Windies under scrutiny

The West Indies squad has gathered in Johannesburg for a three-Test series in South Africa series in its first international competition since its premature ending of its tour of India in October.

The Windies will also be playing three Twenty20 matches and five one-day internationals.

Left-arm seam bowler Sheldon Cottrell joins the squad next week after playing for Jamaica in the West Indies Cricket Board Professional Cricket League.

The tour, which was shrouded in doubt following the controversial decision by players to abandon the one-day tour of India, is a formidable challenge for West Indies against the world No. 1-ranked Proteas.

The 15-man Windies squad includes seven of those players who walked off the tour, and team chemistry will be monitored after the recent fractious developments.

There had been speculation ahead of the squad’s selection that those players involved in the abandonment would be sacked.

However, in announcing the squad, chief selector Clive Lloyd reiterated the selectors’ commitment to always choose the best team available.

The first Test between the West Indies and South Africa starts on Dec. 17 at Centurion.

Squad: Denesh Ramdin (captain), Sulieman Benn, Jermaine Blackwood, Kraigg Brathwaite, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Sheldon Cottrell, Assad Fudadin, Shannon Gabriel, Christopher Gayle, Jason Holder, Leon Johnson, Kemar Roach, Marlon Samuels, Jerome Taylor, Chadwick Walton.

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