Kieron Pollard and Dwayne Bravo have been picked in the Windies’ World Cup reserve squad and will fly to England in case of any last minute injuries to the 15-man squad. Meanwhile, Sunil Ambris and Raymon Reifer will join the World Cup squad during the training camp in Southampton.
The Windies cricket team have emerged as outside contenders to challenge the likes of India, Australia and the rest of the favorites at the upcoming 2019 ICC ODI World Cup which starts on May 30. They will start their pre-tournament training camp in Southampton on May 19 with the present 15-man World Cup squad that was announced last month.
However, Cricket West Indies have announced the shocking inclusion of veteran all-rounders - Dwayne Bravo and Kieron Pollard - in the World Cup reserve squad in case of any last minute injuries to the 15-man group led by Jason Holder. Sunil Ambris, John Campbell, Jonathan Carter, Roston Chase, Shane Dowrich, Keemo Paul, Khary Pierre and Raymon Reifer are the other players named in the reserves list.
Chennai Super Kings’ Bravo had announced his retirement from international cricket a year ago and last played for West Indies in a in a T20I against Pakistan in 2016. Pollard, who recently won his fourth IPL title with Mumbai Indians, last played for the national team in 2014 in the series against India but he did play in the Super50, West Indies's domestic one-day competition, last year where his side lost in the semifinal.
"We are very grateful to Hampshire CCC for agreeing to host us at the Ageas Bowl and to Cricket Australia for agreeing the additional warm-up game. Due to the commitments and promises made, to both our players and the BCCI, this is the first time that our entire World Cup squad can get together since the IPL finished. We are confident that these additional five days of training and the extra warm-up game will mean that our players will be ready to perform at their best in our opening match against Pakistan on the 31st May,"" CWI CEO Johnny Grave said in an official statement.
From the 10-man reserve list, Ambris and Reifer will join the World Cup squad as cover during their training camp in Southampton as they prepare to play a warm-up match at the Ageas Bowl against defending champions Australia.
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