Campbell, Bravo, Pollard among Windies reserves for Cricket World Cup
New West Indies recruit Jamaican John Campbell.
New West Indies recruit Jamaican John Campbell is among 10 reserve players called up for the ICC Cricket World Cup in England and Wales from May 30 to July 14.
Campbell's call up came 13 days after the 25-year-old and Shai Hope broke the world record for the highest partnership for the first wicket in One-Day Internationals (ODIs) when they put on 365 against Ireland at Dublin.
Campbell scored 179 (137 balls, 15 fours, and six sixes) while Hope scored 170 (152 balls, 22 fours, and two sixes). The pair were finally separated in the 48th over when Campbell was dismissed by Barry McCarthy. West Indies posted 381 for 3.
Campbell made his ODI debut for the West Indies against England on February 20, 2019
Also listed among the reserves are the Trinidadian pair of Dwayne Bravo and Kieron Pollard.
Pollard last played an ODI back in 2016 against Pakistan in the UAE and featured for the Windies last in November 2018 against India in the T20I series. Pollard was part of the title-winning Mumbai Indians side recently and played a couple of game-changing knocks including that of in the final.
The 35-year-old Bravo is among the reserves despite retiring from international cricket last October but is playing in T20 leagues around the world.
Bravo, one of the premier short-format all-rounders in the game quit international cricket after playing 40 Tests, 164 ODIs and 66 Twenty20 Internationals. He hasn't played for West Indies in any format since September 2016 and hasn't played an ODI since October 2014.
The 10 reserve players for the ICC Cricket World Cup are as follows:
Sunil Ambris, Dwayne Bravo, John Campbell, Jonathan Carter, Roston Chase, Shane Dowrich, Keemo Paul, Khary Pierre, Raymon Reifer, Kieron Pollard.
Addressing the reserve players, the Interim Chairman of Selectors, Robert Haynes commented: “The choice of players in the reserve list is to really cover our bases and ensure we have a good balance in the pool of players that can be selected if replacements are required. We think the skill set in this pool is strong with a good blend of experience and upcoming young players who can be ready to contribute when required.”
Meanwhile, West Indies will continue their preparations for the Cricket World Cup with a training camp in Southampton, England from May 19 to 23.
The four-day camp, involving the entire 15-man squad for the marquee tournament, will include an additional warm-up fixture against Australia, which will be played on May 22 at the Ageas Bowl, the home of Hampshire County Cricket Club.
The original West Indies schedule was based in Bristol from May 23, with two official ICC Cricket World Cup warm-up matches on May 26 against South Africa and on May 28 versus New Zealand. The West Indies opening ICC Cricket World Cup match is against Pakistan May 31 at Trent Bridge.
Two of the reserve players, batsman Ambris and all-rounder Reifer have been called up as cover for the camp in Southampton. They were part of the just-concluded Tri-Nation ODI Series in Ireland. Ambris is available as cover for Evin Lewis, who has recently recovered from a viral infection and Reifer will cover for the bowling group as part of workload management.
According to the CEO Johnny Grave, the idea behind the training camp and playing an extra warm-up game is to give the World Cup squad more preparation time in English conditions and game time together, especially as seven members of the squad missed the Tri-Series in Ireland due to the IPL.
Grave said: “We are very grateful to Hampshire CCC for agreeing to host us at the Ageas Bowl and to Cricket Australia for agreeing on the additional warm-up game.
"Due to the commitments and promises made, to both our players and the BCCI, this is the first time that our entire World Cup squad can get together since the IPL finished. We are confident that these additional five days of training and the extra warm-up game will mean that our players will be ready to perform at their best in our opening match against Pakistan on the 31st May.”
West Indies 15-man World Cup squad: Jason Holder (captain), Andre Russell, Ashley Nurse, Carlos Brathwaite, Chris Gayle, Darren Bravo, Evin Lewis, Fabian Allen, Kemar Roach, Nicholas Pooran, Oshane Thomas, Shai Hope, Shannon Gabriel, Sheldon Cottrell, Shimron Hetmyer
SCHEDULE FOR TRAINING CAMP
Sunday, May 19: training at Ageas Bowl – 1pm
Monday, May 20: training at Ageas Bowl – 10am
Tuesday, May 21: training at Ageas Bowl – 1pm
Wednesday, May 22: warm-up vs Australia at Ageas Bowl – 10:30am
SCHEDULE FOR ICC CRICKET WORLD CUP
Match 1: 30 May: England vs South Africa @ Kennington Oval, London 3:00 PM IST
Match 2: 31 May: Windies vs Pakistan @ Trent Bridge, Nottingham 3:00 PM IST
Match 3: 01 June: New Zealand vs Sri Lanka @ Sophia Gardens, Cardiff 3:00 PM IST
Match 4: 01 June: Afghanistan vs Australia in Bristol @ County Ground, Bristol 6:00 PM IST
Match 5: 02 June: South Africa vs Bangladesh @ Kennington Oval, London 3:00 PM IST
Match 6: 03 June: England vs Pakistan @ Trent Bridge, Nottingham 3:00 PM IST
Match 7: 04 June: Afghanistan vs Sri Lanka @ Sophia Gardens, Cardiff 3:00 PM IST
Match 8: 05 June: South Africa vs India @ The Rose Bowl, Southampton 3:00 PM IST
Match 9: 05 June: Bangladesh vs New Zealand @ Kennington Oval, London 6:00 PM IST
Match 10: 06 June: Australia vs Windies @ Trent Bridge, Nottingham 3:00 PM IST
Match 11: 07 June: Pakistan vs Sri Lanka @ County Ground, Bristol 3:00 PM IST
Match 12: 08 June: England vs Bangladesh @ Sophia Gardens, Cardiff 3:00 PM IST
Match 13: 08 June: Afghanistan vs New Zealand @ The Cooper Associates County Ground, Taunton 6:00 PM IST
Match 14: 09 June: India vs Australia @ Kennington Oval, London 3:00 PM IST
Match 14: 10 June: South Africa vs Windies @ The Rose Bowl, Southampton 3:00 PM IST
Match 15: 11 June: Bangladesh vs Sri Lanka @ County Ground, Bristol 3:00 PM IST
Match 16: 12 June: Australia vs Pakistan @ The Cooper Associates County Ground, Taunton 3:00 PM IST Match 17: 13 June: India vs New Zealand @ Trent Bridge, Nottingham 3:00 PM IST
Match 18: 14 June: England vs Windies @ The Rose Bowl, Southampton 3:00 PM IST
Match 19: 15 June: Sri Lanka vs Australia @ Kennington Oval, London 3:00 PM IST
Match 20: 15 June: South Africa vs Afghanistan @ Sophia Gardens, Cardiff 6:00 PM IST
Match 21: 16 June: India vs Pakistan @ Old Trafford, Manchester 3:00 PM IST
Match 22: 17 June: Windies vs Bangladesh @ The Cooper Associates County Ground, Taunton 3:00 PM IST
Match 23: 18 June: England vs Afghanistan @ Old Trafford, Manchester 3:00 PM IST
Match 24: 19 June: New Zealand vs South Africa @ Edgbaston, Birmingham 3:00 PM IST
Match 25: 20 June: Australia vs Bangladesh @ Trent Bridge, Nottingham 3:00 PM IST
Match 26: 21 June: England vs Sri Lanka @ Headingley, Leeds 3:00 PM IST
Match 27: 22 June: India vs Afghanistan @ The Rose Bowl, Southampton 3:00 PM IST
Match 28: 22 June: Windies vs New Zealand @ Old Trafford, Manchester 6:00 PM IST
Match 29: 23 June: Pakistan vs South Africa @ Lord's, London 3:00 PM IST
Match 30: 24 June: Bangladesh vs Afghanistan @ The Rose Bowl, Southampton 3:00 PM IST
Match 31: 25 June: England vs Australia @ Lord's, London 3:00 PM IST
Match 32: 26 June: New Zealand vs Pakistan @ Edgbaston, Birmingham 3:00 PM IST
Match 33: 27 June: Windies vs India @ Old Trafford, Manchester 3:00 PM IST
Match 34: 28 June: Sri Lanka vs South Africa @ Riverside Ground, Chester-le-Street 3:00 PM IST
Match 35: 29 June: Pakistan vs Afghanistan @ Headingley, Leeds 3:00 PM IST
Match 36: 29 June: New Zealand vs Australia @ Lord's, London 6:00 PM IST
Match 37: 30 June: England vs India @ Edgbaston, Birmingham 3:00 PM IST
Match 38: 01 July: Sri Lanka vs Windies @ Riverside Ground, Chester-le-Street 3:00 PM IST
Match 39: 02 July: Bangladesh vs India @ Edgbaston, Birmingham 3:00 PM IST
Match 40: 03 July: England vs New Zealand @ Riverside Ground, Chester-le-Street 3:00 PM IST
Match 41: 04 July: Afghanistan vs Windies @ Headingley, Leeds 3:00 PM IST
Match 42: 05 July: Pakistan vs Bangladesh @ Lord's, London 3:00 PM IST
Match 43: 06 July: Sri Lanka vs India @ Headingley, Leeds 3:00 PM IST
Match 44: 06 July: Australia vs South Africa @ Old Trafford, Manchester 6:00 PM IST
Match 45: 09 July: 1st Semi-Final (1 v 4) @ Old Trafford, Manchester 3:00 PM IST
Reserve Day - July 10
Match 46: 11 July: 2nd Semi-Final (2 v 3) @ Edgbaston, Birmingham 3:00 PM IST
Reserve Day - July 12
Match 47: 14 July: FINAL @ Lord's, London 3:00 PM IST
Reserve Day - July 15