West Indies star all-rounder Andre Russell has returned to the T20I unit as Cricket West Indies (CWI) introduced the provisional 18-man squad for the thrilling residence summer time in opposition to South Africa, Australia and Pakistan.
Russell has made a comeback within the T20I outfit for the primary time since March 2020. Other than the power-striker, Shimron Hetmyer and Sheldon Cottrell have additionally returned to the aspect.
Nevertheless, Sunil Narine was not picked because the spinner knowledgeable lead selector Roger Harper, stating he wasn’t but able to play the worldwide fixture.
“If his place modifications, then the selectors would think about him for choice,” a CWI spokesperson stated as quoted by ESPNcricinfo.
Veteran gamers Chris Gayle, Dwayne Bravo and Fidel Edwards have retained their spots within the squad, led by Kieron Pollard. Left-handed explosive batter Nicholas Pooran continues to be the vice-captain of Windies T20I outfit.
“The Provisional T20I Squad was put along with all T20I House Collection Matches in opposition to South Africa, Australia and Pakistan in thoughts. This enables us to proceed to construct in direction of the upcoming World Cup and to find out our greatest squad and our ultimate eleven,” stated Harper.
West Indies will host South Africa, Pakistan and Australia for as many as 15 T20Is this summer time. It is going to assist the Caribbeans of their preparation in regards to the upcoming T20 World Cup. The primary T2OI sport will start in opposition to the Proteas on June 26.
“These upcoming T20Is are essential by way of our preparation for the ICC T20 World Cup. We now have assembled a really strong squad with skilled world-class match-winners and a few thrilling younger proficient gamers, able to explode onto the worldwide stage and do nice issues for West Indies cricket,” stated Phil Simmons, head coach of WI.
“We’re at that time the place we’ve got recognized those that we are going to look to be the core of the squad to defend our World Cup title, so we need to be sure that the upcoming matches create that surroundings. The subsequent few weeks and months will probably be main stepping stones on the highway in direction of defending our title and being World Champions for the third time,” added Simmons.
Right here is the West Indies Provisional squad for mega T20I summer time
Kieron Pollard (c), Nicholas Pooran (vc), Andre Fletcher, Chris Gayle, Shimron Hetmyer, Jason Holder, Akeal Hosein, Evin Lewis, Obed McCoy, Fabian Allen, Dwayne Bravo, Sheldon Cottrell, Fidel Edwards, Kevin Sinclair, Oshane Thomas, Hayden Walsh Jr, Andre Russell, Lendl Simmons.