West Indies Cricket board announced their 15-member World Cup squad on Wednesday. Jason Holder has been appointed as the captain of the side. Andre Russell has been included in the team after he was left out from ODI and T20I team that played against England earlier this year.
Andre Russell was picked up after his solid performances for Kolkata Knight Riders in the Indian Premier League 2019. Russell has scored 392 runs at an average of 65.33 and a strike rate of 217.77. He scored these runs from just nine matches which included 41 maximums.
Chris Gayle has also been included in the squad as he already announced his retirement from One-Day Internationals after the World Cup. Chris Gayle plays for Kings XI Punjab in the IPL and has scored 444 runs from 10 matches at an average of 49.33. Gayle is at number 3 on the list of highest run scorers in IPL 2019. He has hit 32 sixes and 40 fours this season.
Meanwhile, Kieron Pollard, Dwayne Bravo, Keemo Paul are some other players left out from the squad. Pollard plays for Mumbai Indians in the IPL but he hasn’t contributed much for the team, though he won a match for them as a stand-in captain. Bravo is another superstar who has been omitted from the squad.
West Indies' World Cup squad: Jason Holder (captain), Fabian Allen, Carlos Brathwaite, Darren Bravo, Sheldon Cottrell, Shannon Gabriel, Chris Gayle, Shimron Hetmyer, Shai Hope, Evin Lewis, Ashley Nurse, Nicholas Pooran, Kemar Roach, Andre Russell, Oshane Thomas