Cricket: Gayle and Russell in West Indies World Cup squad

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West Indies have named veteran Chris Gayle and all-rounder Andre Russell in their 15-member World Cup squad.

Notable exclusions are off-spinner Sunil Narine and fast bowler Alzarri Joseph, who are both injured.  

There is also no place for in-form all-rounder Kieron Pollard.

Jason Holder will lead the side as they aim to win the 50-over World Cup for the first time since 1979.

The squad includes nine players that will be making their first appearance in the tournament, including emerging batting star Shimron Hetmyer.

West Indies squad: Jason Holder (c), Andre Russell, Ashley Nurse, Carlos Brathwaite, Chris Gayle, Darren Bravo, Evin Lewis, Fabian Allen, Kemar Roach, Nicholas Pooran, Oshane Thomas, Shai Hope, Shannon Gabriel, Sheldon Cottrell, Shimron Hetmyer

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