Twenty-four-year-old Guyanese fast bowler Ronsford Beaton has been included in the West Indies 13-man squad for the upcoming T20 series against Afghanistan. Meanwhile, Captain Jason Holder has been rested for the series, selectors said.Beaton, a tall right-handed fast bowler has played 36 T20 matches taking 31 wickets including a best haul of 4 for 9.Chairman of selectors Courtney Browne, said Beaton’s selection was the panel’s response to a request from head coach Stuart Law.
“Our head coach, Stuart Law, has asked for someone who can add some firepower to the attack,” Brown said.“We felt that Ronsford has shown he can bowl with sustained pace in T20 cricket. We are confident he will do very well.”Meanwhile, in Holder’s absence compatriot Carlos Brathwaite will lead the team that also includes Samuel Badree, Evin Lewis, Jason Mohammed, Sunil Narine, Kieron Pollard, Rovman Powell, Marlon Samuels, Lendl Simmons, Jerome Taylor, Chadwick Walton an Kesrick Williams.
“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,” Browne said of the squad that has a blend of youth and experience.“This coupled with the vast T20 experience of some of our senior players can help us to build a very formidable unit.”Browne said the decision to rest Holder was arrived at considering a request from the player and the extended run he has endured since being named captain of the West Indies.
“Jason has been going for a while now and led the team from the front with his performances,” Browne said.“He has requested a break and after discussion with the staff, we have granted him this period to refresh himself and prepare for the upcoming ODIs against Afghanistan and India.”