The team selection of West Indies T20I world cup squad is not without its controversies. They have included a bowler who last played for West Indies in T20I 10 years ago. They have included a Test specialist in their squad and left out a top-quality all rounder and a belligerent lower middle-order batter who took the team to a win in the 2016 World cup in sensational fashion.
Ravi Rampal’s inclusion after 10 years is a big surprise as he has not been in the scheme of things in recent times. However, it is said that his recent stellar efforts have fetched him an international return.
Roston Chase is a test regular and has not played T20Is. However, it is said that his recent performances in CPL has helped in his selection and also the fact that his bowling can be handy in UAE.
However, the main bone of contention is the exclusion of allrounder Jason Holder and lower middle-order batter Carlos Braithwaite from the squad. Holder is an outstanding allrounder specially in test cricket but he has been a better than average success in T20Is with his tight middle-order bowling and capability to take wickets as well as lower-order batting where he can execute long hits. It is stunning that Holder is going as a reserve only.
A similar surprise was the exclusion of Carlos Braithwaite who is a match-winner. A very powerful lower middle-order batter, he is capable of changing the match within an over and two and Ben Stokes know that only too well. In the last world T20I final, West Indies needed 19 off 6 balls and Braithwaite smote Stokes for 4 mighty sixes to win with 2 balls to spare.
Therefore a player who has already done so well in the World cup, controlling his nerves and won the biggest ever cricket match he played is left out which is terribly hard to digest. Especially with the reputation, he has to win games , his omission from the T20I squad is staggering.