St John's: West Indies have named the 15-member squad for the first two One-day Internationals against Pakistan later this month in St. Lucia.

Caribbeans have named leg-spinner Anthony Martin as the newcomer, recalled Marlon Samuels and Lendl Simmons, and welcomed the return of Dwayne Bravo.

The selectors have axed Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Ramnaresh Sarwan, and left-arm spinner Sulieman Benn.

All of the other players who played in the World Cup have been retained in the side, except Chris Gayle and Kieron Pollard.

Gayle has been sidelined with a groin injury that required surgery, and Pollard is busy playing in the Indian Premier League.

"We have looked at a mix of players who will take us through the next five to 10 years, and with this squad, we have put together a youthful, but exciting combination of exceptionally talented cricketers who we believe can win matches," said Chief Selector Clyde Butts.

"There are some familiar faces, who have not been included on this occasion, but we have already identified the core of players who we will build the team around” selector said.

"The time has come for us to introduce a fresh crop of players who we believe has a deep desire to excel and who can be tested at the international level” Butts said.

"We have already seen players like Kemar Roach, Darren Bravo, Andre Russell, and Devendra Bishoo performing impressively on the international stage, and we believe that players like Kirk Edwards and Anthony Martin can step up similarly”. West Indies selector added

In last year's West Indies One-day competition, Martin was one of the leading bowlers. He finished the tournament with eight wickets from five matches, but had the best economy rate of all bowlers -- 2.82 runs an over. His side, the Leeward Islands, shared the trophy with Barbados following a tied final.

Samuels continues his comeback to international cricket, after he served a two-year ban for links with an Indian bookie.

He was also named in the squad for the inaugural Twenty20 match between the two sides, which will also be contested in St. Lucia and precedes the ODIs.

Simmons is the nephew of the current Ireland coach, Phil Simmons, the former West Indies all-rounder.

A player that can bat anywhere in the top order, bowl medium pace, and keep wicket also continues his comeback, after he was sidelined for inexplicable reasons since the tour of Australia last year. He too, was picked in the T20 squad.

The elder Bravo suffered a knee injury in the opening match against South Africa at the World Cup, and returned home before flying to Australia for surgery.

He is also contracted to the IPL franchise Chennai Super Kings, and will play in the ODI series against Pakistan, but will miss the subsequent two Tests in order to participate in the IPL.

The first two ODIs will be played on April 23 and April 25 at the Beausejour Cricket Ground.

The series continues on April 28 and May 1 at Kensington Oval in Barbados before concluding on May 5 at the Guyana National Stadium.

The two Tests takes place in Guyana from May 12 to 16 and in St Kitts from May 20 to 24.

Squad: Darren Sammy (captain), Dwayne Bravo (vice captain), Devendra Bishoo, Darren Bravo, Kirk Edwards, Anthony Martin, Ravi Rampaul, Kemar Roach, Andre Russell, Marlon Samuels, Lendl Simmons, Devon Smith, Devon Thomas.

(Agencies)