So the squad for the 1st ODI was:
Jason Holder (c)
Shai Hope (wk)
Which was similar to what my pick would have been except Dowrich wasn't included and Jonathan Carter and Evin Lewis were.
Carter proved himself to be have been rightly picked in the final XI with a quick 52 off 47 balls (and that from being on 5 runs off 19 balls at one point).
The final XI (K. Brathwaite, E. Lewis, K. Powell, S. Hope +, J. Mohammed, J. Carter, J. Holder *, C. Brathwaite, A. Nurse, D. Bishoo and S. Gabriel) did not win as England scored 296/6 and WI scored 251 in 47.2 overs.
Encouragingly this XI made a competitive score and was in the chase right up until around the 41st to 46th over. And it didn't include the likes of Gayle, the Bravos, Pollard, Ramdin, etc.
Jimmy Adams as the new director of cricket and the new CEO (Johnny Grave) both seem to want a rethink on the selection policy and a better relationship with the players. I would be cautious about any rethink of selection policy that basically allowed players to get selected for ODIs without playing any List A games, but both of them encouragingly referred to the need for compromise by both sides (board and players). For players who didn't make themselves available for ANY List A games I would not want to see them selected for the ODI squad. Period. It's ridiculous that some players feels so entitled to ODI (and a lesser extent to Test) selection that they think it's a sustainable policy for the WI selectors to pick guys who only play in T20 leagues across the globe. On the flip side, the current policy is too harsh on a player like Marlon Samuels who did play in the Super50 for a couple games if I remember rightly but then went to England (on the WICB's bill and initiative) to have his bowling worked on and then went to the UAE to play in the PSL. I would suggest that the policy allow a player who played in (or at least was available for and was in the territorial squad even if not in the playing XI) for at least 2 or 3 List A games to be eligible for selection to the ODI squad. Thereafter selection would be based on potential or known form (if for instance Player X was in the Leewards squad but not in the final XI due to an niggle at the time or because for whatever reason he wasn't being played in the final XI (like Brandon King for a bit)) and performance in the tournament.
So if say...Dwayne Bravo and Chris Gayle made themselves available for 3 games and played in 2 each but both of them underwhelmed (say no score over 25 in any innings by either) and then went off to one of their overseas leagues, then they would be eligible for selection, but to be fair, those who had performed consistently in 6 or more games (like Jason Mohammed) would have a greater chance of being actually selected.
Had Dwayne Bravo, Gayle and Pollard gotten their way we likely would not have seen Jason Mohammed playing in this ODI and he was the standout batsman apart from Jonathan Carter. Mohammed made 72 off 91 balls. And to top it off based on past experience, I have little doubt that a team composed of say Gayle, Dwayne Bravo, Darren Bravo, Kieron Pollard, Darren Sammy, Marlon Samuels, Lendl Simmons, Sunil Narine (who reportedly doesn't want to play for Trinidad after a leaked TTCB email in which an official accused him of pelting in early 2016 around the time his action was deemed illegal) and Andre Russell would have done much better. Scoring 297 would have been West Indies second highest successful run chase after 300/3 at Centurion against South Africa in 2004 and would have been the highest run chase at home surpassing the 292/6 Arnos Vale against New Zealand in 2002 (both games were during the time of Lara and Chanderpaul). The closest WI has come to a score like that in the post-Lara/post-Chanderpaul era was in 2013 when they scored 289/8 chasing 288 against India at Visakhapatnam. The team then included Johnson Charles, an in-form Kieran Powell, Marlon Samuels, an in-form Darren Bravo, Lendl Simmons, Dwayne Bravo (who didn't contribute much as captain then with 18 off 26 balls and 0-54 off 8 overs), an in-form Darren Sammy, Jason Holder, Sunil Narine, Versammy Permaul and Ravi Rampaul. The team succeeded then because a number of those players were in-form and had been playing domestic List A cricket as well. If the same team were to play again I would have serious doubts at to whether Sammy would have been able to pull off 63 off 45 balls again and Kieran Powell did not make a 59 off 70 balls this time (he only made 1). Instead they might well have folded for 180-220 as happened in the first match of that series against India. Or they might have made 278 as in this match from 2014 (coincidentally also against England and Kieran Powell also made 1 in that match): http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/match/636535.html
For the next match my XI would be:
Shai Hope +
Jason Holder *