St. John’s, Antigua, February 3 - (www.bcacricket.org) – Failed fitness tests have resulted in batsmen Evin Lewis and Shimron Hetmyer being omitted from the West Indies 15-member squad for the three-match One-Day International series in Sri Lanka in February and March.
There are recalls for the experienced Darren Bravo, all-rounder Rovman Powell and left-arm spinner Fabian Allen, who has recovered from a leg injury sustained in India late last year.
Test captain and all-rounder Jason Holder is also back in the squad after he was rested for the recent home series against Ireland.
Lewis, who was his team’s leading run-scorer with 208 runs against Ireland, and Hetmyer did not attain the new minimum standard fitness requirements in recent assessments.
“Evin Lewis and Shimron Hetmyer missed out due to the fact that they came up short in the fitness test,” said Cricket West Indies lead selector Roger Harper.
“They will be missed. Lewis was the team’s best batsman in the recent Colonial Medical Insurance ODI Series against Ireland where he batted with great composure and proved the bedrock for the team’s Series win. Hetmyer appeared to be getting his act together and was an integral part of the team’s batting group.”
“I look forward to the team building on its recent performances against Afghanistan and India in the subcontinent and against Ireland at home – playing consistent, smart cricket to win the series. Sri Lanka are a very good team in their own conditions. I do not expect it to be easy but our team has shown that it is very capable. These are the series we will have to win in order to move up the rankings,” Harper said.
“Darren Bravo and Rovman Powell owe their recall to their outstanding performance in the Colonial Medical Super50 tournament. Bravo brings good form, a renewed appetite for runs and lots of experience, which will benefit the team tremendously. Powell, who is back from injury, will add batting firepower to the lineup, increase the team’s bowling options and strengthen the fielding unit.
The matches will be played at Sinhalese Sports Club, the Mahinda Rajapaksa International Stadium in Hambantota and the Pallakele International Cricket Stadium in Kandy. The ODIs will be followed by two T20 Internationals in Kandy. The squad for the T20Is will be named at a later date.
The squad will depart the Caribbean on Saturday for a pre-series camp in Colombo.
Squad: Kieron Pollard (captain), Shai Hope (vice-captain), Fabian Allen, Sunil Ambris, Darren Bravo, Roston Chase, Sheldon Cottrell, Jason Holder, Alzarri Joseph, Brandon King, Keemo Paul, Nicholas Pooran, Rovman Powell, Romario Shepherd, Hayden Walsh Jr.
February 17 – warm-up at P Sara Oval
February 20 – warm-up vs SLC President’s XI – CMCG, Katunayake
February 22 – 1st ODI at Sinhalese Sports Club, Colombo
February 26 – 2nd ODI at Mahinda Rajapaksa International Stadium, Hambantota
March 1 – 3rd ODI at Pallekele International Cricket Stadium, Kandy
March 4 – 1st T20I at Pallekele International Cricket Stadium, Kandy
March 6 – 2nd T20I at Pallekele International Cricket Stadium, Kandy