The West Indies Cricket Board has finally announced the squad for the upcoming Test series against India in the home ground. The squad selected by the West Indies Cricket Board’s selection panel under the Chairmanship of Courtney Browne, took a few brave decisions in order to work out the best combinations against India. Accordingly, 22-year old Barbadian batsman Roston Chase has been roped-in to make his debut against the Indian team on July 21.
Chase, basically an all-rounder, secured his place in the national team with his strong performances in the domestic circuit. In the recently concluded domestic league, Chase scored 710 runs at an average of 59.16 and also scalped 23 wickets at 17.26 with his off-spin bowling.
Other noticeable changes to the West Indies squad will be the exclusion of experienced wicket keeper Denesh Ramdin and opening-batsman Shai Hope.
Though the opening batsman scored a breezy century during the warm-up match against India, he was ignored for the returning Leone Johnson. Also, in the absence of Denesh Ramdin, the 24-year old Shane Dowrich will take gloves as the wicket-keeper for the West Indies side.
Coming to the bowling unit, the selection panel has left out experienced pace duo of Jerome Taylor and Kemar Roach, following their inconsistent performance in the recently concluded series against Australia. In the spin department, Devendra Bishoo will play the key role for his team.
Over all, though the Carribean team will be struggling with inexperience, the big positive for the them will be the home-ground advantage. The first Test starts at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in Antigua from July 21.