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Big-hitting opening batsman Gayle returned to the Windies one-day global side in their 2-2 series draw against top-ranked England earlier this year, scoring two hundreds and two fifties in four innings.
But he has been in fine form with the bat, and will bring vital power hitting to the middle order for the two-time world champions in England and Wales.
"Interim chairman of selectors Robert Haynes is leading a new Cricket West Indies (CWI) selection panel, and players "that have not regularly appeared in the side over the last two years" were also considered for World Cup selection". Bravo is another superstar who has been omitted from the squad.
"He's scored a lot of runs and we'll be using him as a batting all-rounder", coach Floyd Reifer said of Russell. "We've got to manage his injuries and have three to four days rest between the games".
West Indies' Sunil Narine missed out due to a finger injury on his right hand.
"He´s getting treatment after every IPL game, and he can not bowl 10 overs and is struggling to bowl four".
He is by far the oldest member of the Windies group that will be led by captain Jason Holder.
West Indies have named all-rounder Andre Russell, who has played only one one-day worldwide since 2015, in their World Cup squad.
Hetmyer debuted in December has already taken the cricketing field by storm scoring quickfire knocks whereas Thomas who played his first ODI in October previous year is being referred as next great West Indies fast bowler.
Pace bowler Shannon Gabriel, who played the most recent of his 18 ODIs in 2016, has also been recalled. "I would have loved to play in the World Cup".
Pollard was excluded from the West Indies team for the World Cup.