Vastavam web: West Indies have called up uncapped spin-bowling all-rounder Rahkeem Cornwall for the two tests against India later this month but paceman Alzarri Joseph will miss the series with injury.
Cornwall’s impressive record for Leeward Islands Hurricanes and the West Indies ‘A’ team earned him his maiden call-up with Robert Haynes, head of interim selection panel, saying they had high hopes from the 26-year-old.
“Rahkeem has been performing consistently over a long period of time and has proven to be a match-winner, so we believe his elevation to the test squad is merited at this time,” Haynes said in a statement.
“He can also lend a bit of depth to the batting, so we are looking forward to him coming into the squad and making a valuable contribution.”
Joseph was allowed to recover from an arm injury sustained during the Indian Premier League earlier this year.
“Alzarri is undergoing remedial work and we are monitoring his recovery, but we do not think he is ready yet to last five days of a gruelling test match,” Haynes said. “He represents a key part of West Indies future and we do not want to rush him back. We have two important series coming up later in the year in India and we want to be very careful how his recovery is managed.”
The Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Ground in Cornwall’s native Antigua hosts the first test from Aug. 22 while the second test is scheduled at Jamaica’s Sabina Park from Aug. 30.