West Indies vs India: Hosts name unchanged squad for first two ODIs against Virat Kohli and Co

FP Sports, Jun, 20 2017

The West Indies selectors on Monday decided to retain an unchanged 13-member squad, which played against Afghanistan in the three-match series, for the first two One-Day Internationals against India. Virat Kohli's men are set to play five ODIs and a lone T20 international against the West Indies, starting 23 June.

According to ESPNcricinfo, the selectors decided to retain the same squad in order to maintain continuity, after they drew the three-match series versus Afghanistan 1-1. The final match was abandoned due to rain.

File image of West Indies captain Jason Holder. Getty images

File image of West Indies captain Jason Holder. Getty Images

The team from the Caribbean will have extra motivation going into the series as they need to perform well to rise to at least the eighth position in the ICC ODI rankings. The top eight teams on 30 September, 2017 get automatic entry into the 2019 World Cup.

However, if the team fail to do so, then the two-time ODI World Cup champions would have to play a qualifying tournament to enter the showpiece event.

On the other hand, India have been in excellent form, reaching the final of the ICC Champions Trophy, before losing comprehensively by a resurgent Pakistan.

While Rohit Sharma, one of the best performers in the Champions Trophy, has been rested, youngsters like Kuldeep Yadav and Rishabh Pant have been included in the 15-member squad. Jasprit Bumrah too has been rested for the series.

The first two ODIs will be played on 23 and 25 June at Queen's Park Oval in Port of Spain (Trinidad and Tobago).

West Indies squad: Jason Holder (captain), Devendra Bishoo, Jonathan Carter, Roston Chase, Miguel Cummins, Shai Hope (wicketkeeper), Alzarri Joseph, Evin Lewis, Jason Mohammad, Ashley Nurse, Kieran Powell, Rovman Powell, Kesrick Williams

Published Date: Jun 20, 2017 | Updated Date: Jun 20, 2017

Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 4493 125
2 South Africa 3395 110
3 England 4097 105
4 Australia 3087 100
5 New Zealand 3114 97
Rank Team Points Rating
1 South Africa 5957 119
2 Australia 5505 117
3 India 4717 115
4 England 5645 113
5 New Zealand 5123 111
Rank Team Points Rating
1 New Zealand 1625 125
2 England 1962 123
3 Pakistan 2417 121
4 West Indies 2222 117
5 India 2183 115