player can give a flash of brilliance once in a while. This team is new so those players are the ones that have us where we are now.

  • CRICFAN081 on June 21, 2017, 23:02 GMT

    With those incompetent players, WI will lose every Match.