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Pollard, Bravo left out of Windies World Cup squad

The West Indies selectors have excluded experienced campaigners Dwayne Bravo and Kieron Pollard from the side’s squad for the 2015 cricket World Cup, sticking with the controversial decision that saw both players also dumped for the ongoing South Africa series.

Both all-rounders, with 255 One-Day Internationals (ODI) between them, were the notable omissions from the 15-man squad announced Saturday by the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB), reports CMC.

The squad will be led by rookie seamer Jason Holder, who was also named the skipper for the five-match series against South Africa, with selectors making the surprising move to appoint Marlon Samuels as vice-captain.

Ace off-spinner Sunil Narine has been recalled to the squad along with fellow Trinidadian Darren Bravo, who recently pulled out of the South Africa tour to deal with personal matters.

“I believe we have selected a very good team which will do the West Indies proud at the World Cup. We have a good mixture of some good, seasoned players and some good, youngsters who will fly the West Indies flag in Australia and New Zealand,” chief selector Clive Lloyd said Saturday.

“If they play to their potential, I am quite sure we will do very well. I have really high hopes in this team – I believe they can do something special. We have the talent and if we can play to our potential, we have a very good chance of lifting that trophy.”

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