(CMC) Rookies Nicholas Pooran and Rovman Powell are set to make their international debuts after being named in a West Indies Twenty 20 15-man squad to face Pakistan later this month.
Both players were rewarded for stirring performances in the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) and are the only new faces in the squad, which will once again be led by emerging all-rounder Carlos Brathwaite.
However, marquee opener Chris Gayle will not feature after advising the Courtney Browne-led selection panel of his unavailability.
The veteran left-hander was included for the hastily arranged two-match series against India last month in Florida, but never played due to injury.
Opener Lendl Simmons has also been left out because of “medical reasons”, the West Indies Cricket Board said.
However, the bulk of the squad remains unchanged with the likes of star all-rounders Andre Russell, Kieron Pollard and Dwayne Bravo, along with off-spinner Sunil Narine, all named in the line-up for the three-game series from September 23-27 in Dubai.
The left-handed Pooran gathered over 200 runs for Barbados Tridents with two half-centuries – including a top score of 81 – but more notably, a strike rate of nearly 200.
Powell, meanwhile, continued to impress, playing a key role with 228 runs to help Jamaica Tallawahs win the Caribbean title. The 23-year-old right-hander, a clean and powerful striker of the ball, is also a useful seamer.
Selectors have also included fast bowler Jerome Taylor, who recently retired from Tests after the Jamaican claimed 13 wickets for St Lucia Zouks at an average of 17 and an economy rate of seven.
The three-match one-day series runs from September 30 to October 5, with the first two matches in Sharjah and the last one set for Abu Dhabi.
A three-Test series follows the limited overs tour and will run from October 13 to November 3.
T20 – Carlos Brathwaite (captain), Samuel Badree, Dwayne Bravo, Johnson Charles, Andre Fletcher, Jason Holder, Evin Lewis, Sunil Narine, Kieron Pollard, Nicholas Pooran, Rovman Powell, Andre Russell, Marlon Samuels, Jerome Taylor, Chadwick Walton.
ODI – Jason Holder (captain), Sulieman Benn, Carlos Brathwaite, Kraigg Brathwaite, Darren Bravo, Jonathan Carter, Johnson Charles, Shannon Gabriel, Alzarri Joseph, Evin Lewis, Sunil Narine, Ashley Nurse, Keiron Pollard, Denesh Ramdin, Marlon Samuels.