Cricket: West Indies T20 World Cup 2021 Squad Announced + Scheduled Games

World Champions West Indies name squad to defend ICC Men’s T20 World Cup | Windies Cricket news


World Champions West Indies name squad to defend ICC Men’s T20 World Cup

ST JOHN’S, Antigua – The Cricket West Indies (CWI) Selection Panel today announced the West Indies squad for the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) Men’s T20 World Cup, 2021. The panel named fifteen (15) players and four (4) travelling reserves for the marquee event which will be played in the United Arab Emirates and Oman from October 17 to November 14, 2021.

West Indies are the defending world champions and only two-time winners of the ICC T20 World Cup, winning in 2012 against Sri Lanka at the Premadasa in Colombo then four years later in 2016 against England in Kolkata. The West Indies now have the opportunity to create further history by becoming the first team to win a hat-trick of ICC T20 World Cup victories.

Experienced bowler Ravi Rampaul, a member of the 2012 winning World Cup squad, has been recalled for the first time since 2015. All-rounder Roston Chase is called up to the West Indies T20I squad for the first time.

Roger Harper, CWI’s Lead Selector said:

“The squad is one with good depth and strength in all departments. There is tremendous T20 experience along with World Cup winning experience which should stand the team in good stead. This squad is made up of many world-beating players who, once knitted into a world-beating team, will be extremely difficult to beat. I expect the team to do very well and with the ‘rub of the green’ I think the team has a good chance of defending the title.”

Harper added:

“Ravi Rampaul is a highly experienced bowler who performed well in the last CG Insurance Super50 Cup and the current Hero CPL to date. He will boost the team’s wicket-taking options in the power-play and the middle phase and will provide another option for the death overs. Roston Chase has shown that he is a very capable T20 player. He performed well in the CPL in 2020 and has been outstanding in the 2021 edition so far. He has shown the ability to knit the innings together while still scoring at a fast rate with a low dot-ball percentage. He will be an excellent foil for the explosive players in the team.”

West Indies have been drawn in Group 1 and will play five group games against England, South Africa and Australia along with the winner of Round 1 Group A (Sri Lanka, Ireland, the Netherlands, and Namibia) and the runner-up from Round 1 Group B (Bangladesh, Scotland, Papua New Guinea, and Oman). West Indies’ first group game will be against England in Dubai on October 23.

The groupings:

Round 1

Group A: Sri Lanka, Ireland, the Netherlands, and Namibia
Group B: Bangladesh, Scotland, Papua New Guinea, and Oman

(Top two teams from each group advance to Super 12s)

Super 12s

Group 1: England, Australia, South Africa, West Indies, A1 and B2.

Group 2: India, Pakistan, New Zealand, Afghanistan, A2 and B1.

(Top two teams from each group advance to the semi-finals)

West Indies Match Schedule

October 23: v England in Dubai (6pm UAE time, 10am Eastern Caribbean/9am Jamaica)

October 26: v South Africa in Dubai (2pm UAE time, 6am Eastern Caribbean/5am Jamaica)

October 29: v B2 in Sharjah (2pm UAE time, 8am Eastern Caribbean/7am Jamaica)

November 4: v A1, in Abu Dhabi (6pm UAE time, 10am Eastern Caribbean/9am Jamaica)

November 6: v Australia in Abu Dhabi (2pm UAE time, 6am Eastern Caribbean/5am Jamaica)


November 10: Group 1 winner v Group 1 second in Abu Dhabi (6pm UAE time, 10am Eastern Caribbean/9am Jamaica)

November 11: Group B winner v Group A second in Dubai (6pm UAE time, 10am Eastern Caribbean/9am Jamaica)


November14: Final in Dubai (6pm UAE time, 10am Eastern Caribbean/9am Jamaica)



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  • Ron Saywack.  On 09/10/2021 at 5:57 am

    Cricket has lost in a big way:

    With breaking news moments ago about the last-minute cancellation of the much-anticipated fifth and final Test match between England and India at Old Trafford, there’s now a huge question mark placed over the future of other high-profile events such as the IPL, the World T20, and the Ashes, ominously.


  • guyaneseonline  On 09/10/2021 at 9:27 pm

    West Indies T20 World Cup Squad in the spotlight | SportsMax Zone

    The Zone invites Roger Harper, Chairman of Selectors for Cricket West Indies to review the West Indies T20 World Cup squad selections.

  • Ron Saywack.  On 09/11/2021 at 2:41 am

    Thank you, Cy, for providing this footage.

    I must say that I am baffled by the head-scratching selection of a few of the 15 players selected to travel to the Middle East for next month’s ICC Men’s World T20 Tournament (October 17- November 14), as well as two in the traveling reserves.

    First, what’s the justification for including Ravi Rampaul and Chris Gayle in the squad? Rampaul hasn’t played international cricket for 6 years. For a pace bowler, at 36, his best days are behind him. Surely, there must be a younger, more dynamic, player in the Caribbean to choose from.

    Chris Gayle is a spent force. Even though he’s one of my favorite players, he has been in prodigious decline in recent years. He turns 42 on September 21 and has slowed down a lot with age, as do most of us. He struggles to run swiftly between the wickets and that’s a liability.

    Nonetheless, I wish him and the team much success. Maybe Chris still has a few more surprises up his sleeves.

    As for the reserves, I would have preferred to see Jason Holder in the playing 15 as opposed to Roston Chase. Chase has not done much in the past two years. Darren Bravo is 100% not a T20 player. Besides, he has been sputtering in all formats over recent years. The man should call it a day if the selectors aren’t gonna do it for him.


    P.S.: I wish the West Indies well and hope the competition is not truncated (cut short) by the pandemic.

    • Chris  On 09/11/2021 at 10:05 am

      Cricket lovely cricket. Yeah, it’s an older bunch going to the World Cup. Any team can win. But I don’t know enough of the game to predict which team that may be. But West Indies should be right in the mix.

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