Dwayne Bravo returns for Sandals T20I Series

The se­lec­tion pan­el of Crick­et West In­dies (CWI) on Sun­day named the 13-man squad for the three-match Twen­ty20 In­ter­na­tion­al against Ire­land. The match­es will be played at Grena­da Na­tion­al Sta­di­um on Wednes­day, Jan­u­ary 15 and at Warn­er Park, St Kitts on Sat­ur­day, Jan­u­ary 18 and Sun­day, Jan­u­ary 19.

There are re­calls for all-rounders Dwayne Bra­vo and Rov­man Pow­ell. Bra­vo, a two-time ICC World T20 World Cup win­ner, last played at the in­ter­na­tion­al lev­el against Pak­istan in the UAE in Sep­tem­ber 2016. Pow­ell last rep­re­sent­ed the West In­dies against In­dia in Guyana in Au­gust 2019.

Bra­vo, 36, has played 270 match­es for West In­dies across all three for­mats. In T20Is he has made 66 ap­pear­ances with an im­pres­sive record of 52 wick­ets and 1,142 runs. His high­est score is 66 not out which came against In­dia at Lord’s in 2009, the same match where he al­so took four wick­ets.

The 26-year-old Pow­ell has played 34 ODIs and 23 T20Is since his de­but in No­vem­ber 2016. In the short­est for­mat, he has two half-cen­turies with a top score of 54 against In­dia in Fort Laud­erdale last Au­gust.

All-rounder Fabi­an Allen was con­sid­ered for se­lec­tion but is un­avail­able as he con­tin­ues his re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion fol­low­ing an in­jury on the tour of In­dia last year. Ja­son Hold­er, the lead­ing all-rounder in Test crick­et, is be­ing rest­ed for the se­ries due to work­load man­age­ment.

All-rounder Keemo Paul was orig­i­nal­ly set to par­tic­i­pate in the up­com­ing T20I Se­ries but has been ruled out due to a back in­jury he suf­fered in the Colo­nial Med­ical In­sur­ance ODI Se­ries. The 14th play­er will be named on Mon­day.

Com­ment­ing on the squad, Roger Harp­er, CWI’s Lead Se­lec­tor said: “Dwayne Bra­vo was re­called with the spe­cif­ic in­ten­tion of bol­ster­ing our ‘death’ bowl­ing which was iden­ti­fied as an area that needs im­prov­ing. His record in this de­part­ment speaks for it­self. He will al­so be able to act as a men­tor to the oth­er ‘death’ bowlers and lend his ex­pe­ri­ence wher­ev­er need­ed.”

Harp­er added: “Rov­man Pow­ell is a gen­uine all-rounder who we be­lieve can add im­pe­tus and up the strike rate at the back-end of the in­nings. He was ex­cel­lent in the Colo­nial Med­ical In­sur­ance Su­per50 Cup – where he scored two ex­cel­lent cen­turies and a 96 and al­so had some oth­er good per­for­mances.”