West Indies opening batsman Kieran Powell has been dropped from the Test squad for the Sri Lanka series after a string of poor scores in the previous series against Pakistan. Kieran Powell has been in the limelight after managing just 0,4,5, and 23 in the home series against the Pakistan side, while Jeremy Solozano makes his first appearance in the West Indies squad.
West Indies have also included the pace battery of Shannon Gabriel, who has got immense experience in the longer format, while they have recalled the likes of Veerasammy Permaul to increase the strength of the spin department. Chemar Holder, Shamarh Brooks, and Jahmar Hamilton are the names to miss out on the series against Pakistan.
Roger Harper Explains The Reason Behind Selectin Jeremy Solozano
Roger Haper, the lead selector, mentioned that the recent matches have been a preparation for the series in Sri Lanka, and it has helped to pick a squad that will play well in the Island nation. He added that Jeremy Solozano has done well in the A team and as well as in the recent best vs best matches to find a place in the squad.
“The Best v Best matches provided the opportunity for the players to spend some time in the middle honing their skills for this tour,”
“The aim was to simulate as much as possible, the conditions that the team will likely face in Sri Lanka, so it was good to see the batsmen spending time at the crease while putting some scores together and the bowlers looking to build pressure and create wicket-taking opportunities.
“Jeremy played for the West Indies ‘A’ Team in 2019 (against India ‘A’) with success, and in the Best v Best matches, he displayed a sense of application, patience, and composure, while looking very comfortable against both pace and spin which encouraged the panel to invest in him at this point,” Lead Selector Roger Harper told.
West Indies Squad For Sri Lanka Tests
Squad: Kraigg Brathwaite (C), Jermaine Blackwood (VC), Nkrumah Bonner, Roston Chase, Rahkeem Cornwall, Joshua Da Silva, Shannon Gabriel, Jason Holder, Shai Hope, Kyle Mayers, Veerasammy Permaul, Kemar Roach, Jayden Seales, Jeremy Solozano, Jomel Warrican.
West Indies and Sri Lanka are set to play two tests in the Island nation starting on November 21.