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Hodge gets Test maiden call

Dominican and Windward Islands all rounder, Kavem Hodge, has been named in the West Indies squad to tour Bangladesh beginning next month.

Hodge, who captained the Windward Islands Volcanoes in the regional first-class competition last season, has been named in the 15 man Test squad.

Hodge has represented the West Indies at the Under 15 and Under 19 levels in the recent past. He has also represented the West Indies B team.

In 40 first-class matches, Hodge has scored a total of 1890 runs at an average of 28.63. In the bowling department, he has taken 44 wickets at an average of 33.88 runs apiece.

He has scored three centuries with a highest score of 128 as well as 12 half centuries.

Hodge, who hails from the Atkinson community, made his first-class debut against the Leeward Islands in St. Lucia in 2012.

West Indies chief selector, Roger Harper said that Hodge had made a strong case for his selection and that the left-arm spin bowling definitely enhanced his chances.

The squad will be led by Kraigg Braithwaite with Jermaine Blackwood as his deputy.

Captain, Jason Holder and vice-captain Royston Chase made themselves unavailable for the tour because of health and safety reasons.

The squad will play three ODI’s and two test matches. The unit will arrive in Bangladesh on January 10.

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