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Uncapped pace bowler Ronsford Beaton has been drafted into the West Indies’ squad for the three-match Twenty20 series against Afghanistan next month.
Beaton, 24, has played 26 Twenty20 matches to date and has taken 31 wickets at an average of 34.90.
Meanwhile, Kieron Pollard, Sunil Narine, Lendl Simmons and Marlon Samuels, all of whom have been playing at the Indian Premier League (IPL), have been retained.
However, there was no place for Jonathan Carter, Andre Fletcher and Veerasammy Permaul, while ODI and Test captain Jason Holder was rested.
“After the T20 Series against Pakistan, we felt that it was important to keep the same group together so that the coaches can continue developing the young players,” West Indies chairman of selectors Courtney Browne said. “This coupled with the vast T20 experience of some of our senior players can help us to build a very formidable unit.
“In developing a high performance unit there is never room for complacency and our expectation is to win against a team that is ranked lower than us in the ICC rankings.”
This is the first time that the West Indies will be hosting Afghanistan for a bilateral series, but the last time these two sides clashed at the 2016 World Twenty20, Afghanistan stunned the men from the Caribbean by walking away with a six-run win.