West Indies have announced a 15-member squad for T20 World Cup 2022. And the board has recalled their star opener Evin lewis to the squad for the marquee event. Lewis had last featured in the T20 World Cup 2021 in the UAE & since then had missed out on the majority of tournaments due to fitness reasons.
“Someone like Evin Lewis, we all agree that he’s our best one-day cricketer, he’s done so well for us over the years,” Haynes told the commentator Ian Bishop in an interview on the sidelines of Wednesday’s CPL game between Jamaica Tallawahs and St Kitts & Nevis Patriots. “We had a meeting with him, and he’s committed to West Indies cricket; he told us that he’s committed to West Indies cricket, and I believe he should be given the opportunity.”
What comes as a path-breaking decision is the exclusion of Andre Russell from the T20 World Cup squad. Russell who had last featured for West Indies during T20 World Cup 2021 had a poor outing in CPL 2022 with Trinbago Knight Riders where he managed to score just 17 runs in four innings.
Meanwhile, Fabian Allen who recently made himself available for selection after taking a break couldn’t make it to the West Indies T20 World Cup Squad. Akeal Hosein was preferred in place of Allen in the Windies World Cup squad.
What comes as surprise is the inclusion of Cariah in the West Indies T20 World Cup squad. Cariah who made his ODI debut last month has proved his mettle in the Test format for West Indies. Cariah made his International debut back in 2017 & still remains uncapped in T20Is.
His T20 experience is limited to four games with his last fixture coming during CPL 2016. Notably, Cariah wasn’t picked by any franchise for CPL 2022. The selectors have picked Cariah ahead of Hayden Walsh, who had been the preferred wrist-spin option over recent months. Nicholas Pooran leads the squad while Rovman Powell has been named his deputy.
West Indies T20 World Cup Squad a Mix of experience & new talent says CWI Lead Selector
“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 Super12s,” Haynes added to his statement.
“There are players who did not make the team and I hope they will continue to work hard and perform to their best in the CPL and the upcoming CG United Super50 Cup; because you never know what can happen in case of injuries or any other unforeseen situations where we might need to call up players as replacements.”
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
Cricket West Indies will face Scotland, Zimbabwe, and Ireland in the opening round of the T20 World Cup 2022 for a place in the Super 12 stage.