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18-Apr-2017 05:15:00 GMT
Pakistan in West Indies 2017

West Indies include Hetmyer, Vishal for Pakistan Test

Kingston: West Indies batsman Kieran Powell has earned a recall to the Test squad for the series opener against Pakistan.

Powell, 27, is in line for his first Test appearance since 2014 after being named in a 13-man squad for the clash at Sabina Park starting Friday.

The left-hander averages just 27.48 in the five-day format but received the backing of Courtney Browne, the chairman of the selection panel.

Shimron Hetmyer and Vishal Singh have also been included in the squad for potential debuts.

On Singh, Browne said: "Vishal has been one of the more consistent batsmen in the Regional 4-Day Tournament over the last few seasons and had a very good A-Team series against Sri Lanka last year.

The clash in Kingston is the first of a three-match series.

WI squad for first Test: Jason Holder (capt), Devendra Bishoo, Jermaine Blackwood, Kraigg Brathwaite, Roston Chase, Miguel Cummins, Shane Dowrich (wk), Shannon Gabriel, Shimron Hetmyer, Shai Hope, Alzarri Joseph, Kieran Powell, Vishaul Singh

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