CRICKET: West Indies names 18-man T20 squad to play South Africa, Australia and Pakistan.

sherrylynclarke@nationnews.com . Barbados

Windies name 18-man T20 squadST JOHN’S, Antigua — The Cricket West Indies (CWI) Selection Panel announced a provisional 18-man squad ahead of the three back-to-back five-match T20 International (T20I) Series against South Africa, Australia and Pakistan.

The expanded squad maintains the blend of experienced players with exciting young talent as the West Indies continue preparations in the build up to the defence of their ICC T20 World Cup title, to be held in India in October-November 2021.        

Sheldon Cottrell, Shimron Hetmyer, Andre Russell, Oshane Thomas and Hayden Walsh Jr return alongside the majority of the squad who featured in the 2-1 T20I Series victory against Sri Lanka in March.

The provisional squad will quarantine and train in St Lucia ahead of the first T20I Series against South Africa starting on the June 26 at the Grenada National Cricket Stadium. The official squad will subsequently be selected and announced ahead of each Series.

“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,” said CWI’s Lead Selector, Roger Harper.

The West Indies Head Coach, Phil Simmons, is confident going into the summer and looking forward to the World Cup.

“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.”

The Men in Maroon are the defending ICC T20 World Champions and also lifted the title in 2012.

Cricket West Indies (CWI) has been working closely with regional Governments, their Ministries of Health and Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) to ensure the training camps and matches can proceed within a bio-secure environment. All players and support staff will undergo rigorous COVID-19 testing prior to and during each of these engagements.

Schedule: T20I MATCH SCHEDULE

West Indies vs South Africa, Grenada National Cricket Stadium

  • June 26: 1st T20I
  • June 27: 2nd T20I
  • June 29: 3rd T20I
  • July 1: 4th T20I
  • July 3: 5th T20I

West Indies vs Australia, Daren Sammy Cricket Ground, St Lucia

  • July 9: 1st T20I
  • July 10: 2nd T20I,
  • July 12: 3rd T20I,
  • July 14: 4th T20I,
  • July 16: 5th T20I,

West Indies vs Pakistan

  • July 27: 1st T20I, Kensington Oval, Barbados
  • July 28: 2nd T20I, Kensington Oval, Barbados
  • July 31: 3rd T20I, Guyana National Stadium
  • August 1: 4th T20I, Guyana National Stadium
  • August 3: 5th T20I, Guyana National Stadium

Full Squad: Kieron Pollard (captain), Nicholas Pooran. Fabian Allen, Dwayne Bravo, Sheldon Cottrell, Fidel Edwards, Andre Fletcher, Chris Gayle, Shimron Hetmyer, Jason Holder, Akeal Hosein, Evin Lewis, Obed McCoy, Andre Russell, Lendl Simmons, Kevin Sinclair, Oshane Thomas, Hayden Walsh Jr.  (PR)

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