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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  • afterhours on June 23, 2017, 21:39 GMT

    @Johnny865. Come on Johnny be reasonable now India WI is like Golden state playing the Knicks, all am looking to see is improvement.

  • Johnny865 on June 23, 2017, 8:28 GMT

    @afterhours. you are asking for one year for this young team to develop. well that's wishful thinking seeing that wi has been trying with a young team since bravo was sacked as captain. and that was way back in 2014. so it's been over 2 years and instead of improving they are regressing. but you know what I wld make you a deal if this young team can pull of a series win against India at least a 3-2 series win, I would support the team fully...

  • Johnny865 on June 23, 2017, 8:13 GMT

    @afterhours... come on man your stats are all over the place. if you really follow windies cricket you would know that the senior windies guys defeated Sri Lankan side as recent as 2013 in the tri nation series also involving india. check your stats and you would see. also the Sri Lankan side which they defeated isn't the same side that this young windies faced, as the team in 2013 had guys like matthews, mahela, sangakara, Malinga

  • alexpugliese89 on June 23, 2017, 6:33 GMT

    @afterhours Finally, before I forget the West Indies seniors who "for years could not have gotten out of the first stage of the last few world cups" actually made it to the Quarter Final of the 2015 World Cup against New Zealand as well!! You need to check fact before you post on here, because I am finding more and more factual holes in your posts. You are engaging in alot of unintended hyperbole but not much of what you are saying is actually correct.

  • alexpugliese89 on June 23, 2017, 6:16 GMT

    @afterhours Also further to your comments below, the West Indies made it to the Quarter Final of the 2011 World Cup so what are you talking about? Are you seriously saying that if this current West Indies Team played the seniors in a match that they would win? I don't believe that you honestly believe that.

  • afterhours on June 23, 2017, 4:55 GMT

    @Johnny865 Hey Johnny am tell you if this team get one year together you will forget the seniors if given half the run as the former bunch they can never do worst. You seems to forget that the same seniors for years could not have gotten out of the first stage of the last few world cups. You do know that we failed to beat Sri Lanka for almost 20 years in an ODI before this team did so in Zimbabwe this year. Another thing these player will never be available theres to much T20 around so time we just move on. @DOOSRA you right I live in Manhattan so I did things that we have to recycle to save the earth. These seniors are not going to save WI.

  • CowboyBobOrton on June 23, 2017, 2:31 GMT

    West Indies will beat India tomorrow..I have 250 US on it..And by the way I rack up 2500 US last week..I take Pakistan to beat India..

  • doosra-sheru on June 23, 2017, 0:59 GMT

    @AFTERHOURS WHOA......... You are right I never had the time to research the averages on these senior discarded WI players so thanks for posting them ..... It shows beyond a doubt that these are 20 overs or less cricketers. In that list Those who are not over the hill have been warming benches in IPL and there is one even changing his role. So WI were losing when they played why bring them back. Recycling is good for other things but not sportsmen as there is a shelf life to cricketers. I think WI cricket was a casualty of the T20 leagues and will remain so for a long time.

  • Cricinfouser on June 22, 2017, 23:59 GMT

    Memories too short....West indies wasn't winning with the senior players....with some additional young players from first class we could grow a new better team better attitude....We were not winning with Gayle, Pollard, Bravo, Ramdin......please remember that....we are in the same boat cept we now have kids willing to grow into these vacant positions....Your memories are too short and clouded....West indies have been losing for nearing 20 years...most of these kids were in diaper.....

  • cricfan5222584260 on June 22, 2017, 19:40 GMT

    cricinfo please try to pass the message to kohli as comments are not for time waste it should reach the right person.