Devon Smith and Fletcher in ODI squad
West Indies have added a couple of new faces to their 14-member squad for the first two ODIs at home against Bangladesh following the 2-0 defeat in the Test series.
While the batting line-up will be boosted by the inclusion of left-hander Devon Smith, Andre Fletcher and the uncapped Kieran Powell, the bowling has been fortified with the selection of legspinner Rawl Lewis and the rookie fast bowler Gavin Tonge.
Smith, who last featured in an ODI back in April 2008, against Sri Lanka at home, was picked for the tour of England in April-May this year. Fletcher, who replaces Chadwick Walton as wicketkeeper from the Test squad, was dropped after disappointing performances in the World Twenty20. His 53 in the opening match against Australia was followed by 13 and three straight ducks.
Powell, 19, who hails from the tiny island of Nevis, has been rewarded for the promise he has shown in domestic competitions. He has the reputation of being a clean striker of the ball and was part of the West Indies squad for the 2008 Under-19 World Cup in Malaysia. He scored 253 runs at 42.16, with a strike rate of 124, which made him the second-highest scorer in the tournament.
Another consistent performer on the domestic circuit has been the 26-year-old Tonge. He has performed well with the ball for Leeward Islands, and is also a handy lower-order batsman.
Ryan Austin, Tino Best, Ryan Hinds, Kevin McClean, and Omar Phillips were among the other players who missed out from the Test squad.
The first two ODIs will be staged at Windsor Park in Dominica on July 26 and 28. St Kitts will host the third and final match on July 31, as well as the only Twenty20 international two days later.
Squad: Floyd Reifer (capt), Darren Sammy, David Bernard, Travis Dowlin, Andre Fletcher (wk), Rawl Lewis, Nikita Miller, Nelon Pascal, Kieran Powell, Dale Richards, Kemar Roach, Devon Smith, Devon Thomas, Gavin Tonge.