Gayle rested for T20s against New Zealand
West Indies opener Chris Gayle has been rested from the two Twenty20 internationals against New Zealand in Dominica, while allrounder Dwayne Bravo remains unavailable due to injury. Allrounder Kieron Pollard, who has not played internationals since July 2013 because of a knee injury but has played domestic cricket since, is set to make a comeback.
Bowling allrounder Christopher Barnwell, and batsman Darren Bravo are the new inclusions in the 13-man squad. The three missing from the group that travelled to Bangladesh for the 2014 World T20 are allrounder Marlon Samuels, fast bowler Ravi Rampaul and opener Johnson Charles.
Samuels had scored only 86 runs in five innings during the World T20 and was also dropped from West Indies' Test squad after making a pair in the first match against New Zealand in Jamaica. Neither Rampaul nor Charles played a game during the tournament in Bangladesh. Dwayne Bravo has been sidelined ever since he hurt his shoulder during the IPL in April.
The T20 matches will be played at Windsor Park on July 5 and 6.
Squad: Darren Sammy (capt), Samuel Badree, Christopher Barnwell, Darren Bravo, Sheldon Cottrell, Andre Fletcher, Sunil Narine, Kieron Pollard, Denesh Ramdin, Andre Russell, Krishmar Santokie, Lendl Simmons, Dwayne Smith