Bravo, Russel out ODI series against India

West Indies’ Andre Russell bowls during a practice session in Gros Islet, St. Lucia.
Andre Russell bowls during a practice session in Gros Islet, St. Lucia, West Indies.

Left-hander Darren Bravo has been omitted from the West Indies squad against India starting this month (August), while injury-plagued all-rounder Andre Russell was also left out by the selectors.

Both players featured in the Windies’ failed ICC World Cup 2019 campaign in England where they had little impact in their limited appearances, as the Caribbean side finished ninth, only ahead of last-placed Afghanistan.

Fast bowler Shannon Gabriel and off-spinner Ashley Nurse have also been dropped, along with batsman Sunil Ambris who was called up as replacement for the injured Russell.

Veteran opener Chris Gayle has been included in the 14-man squad, as along with opener John Campbell, all-rounder Roston Chase and fast bowler Keemo Paul.

Interim head coach Floyd Reifer said the composition of the squad reflected the start of rebuilding effort with the next World Cup in mind.

Bravo is one of the major omissions, less than a year following his return to international cricket from a two-year hiatus owing to a squabble with former CWI president Dave Cameron.

The squad will be led by Captain Jason Holder. The opening ODI is set for Aug. 8 with the remaining matches on Aug. 11 and 14 at Queen’s Park Oval, in Port of Spain, Trinidad.

West Indies’ Darren Bravo.
Associated Press / Andy Brownbill

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