Roston Chase, Rahkeem Cornwall and Shai Hope among those left out
“This is the message which we’re sending to the batters because we need to get our batting right,” Haynes said. “People question how strong our domestic competition is but the main fact is that if the guys are playing in it and doing well, yes, they would be up for selection.
“It’s important for these guys when they’re playing in the domestic season to do well, to catch our eye. We’re a new panel, Sars [Ramnaresh Sarwan, the other selector] and myself, and we want to see the players and make sure that when we’re judging them on their ability, they’ve got some runs as well, but also they can play a role that we want them to play.
“When the team was here, I had a conversation with Nicholas Pooran, saying to him I believe that if he can make himself available to play some red-ball cricket, I believe it will help his batting a lot. He did acknowledge the conversation. I personally want to know that players who are playing cricket for West Indies can play in any format of the game.”
“We did discuss Chase,” Haynes said. “I had a chat with Roston and he realises that he has to go and do some work, and he promised me that he’s doing that. The conversation I had with Shai… I didn’t go into his batting. I’m staying far away from trying to get too involved with the coaching aspect of the game.”
“We decided to go with a left-arm spinner this time instead of Rahkeem Cornwall,” Haynes said. “We have to look at the wicket in Antigua first, but we just thought that with the opportunity that Permaul had in Sri Lanka on the last tour, getting five wickets in the Test match, we thought we’d give him another chance.
“We look at the England squad. We also look at what happened on the last tour here and the surfaces that we have to play on, and then we make a determination in places like Antigua on the combination that we’d go for. We did have a serious consideration regarding how England played here last time they were in the Caribbean.”
West Indies also selected a 12-man President’s XI squad to play England in a four-day warm-up match at the Coolidge Cricket Ground – formerly the Stanford Cricket Ground – from March 1-4.
West Indies squad for first Test: Kraigg Brathwaite (captain), Jermaine Blackwood (vice-captain), Nkrumah Bonner, Shamarh Brooks, John Campbell, Joshua Da Silva (wk), Jason Holder, Alzarri Joseph, Kyle Mayers, Veerasammy Permaul, Anderson Phillip, Kemar Roach, Jayden Seales
CWI President’s XI squad: Shane Dowrich (captain/wk), Raymon Reifer (vice-captain), Colin Archibald, Alick Athanaze, Keacy Carty, Bryan Charles, Shermon Lewis, Preston McSween, Shayne Moseley, Jeremy Solozano, Shamar Springer, Devon Thomas
Matt Roller is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. @mroller98