Shakera Selman returns to the West Indies squad for the T20I series against India. © Getty Images

West Indies have named a strong 14-member squad for the T20I series against India with Shakera Selman making a comeback having successfully recovered from injury. The announcement was made on Wednesday (November 6) evening, during the third and final ODI between India and West Indies at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in Antigua.

Aside from Selman, Chinelle Henry, the fast bowling allrounder, also returns to the team having been ruled out of the second and third ODIs due to concussion. One notable absentee from the squad is Britney Cooper, who continues to be sidelined after sustaining a bruised shin during practice ahead of the ODIs. Shawnisha Hector and Caneisha Isaac, who earned their maiden call-ups to the ODI squad for the series against India, have been left out for the T20Is.

“Following the ODI series, the majority of the squad has been retained,” said Ann Browne-John, West Indies’ women’s selector. “Chinelle Henry will hopefully be fit and ready to go again after being sidelined through concussion after the first ODI.”

Having lost the ODI series 2-1, West Indies will go into the five-match T20I series with much to prove. It is well known that the shorter format is their strong suit, so the hosts will be hoping to make a better account of themselves through the course of the series.

The return of Selman augurs well for West Indies. The right-arm medium pacer comes with the experience of 74 T20Is and great skill with the new ball. She last featured in the series against Ireland in 2019. Easily one of West Indies’ best fast bowlers, Selman will be expected to take wickets up front with the new ball. During her stint in the Women’s T20 Challenge in Jaipur she showcased her ability to swing the ball prodigiously under lights, troubling the very best batters around the world consistently.

“Shakera Selman will bring her experience to this team to add more firepower to the bowling attack. The team has always had good performances in T20 matches and this series is vital preparation for the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup.”

West Indies last played a T20I series against Australia in September where they were comprehensively whitewashed. They will come up against a rampaging Indian team led by Hrmanpreet Kaur, who thrashed South Africa 3-1 at home.

The T20I series starts in St. Lucia on Saturday (9 November) and moves to Guyana for the third T20I on Thursday (November 14), before finishing on 20 November.

Squad: Stafanie Taylor (c), Anisa Mohammed (vc), Aaliyah Alleyne, Afy Fletcher, Shakera Selman, Hayley Matthews, Chedean Nation, Chinelle Henry, Stacy-Ann King, Kyshona Knight, Natasha McLean, Shabika Gajnabi, Shermaine Campbelle, Sheneta Grimmond.

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