Nottingham: Uncapped leg-spinner Samuel Badree was included in the West Indies squad announced on Sunday for two Twenty20 internationals against New Zealand in Florida this coming weekend.
The 31-year-old Trinidad and Tobago bowler was the only player from outside the party selected for the tour of England to be included in the 13-man squad for the two games with the Black Caps at Central Broward Park in Lauderhill.
West Indies will be looking for a boost after Sunday's seven-wicket Twenty20 defeat at Trent Bridge meant they'd failed to beat England across all three formats this tour, having gone down 2-0 in preceding Test and one-day series.
In a statement issued in Nottingham, chief selector Clyde Butts said the squad had been picked with a view to the World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka, which starts in September and that Badree's performances in domestic Twenty20s, where he has taken 39 wickets at 15.61, merited his selection.
"The team is well-balanced and has been selected with the Twenty20 World Cup in mind. Looking at the team, we expect this side to do very well against New Zealand," said Butts.
As for the new recruit, Butts added: "Badree has been a consistent performer in regional tournaments over a period of time and the selectors felt it was the right time to introduce him to the team."
All-rounder Darren Sammy continues as captain and is set for another lengthy campaign given, after the two Twenty20s in Florida, West Indies and New Zealand travel to the Caribbean for five one-day internationals and two Tests.
West Indies Twenty20 squad to play New Zealand:
Darren Sammy (Capt.), Samuel Badree, Dwayne Bravo, Johnson Charles, Fidel Edwards, Chris Gayle, Sunil Narine, Kieron Pollard, Denesh Ramdin, Ravi Rampaul, Marlon Samuels, Lendl Simmons, Dwayne Smith.
West Indies-New Zealand fixtures:
June 30: 1st Twenty20, Central Broward Regional Park, United States
July 01: 2nd Twenty20, Central Broward Regional Park
July 05: 1st ODI, Sabina Park, Jamaica
July 07: 2nd ODI, Sabina Park
July 11: 3rd ODI, Warner Park, St. Kitts
July 14: 4th ODI, Warner Park
July 16: 5th ODI, Warner Park
July 20-22: WIS A v NZL, Vivian Richards Cricket Ground, Antigua
July 25-29: 1st Test, Vivian Richards Cricket Ground
August 02-06: 2nd Test, Sabina Park.