Brathwaite, Cottrell and Campbell
Carlos Brathwaite (l), Sheldon Cottrell (c) and John Campbell (AFP Photo)

Injuries have forced West Indies to make replacements in their 14-man squad for the first two England ODIs of a five-match series that starts next week from Thursday.

Opener John Campbell was been given a maiden call-up following an impressive run in the recently concluded three-match Test series against England. He has replaced opener Evin Lewis who picked up a groin injury during the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL).

Carlos Brathwaite and Sheldon Cottrell have replaced the injured pair of Rovman Powell and Keemo Paul. Brathwaite will fly down from the UAE to linkup with the squad where he was playing for Lahore Qalandars in the ongoing Pakistan Super League.

Campbell scored 176 runs in the Wisden Trophy while providing a decent start to West Indies innings alongside Kraigg Brathwaite.

According the chairman of selectors Courtney Browne, the injuries have thrown open the opportunities for few players to stake a late claim for World Cup spots.

“With our squad suffering from a few players with injuries even before a ball is bowled, an opportunity presents itself for other players to make a claim for ICC Cricket World Cup spots. After a good showing as an opener in the Test matches, John Campbell – a fearless and attacking opening batter – will replace Evin Lewis who had to be withdrawn from the squad with a groin injury,” Browne said.

He further added, “Carlos Brathwaite who last played in the ICC World Cup qualifiers and who was a replacement in the last ODI series in Bangladesh will also join the squad along with Sheldon Cottrell who last played against Bangladesh last year in the Caribbean. They will replace Rovman Powell and Keemo Paul who are also both sidelined with injuries. The panel take this opportunity to wish the injured players a speedy recovery and to wish the team success in the upcoming ODIs,” he finished.

WI squad for first two ODIs: Jason Holder (captain), Fabian Allen, Devendra Bishoo, Carlos Brathwaite, Darren Bravo, John Campbell, Sheldon Cottrell, Chris Gayle, Shimron Hetmyer, Shai Hope, Ashley Nurse, Nicholas Pooran, Kemar Roach, Oshane Thomas