Jamaica: The 2019 World Cup is less than a year away and every team is preparing for the showpiece event. Every step taken and every move made hereon will be done with an eye on winning the title in the 50-over format.
Keeping this in mind, West Indies have recalled all-rounder Andre Russell to the ODI team for the series against Bangladesh. Russell last played an ODI in November 2015.
Head coach Stuart Law has made it clear that the Bangladesh series will be the start of preparations for the World Cup. “This is the start of our prep for 2019 CWC. Opportunities for players to stake a claim to be included in the squad. Great to have Dre Russ back as well. His explosive power and energy will breathe life into an already motivated squad,” he said.
Chairman of selectors Courtney Browne said that the 16 ODIs leading to the showpiece event would give players an opportunity to showcase their talent ahead of the biggest challenge in the 50-over format.
Squad: Jason Holder (c), Chris Gayle, Evin Lewis, Jason Mohammed, Shimron Hetmyer, Shai Hope (wk), Andre Russell, Alzarri Joseph, Ashley Nurse, Keemo Paul, Kieran Powell, Rovman Powell, Devendra Bishoo