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HEADLINE: WINDIES v India: T20 series preview 2019-08-02 18:18:13 

Away with one World Cup and on to preparations for another. With the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup to be hosted by Australia in autumn of next year, preparations for the teams involved are currently underway. The West Indies now has a chance to do one better than they did with preparations for the 2019 50-over World Cup, for which they were massively underprepared. The Caribbean side will battle India in a three-match T20 series, which will see the teams in action in Florida, twice over the weekend, drawing curtains in Guyana on Tuesday. Cricket West Indies has named the following 14-man squad for the first two games of the series: John Campbell, Evin Lewis, Shimron Hetmyer, Nicholas Pooran (wk), Kieron Pollard, Rovman Powell, Carlos Brathwaite (c), Keemo Paul, Sunil Narine, Sheldon Cottrell, Oshane Thomas, Anthony Bramble, Jason Mohammed (replacing Andre Russell), Khary Pierre.

The squad sees a resumption of normalcy in WINDIES T20 set-up, following the use of the previous series (versus England) as preparation for the ICC Cricket World Cup. Therefore, Carlos Brathwaite reassumes his role as captain. The squad also includes Guyanese, Anthony Bramble, a return to international cricket for the first time since September of 2017 for spinner, Sunil Narine, as well as the reemergence of Rovman Powell. Keemo Paul, the hero in West Indies’ last T20 series win, returns after his World Cup snub. There was, however, no place in the squad for Sherfane Rutherford, even after the injury to Andre Russell.

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