The Windies ODI squad for the first two upcoming matches against England starting February 20, has been bolstered by the recall of Chris Gayle and Evin Lewis.

West Indies Women will play three T20 Internationals in Pakistan on January 31, February 1 and 3, respectively. However, they will do so without the services of their captain Stafanie Taylor.

The Windies lost to a Bangladesh Cricket Board XI by 51 runs courtesy of the Duckworth/Lewis method at the Savar Cricket Ground on on Thursday.

The Windies, choosing to bat first, amassed a good-looking 331-8 from their 50 overs, with Shai Hope, Kieran Powell, Roston Chase, and Fabian Allen getting among the runs, but were blown out of the water, as the board XI raced to 314-6 off just 41 overs.

Powell started steadily, scoring 43 as he was partnered for the first time in the opening slot by Hope. Hope was even more certain in his strokeplay and scored 81 from 84 deliveries, while the returning Darren Bravo, batting at three, scored 24 from 33 deliveries.

Batting has continued to prove a struggle for veteran batsman Marlon Samuels, who, coming in at four, could only manage five.

Shimron Hetmyer, as has come to be expected, added some impetus to the innings, smashing 33 from just 26 deliveries before he was out caught by Soumya Sarkar off the bowling of Rubel Hossain.

Skipper Rovman Powell did not have a good outing in his first attempt at captaining a Windies side, the allrounder going for nought. However, the lower-order batting of Allen, 48 from just 32 deliveries, and Chase, 65 from 51, gave the Windies what should have been a very defendable total.

That was until centuries from Tamim Iqbal, 107, and Sarkar, 103 not out, took the game away from the Windies in no uncertain terms.

Iqbal smashed his 107 from just 73 deliveries and after Imrul Kayes, his opening partner got out for 27 from 25, Sarkar proved just as savage, his unbeaten ton, coming from just 83 balls.

Sarkar had begun to lose partners toward the end of the innings, with Mohammad Mithun, 5, Ariful Haque, 21, Towhid Hridoy, 0, and Shamim Patwari, nine, all fell victim before skipper Mashrafe Mortaza, scored an unbeaten 22 from 18 balls.

Pacer Kemar Roach came in for a fair amount of stick, ending with figures of 0-49 from just five overs, while Oshane Thomas, had 1-57 from seven overs. Chase was the best of the bowlers, grabbing 2-57 from 10 overs, while Devendra Bishoo, who also had two wickets, leaked 81 runs from his 10 overs.

Allen was also good, bowling five overs for a wicket that cost just 19 runs.

The Windies are preparing for their first ODI against Bangladesh after being swept 2-0 in a Test series last week. There will be three ODIs, two in Dhaka, and one in Sylhet. Three T20Is are also to follow.

Johnny Grave, Cricket West Indies Chief Executive Officer, is not pleased with the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) who revised their eligibility criteria in a bid to make sure that Barbadian paceman Jofra Archer can turn out for the country.

According to Grave, the concern is not just over Archer, but that other talented Caribbean players could be lured away from playing for their region, using the same ‘long-term county contracts’ that have paved the way for Archer.

The Windies were hoping they would have had Archer for the World Cup in 2019, but the exciting 23-year-old, one of the brightest prospects in world cricket today, made it clear, his intentions to turn out for England whenever eligibility requirements were met.

The ECB had previously required that for a player to be eligible to turn out for England, they must have seven years of residency under their belt, however, last week that was reduced to just three.

“We respect Jofra’s decision, the rules allow him to [switch country]. But on a personal level, and as an Englishman, I don’t like the concept of the ECB poaching players who have been part of another system up to the age of 19,” said Graves.

“I hope no other West Indian cricketers follow that path and hope it doesn’t lead to counties doing their talent ID in the Caribbean, taking our players into the public school system and then on to offering them lucrative long-term county contracts and then possibly on to playing for England.”

Interestingly, Archer’s first game for England could very well be in the Caribbean next year when England tour the region for three Tests, five One-Day Internationals and three Twenty20s from January 23 to March 10. Archer would become eligible to play for England in March, right in time for the T20 fixtures.

 The Windies Women will host South Africa for three ODIs and five T20i from starting later this month as both teams continue preparations for the ICC Women’s World Cup in November.

Anthony Bramble will captain a 14-member Windies ‘B‘ squad named to compete in the Cricket Canada Summerfest from Wednesday, August 29 to September 7, 2018.

Windies middle order batsman Marlon Samuels was excluded from the 13-man squad named to play Bangladesh in the upcoming ODI matches because of injury. The veteran batsman, who is recovering from a knee injury, is currently undergoing rehabilitation.

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