West Indies Name 15-Man Test Squad
The West Indies have named a 15-man Test squad to tour South Africa although the squad may yet change depending on whether the selected players sign Match Tour Contracts.
After the team withdrew from a tour of India last month, negotiations have been ongoing in the Caribbean between the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB), the West Indies Players' Association (WIPA) and the players themselves.
Money is at the centre of the dispute and the players have been given until the end of 18th November to sign Match Tour Contracts.
Therefore, should any players decide against signing, replacements would need to be called up by the board.
"All players selected have been notified of their selection and that their selection is contingent upon their signing of the Match Tour Contract which was sent to each player selected on Tuesday November 11," a WICB statement confirmed.
"The deadline for the return of signed Match Tour Contracts to the WICB is 5pm (ECT), Tuesday, November 18."
Denesh Ramdin, whose future as both Trinidad & Tobago and West Indies Test captain has been subject to plenty of speculation in recent weeks, has been selected and named as captain for the three-Test series.
One-Day International captain Dwayne Bravo, who led the aborted tour in India, does not feature, although he has not played a Test match since December 2010.
Following the 2-0 Test series win over Bangladesh in September, batsman Kirk Edwards has been left out with Chris Gayle returning after missing the second Test due to a personal matter.
Off-spinner Shane Shillingford is also left out with fast bowler Sheldon Cottrell, batsman Marlon Samuels and wicket-keeper Chadwick Walton drafted in.
The opening Test at Centurion Park begins on 17th December before the two sides head to Port Elizabeth (26th-30th December) and Cape Town (2nd-6th January).
The Test series is then followed by three Twenty20 Internationals and five One-Day Internationals.
West Indies Test squad: Denesh Ramdin (captain), Sulieman Benn, Jermaine Blackwood, Kraigg Braithwaite, Darren Bravo, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Sheldon Cottrell, Shannon Gabriel, Chris Gayle, Jason Holder, Leon Johnson, Kemar Roach, Marlon Samuels, Jerome Taylor, Chadwick Walton
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