Holder, Cottrell, Hosein among reserves in Pollard-led squad
“Roston Chase has shown that he is a very capable T20 player. He performed well in the CPL in 2020 and has been outstanding in the 2021 edition so far. He has shown the ability to knit the innings together while still scoring at a fast rate with a low dot-ball percentage. He will be an excellent foil for the explosive players in the team.”
Nine of West Indies’ squad members will feature in the second leg of the IPL in the UAE before they begin their T20 World Cup defense with a rematch of the 2016 final, against England on October 23.
Harper backed the side to successfully defend their world title. “The squad is one with good depth and strength in all departments,” he said. “There is tremendous T20 experience along with World Cup-winning experience which should stand the team in good stead. This squad is made up of many world-beating players who, once knitted into a world-beating team, will be extremely difficult to beat . I expect the team to do very well and with the rub of the green. I think the team has a good chance of defending the title.”
Squad: Kieron Pollard (capt), Nicholas Pooran (vice-capt), Fabian Allen, Dwayne Bravo, Roston Chase, Andre Fletcher, Chris Gayle, Shimron Hetmyer, Evin Lewis, Obed McCoy, Ravi Rampaul, Andre Russell, Lendl Simmons, Oshane Thomas Hayden Walsh Jr
Reserves: Jason Holder, Akeal Hosein, Sheldon Cottrell, Darren Bravo
Deivarayan Muthu is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo