Selectors spring two surprises ahead of a rebuilding phase for the national side.
Worcestershire’s Moeen Ali and Lancashire’s Stephen Parry are the two surprise inclusions in the England squad to tour the West Indies and then go to the ICC World Twenty20 in Bangladesh.
Ali and Parry are the only uncapped players in the World Twenty20 squad while Nottinghamshire’s left-arm paceman Harry Gurney is selected for his first senior England squad for the matches in the Caribbean.
The national selector James Whitaker said:” We would like to congratulate Moeen Ali and Stephen Parry on their selection for the tour to the Caribbean and then to represent England in the ICC World Twenty20. It is an exciting opportunity for Moeen and Stephen and all the England players.
“Both Moeen and Stephen have been very consistent performers for Worcestershire and Lancashire and both counties and their coaching staffs, must take credit for their continued progress.
“Harry Gurney, under the guidance of the excellent coaches at Trent Bridge, has performed well for Nottinghamshire in limited overs cricket – showing good control with the white ball and, as a left arm quick, brings some variety to the tour party.”
England squads announced Thursday for a limited overs international tour of the West Indies and the World Twenty20 in Bangladesh:
England tour squad for the West Indies:
Stuart Broad (Nottinghamshire, capt), Eoin Morgan (Middlesex), Moeen Ali (Worcestershire), Ravi Bopara (Essex), Tim Bresnan (Yorkshire), Jos Buttler (Lancashire, wkt), Jade Dernbach (Surrey), Harry Gurney (Nottinghamshire), Alex Hales (Nottinghamshire), Chris Jordan (Sussex), Michael Lumb (Nottinghamshire), Stephen Parry (Lancashire), Joe Root (Yorkshire), Ben Stokes (Durham), James Tredwell (Kent), Luke Wright (Sussex)
Feb 25: v Vice Chancellor’s XI, Antigua
Feb 28: 1ST ODI, Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Ground, Antigua
Mar 02: 2ND ODI, Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Ground, Antigua
Mar 05: 3RD ODI, Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Ground, Antigua
Mar 09: 1ST T20, Kensington Oval, Barbados
Mar 11: 2ND T20, Kensington Oval, Barbados
Mar 13: 3RD T20, Kensington Oval, Barbados
England squad for the ICC World Twenty20, Bangladesh:
Broad (capt), Morgan, Ali, Bresnan, Bopara, Buttler, Dernbach, Hales, Jordan, Lumb, Parry, Root, Stokes, Tredwell, Wright
Fixtures (all in Chittagong):
Super 10 – Group 1
Mar 22: v New Zealand
Mar 27: v Sri Lanka
Mar 29: v South Africa
Mar 31: v Qualifier