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Hetmyer, Vishaul called up for West Indies Test squad

Kieran Powell recalled into the Test squad after three years
Kieran Powell recalled into the Test squad after three years

West Indies have recalled opening batsman Kieran Powell for the first Test against Pakistan scheduled to be played at Sabina Park.

Powell last played a Test match in June 2014 but made scores of 58 and unbeaten 84 in the two innings of the warm-up game against Pakistan played in Jamaica. Overall, he has played 21 Tests, scoring 1072 runs in it at an average of 27.48.

Also called up in the squad are Guyana duo Vishaul Singh and Shimron Hetmyer after their impressive performances in the warm-up game against Pakistan.

Vishaul scored an unbeaten 135 in the first innings while Hetmyer chipped in with a knock of 97 in the same game.

Carlos Brathwaite, Darren Bravo, Leon Johnson, Marlon Samuels and Jomel Warrican were the players, who were left out of the squad that featured against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates.

West Indies chairman Courtney Browne is hoping for the young squad to come up with a spirited performance against Pakistan.

"We have a young Test squad, which was admirably led by Jason Holder during the last series and, though there are some noticeable absentees, we believe that the players will give a good account of themselves especially in their own backyard."

West Indies squad for first Test against Pakistan:

Jason Holder (capt), Devendra Bishoo, Jermaine Blackwood, Kraigg Brathwaite, Roston Chase, Miguel Cummins, Shane Dowrich (wk), Shannon Gabriel, Shimron Hetmyer, Shai Hope, Alzarri Joseph, Kieran Powell, Vishaul Singh

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