The pair of Sunil Narine and Kieron Pollard are part of a 14-member West Indies squad for the first two T20Is versus India in Florida next month.

For the two games at Lauderhill – before the series shifts to the Caribbean – the allrounder Andre Russell has also been named, but his participation is subject to a fitness test. Chris Gayle will not feature in the series, having decided to play in season two of Canada’s Global T20 League.

Narine, who has not played a T20I since September 2017, has been recalled after he took 10 wickets for Kolkata Knight Riders in IPL 2019. He was not picked in West Indies’ World Cup squad, at which time he vowed to make a comeback to international cricket.

Pollard has been absent from the ODI team for over two years, and makes sporadic appearances in T20Is for West Indies. His last match came in November 2018 against India.

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Earning a maiden call-up is the wicketkeeper-batsman Anthony Bramble, while John Campbell and Khary Pierre also featured.

Wicketkeeper-batsman Anthony Bramble, who has played 12 T20 games and 46 List A games, has earned a maiden call-up to the side that also includes Khary Pierre and John Campbell.

Speaking on the squad announcement, Cricket West Indies’ interim chairman of selectors Robert Haynes said: “This squad is an excellent balance of experience and youth. It’s not just about the present but we are also looking at the T20 World Cup coming up next year and it is important that we find the right combination of players and the right formula for defending our title. We have to make sure that we put certain things in place now so that when it comes to picking the squad for the T20 World Cup, it becomes easier, so we are giving more players the opportunity to play and get the exposure.

“We felt that players like Narine and Pollard, who have played well in T20 leagues around the world, once they are fit and mentally ready to play, we must give them the opportunity to represent the West Indies again.”

Bramble, 28, has been called up for the first time and will serve as understudy to Nicholas Pooran. He has not played an official T20 match in over three years, but led West Indies B at the 2018 Canada GLT20 and was part of Guyana Amazon Warriors’ squad in the Caribbean Premier League.

Bramble averages 21.33 from 46 List A matches and 8.75 from 10 T20 innings.

“We have been following his performances in regional competitions over the years and it cannot be forgotten that he led the West Indies ‘B’ Team to the GT20 in Canada, and that team did well to reach the Final,” said Haynes of Bramble. “We figured that though Nicholas Pooran will be the first-choice wicketkeeper, we needed to have someone to deputise in case something unexpected happens and he is a perfect choice. He is 27 and has a lot of ambition, and we saw his character come out the way he batted whenever Guyana Jaguars were in problems in the West Indies Championship and Super50 Cup, so we know he is capable of getting the job done.”

The India vs West Indies series starts with two T20Is in Florida on August 3 and 4 and then moves to the Caribbean for the final T20I on August 6, followed by ODIs on August 8, 11 and 14. Then the teams play two Test matches, from August 22 at North Sound and August 30 in Jamaica.

West Indies squad for first two T20Is: John Campbell, Evin Lewis, Shimron Hetmyer, Nicolas Pooran (wk), Kieron Pollard, Rovman Powell, Carlos Brathwaite (capt), Keemo Paul, Sunil Narine, Sheldon Cottrell, Oshane Thomas, Anthony Bramble, Andre Russell, Khary Pierre.