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HEADLINE: Jason Holder to lead Windies in Sandals T20s against England 2019-03-04 15:09:08 

GROS ISLET, Saint Lucia – Two-time World T20 champions West Indies have named the 13-member squad for the three-match Sandals Twenty20 International Series against England. The Cricket West Indies Selection Panel has named Jason Holder as captain for this series and have kept the core of the squad which played in the five-match Colonial Medical Insurance ODI Series.

Chairman of Selectors Courtney Browne said the aim is to give as much exposure as possible to the hopefuls for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 in England and Wales in a bid to continue planning towards the marquee event. Holder therefore, will lead the squad for this Series only, while Carlos Brathwaite remains the bona fide T20 captain. 

“After discussion with the coach surrounding preparation for the ICC CWC 2019, it was proposed that we retain the ODI squad to play the T20 matches against England. After deliberations with captain, coach and the panel, we all are of the opinion that it would aid in the team’s World Cup preparations,” Browne said.

“We have a triangular series in Ireland in early May, which coincides with the Indian Premier League. A high number of the World Cup hopefuls will be involved in the IPL and will miss the tour to Ireland.  We therefore, felt, that we could not miss this opportunity for the coaching staff to continue work towards finalizing their strategies.”

Browne added: “We were very impressed with the way the team played in the recent Colonial Medical Insurance ODIs. To bounce back and level the series 2-2 against the Number 1 ranked team in the world was a great performance. We wish Jason and his team all the best in the Sandals T20 Series, and we wish them more success as we continue preparation towards the ICC CWC 2019.”

The Sandals T20 International Series begins on Tuesday with a day/night contest at the Daren Sammy Cricket Ground. First ball is 4 pm (3 pm Jamaica Time/8 pm GMT).


FULL SQUAD (with jersey numbers)

Jason Holder (Captain) – 8 

Fabian Allen 97 

Devendra Bishoo – 70

Carlos Brathwaite – 26

Darren Bravo – 46

John Campbell – 32

Sheldon Cottrell – 19

Chris Gayle – 45

Shimron Hetmyer – 2

Shai Hope – 4

Ashley Nurse – 5

Nicholas Pooran – 29                                                                                        

Oshane Thomas – 42


NOTE: CWI Medical Panel outlined that Andre Russell has been withdrawn from the squad, due to an adverse reaction he had to a medical procedure done in Dubai before he flew to the Caribbean.

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mikesiva 2019-03-04 15:17:26 

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Narper 2019-03-04 15:24:34 

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Its carnival in T&T big grin big grin big grin big grin

openning 2019-03-04 15:32:44 

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Less than 48 hours before Ash Wednesday.

FuzzyWuzzy 2019-03-04 15:33:06 

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I don't quite see the logic in this maneuver. Couldn't they pick the same squad with Jason included and Carlos retain captaincy...if indeed his captaincy is not at risk? I don't think Jason is best suited for t20 but even so couldn't he not support the same squad led by Carlos?

Don't understand.

natty_forever 2019-03-04 15:34:05 

In reply to FuzzyWuzzy .. them saying we been understanding too much, time to get back to being dysfunctional.

openning 2019-03-04 15:36:02 

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lol lol

openning 2019-03-04 15:38:34 

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Bro, this is part of Pybus resume for his next job, you really think he would have this squad, if he had a 2-3 year contract?

positiveg 2019-03-04 18:01:07 

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hem saying we been understanding too much, time to get back to being dysfunctional.

Seems logical to me. lol
See Fuzzy was too understanding so now they give him something to fuzz up de logic.

bobby 2019-03-04 18:23:47 

Bishoo? Are they serious?

sunfish 2019-03-04 19:19:05 

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The most mind boggling pick of all, Mr Bishoo.

Brumar74 2019-03-04 20:17:22 

The rationale of keeping a team together is absolutely ridiculous. Bishoo has proven that he is not up to being part of this team. But you want to keep the team together, so you keep a passenger? This makes no sense at all. What the selectors are saying to those on the outside is STAY THERE.
If what they are doing makes sense to them now, then they will take the same available players to play Ireland & Bangladesh, and to the World Cup. We will have a very together losing team by then.

The selectors have not had a clue for years, and it is getting worse.

rillo 2019-03-04 22:51:08 

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Bishoo? Come on CWI there are many better leg spinners in the WI than him. His time is up . Let the new kids come in like Pierre and Powell who can bowl and bat.

Baje 2019-03-05 08:08:20 

This is a Pybus power move. "After discussion with the coach"

natty_forever 2019-03-05 08:38:38 

In reply to Brumar74 … disagree!

Brumar74 2019-03-05 14:28:47 

have No problem with disagree. But what is the basis of your disagreement.
Have you ever heard this type of rationale for keeping a TEAM together?
No problem with keeping the majority, but certainly not people failing consistently, but are part of a growing team so they are retained???
Absolute garbage.