Trinidad and Tobago middle-order batsman Yannic Cariah has been called up to the West Indies team for the three-match ODI series against New Zealand.
The 30-year-old Cariah, who is yet to be capped at the international level, led the West Indies Emerging Players to victory in the 2019 Super50Cup in Trinidad.
Cariah along with batsman Jermaine Blackwood and all-rounder Odean Smith have been called up to the ODI squad.
From the original team, Shimron Hetmyer is unavailable due to personal reasons, Keemo Paul is injured, and Gudakesh Motie has not recovered from injury.
Blackwood has joined the ODI team for the first time since 2015, while Smith has been added as a reserve.
West Indies will play New Zealand in three day/night ODIs on 17, 19, and 21 August at Kensington Oval, Barbados.
“Hetmyer has to attend to a family matter in Guyana. Unfortunately, Motie is not yet able to rejoin the squad and Keemo is struggling with an injury,” said Lead Selector, Desmond Haynes.
“However, it provides an opportunity for Yannic Cariah to get a chance. He is someone that has been performing well on the regional circuit and we feel now is the right time to integrate him into the senior team set-up,” the former West Indies opener added.
“Odean Smith has been added on the back of some notable performances in the T20I Series. He has displayed the all-round ability to change games and we look forward to his continued development,” Haynes further said.
Cariah has been part of the West Indies A team that has played Bangladesh A in two unofficial Test matches.
The 30-year-old from Sangre Grande averages 25.25 in 18 List A matches and has taken 22 wickets at 17.95.
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