Pollard, Narine named in WI squad for first four matches of tri-series

Kieron Pollard, the all-rounder and Sunil Narine, the offspinner, have been named in the West Indies squad for the first four matches of the tri-series against Australia and South Africa, the West Indies Cricket Board announced on Thursday (May 19).

Pollard, currently plying his trade with Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League (IPL), last played a One-Day International (ODI) in October 2014. Narine, who is part of the Kolkata Knight Riders team in the IPL, last played an ODI in November 2015, which was also the month both these players last played an international game.

Narine, who was reported for a suspect action in November during West Indies’ tour of Sri Lanka, was later suspended from bowling in international cricket. He was initially named in the World T20 squad, but backed out as he felt he needed to work more on his bowling action. The International Cricket Council (ICC) then cleared Narine just a few days before the start of this edition of the IPL.

A knee injury that he sustained during the Ram Slam T20 Challenge in November kept Pollard out of action for an extended period. He was also named in the World T20 squad but had to withdraw as he had not made sufficient recovery.

The 15-man squad, captained by Jason Holder, also includes two uncapped players in Ashley Nurse, the offspinner, and Shannon Gabriel, the pacer. The notable absentees include Chris Gayle and Dyawne Bravo.

The tri-series begins on June 3 with the first three matches being held at the Providence Stadium in Guyana. After the last match in Guyana on June 7, the next leg will be held at Warner Park in Basseterre, St Kitts, which will host three matches from June 11 to 15. The action then shifts to Kensington Oval in Bridgetown, Barbados, which will host three games from June 19-24 and also the final on June 26.

West Indies squad: Jason Holder (c), Sulieman Benn, Carlos Brathwaite, Darren Bravo, Jonathan Carter, Johnson Charles, Andre Fletcher, Shannon Gabriel, Sunil Narine, Ashley Nurse, Kieron Pollard, Denesh Ramdin (wk), Marlon Samuels, Jerome Taylor.


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