The new WICB selection panel led by Clive Lloyd has named a 13-man Test squad for the West Indies ahead of the first of two Test matches against Bangladesh beginning on September 5 in St Vincent.
The only change to the squad from the West Indies’ previous Test assignment against New Zealand in June was dropping reserve batsman Leon Johnson while all other players have been retained.
In the release announcing the squad, the WICB noted that two other players were considered for selection but instead opted to play in the Champions League Twenty20 competition which begins September 13 in Raipur, India.
Since the tournament is in an ICC-approved window on the international schedule, the WICB said the decision of the players will not have any impact on future selection. Aside from representatives in the Caribbean Premier League champion Barbados Tridents squad, seven other West Indies players are participating in the Champions League Twenty20. Among those possibly in line for Test selection out of that group are Sunil Narine and Dwayne Bravo.
Narine was not considered for selection for all three Tests against New Zealand in June after opting to play for the Kolkata Knight Riders in the IPL Final on June 1. It caused him to miss the start of a West Indies training camp ahead of the first Test starting on June 8.
It paved the way for both Shane Shillingford and Sulieman Benn to make their returns to Test cricket during the series. Earlier this summer, Bravo expressed his desire to return to the Test cricket following recovery from a shoulder injury suffered at the start of this year’s IPL. The West Indies ODI captain has not played Test cricket since 2010 on tour in Sri Lanka.
West Indies squad: Denesh Ramdin (Captain), Chris Gayle, Kraigg Brathwaite, Kirk Edwards, Darren Bravo, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Jermaine Blackwood, Kemar Roach, Jerome Taylor, Jason Holder, Shannon Gabriel, Sulieman Benn, Shane Shillingford. (ESPNcricinfo)
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