Chris Gayle, Kieron Pollard, Sunil Narine and Dwayne Bravo are all set to be re-integrated into the Windies One-Day International side, in a bid to strengthen the team. Windies are currently placed ninth in the ODI rankings and with only the top eight teams (as of September 30) guaranteed automatic qualification for the 2019 World Cup, Cricket Windies is keen on giving the team the best possible chance to ensure they can make the multi-team event in Australia, at least through the qualifiers.
“We recognise that it is highly unlikely that we will now automatically qualify for the 2019 World Cup. So whilst the qualifying tournament has yet to be confirmed by ICC, we may only have eight ODIs against England and New Zealand in the next six months to prepare. It is crucial that we can have our best performing Windies players available for selection in these important games.”
All CWI registered players will be available for selection now, the board’s cricket committee will submit their recommendations on the players’ eligibility criteria. Windies are currently 10 points adrift the eighth placed team, Sri Lanka, but will have a chance to close that gap down during their tour of England, which starts next month. With Darren Bravo’s suspension also lifted, Windies are all set to name a full strength squad for September’s ODI series.