When Robert Haynes, Interim chairman of the Cricket West Indies selection panel, announced a 15-member team Caribbean team last night, it was evident that a mix of power hitters & young faces has been picked. Shimron Hetmyer & Nicholas Pooran are among the young players in the team.
While Chris Gayle would be appearing at his fifth World Cup, there are nine players who would be making their first ever appearance at the Cricket World Cup.
Shimron Hetmyer included
ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup winning Captain, Shimron Hetmyer, is part of a line-up which see Nicholas Pooran as the freshest face with just one ODI under his belt.
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Speaking about the players who couldn’t make to the World Cup squad, Robert Haynes said, “There were a number of tough calls we had to make to settle on our squad of 15, including ensuring there was some continuity in the side, but we believe we have chosen a strong squad of players taking into consideration such factors as experience, fitness, team balance, current form and conditions.”
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“Based on the new selection policy approach which allowed us to consider a number of players that have not regularly appeared in the side over the last two years, we had a wide base of talent from which to choose,” said Haynes.
“In keeping with tournament regulations, we submitted our squad prior to the deadline date of yesterday. All players named for the Tri-Nations Series could, however, stake a claim to be in the final 15-member squad that will be submitted after the Tri-Series and before the final deadline next month.”
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Gayle is behind by just 253 runs to overtake fellow left-hander Brian Lara and become the leading run scorer for West Indies in One-day Internationals.
“To have a player the calibre of Chris in the side to lead the batting with his vast experience and his ability to play match-winning or game-changing innings is a blessing for us and the motivation of becoming the leading scorer for West Indies in ODIs is something which I think he will relish,” said Haynes.
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Shimron Hetmyer has 25 ODIs under his experiences.
“Looking at the condition of pitches in ODIs over the last few years in England and Wales, it appears that big totals will be the order of the day, so we believe we have a line-up that can put big totals on the board or chase them, as we have seen from recent matches.
“With players like the captain, Jason Holder, as well as Andre Russell in the lower middle-order, we believe we have good depth to our batting which will allow us to play the brand of cricket that will give us the best of chance of winning the World Cup.”
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Bowling duties will be donned Kemar Roach who makes his third World Cup appearance and Shannon Gabriel who makes his first, and they will be hoping to transfer recent success in the longest version of the game into the ODI format to spearhead the attack.
“We are excited about the pace attack led by Kemar and Shannon, and we are confident that any bowling combination we put on the park is capable of providing a serious challenge to the opposition in any conditions,” said Haynes.
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“It will be a long tournament and it will be important for the bowling attack to stay fit and healthy for us to remain competitive and make a strong push to win the World Cup.”
West Indies Squad in World Cup 2019: Jason Holder (c), Fabian Allen, Carlos Brathwaite, Darren Bravo, Sheldon Cottrell, Shannon Gabriel, Chris Gayle, Shimron Hetmyer, Shai Hope, Evin Lewis, Ashley Nurse, Nicholas Pooran, Kemar Roach, André Russell, Oshane Thomas