Kieron Pollard makes a return to the West Indies T20 squad for the four-match T20I series against Pakistan in March. © AFP

Kieron Pollard makes a return to the West Indies T20 squad for the four-match T20I series against Pakistan in March. © AFP

Kieron Pollard, Sunil Narine, Samuel Badree and Lendl Simmons were picked in a 16-man West Indies squad for the four-match Twenty20 International series against Pakistan later this month.

However, there was no place in the Carlos Brathwaite-led side for Darren Sammy, the former West Indies captain who led Peshawar Zalmi to the Pakistan Super League title earlier in March.

The availability of the T20 heroes comes as a boost to West Indies, who will be without Chris Gayle and Dwayne Bravo. While Gayle hasn’t played for West Indies since the World T20 in March-April last year, Bravo was ruled out with a hamstring injury.

West Indies will also miss the services of Andre Russell, who is serving a one-year doping ban.

Meanwhile, Jason Mohammed, who scored two half-centuries in three One-Day Internationals against England recently, earned a T20I call-up for the first time. Batsman Jonathan Carter, left-arm spinner Veerasammy Permaul and allrounder Rovman Powell are the other uncapped members in the squad, which also features Marlon Samuels and Jason Holder.

The first of the four games begins in Barbados on March 26 while the final game is scheduled on April 2 in Trinidad and Tobago.

Squad: Carlos Brathwaite (capt), Samuel Badree, Jonathan Carter, Andre Fletcher, Jason Holder, Evin Lewis, Jason Mohammed, Sunil Narine, Veerasammy Permaul, Kieron Pollard, Rovman Powell, Marlon Samuels, Lendl Simmons, Jerome Taylor, Chadwick Walton, Keswick Williams