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VEERASAMMY PERMAUL has found a place in West Indies’ Test squad, unlike Fidel Edwards.
The selectors have once again left out the side’s most experienced fast bowler and current highest wicket-taker when they announced a 15-member squad – that included the debutant Permaul – for next month’s two-Test tour of Bangladesh.
It’s the second successive series that the 30-year-old Edwards – a veteran of 54 Tests with 158 wickets – has failed to gain a place in the Test team after being dropped for July’s home series against New Zealand which the Windies won 2-0.
His exclusion comes after Edwards struggled in England back in May when he took just one wicket in the first Test at Lord’s before he was replaced by Ravi Rampaul for the final two Tests. Edwards played in just three games in the just-concluded ICC Twenty20 World Cup.
But his namesake and fellow Bajan Kirk Edwards has been recalled to the squad after losing his place for the third Test of the England series following a run of low scores.

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