Veteran opener Evin Lewis has returned as West Indies announced their 15-member squad for the upcoming ICC T20 World Cup on Wednesday, September 14. Defending champions Australia will play host to the global T20 competition, which will get underway on October 16.
The squad also includes two uncapped players in Yannic Cariah (right-arm leg-spinner allrounder) and Raymon Reifer (left-arm batting allrounder). However, surprisingly, West Indies have left out seasoned all-rounders Andre Russell and Sunil Narine.
Cariah, who plays for Trinidad & Tobago and Trinbago Knight Riders, and made his ODI debut last month. Reifer, on the other hand, have already represented the West Indies in the ODI and Test formats.
Nicholas Pooran will lead the squad, while hard-hitting all-rounder Rovman Powell will be his deputy. The two-time champions will hope to put up some good performances and lift their third T20 World Cup title.
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West Indies’ T20 World Cup Squad: Nicholas Pooran (c), Rovman Powell (vc), Evin Lewis, Brandon King, Kyle Mayers, Odean Smith, Johnson Charles, Shimron Hetmyer, Jason Holder, Raymon Reifer, Obed McCoy, Alzarri Joseph, Akeal Hosein, Sheldon Cottrell, Yannic Cariah
“It is a team that will compete” – West Indies chief selector Desmond Haynes
Cricket West Indies (CWI) chief selector Desmond Haynes is quite confident with the squad and said that this team has a good mixture of youth and experience. Haynes also added that they have given significant importance to CPL performances. He stated:
“We have selected a mixture of youth and experience to represent the West Indies,’ said Desmond Haynes, CWI’s Lead Selector. “In the selection process, we have been cognizant of the ongoing CPL and we have been looking at the players who have been playing very well.”
“I said at the beginning of my tenure that I would be interested in giving players the opportunity and I think I have been consistent in doing that. I believe it is a very good team we have selected, and it is a team that will compete, given that we have to qualify from Round 1 into the Super12,” he added.
West Indies will begin their campaign against Scotland on October 17 in Hobart.
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