West Indies announced a 15-member squad on Wednesday for the upcoming ICC T20 World Cup. While Nicholas Pooran will lead the team in his first World Cup as a captain, Rovman Powell is named as the vice-captain.
Two uncapped players Yannic Cariah and Raymon Reifer will make their debut. On the other hand, star players Andre Russell and Sunil Narine have missed the cut.
Left-hand opening batter Evin Lewis has been recalled for the first time since the 2021 ICC T20 World Cup.
The Nicholas Pooran-led team is set to start their campaign against Scotland to qualify for the Super 12 phase of the tournament.
Following is the full squad:
Nicholas Pooran (Captain), Rovman Powell (Vice Captain), 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
The Most Honourable Dr. Desmond Haynes, CWI’s Lead Selector said, “We have selected a mixture of youth and experience to represent the West Indies. 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.”
“ 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,” he added.