Nicholas Pooran will serve as the captain of the 15-member West Indies team for the T20 World Cup in Australia. The two-time winners left out top all-rounder Andre Russell while Evin Lewis was reinstated to the team.
Nicholas Pooran, an aggressive wicketkeeper-batter, will captain West Indies’ 15-man team for the T20 World Cup in Australia, which was revealed on September 14th. All-rounder Andre Russell, who was a member of their team in the last competition in the UAE, was one of the conspicuous absences from the roster.
Russell, Kieron Pollard (retired), Dwayne Bravo (retired), and Sunil Narine will not be traveling with the West Indies for the T20 World Cup, which is an indication that the two-time winners are moving away from the golden generation.
The T20 World Cup squad, which boasts a solid balance of youth and experience, has picked Rovman Powell as vice captain. For the first time since the T20 World Cup in the UAE last year, star opener Evin Lewis joined the team.
As their two uncapped options in the 15-man squad, West Indies chose wristspinner Yannic Cariah and left-arm batting all-rounder Raymon Reifer.
They have senior all-rounder Jason Holder and powerful big-hitter Odeam Smith in the lineup to make up for Russell’s absence.
West Indies’ pace unit has firepower because to Sheldon Cottrell, Alzarri Joseph, and Obed Mccoy. The side’s two wrist spinners are Cariah and Akeal Hosein.
The only team to have won two championships in the shortest version of the game is West Indies, who won the T20 World Cup in both 2012 and 2016. Despite having a good team that was captained by Kieron Pollard going to the UAE, the previous champions were eliminated in the Super 12 last year.
WEST INDIES SQUAD FOR T20 WORLD CUP 2022
Nicholas Pooran (c), Rovman Powell (vc), Yannic Cariah, Johnson Charles, Sheldon Cottrell, Shimron Hetmyer, Jason Holder, Akeal Hosein, Alzarri Joseph, Brandon King, Evin Lewis, Kyle Mayers, Obed Mccoy, Raymon Reifer, Odean Smith.
Desmond Haynes, the head selector for Cricket West Indies, acknowledged that players who were not chosen for the 15-man squad shouldn’t lose hope and instead should put in a lot of effort in the current Caribbean Premier League and upcoming domestic matches to keep themselves prepared in case of injury concerns in the run-up to the World Cup.
You never know what might happen in case of injuries or other unforeseen situations where we might need to call up players as replacements, Haynes said of the players who did not make the team. “I hope they will continue to work hard and perform to their best in the CPL and the upcoming CG United Super50 Cup,” Haynes said.
The Super 12 stages did not provide West Indies a straight spot. Australia will host Round 1 of the match.
Prior to the T20 World Cup, West Indies will also face Australia in a two-match bilateral T20I series on October 5 and October 7.