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Four "Champion" WI players to stage a comeback

Pollard, Narine, Simmons and Badree are likely to play T20Is against Pakistan.

By Aditya Pratap Arya -


West Indian selectors have recalled four-star players into the T20I team for series against Pakistan in the later part of March. Kieron Pollard, Sunil Narine, Lendl Simmons and Samuel Badree have been picked for first two matches of four-match T20I series, revealed by ESPNcricinfo.

Opening encounter of this series will take place on March 26 at Barbados followed by matches on March 30, April 1 and 2 all at Trinidad. All four players have been informed about their selection on Wednesday by WICB selectors. It is not clear whether they will feature in the last two T20Is or not, if picked then it’ll be interesting to see their participation in IPL where they all are representing a franchise.

West Indies’s last T20I segment came against Pakistan at UAE when they went to lose the three-match series by 3-0. Three of them were feature in that series as well except Simmons, who last played a T20I game against India in August at Florida.

According to WICB policy, players who have not been played Regional Super50 will not be picked for any ODI series, which makes all of them unavailable for upcoming One-Day International matches. However, Chief Selector Courtney Browne and Team Director Jimmy Adams have indicated that they would love to review their policy.

Despite an average form, Carlos Braithwaite is expected to lead the T20 squad against Pakistan. It will be interesting to see whether former skipper Darren Sammy makes into the team or not. Sammy last wore the national dress in the final of World T20 at Kolkata. He was instrumental in the Peshawar Zalmi’s crown winning campaign in the Pakistan Super League. Also, he opened about his thought over his comeback for Windies.

“I'm only retired from Test cricket. I'm not retired from limited-overs cricket. I'm available for selection. We have a series coming up against Pakistan, [I'm] available for that and wherever my services are needed,” he said.

Aditya Pratap Arya

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