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Chris Gayle included in ODI’s against India; Andre Russell misses out

West Indies have recalled John Campbell, Roston Chase and Keemo Paul for their upcoming three-match ODI series against India. Left-handed opener Chris Gayle, who was set to retire after the recent World Cup but later changed his mind, has also been named in the side. 

The ones to miss out include Shannon Gabriel, Ashley Nurse, Darren Bravo, Sunil Ambris and Andre Russell, who had been ruled out midway during the World Cup due to a knee injury. 

Gayle, who is only 11 runs short of going past Brian Lara’s tally of 10,338 ODI runs to become the highest run-scorer for Windies in the 50-over format, was termed a valuable player by interim coach Floyd Reifer after the squad was announced. 

“Chris is a very valuable player and he brings a lot of experience, a lot of knowledge, he lends a lot to any dressing room and it is great to have him in the squad.” 

Meanwhile, Chase, Paul and Campbell had all been in the side for the tri-series that was held in May before the World Cup, but were left out of the quadrennial event in England and Wales. Reifer added that the trio had been included to add balance to the side. 

“We have a mixture of some experienced and young ODI players,” said Reifer. “It is good to have Keemo, John and Roston back, and they will help to bring further balance to the team. Looking ahead to the series, I think we have a lot to build upon following the World Cup. We have retained a large number of players from the World Cup squad, so there is a lot to build on and I am looking forward to the series.

“We have to start planning now for the World Cup in 2023 and we are looking for a solid squad that we can work with over the next four years. We want to build them into a consistent winning team in this format, so that they have a real chance of success in 4-years’ time. We had a number of young players in the last World Cup squad.

“We played some decent cricket. We were in match-winning positions, but we just didn’t win the key moments or finish off the games. The players have learnt a lot from the World Cup, and we are looking to improve their skills, their mindsets and playing together as a team. The more they can play together, the better it will be for them.”

The ODI series begins from August 8 at Guyana. 

Full squad:Jason Holder (c), John Campbell, Evin Lewis, Shimron Hetmyer, Nicholas Pooran, Roston Chase, Fabian Allen, Carlos Brathwaite, Keemo Paul, Chris Gayle, Sheldon Cottrell, Oshane Thomas, Shai Hope, Kemar Roach

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