India in the West Indies 2017 June 28, 2017

Kyle Hope, Ambris earn maiden ODI call-ups

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Kieran Powell was dropped from the 13-man squad for the final three ODIs © Getty Images

Kyle Hope and Sunil Ambris have earned call-ups to West Indies' one-day international squad* for the final three ODIs of their ongoing home series against India. The duo came in at the expense of Jonathan Carter and Kieran Powell in Cricket West Indies' 13-man squad named on Tuesday.

Hope, the 28-year old top-order batsman and brother of incumbent national wicketkeeper Shai, captains Trinidad & Tobago in domestic cricket, while Ambris, a 24-year old wicketkeeper-batsman, plays for Windward Islands. Both players are uncapped at the international level.

Hope opened the batting for West Indies A on the one-day leg of their tour of Sri Lanka last year, and turned in good performances with a century and an 81 in three matches. He was also one of the stars of T&T's campaign in the WICB Professional Cricket League Regional 4 Day Tournament (PCL) in 2016-17, finishing second only to Yannic Cariah on the tournament run charts.

Ambris was the seventh-best run-scorer in that tournament with 608 runs at 43.42. That included a double-century against Leeward Islands, when he cracked a 256-ball 231, with the help of 27 fours and five sixes, to set up Windward Islands' seven-wicket win.

"Sunil Ambris and Kyle Hope are two very promising young batsmen who have been selected on the basis of strong performances in our competitions," Courtney Browne, Cricket West Indies' chairman of selectors, said. "Kyle opened on our last A team one-day tour to Sri Lanka and had some very good performances. In addition, he also had a good showing opening the batting for the Trinidad & Tobago Red Force franchise in this year's PCL competition.

"Sunil did well in our Regional Super50 One-Day tournament and also had a good showing in this year's PCL first-class tournament for Windward Islands Volcanoes, and therefore will fit within our middle order. They will be up against a good Indian team and they have an opportunity to show their skills and contribute to a stronger team performance."

The third ODI takes place on Friday in Antigua, which will also host the fourth game, before the teams head to Kingston for the fifth and final match and a one-off T20 International. India lead the one-day series 1-0, having picked up a 105-run win in Port of Spain after the first match ended in a washout.

*15.40 GMT The story has been updated to reflect Kesrick Williams' presence in the squad, per a WICB media release pointing out a correction in the squad they had sent out.

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  • ALIENA on June 30, 2017, 22:43 GMT

    I'm in total agreement with CRICINFOUSER. Please selectors give Jason Holder a rest. He is not fit for the team much less be captain. OMG is no one listening? Find another captain. Enough already!!!

  • Ralph on June 30, 2017, 1:09 GMT

    Trinikanyewest: Do you really think that Shai Hope hasn't earned his place in the playing 11? Shai is the only one in this squad who has scored a century and two big half centuries in ODIs. In addition he's the only regional player with two double centuries in the PCL.

  • Josiah on June 30, 2017, 0:31 GMT

    Powell is a slower bowler than darren sammy. have any of you ever seen him bowl?

  • Krish on June 29, 2017, 14:21 GMT

    Cummins and K.Hope should sit out, rest should play and holder should never bowl, Let powell come in and bowl few overs, he will hit the deck harder than the captain..Some please tell holder that he is just releasing the ball, he is not hitting the deck hard ..he should play as batsman and let another pacer take his place.

  • Cricinfouser on June 29, 2017, 14:01 GMT

    no cricfan we are now putting together a resignation letter for j holder .he is not fit for the team even as an all rounder . he is bringing the team down with his weakness a leader has to lead from the front and he does not know where the front is. it's not that he is not trying but the truth is . He has no energy left after 1 or 2 overs. then he goes into bat an make 20 or 30 runs. that's not good enough. darren sammy was thrown out of the test side even though he was 2 notches better than jason holder. we are now taking a vote to get rid of this disease that's plaguing our cricket. so to all west indies cricket lovers let's go out there and give our best to rid the dictators of cricket in the WI

  • jarrel0723030 on June 29, 2017, 13:54 GMT

    @Metman In addition to my previous comment, Shai Hope showed last game that he can open and played a very good knock with a good strike rate. Shai Hope showed that he can get things ticking at the top something we have been lacking with our openers. Anyone who has seen Kyle Hope bat knows he is not an attacking batsman and will stagnate the top. He is slower than Kriagg. I choose Shai over Kyle purely on cricket ability. So what you're saying is I'm insular for wanting Shai Hope to open and leave Kyle Hope out? I'm insular for backing one bajan over another bajan? And I honestly cannot recall disagreeing with you on a movement of position for Jason Mohammed, you may have me mixed up with someone else, but the fact is that Shai Hope has showed that he can perform in the opener spot and he did it in his last game so why not give him another go at it?

  • cricfan7966822187 on June 29, 2017, 13:46 GMT

    West indies selector need to play four fast bowler with fire power it might cause them some runs but i know for shore these bowler would take wickets , name like 1-R Beaton , K Williams , A Joseph and S Gabriel also Keon Joseph could be a good pick , J Holder could play as a allrounder

  • Shekar on June 29, 2017, 13:04 GMT

    I have no idea why Imran Khan has been ignored for so long. Year after year this guy takes bagfulls of wickets. He has over 300 fc wickets at 22/23 and he can bat...he has a fc hundred and a few 50s and a batting ave of 21 which came down in the last season or 2 with him batting more in the lower order. He has a potent googly and can be an aggressive wicket taking option in ODIs

  • Michael on June 29, 2017, 12:46 GMT

    @WNHS ..and you sometimes make some coherent points and good responses but in the end your biases and insularity ALWAYS show through. Cases in point ( ! )...you are only in agreement now that I am singing the praises of Trini Imran khan ( 2 ) Hope is NOT an opener ,but a good batsman who shows now that he can bat in any position ( 3 ) when I suggested Mohammed should go up the order you were in DISAGREEMENT because YOU said he scored his runs at #5 and if he was to move up ,he would not score any and people like me would have called for his head ( 4 ) it makes no sense to call up K.Hope and play S. Hope as an opener ( 5 ) you are being bias when you mentioned K.Pierre after he was DROPPED from the TnT team this year and furthermore what has he done to merit selection ahead of Davy Jacobs,Warrican,Motie Kanhai,Shillingford.If you look at his stats they are the opposite to what those had achieved over the years. How can Pierre be an UPGRADE of Khan ? learn the meaning of UPGRADE big man

  • jarrel0723030 on June 29, 2017, 12:12 GMT

    @Metman ummm Metman is that really you? To your credit you do sometimes come up with coherent and good responses. I agree Lewis has to open but Shai Hope shows he can do a very good job in that position as well so both of them can open now that Powell was finally and deservedly dropped. Kyle Hope can't get the nod in my opinion he is just simply too slow and giving debuts to 2 players at once didn't work out for us in the Pakistan test series so I'd be reluctant to do that again. In this regard I'll give Sunil Ambris the nod in the 11 and leave Kyle Hope off. With the issue of Imran Khan, he has been overlooked for years and had a very good domestic season but the left handed Khary Pierre is an upgrade to Khan. He trained with the team in the T20 series against Pakistan and even came on as a sub fielder in the last game of that series so it's only a mater of time before he breaks through. Hopefully sooner than later because Bishoo is failing badly these days.

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