Forde called up for ODI squad

ST JOHN’S – Uncapped Sherfane Rutherford and Matthew Forde have selected in the West Indies’ 15-man squad for next month’s three-match One-Day International cricket series against touring England while 32-year-old gloveman Shane Dowrich has been recalled, four-and-a-half years after he played his only ODI.

Selectors have also axed vice-captain Rovman Powell and elevated fast bowler Alzarri Joseph to that role, while opener Kyle Mayers, fast bowlers Jayden Seales and Dominic Drakes, along with off-spinner Kevin Sinclair, have all been overlooked from the squad that faced India last July in the Caribbean.

Leading all-rounder Jason Holder and explosive left-hander Nicholas Pooran, both of whom also missed the India series, have been left out of the side, Cricket West Indies saying in a statement both players were “prioritising preparation” for the other two formats.

Yet again, selectors have found no place for veteran left-hander Darren Bravo who plundered a tournament-leading 416 runs at an average of 83 for Trinidad and Tobago Red Force, as he captained them to their 14th Super50 title earlier this month. (CMC/EZS)



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