The hard hitting batsman, Chris Gayle has been re-selected for the ODI series against England. Gayle is making a comeback after 8 months. The Windies’ squad has only been named for the first two games of the five-match series, which begins on 20 February.

Chairman of selectors Courtney Browne said: “We welcome the return of Chris Gayle and we are pleased to introduce Nicholas Pooran to ODI cricket for the first time.

“He is clearly a young player with undoubted talent and we believe he can add value to our middle order. Shannon Gabriel remains very much in our World Cup plans but with a heavy workload expected in the Test series, he will be considered for selection later in the ODI series.

“As we continue our Cricket World Cup preparations, the upcoming series against the top-ranked ODI side is a great opportunity for us to gauge where we are as a team.”

Windies squad: Jason Holder (Captain), Fabian Allen, Devendra Bishoo, Darren Bravo, Chris Gayle, Shimron Hetmyer, Shai Hope, Evin Lewis, Ashley Nurse, Keemo Paul, Nicholas Pooran, Rovman Powell, Kemar Roach, Oshane Thomas

Match Schedule:

1st ODI: Kensington Oval – Wednesday, 20 February

2nd ODI: Kensington Oval – Friday, 22 February

3rd ODI: Grenada National Stadium – Monday, 25 February

4th ODI: Grenada National Stadium – Wednesday, 27 February

5th ODI: Darren Sammy Cricket Ground – Saturday, 2 March

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