Shepherd, Motie in West Indies white-ball squads to face Ireland and England
The Cricket West Indies (CWI) Interim Selection Panel today announced the squads for the upcoming series against Ireland and England.
The West Indies will start the new year at Sabina Park, Jamaica as they host Ireland in the three-match CG Insurance One-Day International (ODI) Series and a one-off CG Insurance T20 International (T20I) from January 8 to 16.
The two-time World Champions will then travel to Barbados to face England in five T20Is at Kensington Oval from January 22 to 30.
“We have tried to maintain the general make-up of the squads from the Pakistan Tour before Christmas, with the captain and some senior players coming back in. COVID-19 has also played a part in the final make-up of the squad. The challenges in the next couple months are getting the young players in both squads to not only improve on their skills but maintain the attitude and desire we saw in Pakistan,” Head Coach Phil Simmons said.
“We do need to start the year on a high. And we know both Ireland and England have very good teams, so we expect a very strong challenge as we look improve our chances of automatic qualification for the ICC Cricket World Cup in 2023 and building the T20 team for the ICC T20 World Cup in 2022.”
The CG Insurance ODI Series between West Indies and Ireland will form part of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Super League, in which the top seven teams can secure automatic qualification for the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 in India. The current ICC Super League table standings can be found here: https://bit.ly/3BHzwt4
All matches will be available in Ireland and the United Kingdom on BT Sport on its sport channels and across its digital platforms.
CG Insurance ODIs vs Ireland: Kieron Pollard (captain), Shai Hope (vice-captain), Shamarh Brooks, Roston Chase, Justin Greaves, Jason Holder, Akeal Hosein, Alzarri Joseph, Gudakesh Motie, Jayden Seales, Nicholas Pooran, Romario Shepherd, Odean Smith and Devon Thomas. COVID-19 Reserves: Keacy Carty and Sheldon Cottrell.
T20Is vs Ireland and England: Kieron Pollard (captain), Nicholas Pooran (vice-captain), Fabian Allen (England T20Is only), Darren Bravo (England T20Is only), Roston Chase, Sheldon Cottrell, Dominic Drakes, Shai Hope, Akeal Hosein, Jason Holder, Brandon King, Kyle Mayers, Rovman Powell, Romario Shepherd, Odean Smith and Hayden Walsh Jr. COVID-19 Reserves: Jayden Seales, Alzarri Joseph and Devon Thomas.
NOTES: Evin Lewis and Anderson Phillip are unavailable due to recent COVID-19 positive tests. Fabian Allen has recovered from ankle injury, but unavailable for the Ireland series due to a COVID-19 positive test. Obed McCoy is unavailable due to rehab on shin injury.
Ireland Series at Sabina Park, Jamaica
January 8: 1st CG Insurance ODI (9:30am local time/10:30am Eastern Caribbean)
January 11: 2nd CG Insurance ODI (9:30am local time/10:30am Eastern Caribbean)
January 14: 3rd CG Insurance ODI (9:30am local time/10:30am Eastern Caribbean)
January 16: one-off T20I (4pm local time/5pm Eastern Caribbean)
England Series at Kensington Oval, Barbados
January 22: 1st T20I (4pm local time/3pm Jamaica)
January 23: 2nd T20I (4pm local time/3pm Jamaica)
January 26: 3rd T20I (4pm local time/3pm Jamaica)
January 29: 4th T20I (4pm local time/3pm Jamaica)
January 30: 5th T20I (4pm local time/3pm Jamaica)