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Saturday, December 10, 2022

Thomas among 3 uncapped players in West Indies Test squad

scheduled tribe. JOHNS, Antigua ( Associated Press) — Uncapped Devon Thomas, Gudakesh Moti and Anderson Phillip have been named in the 12-player West Indies squad for the first Test against Bangladesh, starting June 16.

Wicketkeeper-batsman Thomas has played 21 One Day Internationals and four Twenty20 Internationals for the West Indies. Left-arm spinner Moti has played one T20 International and pacer Philip has been included in the squad for the one-day series starting Wednesday in Pakistan.

Phillip was in the West Indies squad during the recent Test series win over England but was not included in the starting XI. He is one of three players to be included in the Test squad on the tour of West Indies in Pakistan this week.

31-year-old all-rounder Ramon Reifer, who played a Test against New Zealand in 2017, was also included in the squad and veteran pacer Kemar Roach will be added when he recovers from an injury sustained in county cricket.

West Indies chief selector Desmond Haynes said, “Devon Thomas has been knocking on the door for a long time.” “He has done extremely well in our franchise cricket system and we see this as a good opportunity to give him a chance,” he added.

Haynes said Reefer had an impressive performance in the domestic four-day competition as well.

“Then, we are giving opportunities to those who are performing,” he said. “We think Gudakesh Moti is one of those guys who is bowling well too, and we think this would be a good opportunity for him to join in.”

Former captain Jason Holder has been rested for the Tests against Bangladesh to be held in Antigua from June 16-20 and in Jamaica from June 24-28.

Bangladesh’s tour of the Caribbean will also include T20Is in Dominica on July 2 and 3, Guyana on July 7 and ODIs in Guyana on July 10, 13 and 16.

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West Indies Squad: Craig Brathwaite (Captain), Jermaine Blackwood, Nkrumah Bonner, John Campbell, Joshua Da Silva, Alzarri Joseph, Kyle Meyers, Gudakesh Moti, Anderson Phillip, Ramon Reifer, Jaden Seals, Devon Thomas.

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