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The West Indies have opted against making any changes to their ODI squad for the first two matches against India.
Despite being held to a surprising 1-1 draw against Afghanistan earlier this month, the West Indies decided to retain the same side rather than continue experimenting.
Pace bowler Shannon Gabriel is still unfit to play due to the side strain he suffered in the second ODI against Afghanistan.
The five-match ODI series against India is likely to be the West Indies’ last chance to rise up the rankings and automatically qualify for the 2019 World Cup.
Only the top eight teams will automatically qualify and if the West Indies continue to sit in their current position of ninth, they will have to take part in a qualification tournament, where the top two sides will advance to the World Cup.
While the West Indies clashed with Afghanistan, India were involved in the Champions Trophy, where they made it to final before losing to Pakistan by 180 runs.
The West Indies’ limited overs series against India will consist of five ODIs and a one-off Twenty20 International, and will get underway on Friday in Trinidad.
West Indies squad for first two ODIs: Jason Holder (capt), Devendra Bishoo, Jonathan Carter, Roston Chase, Miguel Cummins, Shai Hope (wk), Alzarri Joseph, Evin Lewis, Jason Mohammad, Ashley Nurse, Kieran Powell, Rovman Powell, Kesrick Williams