The Cricket West Indies (CWI), on Tuesday, named an 18-member squad to face South Africa, Australia, and Pakistan in the coming T20I series that will begin from June 26 and last till August 03 this year. The squad is a provisional squad and there might be changes in this squad considering the injuries and workload management of players.
Kieron Pollard has been named the captain of the side who will be leading West Indies in all three bilateral series. Nicholas Pooran, who had a very poor run in IPL 2021, has been entrusted by the board and named as the vice-captain of the side. Veterans such as Dwayne Bravo and Chris Gayle have also been named in the 18-member squad.
Cricket West Indies Announces An 18-Member Squad For The T20I Summer
CWI’s Lead Selector, Roger Harper, explained the thinking behind naming this squad. “The Provisional T20I Squad was put together with all T20I Home Series Matches against South Africa, Australia, and Pakistan in mind. This gives us the opportunity to continue to build towards the upcoming World Cup and to determine our best squad and our ideal eleven.”
The West Indies Head Coach, Phil Simmons, is confident going into the summer and looking forward to the World Cup and he commented “These upcoming T20Is are crucial in terms of our preparation for the ICC T20 World Cup. We have assembled a very solid squad — with experienced world-class match-winners and some exciting young talented players, ready to explode onto the global stage and do great things for West Indies cricket.”
“We are at that point where we have identified those who we will look to be the core of the squad to defend our World Cup title, so we want to make sure the upcoming matches create that environment — the way we train, the way we plan, the way we execute and the chemistry within the group. We won five years ago, so the next few weeks and months will be major steppingstones on the road towards defending our title and being World Champions for a third time,” he further stated.
The West Indies T20I Summer To Begin Against The Proteas
The West Indies cricket team will begin their T20I summer fest against the South Africa cricket team. Both the teams will play a five-match T20I series from June 26 at the Grenada National Cricket Stadium. Then, the Carribeans will move to St. Lucia and play a 5-match T20I series against Australia from July 09.
They will then play a five-match T20I series against Pakistan which will commence from July 27 and the final game of the summer will be played on August 03. All the games against Pakistan will be played in Barbados.
West Indies Squad: Kieron Pollard (C), Nicholas Pooran (VC), Fabian Allen, Dwayne Bravo, Sheldon Cottrell, Fidel Edwards, Andre Fletcher, Chris Gayle, Shimron Hetmeyer, Jason Holder, Akeal Hosein, Obed McCoy, Evin Lewis, Andre Russell, Lendl Simmons, Kevin Sinclair, Oshane Thomas, Hayden Walsh Jr.