CWI announced on Friday that Kieron Pollard, the West Indies’ white-ball skipper, would return to the team for the next series against Ireland and England. After failing to recuperate from a hamstring injury sustained during the Twenty20 World Cup, Pollard was ruled out of the side’s visit to Pakistan this month. Following COVID-19 instances in the West Indies camp, the visit was cut short. West Indies will play Ireland in three one-day internationals beginning on January 8 in Jamaica, as well as a one-off Twenty20 encounter on January 16, before heading to Barbados for five T20 matches from January 22 to 30.

“We attempted to keep the overall make-up of the teams from the Pakistan trip before Christmas,” said head coach Phil Simmons, “with the captain and several older players coming back in. COVID-19 was also a factor in the squad’s ultimate composition. In the next months, the task will be to encourage the young players in both teams to not only develop their talents but also retain the same attitude and passion that they shown in Pakistan.”

All-rounder Fabian Allen has recovered from an ankle injury but will miss the Ireland series after testing positive for COVID-19, according to the board. Sheldon Cottrell, all-rounder Roston Chase, and fast bowler Sheldon Cottrell were all included in the sides to play Ireland and England, despite missing the Pakistan trip due to COVID-19.