Middle-order batsman Shai Hope, who failed to click in West Indies’ 3-match Test series against England in post-pandemic era, has been dropped from the team’s upcoming series against New Zealand.
On the other hand, left-hand batsmen Darren Bravo and Shimron Hetmyer have made their way back in the team. Also, all-rounder Keemo Paul has been selected in the squad for 2-match Test series versus New Zealand.
Shai Hope, who had played 34 Test matches in his career, had a poor recent run in the longest-format of the fame. He has averaged 19.48 since December 2017 and just 14.45 since February 2019, lowering his career Test average to 26.27.
Apart for the regular squad travelling to New Zealand, a group of 6 reserves will also travel to help prepare the Test squad during a quarantine period.
Wicketkeeper Andre Fletcher has been named in the T20I squad for the first time since 2018.
All-rounder Andre Russell and top order batsmen Lendl Simmons and Evin Lewis have opted not to participate in the tour. Cricket West Indies said that it fully respects their decision to choose to do so, adding that this will not impact their considerations for future selection.
“Andre Fletcher, the experienced wicketkeeper-batsman has been named in the T20I squad for the first time since 2018. There is a maiden call-up in this format for Kyle Mayers, the all-rounder, who performed well in last month’s Caribbean Premier League (CPL),” Cricket West Indies (CWI) said in their statement.
“The proposed tour of New Zealand which will feature three T20 Internationals and two Test matches from November 27 to December 15. Details of the tour were ratified by CWI’s Board of Directors during a teleconference on Thursday,” CWI statement added.
Test squad: Jason Holder (captain), Jermaine Blackwood, Kraigg Brathwaite, Darren Bravo, Shamarh Brooks, John Campbell, Roston Chase, Rahkeem Cornwall, Shane Dowrich, Shannon Gabriel, Shimron Hetmyer, Chemar Holder, Alzarri Joseph, Keemo Paul, Kemar Roach. Reserves: Nkrumah Bonner, Joshua DaSilva, Preston McSween, Shayne Moseley, Raymon Reifer, Jayden Seales.
T20 squad: Kieron Pollard (captain), Fabian Allen, Dwayne Bravo, Sheldon Cottrell, Andre Fletcher, Shimron Hetmyer, Brandon King, Kyle Mayers, Rovman Powell, Keemo Paul, Nicholas Pooran, Oshane Thomas, Hayden Walsh Jr, Kesrick Williams.