Windies all-rounder returns to the ODI team for the Bangladesh series

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Windies all-rounder Andre Russell returns to the ODI squad for the ODI series against Bangladesh. The 3-match ODI series against Bangladesh will start from 22nd July in Guyana. Andre Russell played his last ODI way back in November 2015.

Andre Russell has played only one ODI since the 2015 World Cup, against Sri Lanka in Colombo. He suffered a leg injury during the series. He was suspended for a year from January 2017 to 2018 for violating the World Anti-Doping Agency’s guidelines, charged with a failure to file his whereabouts three times a year, which amounts to a failed dope test.

Windies all-rounder Andre Russell is included in the ODI squad for the Bangladesh series. (image source: via Getty)

Great to have Russell back in the team, says Windies head coach

As per reports in Cricbuzz, Windies head coach Stuart Law is excited by the arrival of the all-rounder Andre Russell. “This is the start of our prep for 2019 CWC. Opportunities for players to stake a claim to be included in the squad. Great to have Dre Russ (Andre Russell) back as well. His explosive power and energy will breathe life into an already motivated squad”, says Windies head coach Stuart Law.

Chairman of selectors Courtney Browne has confirmed that in order to manage his workload, Kemar Roach was rested for the series. “As we continue to prepare, there are only 16 ODIs leading up to the tournament. The panel will focus on giving opportunities from time to time to players that we believe can add value to the ODI team”, says Chairman of selectors Courtney Browne.

Kieran Powell and Alzarri Joseph are also part of the 13-member squad. Surprisingly, Carlos Brathwaite, who is a regular for the ODI team, has also been left out. Other players such as Marlon Samuels, Nikita Miller, Sheldon Cottrell and Kesrick Williams, who had featured in the squad for the World Cup Qualifiers, are also not included in the squad.

Windies ODI squad:

Jason Holder (c), Devendra Bishoo, Chris Gayle, Shimron Hetmyer, Shai Hope (wk), Alzarri Joseph, Evin Lewis, Jason Mohammed, Ashley Nurse, Keemo Paul, Kieran Powell, Rovman Powell, Andre Russell