West Indies Announces Squads For ODIs And T20Is In South Africa
Feb 20, 2023 at 9:41 PM
West Indies will be touring South Africa for a full tour consisting of two Tests, 3 ODIs, and 3 T20Is and have named their squads for the limited-over series after already revealing their team for the Tests.
The upcoming limited overs series will see West Indies playing three ODIs on March 16 and March 18 in East London and on March 21 in Potchefstroom. The three T20Is will be played on March 25 and March 26 in Centurion and March 28 in Johannesburg.
This will be the first series for the Caribbean side after Nicholas Pooran stepped down as the white ball captain of the team and the Cricket West Indies named Shai Hope as the ODI captain and Rovman Powell as the T20I captain. Powell will also be the ODI vice-captain, while Kyle Mayers will be his deputy in T20Is.
The ODI series is of great importance as barring an improbable set of results in the final few Super League fixtures, West Indies would have to earn their spot at the ODI World Cup in India later this year via the global qualifier in Zimbabwe in June-July.
Fast bowler Shannon Gabriel has earned a recall to the ODI squad on the back of his performances during the CG United Super50 Cup last November. He was the joint leading-wicket taker spearheading the Trinidad & Tobago Red Force bowling attack, taking 15 wickets in seven matches at an average of 14.2. He last played ODIs for the West Indies at the ICC Cricket World Cup in July 2019.
Obed Mccoy Added To T20I Squad Subject To Fitness
And in the T20I squad, left-arm pacer Obed McCoy has been named as well, but his availability is subject to medical clearance. Fast bowler Jayden Seales remains unavailable for selection following a knee injury and subsequent surgery, while another fast bowler Anderson Phillip has returned to training but is not yet match-fit.
Lead Selector Desmond Haynes said on Cricket West Indies website: “We have had some injuries to our fast-bowling pool so therefore we see Gabriel as an ideal fit heading into South Africa, and the surfaces we expect to play on. It is felt that we need someone to get those early wickets and he is the kind of bowler that can do that. Judging from his performances in the CG United Super50 Cup, he is potentially a wicket-taking option up front.
For the T20Is, we have an experienced squad. What we are looking for is to form a cohesive unit and look at the players who we believe can form the nucleus as we build towards doing very well and challenging when we host the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup in June 2024.”
West Indies ODI squad:
Shai Hope (Captain), Rovman Powell (Vice Captain), Shamarh Brooks, Yannic Cariah, Keacy Carty, Roston Chase, Shannon Gabriel, Jason Holder, Akeal Hosein, Alzarri Joseph, Brandon King, Kyle Mayers, Nicholas Pooran, Romario Shepherd, Odean Smith
West Indies T20I squad:
Rovman Powell (Captain), Kyle Mayers (Vice Captain), Shamarh Brooks, Yannic Cariah, Johnson Charles, Sheldon Cottrell, Jason Holder, Akeal Hosein, Alzarri Joseph, Brandon King, Obed McCoy, Nicholas Pooran, Raymon Reifer, Romario Shepherd, Odean Smith
White ball schedule in South Africa:
Thursday, 16 March: 1st ODI at Buffalo Park, East London (day/night)
Saturday, 18 March: 2nd ODI at Buffalo Park, East London (day/night)
Tuesday, 21 March: 3rd ODI at JB Marks Oval, Potchefstroom
Saturday, 25 March: 1st T20Is at SuperSport Park, Centurion
Sunday, 26 March: 2nd T20I at SuperSport Park, Centurion
Tuesday, 28 March: 3rd T20I at Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg (night)
🚨 BREAKING NEWS🚨
Both ODI and T20I squads have been named ahead of the white-ball series in South Africa.
— Windies Cricket (@windiescricket) February 20, 2023