ST. JOHN’S, Antigua, CMC- Big hitting allrounder Kieron Pollard has been ruled out of a West Indies squad announced yesterday to defend their World Twenty20 title starting next month.
Pollard continues to recover from a knee injury and has not been included in the 15 man squad released for the March 16 to April 6 event in Bangladesh.
Pollard who injured his knee while playing in a charity football match had said that he was hoping to recover in time to be available for the ICC World T20.
However his recovery did not prove quick enough to allow him to be considered for selection.
All 13 men named for the Twenty20s against Ireland starting today were included in the World Twenty20 squad, along with the batsman Johnson Charles and fast bowler Sheldon Cottrell,
Cottrell, 24, has played one Test against India in Kolkata last year but is yet to make his debut in either of the shorter formats for West Indies.
A left-arm fast bowler from Jamaica, he played for the Antigua Hawksbills at the Caribbean Premier League last year and collected eight wickets at 21.75 and an economy rate of 6.44.
Charles has struggled on the recent limited-overs tour of New Zealand but can be a dangerous player at the top of the order.
West Indies are the reigning World T20 champions after beating hosts Sri Lanka in the final in Colombo in October 2012.
West Indies squad Darren Sammy (capt), Samuel Badree, Dwayne Bravo, Johnson Charles, Sheldon Cottrell, Andre Fletcher, Chris Gayle, Sunil Narine, Denesh Ramdin, Ravi Rampaul, Andre Russell, Marlon Samuels, Krishmar Santokie, Lendl Simmons, Dwayne Smith.