Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Ramnaresh Sarwan have been named in a 13-man West Indies squad for the first Test against Pakistan, which gets underway in Guyana on Thursday.
The two batsmen were left out of the one-day squad for the recent five-match series, which the hosts lost 3-2, but have been included despite Chanderpaul having a very public spat with West Indies Cricket Board chief Ernest Hilaire.
Also returning to the fray are Marlon Samuels and Fidel Edwards. The former has not played a Test in over three years having served a ban for an alleged involvement with illegal bookmakers, while fast bowler Edwards has not played for his country for two years due to a recurring back injury.
Meanwhile legspinner Devendra Bishoo is in line for a Test debut after impressing at the World Cup and also in the one-day series.
Bishoo was the leading wicket-taker in the ODI series, claiming 11 victims at an average of 17.18, and his inclusion leaves no space for Sulieman Benn – West Indies’ regular spinner for the past two years.
Of the 15 players chosen for a practice game earlier this week, opener Kraigg Brathwaite and allrounder Andre Russell are the men to miss out on the Test squad.
That leaves Lendl Simmons, who struck four half-centuries in the five one-dayers, as the most likely candidate to open the batting alongside Devon Smith.
Simmons’ only three Tests to date came against England back in early 2009, when he managed just 87 runs in six innings.
West Indies squad: Darren Sammy (capt), Brendan Nash (vice-capt) Devendra Bishoo, Carlton Baugh Jr (wkt), Darren Bravo, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Fidel Edwards, Ravi Rampaul, Kemar Roach, Marlon Samuels, Ramnaresh Sarwan, Lendl Simmons, Devon Smith. Cricket365