West Indies’s Test and ODI captain Jason Holder has been rested from the 13-man squad for the one-off Twenty20 International (T20I) against India. Carlos Brathwaite, the hero of the ICC World Twenty20 (WT20) 2016 Final, will lead the team in Holder’s absence, as he had done in his country’s last home T20 assignment.
The Courtney Browne-led selection committee have named a highly formidable team, with the likes of Kieron Pollard, Sunil Narine and Marlon Samuels being retained from the 13-man squad which was named for the three-T20I series against Afghanistan. Lendl Simmons, who garnered an aggregate of 38 runs in three innings, has been dropped.
Arguably the biggest news is the recalling of “universal boss” Chris Gayle, whose last international T20 appearance came against England in Kolkata last year. West Indies’ squad will have only four players—Evin Lewis, Jason Mohammed, Rovman Powell, and Kesrick Williams—from the squads which were picked for the ODI series against the visiting India.
Full West Indies T20 squad against India: Carlos Brathwaite (c), Chris Gayle, Evin Lewis, Marlon Samuels, Kieron Pollard, Chadwick Walton (wk), Jason Mohammed, Sunil Narine, Rovman Powell, Ronsford Beaton, Samuel Badree, Jerome Taylor, and Kesrick Williams
The Men in Blue will unusually be the underdogs for Sunday’s T20I, which is to be played at the Sabina Park (July 9).
West Indies vs India head-to-head in T20
These two teams have faced each other seven times in the sport’s shortest format, and the boys from the Caribbean lead India by 4-2, with one of the meetings ending in a no-result. The Windies have won two of the last three T20Is against the 2007 ICC World Twenty20 winners.