Cricket West Indies (CWI), on Friday, announced their 14-member squad for the upcoming ODI series against New Zealand, starting August 17 at Kensington Oval in Bridgetown, Barbados. All three games will be played in Barbados under lights.

With win in the 50-overs leg, West Indies will be hoping to boost their chances of direct qualification for the 2023 World Cup.

Kevin Sinclair has earned his ODI call-up. The Guyanese all-rounder has played six T20Is but is yet to make his ODI debut. Further, the hosts have also named left-arm spinner Gudakesh Motie in the squad. However, he will have to undergo a fitness test on his finger.

“As we stated before, we are looking to broaden the pool of players, and we have decided to give Sinclair an opportunity in the CG United ODI Series against New Zealand,” said lead selector Desmond Haynes in a statement.

“He has been in the system for a while and was also in the ‘A Team’ to play against Bangladesh ‘A’ in the upcoming series. We believe with his calm approach and skills, he will do well in the matches against New Zealand. New Zealand is a very good cricketing nation, and this will be a very competitive series. We have confidence in the players selected that they will do very well. This is the last series of the international season at home, and it would be good to end with some solid performances as we continue to build towards the ICC World Cup in India next year,” he added.

West Indies squad for New Zealand ODIs:

Nicholas Pooran (captain), Shai Hope (vice-captain), Shamarh Brooks, Keacy Carty, Shimron Hetmyer, Jason Holder, Akeal Hosein, Alzarri Joseph, Brandon King, Kyle Mayers, Gudakesh Motie (subject to fitness), Keemo Paul, Jayden Seales, Kevin Sinclair.

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