The 15-man squad to be led by the 32-year-old Sammy includes Chris Gayle, Dwayne Bravo and Sunil Narine. Gayle, Bravo and Narine will be playing for West Indies after a long time as their careers with their national team were offset by several controversies.
The squad retains 11 members from the team that won the championship in 2012 in Sri Lanka.
The prolific batsman Chris Gayle’s, 37, relationship with the WICB has been a rough one as he has at several occasions pulled out of the team owing to the financial problems. Financial issues in the West Indies cricket team has been a major concern for some time now with many other players voicing protests about the lack of payment from the board. However, Gayle has been controversial in several ways than one but has now returned to play for West Indies.
Back in November 2015, the off spinner Sunil Narine, 27, was banned from international cricket after his bowling action was considered illegal.
Dwayne Bravo, 32, was the spokesperson for the team that was on a strike when touring India in 2014 and as a result the tour was cancelled mid-way and eventually Bravo was excluded from the 2015 World Cup squad.
The team will be leaving for Kolkata on March 7th after camping in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) from February 22nd to March 6th. The tournament will start from the 8th of March to the 3rd of April.
West Indies will be playing against England, South Africa, Sri Lanka, and one of the qualifiers from the first round. They are part of Group 1 of the Super 10 stage.
Despite their ongoing struggles in Test and one-day cricket, West Indies also holds the first position in the ICC Twenty20 team rankings.