Roger Harper

MEETING THE MEDIA: Newly appointed West Indies lead selector Roger Harper, second right, addresses the media on Tuesday at the President’s Box, Queen’s Park Oval, Port of Spain. Second from left is fellow selector Miles Bascombe. Also listening are CWI vice-president Dr Kishore Shallow, right, and Director of Cricket Jimmy Adams. —Photo:ISHMAEL SALANDY

New West Indies lead selector Roger Harper says next month’s one-off Test match against Afghanistan will be one of the “most important” the West Indies will play going forward.

Jason Holder’s team will play the Afghans in India in three One-Day Internationals, three T20s and the solitary Test between November 6 and December 1. It will be the first tour in Phil Simmons’ second reign as coach and the first for squads selected by Cricket West Indies’ new three-man selection set-up headed by Harper, a former WI coach (200-2003) and selector.

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