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Uncapped trio will get stamp of approval from Chief Selector Harper

ST JOHN’S, Antigua (CMC) — Chief Selector Roger Harper says the uncapped trio of Kavem Hodge, Kyle Mayers and Shayne Moseley have the potential to make a distinction for West Indies within the longest format, following their inclusion within the 15-man Take a look at squad for the tour of Bangladesh.

Their choice got here as a shock Tuesday, following the withdrawal of six gamers from the Take a look at squad, together with long-standing captain and main all-rounder Jason Holder, attributable to what Cricket West Indies (CWI) mentioned had been “COVID-19 associated issues or private fears”.

Harper mentioned the two-Take a look at tour would function a wonderful alternative for the three gamers to make their marks.

“Kavem Hodge will probably be on his first tour with the staff. He has been round for just a few years and has made a case for himself and he now will get his probability,” Harper mentioned.

“The truth that he additionally bowls left-arm spin has actually helped his trigger.

“We even have Kyle Mayers and Shayne Moseley, who’ve each toured with the staff to England and New Zealand as reserves, being chosen within the Take a look at squad for the primary time.

“Moseley, coming off profitable ‘A Staff’ video games in New Zealand and Mayers who has carried out nicely in every of the CWI regional tournaments and in addition the CPL [Caribbean Priemier League], over the past 12 months.”

Hodge, a 27-year-old Dominican, boasts a modest file, with three tons of in 40 first-class video games at a mean of simply 28, whereas taking 44 wickets.

Within the final four-day season, nevertheless, he scored 454 runs at a mean of almost 38, with 100 for Windward Islands Volcanoes.

“He is been knocking on the door for fairly some time, and that is his alternative,” Harper continued.

“I feel he had a really first rate regional four-day championship earlier this 12 months. His left-arm spin may be a plus for the staff as nicely, particularly with somebody like Roston Chase lacking. That might be a bonus [for us].

“Alternatives like this come for a motive so that is his probability to point out what he can do on the highest degree.”

Mayers, in the meantime, flourished over the past 12 months in first-class cricket, plundering 654 runs at a mean of fifty, with two tons of within the four-day event for Barbados Satisfaction.

An ultra-attacking left-hander, the 28-year-old made his debut for West Indies within the Twenty20 Worldwide collection towards New Zealand final month with little fanfare.

He additionally didn’t impress in two four-day “Exams” towards New Zealand A earlier this month.

Moseley, 26, was one to shine towards New Zealand A, hitting 100 and a 50 within the second “Take a look at” in Nelson, to again up 490 runs at a mean of 35 for Satisfaction over the past first-class season.

Harper mentioned whereas the trio had been inexperienced, like a number of included within the one-day squad, he anticipated to see a excessive degree of pleasure in performances.

“I anticipate our gamers to play with goal, with ardour and with the will to show that they belong at this degree. We look ahead to that with an ideal sense of pleasure and anticipation,” Harper pressured.

West Indies arrive in Bangladesh on January 10 and can play two Exams — the primary in Chattogram from February 3-7 and the second beginning 4 days later in Dhaka.

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