West Indies name 15-member squad for Sri Lanka Tests; uncapped Jeremy Solozano called up

Uncapped Jeremy Solozano has been called up to the West Indies’ 15-man team for the two-match Test series against Sri Lanka on Thursday, November 4. The 26-year-old has scored over 2,000 runs in 40 first-class and 10 List A matches, with three tonnes and eight half-centuries. Since representing the Caribbean side in the 2014 U19 World Cup, the left-hander has progressed up the ranks, having previously played for West Indies A. Solozano, a Trinidadian, recently scored a 216-ball 74 in one of Antigua’s two intra-squad “Best vs Best” tournaments.

“The Best against Best bouts allowed the participants to spend time in the centre sharpening their skills in preparation for the trip. It was fantastic to see the batsmen spending time at the crease while putting some scores together, and the bowlers looking to build pressure and generate wicket-taking opportunities. Jeremy had a successful season with the West Indies ‘A’ Team in 2019 (against India ‘A’), and in the Best v Best matches, he showed a sense of application, patience, and calmness, while looking very comfortable against both pace and spin, which prompted the panel to invest in him at this time.” Harper went on to say.

Meanwhile, Rahkeem Cornwall, who didn’t have a chance against Pakistan in the Test series, has made the cut. Shannon Gabriel was forced to miss the series against Pakistan due to a hamstring injury, but he has since returned to the national team. Alzarri Joseph, a fast bowler, and Kieran Powell, a top-order hitter, have been left out of the squad. Powell had previously played against South Africa in June, when Nkrumah Bonner sustained a concussion. The two-match Test series begins on Sunday, November 21 at the Galle International Stadium, with both games taking place there.

West Indies Squad

Kraigg Brathwaite (C), Jermaine Blackwood (VC), Nkrumah Bonner, Roston Chase, Rahkeem Cornwall, Joshua Da Silva, Shannon Gabriel, Jason Holder, Shai Hope, Kyle Mayers, Veerasammy Permaul, Kemar Roach, Jayden Seales, Jeremy Solozano, Jomel Warrican.