Gayle out, Russell back in for Bangladesh T20s

By July 30, 2018
Andre Russell returns to the Windies line up for T20i against Bangladesh. Andre Russell returns to the Windies line up for T20i against Bangladesh.

Chris Gayle has been left out of the Windies squad for their upcoming T20i series against Bangladesh starting on Tuesday in St. Kitts.

However, Andre Russell makes a return to the line-up after missing out on the final ODI match that the Windies lost by 18 runs. Meanwhile, Marlon Samuels, Chadwick Walton and Kesrick Williams have also been brought in to bolster side that lost the ODI series 2-1.

Carlos Brathwaite will captain the team that also includes Samuel Badree, Sheldon Cottrell, Andre Fletcher, Evin Lewis, Ashley Nurse, Keemo Paul, Rovman Powell, Denesh Ramdin, Andre Russell, Marlon Samuels, Chadwick Walton and Kesrick Williams

Courtney Browne, the Chairman of Selectors explained Gayle’s absence and the composition of the team.

“We have rested Chris Gayle and have added left-arm pacer Sheldon Cottrell for variety to the bowling attack. The team reflects the last squad that performed well in the charity match in the UK,” Browne said.

Going forward, the panel believes the talent pool for the T20 version is widening and acknowledges “the strong performances of the young players in the WINDIES B team during the T20 series in Canada's Global T20 League and this augurs well for our T20 game.”

Head Coach, Stuart Law has not hidden his disappointment in the 1-2 loss in the ODI but is “optimistic that the players are beginning to understand the direction they need to go. “The players are gradually working harder and we expect the results to turn in our favour,” he said.

 The final two matches are scheduled for August 4 and 5 at the Central Broward Regional Park in Florida.

 

 

 

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