Ronsford Beaton, the 24-year-old fast bowler from Guyana, was the only uncapped member in West Indies’ 13-man squad, led by Carlos Brathwaite, for the three T20Is against Afghanistan in St Kitts from June 2. Beaton has so far picked up 31 wickets in 36 T20s with a best of 4 for 9, and has represented Guyana Amazon Warriors and Trinbago Knight Riders in the CPL.
Kieron Pollard , Sunil Narine and Marlon Samuels, all of whom will be coming off their IPL stints, also found a place in the squad. Lendl Simmons, who was part of the squad that played the T20s against Pakistan in April, was left out along with Jonathan Carter, Andre Fletcher and Veerasammy Permaul. Jason Holder, the ODI captain, was rested.
This is the first time West Indies are hosting Afghanistan for a bilateral series. The series that will be played concurrently with the Champions Trophy, which begins on June 1 in England, also consists of three ODIs. West Indies, who haven’t won a bilateral ODI series since 2014, beating Bangladesh at home, failed to qualify for the eight-team event.
Afghanistan famously beat West Indies, by six runs, the last time both sides squared up in a T20I, at the World T20 in India last year.
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