Bravo ticks over leading A team

Dwayne Bravo captains West Indies A against Bangladesh A in the first four-day game between the two sides at North Sound, Antigua from Saturday. The 12-man squad for the game includes three players who are on development contracts from the West Indies Cricket Board and Andre Russell, who is on a Grade C contract.

Bravo’s inclusion in the A squad means he will not be part of the Test squad for West Indies’ tour of India, which starts with the first Test in Delhi from Sunday. He has not played for West Indies since asking for a break after the first two ODIs against India in June to work on his game. Since then he has played for Chennai Super Kings in the Champions League T20 and for Trinidad & Tobago in the ongoing Regional Super50 tournament.

Fast bowlers Shannon Gabriel and Nelon Pascal, who played two Tests last year, and wicketkeeper Devon Thomas, who has played nine ODIs for West Indies, are the three players on development contracts who have been included in the West Indies A squad for the first game against Bangladesh A. Batsman Danza Hyatt, who has been a regular member of West Indies’ limited-over squads in recent times, and legspinner Nkruma Bonner and allrounder Carlos Brathwaite, who were recently handed international debuts, are also in the A squad.

Russell has become an integral part of West Indies’ limited-overs side but has played just the solitary Test so far, against Sri Lanka in Galle last year. West Indies A will play two four-day games against Bangladesh A, two Twenty20 matches and three one-day games.

Squad: Dwayne Bravo (capt), Nkrumah Bonner, Carlos Brathwaite, Jonathan Carter, Rajindra Chandrika, Kyle Corbin, Shannon Gabriel, Nelon Pascal, Veerasammy Permaul, Danza Hyatt, Andre Russell, Devon Thomas (wk).

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