Brathwaite to captain WI in Hurricane Relief T20; Paul lone Guyanese
All-rounder Carlos Brathwaite returns to captain the Windies in the Hurricane Relief T20 Challenge against the ICC Rest of the World XI at Lord’s Cricket Ground, London, on Thursday, May 31.
This charity match is being staged with the support of the MCC, ECB and ICC to raise funds to rebuild and restore five major cricket venues at the heart of Caribbean communities that were damaged by Hurricanes Irma and Maria.
Match-winning all-rounder, Andre Russell, returns to the Windies T20 squad following his return to cricket during the Super50 Cup and the IPL. Explosive openers Evin Lewis and ‘Universe Boss’ Chris Gayle also return to the squad following the Pakistan series, along with spinner Ashley Nurse.
All-rounder Keemo Paul is the lone Guyanese in the squad.
“We welcome the return of the players who missed the Pakistan series and are delighted to recall Andre Russell to the squad, as we believe he will have a key role in our white ball cricket. Denesh Ramdin and Keemo Paul keep their places after encouraging performances at both regional and international level,” says Chairman of Selectors, Courtney Browne.
CWI’s CEO, Johnny Grave, commented “On behalf of CWI, I’d like to thank the players for their commitment to and support of this vital cause. We’re hoping to raise a significant sum from the Hurricane Relief T20 Challenge and are very grateful to the MCC, ECB and ICC, without whom this match would not be taking place.”
Tickets are now on sale – https://tickets.lords.org/ – with all proceeds from the Hurricane Relief T20 Challenge going towards rebuilding and renovating the five major venues damaged during the hurricanes as well as other community cricket facilities:
Ronald Webster Park, Anguilla – damaged in Irma
Sir Viv Richards Stadium, Antigua – temporarily converted to host refugees from Barbuda following Irma
Windsor Park Stadium, Dominica – damaged in Maria
A.O. Shirley Recreation Ground, BVI– damaged in Irma
Carib Lumber Ball Park, St Maarten – damaged in Irma
Hurricane Relief T20 Challenge, Windies squad: Samuel Badree, Carlos Brathwaite (Captain), Rayad Emrit, Andre Fletcher, Chris Gayle, Evin Lewis, Ashley Nurse, Keemo Paul, Rovman Powell, Denesh Ramdin (Wicketkeeper), Andre Russell, Marlon Samuels and Kesrick Williams.