St. John's (Antigua): The West Indies Cricket Board on Tuesday announced a 15-strong squad for the series against Pakistan in Sharjah between January 27 and February 18.
Pakistan's home series was thrown into doubts after West Indies said it has security concerns in the wake of tension between the rival South Asian neighbours and the on- going war in Afghanistan. Cricket in Pakistan was badly hit after the September 11 attacks on New York and Washington followed by the retaliatory US military action on Afghanistan. New Zealand recalled its players from the country in September and cancelled its three match series in Pakistan in 2001. Pakistan also failed to attract Sri Lanka for a short One-day series as replacement. West Indies: Carl Hooper (captain), Ridley Jacobs (vice-captain), Darrell Brown, Sherwin Campbell, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Pedro Collins, Corey Collymore, Cameron Cuffy, Mervyn Dillon, Daren Ganga, Chris Gayle, Ryan Hinds, Wavell Hinds, Dinanath Ramnarine and Marlon Samuels. Reserves: Marlon Black, Ian Bradshaw, Leon Garrick, Keith Hibbert, Jermaine Lawson, Neil McGarrell and Dave Mohammed.
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