West Indies T20 captain and all-rounder Carlos Brathwaite is set to miss the upcoming edition of Pakistan Super League after being included in the West Indies ODI Squad for World Cup qualifiers that will be played in March. Carlos Brathwaite has not been a regular fixture in the one-day side but has been picked to make sure West Indies does qualify for Cricket World Cup 2019 that will be hosted by England.
However, his former teammates have decided to take part in the Pakistan Super League 2018 and have clearly stated to West Indies Cricket Board that they will take part in the competition. Carlos Brathwaite was picked up Quetta Gladiators for the coming edition of Pakistan Super League during PSL draft held in November in Lahore. The franchise has suffered a setback as team officials made a formal statement that Brathwaite will be not playing for the side in the Pakistan Super League 2018.
Quetta Gladiators media manager Nabeel Hashmi said that Carlos Brathwaite’s inclusion in the West Indies ODI squad came as a big surprise as the all-rounder has been out of the setup for quite some time. He further stated that the franchise fully respects Brathwaite’s choice to play for his national side over Pakistan Super League. Quetta Gladiators will have to look for an ideal replacement for Carlos Brathwaite as when player’s replacement draft will be held on 29th January.
The 29-year old last played one-day cricket for West Indies in March 2017 against Pakistan. He was dropped from the one-day squad following a string of poor performances during this time. West Indies selector Courtney Browne said that three top players have opted to play for Pakistan Super League rather than being part of the national side for World Cup Qualifiers. Kieron Pollard, Andre Russell, Darren Bravo and Sunil Narine are the four West Indies players who will play Pakistan Super League.