West Indies Name Settled Test Squad
The West Indies have made just one change to their squad ahead of the first Test against Bangladesh, although the Champions League T20 has played a role in their selection.
From the squad that was named for the third and final Test against New Zealand, the only change is the omission of batsman Leon Johnson.
However, the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) revealed that two players who were being considered for selection have decided to play in the Champions League T20, which gets underway eight days after the first Test, in St Vincent, begins on 5th September.
Unlike when Sunil Narine chose to remain in India and play in the Indian Premier League final instead of joining up with the Test squad to play New Zealand, the Champions League has an approved window on the international schedule, so those players will face no consequences.
As a result of his decision, Narine was not considered by the WICB for selection in either of the three Tests although he did return for the Twenty20 Internationals.
"Two players who were considered for selection to the Test squad have opted to play in the Champions League which has an ICC approved window on the international schedule," the WICB confirmed.
"The players’ decisions will not have any deleterious effect on consideration for future West Indies selection."
After the first Test in St Vincent, the two sides meet again in St Lucia, where the second Test begins on 13th September - the day that the first Champions League matches begin.
West Indies Test squad: Denesh Ramdin (captain/wicket-keeper), Sulieman Benn, Jermaine Blackwood, Kraigg Brathwaite, Darren Bravo, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Kirk Edwards, Shannon Gabriel, Chris Gayle, Jason Holder, Kemar Roach, Shane Shillingford, Jerome Taylor
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