West Indies Announce Squad For England Tests; 3 Players Opt Out

Cricket West Indies has announced a squad of 25 member squad for their upcoming Test series against England. They have named an initial member squad and 11 reserve players. The reserve players will be training with the squad and available as a replacement if required.

Shimron Hetmyer, Darren Bravo and Keemo Paul have decided to opt-out of the England tour. All three players decided not to travel with the West Indies team because of COVID-19 fear. Yesterday, England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) announced the schedule of the three-match Test series.

West Indies announce squad for England Test series

The entire West Indies team will arrive in England on 9th June. They will be based at Emirates Old Trafford stadium in Manchester for initial quarantine and Training. Cricket West Indies (CWI) has made it clear that all squad member will be tested for coronavirus this week before they fly to England.

Moreover, CWI has also stated that they will consider Bravo, Hetmyer and Paul for selection for future and hold nothing against them. The West Indies team has begun their training for the first cricket series post-COVID-19.

Full Squad of West Indies

Jason Holder (captain), Jermaine Blackwood, Nkrumah Bonner, Kraigg Brathwaite, Shamarh Brooks, John Campbell, Roston Chase, Rahkeem Cornwall, Shane Dowrich, Chemar Holder, Shai Hope, Alzarri Joseph, Raymon Reifer, Kemar Roach

Reserve players: Sunil Ambris, Joshua da Silva, Shannon Gabriel, Keon Harding, Kyle Mayers, Preston McSween, Marquino Mindley, Shane Moseley, Anderson Phillip, Oshane Thomas, Jomel Warrican

England captain Joe Root has already said that he will miss the first Test match as he is expecting the birth of his child. In Root’s absence, it is likely that Ben Stokes will be leading England for the first time in his career.