Brandon King, Hayden Walsh Jr. and Romario Shepherd - three of the top young stars to emerge from the 2019 CPL - have been provided their maiden international call-ups by the West Indies for the multi-format series against Afghanistan in November.
While King and Walsh are part of both the T20I and ODI squads which will be led by Kieron Pollard, all-rounder Shepherd has only been picked for the ODI series. All these three players had a terrific 2019 CPL.
King, 24, was the leading run-scorer with 496 runs to his name and led Amazon Guyana Warriors to the final where they lost to Walsh’s Barbados Tridents. The 27-year-old legspinner, who has played international cricket for USA, scalped 22 wickets in nine encounters. Meanwhile, Shepherd too managed to impress everyone with his all-round abilities. He didn’t get much chance to bat but the 24-year-old did manage to take 13 wickets.
Apart from these three young players, experienced campaigners Lendl Simmons and Denesh Ramdin too have been included in the T20I set-up. Simmons last played a T20I in June 2017, while Ramdin hasn’t featured in this format for West Indies since November 2018.
The likes of Chris Gayle, Andre Russell (injured) and Sunil Narine (injured) aren’t part of the squad, while former T20I captain Carlos Brathwaite has been dropped from both the squads.
Moving to the Test squad, Darren Bravo has been left out after he only managed 47 runs against India in the home series. Shannon Gabriel is still recovering from his injury but Alzarri Joseph is fully fit and running and has been included in all the three squads. Left-arm spinner Jomel Warrican too managed to find a place in the Test set-up.
West Indies will play three T20Is against Afghanistan, starting from November 5, before playing three ODIs and a solitary Test. All these matches will be played at the Rajiv Gandhi International stadium in Dehradun.
T20I squad: Kieron Pollard (c), Nicholas Pooran, Evin Lewis, Brandon King, Shimron Hetmyer, Sherfane Rutherford, Jason Holder, Lendl Simmons, Fabian Allen, Hayden Walsh Jr., Khary Pierre, Sheldon Cottrell, Denesh Ramdin, Kesrick Williams, Alzarri Joseph.
ODI squad: Kieron Pollard (c), Shai Hope, Evin Lewis, Shimron Hetmyer, Sunil Ambris, Nicholas Pooran, Brandon King, Roston Chase, Jason Holder, Hayden Walsh Jr., Khary Pierre, Sheldon Cottrell, Keemo Paul, Romario Shepherd, Alzarri Joseph.
Test squad: Jason Holder (c), Shai Hope, John Campbell, Kraigg Brathwaite, Shimron Hetmyer, Shamarh Brooks, Roston Chase, Shane Dowrich, Sunil Ambris, Jomel Warrican, Rahkeem Cornwall, Kemar Roach, Keemo Paul, Alzarri Joseph.