ANTIGUA: Cricket West Indies (CWI) has confirmed the 13-member and named Jason Mohammed as the skipper for the tour of Pakistan which features three Twenty20 Internationals on April 1, 2 and 3 at the National Stadium Karachi.
West Indies have named a much-inexperienced side and they will be missing their star players like Chris Gayle, Carlos Brathwaite, Evin Lewis and Jason Holder.
The Cricket West Indies (CWI) is pleased that they will be helping Pakistan to bring international cricket to their backyard and believes that this tour will pave way for that.
“This tour is a further major step for our friends at the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to bring their cricket back home, and we are pleased that our players and support staff have recognised this and supported this venture,” said CWI Chief Executive Officer Jonny Grave.
The West Indian board was happy to see final of PSL being staged at Karachi an independent security firm has confirmed that they are satisfied with the security arrangements.
“Independent security advisors, Eastern Star International (ESI) have confirmed to both CWI and WIPA that they are satisfied that the risk is manageable and can be mitigated to an acceptable level,” he stated. “We have made it very clear to the players and support staff that had personal reservations about this Tour that we fully understand and accept their position,” he added.
Chairman of the CWI Selection Panel Courtney Browne revealed few players including their T20I captain Carlos Brathwaite opted out of the tour citing security reasons, however, their replacements will have a great opportunity to make their mark.
“We had a few players that opted not to tour Pakistan, due to their or their families’ security concerns and CWI have fully accepted their position,” said Browne.
“This series, therefore, provides opportunities for new players to state their claim for a regular place in the team, plus gain vital experience in different conditions. We expect the series to be highly competitive,” he added.
Browne praised Jason Mohammed leadership skills and stated that he is the right choice in absence of West Indies’ World T20 hero to lead the side.
“Jason is our One-day International vice-captain, and he has been asked to step up and lead the team with the unavailability of Carlos. He has lots of captaincy experience at first-class level,” he told.
West Indies’ squad features four debutantes, Andre McCarthy, Odean Smith, Veerasammy Permaul and Keemo Paul.
Jason Mohammed (Captain)
Team Management Unit
Stuart Law (Head Coach)
Alfonso Thomas (Assistant Coach)
Ryan Maron (Assistant Coach)
Vernon “Khevyn” Williams (Physiotherapist)
Dexter Augustus (Video Data Analyst)