Monday, April 3, 2017

Cummins, Walton return for Pakistan ODIs

West Indies have named a 13-man squad to play the first two ODIs of the three-match series against Pakistan, with Carlos Brathwaite being the notable omission due to his IPL commitments. Miguel Cummins and Chadwick Walton earned recalls.

Walton last played an ODI in 2014 but featured in the recently concluded T20Is against Pakistan. Cummins has played only two ODIs so far after making his debut in 2014.

The axing of Kraigg Brathwaite is the only other change to the squad that played against England in March. The right-hander had a quiet series, managing just 61 runs in three games.

West Indies, who are currently ranked ninth with 84 points in the latest ICC team rankings, are set play three ODIs against Pakistan on April 7, 9 and 11 respectively at the Guyana National Stadium in Guyana. They are under pressure to improve their position on the table as only the top eight ranked teams as of September 30, 2017, will earn an automatic qualification for the 2019 World Cup.

With the addition of a series against Afghanistan, West Indies now have a total of 12 ODIs - three each against Pakistan and Afghanistan, a one-off against Ireland and five away games against England - before the cut-off date.

Squad: Jason Holder (Captain), Devendra Bishoo, Jonathan Carter, Miguel Cummins, Shannon Gabriel, Shai Hope, Alzarri Joseph, Evin Lewis, Mohammed, Ashley Nurse, Kieran Powell, Rovman Powell, Chadwick Walton

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