T20 WC 2022: For the T20 World Cup in Australia, West Indies management recalled starting pitcher Evin Lewis on Wednesday. Meanwhile, they left Sunil Narine, the spinner, and all-rounder Andre Russell out of their 15-man team.
The United Arab Emirates T20 World Cup in 2021 was the last time Lewis, a left-handed player, represented the team. Veterans Russell and Narine, though, are players who have been passed over by selectors in recent times.
Yannic Cariah and Raymon Reifer, two uncapped all-rounders, were also included in the West Indies team. Nicholas Pooran will serve as the team’s skipper, with Rovman Powell serving as his deputy.
In domestic T20 tourneys, Russell is without a doubt one of the most in-demand players across the globe. He is a reliable seamer as well as a strong batter lower in the order. However, Desmond Haynes, the head selector, stated that he was not persuaded by the 34-year-old’s recent form.
T20 WC 2022: While Russell and Narine Were Not Taken Into Account, West Indies Recall Lewis
T20 WC 2022: “We had a meeting with Andre Russell earlier in the year. We’re still not convinced, he’s not performing as well as we would like to see him in the competition (CPL),” Haynes said on the sidelines of a Caribbean Premier League (CPL) match on Wednesday.
Chief Selector Haynes stated that they had made the decision to simply move on in regard to the problem with Andre Russell. He believes that they are searching for a player who is in good shape and performing well in the T20 format.
According to Haynes, Pooran, the captain, had contacted Narine. He did, however, add that he is unsure of whether he wants to play. Narine last represented the West Indies in 2019. He also competes in T20 leagues all over the world. Fabian Allen, the all-around player, was also not included on the roster.
To represent the West Indies, according to Haynes, a blend of youth and experience was chosen. He claimed that during the selection process, they were aware of the ongoing Caribbean Premier League. Moreover, they have been observing individuals who have been performing really well.
West Indies, the two-time champions, will next take on Australia in a two-match series. This will serve as a warm-up for the team ahead of the T20 World Cup in 2022. On October 17, they will play Scotland in their World Cup opener after the series against the Kangaroos.
West Indies Squad: Nicholas Pooran (c), Rovman Powell, 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