Nikita Miller comes in as replacement; Dwayne Bravo to lead the side
Regular West Indies T20I captain Darren Sammy has been ruled out of selection due to a hamstring injury he sustained prior to the start of the third One-day International against the New Zealanders on Boxing Day in Queenstown.
“Darren is undergoing treatment and should be fit to return to playing duties in time for the Regional Super50 Tournament which starts later this month in Trinidad,” said West Indies team physiotherapist C.J. Clark.
Sammy will not return home immediately, but will remain in New Zealand to continue his rehabilitation under the direction of Clark.
His place in the squad will be filled by left-arm spinner Nikita Miller and ODI captain Dwayne Bravo will lead the side in his absence.
The joining T20I players – Samuel Badree, Andre Fletcher and Andre Russell – arrived in New Zealand on Monday.
Russell will be considered for selection for the final ODI against the Black Caps on Wednesday at Seddon Park here.
Neither Chris Gayle nor Kieron Pollard was considered for selection to the T20I squad due to injury.
Gayle continues his recovery from a hamstring injury sustained during the tour of India last November, and Pollard continues his rehabilitation following a knee injury around the same time.
West Indies squad: Dwayne Bravo (capt), Lendl Simmons, Johnson Charles, Kieran Powell, Chadwick Walton, Andre Fletcher, Denesh Ramdin (wk), Nikita Miller, Andre Russell, Jason Holder, Narsingh Deonarine, Sunil Narine, Ravi Rampaul, Samuel Badree, Tino Best.