Kieron Pollard and Dwayne Bravo have been named as reserves for the West Indies as they have announced their 15-man World Cup squad.
The WICB have also named a rather excessive 10-man list of reserve players for the upcoming tournament in England, with the main squad currently at a training camp in Southampton where they will be until May 23.
Bravo “officially retired” from international cricket last October and hasn’t played an ODI since October 2014, while Pollard’s last ODI was three years ago back in 2016.
As part of the camp, the Windies will play a warm-up fixture against Australia at the Rose Bowl on Wednesday having just come off the back of a tri-series in Ireland.
The CEO of Cricket West Indies, Johnny Grave, revealed the motivation behind undergoing the training camp, revealing that acclimatisation is the main motivation.
“We are very grateful to Hampshire CCC for agreeing to host us at the Ageas Bowl and to Cricket Australia for agreeing the additional warm-up game,” Grave said.
“Due to the commitments and promises made, to both our players and the BCCI, this is the first time that our entire World Cup squad can get together since the IPL finished. We are confident that these additional five days of training and the extra warm-up game will mean that our players will be ready to perform at their best in our opening match against Pakistan on the 31st May.
“The choice of players in the reserve list is to really cover our bases and ensure we have a good balance in the pool of players that can be selected if replacements are required. We think the skill-set in this pool is strong, with a good blend of experience and upcoming young players who can be ready to contribute if and when required.”
West Indies kick-off their World Cup campaign on May 31 at Trent Bridge, where they face Pakistan who are fresh off the back of a 4-0 drubbing by England.
West Indies World Cup squad: Jason Holder (captain), Chris Gayle, Kemar Roach, Darren Bravo, Andre Russell, Shai Hope (wk), Sheldon Cottrell, Evin Lewis, Shannon Gabriel, Carlos Brathwaite, Ashley Nurse, Shimron Hetmyer, Fabian Allen, Oshane Thomas, Nicholas Pooran.
Reserve players: Sunil Ambris, Dwayne Bravo, John Campbell, Jonathan Carter, Roston Chase, Shane Dowrich, Keemo Paul, Khary Pierre, Raymon Reifer, Kieron Pollard.
We’re having a pop at a bloke who got 50, because we’re monsters.
England really are very, very bad at batting.
England went very, very England on Friday.
The stop-start nature of the day annoyed Jofra apparently. We didn’t notice.
Jofra did Jofra things at Lord’s, and Jimmy things at Leeds.
India taking control in Antigua.
It’s going to be even more painful when they lose now. Cruel.
Rain mucking things up in Colombo again.
Don’t break Jofra, warns Mark Butcher.
Steve Smith not being there is massive for both sides, says Mark Butcher – and he’s right you know.