Pakistan in West Indies 2017 April 3, 2017

Kraigg Brathwaite dropped from ODI squad

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Kraigg Brathwaite made scores of 14, 42 and 5 in the recent ODIs against England © AFP

West Indies have dropped opener Kraigg Brathwaite from their ODI squad to take on Pakistan. Carlos Brathwaite, who led West Indies in the four-match T20 series completed on Sunday, was also left out and allowed to travel to the IPL early* ahead of a series that is crucial to West Indies' chances of automatic World Cup qualification.

Fast bowler Shannon Gabriel was fit to be included, after straining his side during the second ODI against England, while wicketkeeper Chadwick Walton, whose last ODI appearance was in 2014, returned to the squad selected for the first two matches against Pakistan. All three ODIs will take place in Guyana, starting with the first match on Friday.

Kraigg Brathwaite made his ODI debut last year against Pakistan but has averaged 27.80 from ten innings, with a strike rate of 57.55 - no one has batted more slowly (with a qualification of 100 runs) in that time. He made scores of 14, 42 and 5 during the 3-0 defeat against England last month, as West Indies struggled to build competitive totals.

Evin Lewis also failed to make a significant impact in the England series but, after blasting 91 to help West Indies win the third T20 against Pakistan, he retains his place and is likely to open alongside Kieran Powell. Walton is also a candidate to bat at the top of the order.

West Indies decided not to select Carlos Brathwaite, who captained the side during their 3-1 T20 defeat, and instead allow him to link up with IPL franchise Delhi Daredevils this week. Brathwaite's form in ODIs has not made him an automatic pick and his absence could open the door for Jamaica allrounder Rovman Powell.

Pakistan are currently No. 8 in the ICC's ODI rankings, holding the final automatic qualification spot for the 2019 World Cup; West Indies are in ninth, with five ranking points separating the sides. Failure to beat Pakistan would leave West Indies - who will be absent from this year's Champions Trophy - struggling to catch them ahead of September's cut-off and facing the prospect of having to come through the ICC Qualifier.

*April 4, 1030 GMT - This story was updated to clarify Carlos Brathwaite's omission

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  • Michael on April 5, 2017, 10:56 GMT

    @PADDYRASTA2......what issue are you talking about mate ? I never u talked about Holder and Carlos being in the same team or about any soft dismissal ...those are your topics big man...so EXPLAIN yourself....I AM AT A LOSS.....BUT...common sense would tell me that you would have to be replying to my last post .ON APRIL 4, 2017, 17:21 GMT...and it appears as though you cannot spot what happened there ...in that case you too are another lost Trini.

  • Patrick on April 5, 2017, 6:22 GMT

    @metman What's the issue anyway? Both Carlos and Holder in the same team made no sense, just complete imbalance. Carlos got a soft dismissal and no one lost face. This series is heading for more of the same that was dished out by England.

  • Patrick on April 4, 2017, 22:51 GMT

    Confusing why Samuels not picked with his useful spin and more importantly experience. Also what has Walton done to warrant a place? Especially nothing in the T20Is but WI progress. Onwards and upwards - not.

  • Josiah on April 4, 2017, 17:43 GMT

    Oh gosh allyuh hush nah. I never thought I'd say this but I can't wait for the tests to start. these limited overs games have been heart breaking to say the least.

  • Michael on April 4, 2017, 17:21 GMT

    WNHS ON APRIL 4, 2017, 12:25 GMT...".Ok Carlos tweeted that he was omitted. All is forgiven... Good going Courtney Browne." SEVEN MINUTES AFTER.........WNHS ON APRIL 4, 2017, 12:32 GMT.".I find it questionable that Courtney Browne dropped Carlos after he sang his high praises .... Seems fishy and convenient "...well well well !! just when I thought I had seen it all when mngc1/EMNC aka the FABRICATOR forgot he had upgraded his ORIGINAL FABRICATION,this comes along.

  • Kendel3456385 on April 4, 2017, 17:16 GMT

    with kraigg out the picture the wi team can now have an aggressive opening partnership with Lewis and Walton, although I do not see Walton making much of an impact. what would really hurt wi chances in this series is the no. 3 position. now if bravo was in contention then the team would have been able to compete well...

  • megama3812918 on April 4, 2017, 17:10 GMT

    Keswick should of been picked instead of Miguel what exactly has he done to gain selection poor by selectors, clearly he is causing the pak batsmen problems. Dont mind if Gabriel picked, but is he fit enough to play always seems to get injured, probably should of played last week 4 day game to get match ready.

  • jarrel0723030 on April 4, 2017, 12:32 GMT

    On the other hand I find it questionable that Courtney Browne dropped Carlos after he sang his high praises and said basically he's an important part of the team and rebuilding process for the WC2019. Seems fishy and convenient but either way I'm happy he's not in the team because he's just not good enough. Both Brathwaites needed to go.

  • jarrel0723030 on April 4, 2017, 12:25 GMT

    Ok Carlos tweeted that he was omitted. All is forgiven. He didn't deserve to make the team and was rightfully left out. Good going Courtney Browne.

  • saudra4294311 on April 4, 2017, 9:26 GMT

    Please no Hafiz in one day's and also rest Wahab & Imad !! Give chance to Asif Zakir, Fahim Ashraf and play Fakhar as an opener.

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