The hunt for West Indies’ ideal squad for the T20 World Cup in October continues at a brisk pace with an almost entirely new set of personnel ready for the three-match series against Bangladesh starting July 2. Five of the 16 he played in his last short-form assignment have been abandoned.
It was already announced that Jason Holder would be rested from these matches, and Kieron Pollard has retired completely from international cricket, but Fabian Allen, Darren Bravo, Roston Chase, Sheldon Cottrell and Shai Hope, who visited India in February. , has been sidelined. Dominic Drakes only gets a place as a reserve player.
Meanwhile, Rovman Powell, who had an impressive season with Delhi Capitals in the IPL, was named the T20I vice-captain.
13 featured T20I team recalls for left-arm seamer Obed McCoy, who played IPL finals for Rajasthan Royals, all-rounder Keemo Paul and wicketkeeper Devon Thomas.
Left-arm spinner Gudakesh Moti, who has played one Test and one T20 International, has been included in the 13-man ODI squad to face Bangladesh from July 10. Nicholas Pooran will continue to captain West Indies in both the formats.
“We know Rovman’s history,” chief selector Desmond Haynes said. “He has captained the West Indies in the past and is also the captain of his CPL franchise. [Jamaica Tallawahs], Our role is to see the leaders of the future as well and we have identified a few people including myself, whom we will organize events to engage in that aspect of cricket.
“Generally speaking, we need to start looking at the bigger picture of having these players play together as often as possible in preparation for the ICC T20 World Cup later in the year. We need to make sure that we are ready for that tournament.” Fielding for a very strong side.”
West Indies’ last white-ball cricket was in Pakistan, they lost 3–0 in the three-match ODI series. Brandon King, who struggled in that series, kept his place in the side. The 32-year-old Thomas, who broke the eight-year gap between T20Is last December, also remained in the team. In his 101 match T20 career, he averages 18.79 and strikes 112.90.
“Thomas is a versatile cricketer, knocking on doors across all formats,” Haynes said. “He is doing well in franchise cricket and with that level of talent, we must make sure we keep his interest. He brings a lot to the table and is basically a four-dimensional player, he bats Can do, can bowl, he’s a great fielder, and he can keep wickets too.”
The white ball games will begin with three T20 Internationals on July 2, July 3 and July 7. The ODIs will be preceded by July 10, July 13 and July 16. The first two matches will be played in Dominica, with the first match being played in that country. The host caused heavy damage to the island since Hurricane Maria in 2017. The final four games will be in Guyana. West Indies won both the matches on Wednesday, concluding the two-match Test series against Bangladesh.