West Indies' Andre Russell plays during the 2019 Cricket World Cup group stage match between West Indies and Bangladesh at The County Ground in Taunton, southwest England, on June 17, 2019. (Photo by Saeed KHAN / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE (Photo credit should read SAEED KHAN/AFP/Getty Images)
West Indies' Andre Russell plays during the 2019 Cricket World Cup group stage match between West Indies and Bangladesh at The County Ground in Taunton, southwest England, on June 17, 2019. (Photo by Saeed KHAN / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE (Photo credit should read SAEED KHAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Aakash Chopra feels that the West Indies cricket system is flawed as Andre Russell didn’t make it to the 2022 T20I World Cup squad. Andre Russell was part of the squad last year.

Andre Russell is considered to be one of the best all-rounders in the format around the globe and has made quite an impact in the IPL as well. However, when the squad was announced for the tournament, the all-rounder was missing from the group.

Andre Russell was part of the West Indies squad for last year's World Cup (Courtesy: Reuters)
Andre Russell was part of the West Indies squad for last year’s World Cup (Courtesy: Reuters)

West Indies Decided To Move On From Andre Russell As He Wasn’t Picked For 2022 T20I World Cup

Speaking about Andre Russell’s exclusion, chief selector Desmond Haynes said that they had a meeting with him and weren’t convinced and decided to move on.

“We had a meeting with Andre Russell earlier in the year,” Haynes said.

“We’re still not convinced yet, he’s not performing as well as we would like to see him in the competition. I think in the situation with Andre Russell, we’ve just decided to move on, and look for someone who’s in form, and doing well in the T20 format.”

West Indies players celebrate with the T20 WC Trophy [Image-Getty]
West Indies players celebrate with the T20 WC Trophy [Image-Getty]
West Indies announced its 15-member squad for the upcoming T20 World Cup 2022, with Evin Lewis making a return to the squad for the first time since the 2021 event in UAE. The squad also has two uncapped players in Yannic Cariah and Raymon Reifer.

West Indies T20I World Cup squad for 2022 is a sign that the 2-time champions (2012,2016) are moving away from the golden generation as the likes of Andre Russell, Kieron Pollard (retired), Dwayne Bravo (retired), and Sunil Narine will not travel with the West Indies.

West Indies Squad For 2022 T20I World Cup: Nicholas Pooran (c), Rovman Powell, Yannic Cariah, Johnson Charles, Sheldon Cottrell, Shimron Hetmyer, Jason Holder, Akeal Hosein, Alzarri Joseph, Brandon King, Evin Lewis, Kyle Mayers, Obed Mccoy, Raymon Reifer, Odean Smith

Aakash Chopra: West Indies Cricket Structure Is Flawed As Andre Russell Isn’t Playing In 2022 T20I World Cup

Speaking on his YouTube channel, Aakash Chopra said that the structure of West Indies cricket is flawed if the star all-rounder isn’t playing in the 2022 T20I World Cup. He also went on to say that their effort last year seemed like Kieron Pollard’s friends coming together for a party.

Andre Russell had a disastrous 2021 T20I World Cup campaign as he managed only 25 runs in 5 T20Is averaging a pathetic 6.25 besides taking only 3 scalps averaging 41 at an economy rate of 9.23.

“The West Indies cricket structure is flawed if Andre Russell is not playing. Different islands unite to play for the team, but I think there is nothing to join them together. In the last T20 World Cup, it seemed the captain’s [Kieron Pollard] friends joined and partied together,” said Aakash Chopra.

Aakash Chopra
Aakash Chopra. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Talking about the qualification scenario for West Indies, Aakash Chopra said it would be interesting to see how they perform without stars like Andre Russell and Sunil Narine.

“They are one of the most successful teams [in the tournament] but must qualify for the group stage matches. No Russell and Sunil Narine, we shall find out [how they perform],” said Aakash Chopra.

Andre Russell has featured in 67 T20Is apart from 1 Test and 56 ODIs. He has managed only 741 runs in 67 T20Is averaging a below-par 19.5 besides taking 39 scalps averaging an unimpressive 34.97.

His stats in IPL though are a bit different as he has amassed 2035 runs in 98 IPL matches averaging 30.37 at an outstanding strike rate of 177.88. He has also taken 89 scalps averaging 24.48 with a best of 5/15. He has played for Kolkata Knight Riders mostly.