The West Indies on Thursday announced their T20 Internationals and One-Day International squads for the upcoming India tour, beginning next month.
Kieron Pollard will continue to lead both the T20I and ODI squads with Nicholas Pooran as his deputy in the shorter format and Shai Hope taking over the role of the vice-captain in the 50-overs format.
West Indies, the reigning T20 World Cup champions, will face India in three T20Is in Hyderabad, Thiruvananthapuram and Mumbai between December 6 and December 11.
The two teams will then meet in three ODIs in Chennai, Visakhapatnam and Cuttack between December 15 and December 22. The West Indies selectors have backed the players who recently played against Afghanistan in Lucknow.
Speaking on the squad selection, head coach Phil Simmons said: “We have three matches in each format, so we wanted to give each squad a chance to compete against India. No disrespect to Afghanistan, but facing India will be more difficult. Our players really got the hang of things with the 3-0 series win in the ODIs against Afghanistan, and I believe we will move from strength to strength.”
Simmons added: “The T20Is will give them chance to play and develop, and again, with no disrespect to Afghanistan, this should be a stronger T20 opposition and we will see how they perform against India.
“The next World T20 Cup is in Australia (2020) and the one after that is here in India (2021), so there is a lot of preparation to be done. We have given the players here a chance in this series and we know we have players outside who may be coming in later on as well, so it’s good to give those who are here another opportunity.”
T20Is: Fabian Allen, Brandon King, Denesh Ramdin (wk), Sheldon Cottrell, Evin Lewis, Sherfane Rutherford, Shimron Hetmyer, Khary Pierre, Lendl Simmons, Jason Holder, Kieron Pollard (c), Hayden Walsh Jr, Keemo Paul, Nicholas Pooran, Kesrick Williams.
ODIs: Sunil Ambris, Shai Hope (wk), Khary Pierre, Rostan Chase, Alzarri Joseph, Kieron Pollard (c), Sheldon Cottrell, Brandon King, Nicholas Pooran, Shimron Hetmyer, Evin Lewis, Romario Shepherd, Jason Holder, Keemo Paul, Hayden Walsh Jr.