Blackwood included in Sabina Test squad

Blackwood included in Sabina Test squad

Blackwood included in Sabina Test squad

The Selection Panel of the West Indies Cricket Board meanwhile yesterday named a 13-member squad for the first Test against Pakistan which will be an historic 50th to be played at Sabina Park in Kingston, Jamaica.

Powell followed up his first innings score of 58 with an unbeaten 84 as the President's XI reached 152 for two in their second innings when stumps were drawn about half-hour after tea on the final day of the three-day contest at the Trelawny Multiplex.

With some fresh faces in the squad, the West Indies chose to drop Marlon Samuels, Darren Bravo, Leon Johnson, Carlos Brathwaite and Jomel Warrican.

Pacer Shannon Gabriel is the lone TT national in the squad which comprises 6 players from Barbados in Jason Holder (Captain), Kraigg Braithwaite, Roston Chase, Miguel Cummins, Shai Hope and Shane Dowrich, three from Guyana in Devendra Bishoo, Vishal Singh and Shimron Hetmyer, one Hamaican Jermaine Blackwood, Antiguan Alzarri Joseph and Nevisian Kieran Powell.

Hetmyer too, batting with the knowledge that he has been selected for the first Test, played his strokes before he was caught at short leg for 22 off Yasir on the stroke of the tea with the President's XI 110 for two at tea.

Singh was noted to be a consistent batsman in the Regional Four-day tournament. However, he was the third-highest scorer in the 2015-16 season with 712 runs at 50.85 and three centuries.

The West Indies President's XI opted to bat again, though, and Powell made another half-century as the match ended in a draw.

Hetmyer, 20, captained West Indies to the 2016 Under-19 World Cup title in Bangladesh past year and had a promising campaign for Guyana in the four-day competition, scoring 496 runs at 38.15 including four half-centuries in 15 innings.

"Shimron has shown a lot of maturity during this season of regional games and also within our "A" team, ' they said in a release". "His hundred over the weekend for the WICB President's XI against the Pakistanis helped to fortify in our minds that he has a place in our squad".

3rd Test: May 10-14: West Indies v Pakistan at Windsor Park, Roseau. He is now at the IPL and West Indies coach Stuart Law said he had been left out of the ODI squad ahead of the Test series to work on improving his fitness and bowling.

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