On Saturday, West Indian selectors announced the squad for the upcoming T20I against Sri Lanka. Big hitting all-rounder Andre Russell, fast-bowler Oshane Thomas and young prodigy Shimron Hetmyer will mark their return in the 14-man West Indies squad along with wicket-keeper/batsman Shai Hope and left-arm spinner Fabian Allen.
Andre Russell, the Jamaican all-rounder, hasn’t represented West Indies since the knee injury he picked up in the 2019 World Cup in June 2019. However, hedid make his return to the competitive cricket in the Bangladesh Premier League in December-January. The Jamaican will be an important cog for WI in the upcoming World T20 in Australia.
While Oshane Thomas will be returning to the side after escaping a serious car accident recently. Shimron Hetmyer will mark his return to the side after being declared fit for the series T20I series. The hard-hitting middle-order batsman Shimron Hetmyer was not part of the ODI squad for not reaching the requiredfitness standard for selection.
“Shimron Hetmyer missed out on selection for the ODI squad. He has since attained the required fitness level, becoming available for selection and has been included. Andre Russell is back in the squad, having been cleared by the medical panel and successfully completing CWI’s return-to-play protocol. Andre will add potency to every department of the team. OshaneThomas appears to be focused and raring to go. He will add pace and penetration to the bowling unit, said Roger Harper, chief selector of West Indies Cricket board.
“Shai Hope provides an opening option and cover as a back-up wicket-keeper also. Fabian Allen returns from the injury he sustained in the series against Afghanistan late last year. He will provide a spin bowling option as well as adding depth to the batting group,” he added.
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Both teams will play two-match T20I series at the Pallakele International Cricket Stadium in Kandy on March 4 and March 6 after the ongoing three-match ODI series.
Here is the 14-man West Indies Squad for T20I series:
Kieron Pollard (capt), Fabian Allen, Dwayne Bravo, Sheldon Cottrell, ShimronHetmyer, Shai Hope, Brandon King, Nicholas Pooran, Rovman Powell, Andre Russell, Lendl Simmons, Oshane Thomas, Hayden Walsh Jr, Kesrick Williams.