T&T all rounder Rayad Emrit has been called up to the West Indies' Twenty20 International squad ahead of the three match series later this month in New Zealand.
This is the first time Emrit has been called up to the T20I squad. He is one of five Trinbagonians named in the 14-man squad. The other four include Samuel Badree, Kieron Pollard, Sunil Narine, and Jason Mohammed.
Commenting on Emrit's selection, Cricket West Indies (CWI) chairman of selectors Courtney Browne said, "The selection of Emrit is to fill one of the all-rounder roles. He has always been on the fringes of selection and now gets his opportunity. He is a whole-hearted player, and has been a consistent performer in our domestic competitions and so the opportunity has now presented itself for him to join our T20I squad. "
Meanwhile, the Jamaican spinner Nikita Miller has been recalled to the One Day International (ODI) squad for the first time in two years.
The last time Miller played for the Windies was in the 2015 Cricket World Cup in New Zealand. Mohammed has retained his position as vice-captain of the team.
Browne said, "Miller has played ODI cricket previously. Along with his vast experience in our domestic competitions, we felt that he is the right fit to form a part of our ODI bowling unit at this time. With the World Cup qualifiers fast approaching, we felt that this is not the right time to introduce an inexperienced slow bowler."