Keemo Paul retained as Shimron Hetmyer makes a comeback to Windies squad

Keemo Paul retained as Shimron Hetmyer makes a comeback to Windies squad

Both Hetmyer and Paul will be a part of the Windies side for the upcoming series against Bangladesh.

Keemo Paul. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Young West Indies all-rounder Keemo Paul was called up to the side after Shimron Hetmyer suffered flu following the conclusion of the Sri Lanka series. However, with Hetmyer now up and running, the selection committee was left with a rather tough choice to make between the two youngsters who are quite clearly in decent form.

In somewhat of a surprise, both players have been retained for the upcoming series against Bangladesh as the Windies aim to re-stake their claim in Test cricket. The recent 1-1 draw against the Lankans has been viewed by many as almost a victory since the Windies are ranked 9th while the Lankans are placed at 6th. In the context of the upcoming series, Bangladesh is ranked 8th and the hosts will certainly be hoping to make amends following the previous series.

Commend the efforts of the team against Sri Lanka

The West Indies selection panel released a statement where they sounded a rather massive warning for the batsmen of the side. In addition, they went on to praise Shannon Gabriel, Shane Dowrich and skipper Jason Holder for their performances.

“(The Selection Panel) Expects to see a greater effort from the top 5 batters and see them return to the focus and discipline we know they are capable of in the upcoming series against Bangladesh. After some very competitive cricket against ICC 6th ranked Sri Lanka that ended in a one-all draw. We congratulate the team on a drawn series but recognized that victory was within our reach. The Selection panel also acknowledges and commend the strong performances of captain Jason Holder, Shannon Gabriel, and the man of the series Shane Dowrich.”

Squad: Jason Holder (c), Devendra Bishoo, Kraigg Brathwaite, Roston Chase, Miguel Cummins, Shane Dowrich (wk), Shannon Gabriel, Shimron Hetmyer, Shai Hope, Keemo Paul, Kieran Powell, Kemar Roach, Devon Smith

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