Irish fans to miss out as Windies leave their Gayle-force Boss in IPL
The Ireland players may be pleased with the West Indies squad announced for next month's Tri-series in Dublin, but the spectators less so.
The self-named 'Universe Boss', Chris Gayle, is not in the 14-man squad to face Ireland and Bangladesh from May 5-17 after being given permission, along with the 10 other West Indians involved in the Indian Premier League, to stay in India. Andre Russell, Kieron Pollard, Carlos Brathwaite, Shimron Hetmyer, Alzarri Joseph and Sunil Narine are among the others missing.
Jason Holder continues as captain and forms part of what is still a formidable pace attack backed up by Shannon Gabriel, Sheldon Cottrell and Kemar Roach, who took four Ireland wickets in the World Cup qualifier in Zimbabwe last year.
There is no place, however, for Rovman Powell who scored a century in that match as Jonathan Carter returns after a two-year absence, while Test wicket-keeper Shane Dowrich is down to make his ODI debut. Shai Hope, Darren Bravo and Roston Chase are other familiar names included.
West Indies and Bangladesh will use the seven-match series - each team plays the other twice before a final between the top two - as preparation for the World Cup in England and Wales which starts on May 30.
West Indies squad: J Holder (capt), J Campbell, D Bravo, S Hope, S Cottrell, S Gabriel, K Roach, S Ambris, R Reifer, F Allen, A Nurse, R Chase, S Dowrich, J Carter.
Meanwhile, the Ireland Academy side complete their English tour today and tomorrow with 50-over games against an ECB Development XI and Gloucestershire II in Rockhampton looking to maintain their 100% record.
An eight-wicket victory over Bath CC in a 50-over match on Saturday was followed by two T20 wins on Sunday, by 67 runs defending 210-8 against Bath and five wickets against Gloucestershire II, chasing 156.
Jack Tector hit 94 not out in the Academy's 186-2 on Saturday, sharing an unbroken stand of 121 with new Muckamore signing Marcus O'Riordan (40 not out) after Jarred Barnes had taken 5-28. Stephen Doheny then hammered 90 off 43 balls (seven fours and six sixes) in the T20 game against Bath, while Neil Rock's 46 not out saw the Academy home against Gloucester.