West Indies Cricket Board recalled the veteran duo of Kieron Pollard and Sunil Narine, as they announced the 14-member squad for the first two T20I games against India, scheduled to begin on 3 August in Florida, United States. All-rounder Carlos Braithwaite has been named as captain for the Windies for the first two games.
West Indies had a disappointing World Cup run as they managed to pick up just two victories from nine outings, ending their tournament on the ninth position in the tournament table.
"The West Indies and India have a long and colourful rivalry, and the series will bring more thrilling competition across every format of the game. We'll be seeing some of the World's best players go head to head in T20Is, ODIs and then in the new World Test Championship. West Indies fans, young and old, will have the opportunity to see some incredible cricket," said Cricket West Indies (CWI) Chief Executive Officer, Johnny Grave in a statement.
The schedule was announced by the West Indies Cricket Board on June 12.
The first two T20I matches will be played on August 3 and 4, respectively, at the Broward County Stadium in the city of Lauderhill in Florida, USA. The third T20I will be played on August 6 at the National Stadium in Guyana
India will play two test matches against Windies from August 22 to 26 and from August 30 to September 3 at the Vivian Richards Cricket Ground in Antigua and Sabina Park in Jamaica respectively. These two matches will be the beginning of the ICC World Test Championship campaign, and it will continue being played over the next two years. The five-week Windies tour will also include three T20s and many ODIs following which the test matches will begin.
West Indies Squad for first two T20 Internationals: Carlos Brathwaite (capt), Sunil Narine, Keemo Paul, Khary Pierre, Kieron Pollard, Nicholas Pooran (wk), Rovman Powell, Andre Russell, Oshane Thomas, Anthony Bramble (wk), John Campbell, Sheldon Cottrell, Shimron Hetmyer, Evin Lewis.