The West Indies’ search for the perfect team to take part in the T20 World Cup in October continues at a pace with an almost entirely new group of individuals set to take on Bangladesh in a three-match series starting on July 2. Played in the last short form mission eliminated.
It has already been announced that Jason Holder will be rested from these matches, Kieron Pollard has retired from international cricket entirely but Fabian Allen, Darren Bravo, Ruston Chase, Sheldon Cottrell and Shay Hope, who all made the trip to India in February. They were marginalized. Dominic Drakes finds his place only as a reserve player.
Meanwhile, Rofman Powell, who had an impressive season with Delhi Capitals in the IPL, has been named T20I Vice Captain.
The T20I squad of 13 featured call-ups for left arm tailor Obed McCoy, who played the IPL final for Rajasthan Royals, Allrounder Keemo Paul founder and wicketkeeper Devon Thomas.
Gudakesh Motie, a left spinner who played Test and T20I each, has been called up to the 13-man ODI squad to face Bangladesh from July 10.
“We know the history of Ruffman,” said Desmond Hines, senior specialist. “He has led the West Indies before and is also the captain of his CPL franchise [Jamaica Tallawahs]. Our role is to look at future leaders as well and we have identified a few of them, including himself, around whom we will be developing programs to ensure that we keep them engaged in this aspect of cricket.
“Overall, we have to start looking at the bigger picture to get these players to play together as much as possible in preparation for the ICC T20 World Cup later in the year. We need to make sure we have a very strong squad for that tournament.”
The last white ball cricket in the West Indies was in Pakistan, where they lost 3-0 in a three-match ODI series. Brandon King, who struggled in that streak, retained his spot on the side. 32-year-old Thomas, who broke an eight-year spell between his T20I appearances last December, has stayed on the team as well. During a career of 101 T20 games, he averaged 18.79 and hit 112.90.
“Thomas is a very versatile cricketer, knocking on the door in all ways,” Hines said. “He’s been doing really well in cricket and with that level of talent we have to make sure we keep him interested. He brings a lot to the table and he’s basically a 4D player, he can bat, he’s the ball, he’s great on the field, and he can keep the wicket as well. “.
White ball matches will begin with three T20I matches on July 2, July 3 and July 7, before the ODI matches on July 10, July 13 and July 16. Adding since Hurricane Maria severely damaged the island in 2017. The last four matches will be played in Guyana. The West Indies concluded a two-game Test series against Bangladesh on Wednesday, winning both matches.