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West Indies Squad, Schedule, Date, Time And Venue For 2021 T20I World Cup

West Indies recalled experienced pace bowler Ravi Rampaul to the team for the first time in six years as the defending champions on Thursday named their squad for the Twenty20 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates and Oman in October-November.

Ravi Rampaul, a member of the 2012 World Cup-winning squad, played his last T20 match against Sri Lanka in 2015 and returns to bolster a solid-looking lineup that will look to deliver an unprecedented third title for a single team. All-rounder Roston Chase earned his maiden call-up to the T20I squad.

Ravi Rampaul File photo — Collected
Ravi Rampaul File photo — Collected

West Indies Are The Only Team To Win 2 T20I World Cups

The much-awaited T20 World Cup tournament is all set to commence from 17 October 2021. The marquee event will be played in OMAN and United Arab Emirates (UAE). Notably, the final of the tournament will take place in UAE on 14 November 2021. The defending champions West Indies will once again be favourites to win the championship.

West Indies Cricket won the 2016 ICC T20 World Cup. Credits: Twitter
West Indies Cricket won the 2016 ICC T20 World Cup. Credits: Twitter

West Indies, who are in Group 1, which also includes Australia and South Africa, take on England in their opening match of the tournament on Oct. 23 in Dubai. West Indies have power hitters like Chris Gayle, Nicholas Pooran, Kieron Pollard, Shimron Hetmyer, Andre Russell, Dwayne Bravo, and Evin Lewis. Also, their bowling unit is showing continuous improvements.

Team West Indies were not having great performance previously, However recently they have gained a sensational form and looking like a dominating force once again under the captaincy of Kieron Pollard. They will be the biggest threat for every team present in the T20 World.

Meanwhile, West Indies has been the most successful team in the T20 World Cup. As they have already won 2 trophies. One came in 2012 by defeating Sri Lanka by 36 runs, and the other came in 2016 defeating England by 4 wickets. They will commence their tournament facing South Africa and will have an eye on lifting their 3rd T20 World Cup trophy in 2021.

West Indies Squad For The Upcoming T20 World Cup 2021

Defending champion West Indies recalled Ravi Rampaul for the first time since 2015 and left out six-hitting star Carlos Brathwaite in their 15-man squad for next month’s T20 World Cup. Carlos Brathwaite hit four consecutive sixes off Ben Stokes in the final over of the 2016 T20 World Cup to win the game for West Indies. The Caribbean side won by four wickets with two balls remaining in the finals at Eden Gardens in Kolkata.

Squad: Kieron Pollard (captain), Nicholas Pooran, Fabian Allen, Dwayne Bravo, Roston Chase, Andre Fletcher, Chris Gayle, Shimron Hetmyer, Evin Lewis, Obed McCoy, Lendl Simmons, Ravi Rampaul, Andre Russell, Oshane Thomas, Hayden Walsh Jr.

Kieron Pollard
Kieron Pollard(Getty Images)

Reserves: Darren Bravo, Sheldon Cottrell, Jason Holder, Akeal Hosein

West Indies Schedule For The Upcoming T20 World Cup 2021

October 23, 2021: vs England, Dubai (07:30 PM IST)

October 26, 2021: vs South Africa, Dubai (03:30 PM IST)

October 29, 2021: vs Qualifier (B2), Sharjah (03:30 PM IST)

November 4, 2021: vs Qualifier (A1), Abu Dhabi (07:30 PM IST)

November 6, 2021: vs Australia, Abu Dhabi (03:30 PM IST)

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West Indies. Image Credits: Twitter
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West Indies And Australia’s 2nd ODI Which Was Suspended Due To Covid Case Is Set To Resume On 24th July

West Indies and Australia’s 2nd ODI was suspended after a Covid-19 case emerged moments after Australia won the toss and decided to bat against West Indies. The ICC Cricket World Cup Super League series between West Indies and Australia is set to resume after backing from both national boards and Barbados government medical officials.

After the postponement of the series’ second match, the teams will face off on Saturday and Monday, with 20 points going towards automatic World Cup qualification.

West Indies vs Australia
West Indies vs Australia (Image Source: Twitter)

West Indies And Australia’s 2nd ODI Is Set To Resume On 24th July After Postponement On 22nd July

The second match was suspended after Alex Carey won the toss and elected to bat on Thursday. A non-playing member of the West Indies contingent returned a positive test before play began, forcing medical officials from both sides to intervene.

Since the postponement, the 152-person group of players, coaching staff, officials, and television crew have all returned Covid-19 negative test results, enabling the series to continue largely unaffected. Ricky Skerritt, President of Cricket West Indies, praised the work and cooperation between both team’s boards and health teams.

“I appreciate the crucial role of the BCA and the Government of Barbados for working closely with Cricket West Indies to ensure everything is in place for resuming the series,” Skerritt said.

“It has been a challenging two days and we have worked very swiftly and safely, following all the established medical protocols, to make sure that all necessary precautions are in place to ensure that we can go-ahead to resume play safely, tomorrow. We will continue to monitor the situation and respond accordingly.”

Australia's Mitchell Starc Image Credit: AFP
Australia’s Mitchell Starc Image Credit: AFP

“We want to thank our counterparts at CA for their co-operation in this matter as we look to get the games going again. Special thanks to our CEO Johnny Grave, Chairman of Cricket Australia, Earl Eddings, his CEO Nick Hockley along with our respective medical and operations teams.”

Australia made a fine start to the series, winning by 133 runs (DLS), as Mitchell Starc tore through the hosts’ batting order with figures of 5/48. The result moved Australia up to third on the Super League standings, while the West Indies sit ninth, currently outside the automatic qualification spots. After the three-match series, the West Indies will stay in Barbados for five T20Is against Pakistan.

Shai Hope Returns After Injury While Riley Meredith Will Debut

Alex Carey was again leading the side in the absence of injured Aaron Finch. Australia handed an ODI debut to fast bowler Riley Meredith in place of Wes Agar. West Indies has been boosted by the return of wicketkeeper-batter Shai Hope after an ankle injury kept him out of the opening match. He will open the batting in place of Shimron Hetmyer and take the gloves off Nicholas Pooran.

Kieron Pollard
Kieron Pollard(Getty Images)

In the 1st ODI, which was marred by rain, Australia’s stand-in captain Alex Carey scored a half-century and pace bowler Mitchell Starc took five wickets as they beat West Indies by 133 runs in Barbados. Chasing a Duckworth-Lewis-Stern (DLS) adjusted 257 runs for victory after Australia scored 252-for 9 in 49 overs after three rain delays, the hosts suffered a collapse to fold for 123 with only returning skipper Kieron Pollard (56) offering resistance.

Teams For The 2nd ODI:

West Indies (Playing XI): Evin Lewis, Shai Hope(w), Darren Bravo, Jason Mohammed, Nicholas Pooran, Kieron Pollard (c), Jason Holder, Hayden Walsh, Sheldon Cottrell, Alzarri Joseph, Akeal Hosein

Australia (Playing XI): Josh Philippe, Ben McDermott, Mitchell Marsh, Moises Henriques, Alex Carey(w/c), Ashton Turner, Matthew Wade, Mitchell Starc, Riley Meredith, Adam Zampa, Josh Hazlewood

West Indies and Australia
West Indies and Australia (Image Source: Twitter)
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West Indies-Australia 2nd ODI Suspended After Covid-19 Case

Australia won the toss and decided to bat against West Indies in the 2nd ODI but the match was suspended. The second ODI in Barbados was suspended moments before the first ball was due to be bowled after reports of a positive Covid test emerged.
A short while later a CWI spokesman confirmed the match had been “postponed”. The toss had already taken place with teams named when the situation began to unfold. Australia captain Alex Carey had been able to take the same route as the opening game as he won the toss and opted to bat first.
Alex Carey will be Australia's 26th captain in ODIs Getty Images
Alex Carey will be Australia’s 26th captain in ODIs Getty Images

Australia’s Stand-In Skipper Alex Carey Wins Toss And Opted To Bat First But The Match Was Postponed After A Positive Covid-19 Case Was Confirmed

Alex Carey was again leading the side in the absence of injured Aaron Finch. Australia handed an ODI debut to fast bowler Riley Meredith in place of Wes Agar. West Indies has been boosted by the return of wicketkeeper-batter Shai Hope after an ankle injury kept him out of the opening match. He will open the batting in place of Shimron Hetmyer and take the gloves off Nicholas Pooran.
Shai Hope's return is a bonus for West Indies AFP via Getty Images
Shai Hope’s return is a bonus for West Indies AFP via Getty Images

The second ODI between West Indies and Australia was postponed after a positive COVID-19 case was confirmed minutes before the opening delivery was to be bowled. A decision on when the match will be replayed will be made once all the test results are confirmed, said the Cricket West Indies.

Australia Included ODI Debutant Riley Meredith In The XI

Australia had opted to bat after winning the toss but the teams were made aware of the development after the toss. Riley Meredith, who was set to make his ODI debut and was included in place of Wes Agar, will now have to wait for his opportunity. The teams will now be placed in managed isolation.

“The second ODI between West Indies and Australia has been postponed due to a positive Covid-19 test result from a non-playing member of the West Indies team,” Cricket West Indies said in a statement.

Riley Meredith
Riley Meredith

“This decision was taken after the toss at Kensington Oval once the result was known due to the Covid-19 protocols. All members of both teams and match officials will be retested today. A decision on when the match will be replayed will be made at a later date once the test results are known. They will remain in isolation in their hotel rooms until their PCR-Test results are returned.”

Given the positive case, it remains to be seen how Australia’s next upcoming few fixtures will get affected. After the final ODI which is now scheduled on July 24, the visitors are scheduled to fly to Bangladesh for five T20Is starting from August 3.

In the 1st ODI, which was marred by rain, Australia’s stand-in captain Alex Carey scored a half-century and pace bowler Mitchell Starc took five wickets as they beat West Indies by 133 runs in Barbados. Chasing a Duckworth-Lewis-Stern (DLS) adjusted 257 runs for victory after Australia scored 252-for 9 in 49 overs after three rain delays, the hosts suffered a collapse to fold for 123 with only returning skipper Kieron Pollard (56) offering resistance.

Teams For The 2nd ODI:

West Indies (Playing XI): Evin Lewis, Shai Hope(w), Darren Bravo, Jason Mohammed, Nicholas Pooran, Kieron Pollard(c), Jason Holder, Hayden Walsh, Sheldon Cottrell, Alzarri Joseph, Akeal Hosein

Australia (Playing XI): Josh Philippe, Ben McDermott, Mitchell Marsh, Moises Henriques, Alex Carey(w/c), Ashton Turner, Matthew Wade, Mitchell Starc, Riley Meredith, Adam Zampa, Josh Hazlewood

Danish Kaneria (Image credit: Twitter)
Danish Kaneria (Image credit: Twitter)
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Danish Kaneria Picks West Indies, England, India As 2021 T20I World Cup Final Contenders

Danish Kaneria, former Pakistan leg-spinner has opened up on which teams participating in the 2021 T20I WC could make it to the final of the upcoming T20 World Cup. Groups for the showpiece event were drawn on Friday and there are some interesting match-ups to watch out for.

Group A can be considered the ‘Group of Death’ with the likes of West Indies, Australia, England, and South Africa in it. However, Danish Kaneria believes the way West Indies have thumped Australia 4-1 in the T20I series, they will be one of the favorites to make it to the final.

Danish Kaneria @ AFP
Danish Kaneria. Photo Credit: AFP.

Danish Kaneria: India Favourites To Make It To The 2021 T20 World Cup Final

Speaking to India News, Danish Kaneria also backed England to give defending champions 2016 T20I World Cup winner West Indies strong competition and make it to the final. Group B consists of India, Pakistan, New Zealand, and Afghanistan so far. Danish Kaneria had no hesitation in stating that India is overwhelming favorites from this group to make it to the final.

“If I look at Group 1, the way West Indies have formed their team and the way they are playing against Australia, they are strong contenders. Between West Indies and England I think one team will make it to the final.

“In Group 2, India have quality cricketers and all-rounders. IPL 2021 phase two will happen before the T20 World Cup so it will favour India make it to the final because the players will be in touch,” Danish Kaneria stated.

Evin Lewis acknowledges his half-century AFP
Evin Lewis acknowledges his half-century AFP

Evin Lewis’ sparkling display with the bat (79 off 34 balls) and scintillating fielding give West Indies a 4-1 margin over Australia with a 16 run win in the 5th T20I. West Indies won the 1st T20I by 18 runs with Andre Russell scoring 51 runs and Obed McCoy taking 4 scalps.

West Indies won the 2nd T20I by 56 runs with Shimron Hetmyer(61) and Hayden Walsh(3/29) contributing. West Indies successfully chased 142 in the 3rd with Chris Gayle scoring 67. Lendl Simmons’ 72 went in vain as Australia won the 4th with only 4 runs. Mitchell Marsh amassed maximum- 219 runs besides taking 8 scalps while Hayden Walsh picked 12 wickets.

Danish Kaneria: From The Commercial Point Of View India And Pakistan Match Would Generate A Lot Of Revenue

India and Pakistan have once again been drawn in the same group for the T20 World Cup and Danish Kaneria feels it is an exciting moment for fans from both countries. As India and Pakistan don’t play bilateral cricket against each other, their encounters in ICC events are always highly anticipated. Danish Kaneria feels the match will also help the ICC financially as viewership increases in India-Pakistan games and it makes a difference in the revenue generated.

“India-Pakistan games and viewed more than the Ashes. India and Pakistan are not playing bilateral series. So people wait with anticipation for the times when these two teams meet in ICC events. From the commercial point of view this would also generate a lot of revenue,” Danish Kaneria signed off.

India and Pakistan rarely play against each other but have a heated rivalry. (Photo by Tharaka Basnayaka/NurPhoto via Getty Images) NURPHOTO VIA GETTY IMAGES
India and Pakistan rarely play against each other but have a heated rivalry. (Photo by Tharaka Basnayaka/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

India and Pakistan have not played the Test series for more than 14 years. As far as bilateral series in ODIs and T20Is are concerned, it has been over eight years. While they face off each other during ICC events and Asia Cup. The political tension between the two neighbouring countries flared up after the terror attack in Mumbai’s Taj Hotel.

Pakistan and India’s last bilateral ties at either of the two neighbouring countries were 2 T20Is and 3 ODIs in India way back in 2012.

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West Indies Recall Sheldon Cottrell, Shimron Hetmyer And Roston Chase For 3 ODIs vs Australia

West Indies recalled fast bowler Sheldon Cottrell, batsman Shimron Hetmyer and all-rounder, Roston Chase, to the ODI squad for a 3-match home series against Australia at Kensington Oval, Barbados from July 20-24.

West Indies on Wednesday recalled fast bowler Sheldon Cottrell, batsman Shimron Hetmyer and all-rounder, Roston Chase, to their ODI squad for a three-match home series against Australia. Kyle Mayers and Kevin Sinclair have missed out on selection.

Shimron Hetmyer had earlier failed to meet the team's fitness standards AFP
Shimron Hetmyer had earlier failed to meet the team’s fitness standards AFP

West Indies Recalled Pacer Sheldon Cottrell, Batsman Shimron Hetmyer, And All Rounder Roston Chase

The trio of Sheldon Cottrell, Shimron Hetmyer, and Roston Chase had missed out on selection earlier for the team’s last 50-overs assignment, against Sri Lanka in March, for failing to meet the team management’s fitness standards.

Allrounder Roston Chase and middle-order batter Shimron Hetmyer featured in the Test and T20I legs, respectively, of the just-concluded home series against South Africa, but Sheldon Cottrell, the left-arm quick, has not played for West Indies since November 2020.

Batting allrounder Kyle Mayers, who made his ODI debut against Bangladesh earlier this year, and offspinner Kevin Sinclair, who is uncapped in ODIs, didn’t find a place in the squad, but Anderson Phillip, the fast bowler who made his ODI debut against Sri Lanka in March, kept his place in the side.

West Indies fast bowler Sheldon Cottrell. - GETTY IMAGES
West Indies fast bowler Sheldon Cottrell. – GETTY IMAGES

The three-match series will be played at Kensington Oval in Barbados on July 20, 22, and 24. It will be Australia’s first tour of the Carribean since a tri-nation series in 2016.

West Indies Last Played The Longer White Ball Format In March

West Indies last played the longer white-ball format in March when they swept Sri Lanka 3-0. Since then they have drawn a two-Test series with Sri Lanka and then lost a five-match home T20 series to South Africa 3-2 earlier this month, both with very different squads.

“This squad is coming off a comprehensive series win against Sri Lanka which should boost their confidence going into what is expected to be a tougher contest against Australia,” said lead selector Roger Harper.

West Indies vs Sri Lanka
West Indies vs Sri Lanka-Image Credit: Twitter

Before the ODI games, the two teams will play a five-match T20 series in St Lucia starting on Saturday.

West Indies ODI squad: Kieron Pollard (captain), Shai Hope, Fabian Allen, Darren Bravo, Roston Chase, Sheldon Cottrell, Shimron Hetmyer, Jason Holder, Akeal Hosein, Alzarri Joseph, Evin Lewis, Jason Mohammed, Anderson Philip, Nicholas Pooran, Romario Shepherd.

West Indies T20I squad: Kieron Pollard (capt), Nicholas Pooran (wk), Fabian Allen, Dwayne Bravo, Sheldon Cottrell, Fidel Edwards, Andre Fletcher, Chris Gayle, Shimron Hetmyer, Jason Holder, Akeal Hosein, Evin Lewis, Obed McCoy, Andre Russell, Lendl Simmons, Oshane Thomas, Hayden Walsh Jnr

Akeal Hosein (Photo credit - CWI Media)
Akeal Hosein (Photo credit - CWI Media)
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Cricket West Indies Names Akeal Hosein In 13-Member Squad

Cricket West Indies selection panel named the 13-member squad for the 4th T20I against South Africa. Left-arm spinner Akeal Hosein has been named in place of Kevin Sinclair in the squad against South Africa while Jason Holder has been rested.

The Cricket West Indies (CWI) selection panel has named the 13-member squad for the fourth T20I against South Africa. The match will be played at the Grenada National Stadium on Thursday, July 1. Left-arm spinner Akeal Hosein has been named in the squad announced by Cricket West Indies for the first time in the series with the West Indies trailing 2-1 in the five-match T20I series.

Cricket West Indies
West Indies. Image Credits: Twitter

Cricket West Indies Rested Jason Holder And Names Akeal Hosein In 13 Man Squad

Two-time World Champions, West Indies won the series opener by eight wickets on Saturday. South Africa won the second match by 16 runs on Sunday and secured a narrow one-run win in a thriller on Tuesday. After taking an early 1-0 lead in the five matches slated, the home side’s original plan to chase has been countered well by South Africa, who have held on to 16-run and 1-run victories to go 2-1 up.

Roger Harper, Lead Selector of Cricket West Indies in an official release said: “Jason Holder is out of the squad on planned rest with a view to managing his workload, while Shimron Hetmyer, who was a late replacement for Chris Gayle in the last game, remains in the squad. Kevin Sinclair makes way for Akeal Hosein in keeping with the Selection Panel’s quest to determine our best squad and best XI. The objective remains to win this game and the series.”

Jason Holder and Chris Gayle of the West Indies look on during the anthems
Jason Holder and Chris Gayle of the West Indies look on during the anthems Image Source: GETTY IMAGES

Jason Holder and Kevin Sinclair have been rested and they make way for Chris Gayle and Akeal Hosein, as the left-arm spinner gets his first call up of the series.

Chris Gayle has now been shifted to the number 3 position in West Indies’ team also. He scored 32* off 24 balls in the victorious first T20I. The dashing left-hander was then rested from the third T20I, where Shimton Hetmyer, batting at number 4 as Jason Holder was promoted to number 3, impressed the selectors with 17 off 10 and has retained his place.

Left-arm spin has been the catalyst of South Africa’s success in the series, with George Linde and Tabraiz Shamsi combining for seven wickets across the first three matches. Tabraiz Shamsi in particular has been effective and is the only bowler with an economy under five in the series.

In response, left-arm orthodox spinner Akeal Hosein has been added to the 13-man West Indies squad named by Cricket West Indies with the 28-year-old replacing off-spinner Kevin Sinclair. Yet to taste international T20 action, Akeal Hosein has represented the West Indies in six One Day Internationals and claimed 3/26 against Bangladesh on debut back in January. With an economy of just 4.16 in his young ODI career, he has conceded less than seven runs per over in domestic T20 cricket, claiming his wickets at an average under thirty.

West Indies Will Play 15 T20s In 3 Months Against South Africa, Australia, And Pakistan In A Bumper T20 Season

This ongoing series forms part of the Cricket West Indies’ World Cup preparation with a total of 15 T20Is to be played across three months in the build-up to the ICC T20 World Cup to be played from October 17 to November 14 in the United Arab Emirates and Oman.

T20I World Cup trophy. (Photo Source: Twitter)
T20I World Cup trophy. (Photo Source: Twitter)

The two-time T20 World Cup champions have a bumper T20 home season: they host South Africa, Australia, and Pakistan for a total of 15 T20Is (5 each) – punctuated by ODIs and Tests – in preparation for their title defence in the 2021 T20 World Cup later in the year in the UAE.

Windies squad for the fourth T20I: Kieron Pollard (c), Nicholas Pooran, Fabien Allen, Dwayne Bravo, Fidel Edwards, Chris Gayle, Andre Fletcher. Shimron Hetmyer, Akeal Hosein, Evin Lewis, Obed McCoy, Andre Russell, Lendl Simmons.

Inzamam-ul-Haq | AFP
Inzamam-ul-Haq | AFP
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Peshawar Zalmi Signs Inzamam-ul-Haq As Mentor And Batting Consultant For PSL 2021

Peshawar Zalmi took to social media Twitter on Saturday to announce that they have signed former Pakistan batsman Inzamam-ul-Haq as a mentor and batting consultant for their remaining matches of Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2021.

Inzamam-ul-Haq is one of the most successful batsmen in Pakistan cricket history. The former Pakistan skipper played 378 ODI matches, scoring 11,739 runs at an average of 39.53. In Test cricket, Inzamam-ul-Haq has amassed 8,830 runs, including 46 half-centuries and 25 hundred.

Inzamam-ul-Haq
Inzamam-ul-Haq JEWEL SAMAD / AFP

Peshawar Zalmi Ropes In Legendary Former Pakistan Skipper Inzamam-ul-Haq As Mentor Cum Batting Consultant

Since retiring, Inzamam-ul-Haq has had coaching stints with Pakistan and Afghanistan.

Peshawar Zalmi welcomed him to their franchise with the following tweet: “Legend Inzamam Ul Haq joins Peshawar Zalmi as Mentor/Batting Consultant for remaining matches of PSL 6. Welcome to the Zalmi family.”

Inzamam-ul-Haq played a vital role in the rise of the Afghanistan cricket team. When he was the team’s coach, the Afghans upset the West Indies in the ICC T20 World Cup 2016. Peshawar Zalmi has a strong squad for PSL 2021, and the team management will expect their batsmen to perform better under Inzamam-ul-Haq’s guidance.

Peshawar Zalmi Is In 2nd Spot Before IPL 6 Was Suspended Midway Due To Bio Bubble Breach

Having recorded three wins and two defeats in the first phase of PSL 2021, Peshawar Zalmi is currently in the second position on the points table, behind defending champions Karachi Kings. Peshawar Zalmi won three of their five matches in the first phase of PSL 2021.

Peshawar will resume their PSL 2021 campaign on June 4 against the Lahore Qalandars. The team has a strong chance of qualifying for the next round.

Shoaib Malik. (Photo by Visionhaus/Getty Images)
Shoaib Malik. (Photo by Visionhaus/Getty Images)

With the likes of Wahab Riaz, Shoaib Malik, Ravi Bopara, Fidel Edwards, David Miller, and Sherfane Rutherford in their ranks, Peshawar Zalmi will start as one of the favourites to win PSL 2021 in the UAE.

Shimron Hetmyer will make his Pakistan Super League debut with Multan Sultans. PSL 6, which was suspended in March, will resume in Abu Dhabi in June. Multan Sultans signed the West Indies big-hitter along with opener Johnson Charles.

Afghanistan’s star-leg spinner Rashid Khan will return to Lahore Qalandar for the PSL 6. The six-team tournament was stopped after 14 games in March after seven people, including six players, tested positive for COVID-19, and the franchises were allowed to add two more players to their squads in Saturday’s virtual players draft.

Peshawar Zalmi: Wahab Riaz (c), Abrar Ahmed, Amad Butt, Bismillah Khan, David Miller (partially available), Fabian Allen (partially available), Fidel Edwards (partially available), Haider Ali, Imam-ul-Haq, Kamran Akmal, Mohammad Amir Khan, Mohammad Irfan Snr, Mohammad Imran, Mohammad Imran Randhawa, Rovman Powell, Waqar Salamkheil, Sherfane Rutherford, Shoaib Malik, and Umaid Asif

Kieron Pollard
Kieron Pollard(Getty Images)
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Kieron Pollard Reckons Shimron Hetmyer Can Take West Indies Cricket Forward

Kieron Pollard, West Indies limited-overs skipper wants to see star batsman Shimron Hetmyer dominate across all formats in international cricket. However, Kieron Pollard feels the southpaw has to work harder to gain the confidence of the selectors.

Shimron Hetmyer has not consistently featured in the last year due to injury concerns and he even opted out of the Bangladesh tour earlier this year. Since making his debut in 2017, the 24-year-old has played only 16 Tests, 45 ODIs, and 27 T20Is for the West Indies.

Shimron Hetmyer and Kieron Pollard (Credit: BCCI)
Shimron Hetmyer and Kieron Pollard (Credit: BCCI)

Kieron Pollard: Shimron Hetmyer Can Take West Indies Cricket Forward And Should Be Playing All 3 Formats

During an interaction on the Line & Length TV Show on Sportsmax, Kieron Pollard stated that Shimron Hetmyer is the player who will take West Indies cricket forward.

“We love Hetty. He is a young, talented cricketer. He is a guy who we know, deep in our hearts, can take West Indies cricket forward from a generational point of view with his skill and what he can achieve on a cricket field,” said Kieron Pollard.

“He knows the truth and he knows what it is. We would love Hetty to be playing all three formats, but as the saying goes, ‘You can only take the horse to the water, but you can’t force him to drink.’ With that being said, I will leave it right there and for the individual to get things together,” said Kieron Pollard.

Shimron Hetmyer (Photo: BCCI/IPL/ANI)
Shimron Hetmyer (Photo: BCCI/IPL/ANI)

Speaking about Shimron Hetmyer’s performances across the different formats of the game, Kieron Pollard said: “He has a fantastic record in ODI cricket. We saw what he can do in the Indian Premier League (IPL) and it’s just for him to take what’s in front of him. The world is at his feet.”

Over the last year, Shimron Hetmyer has managed only 100 runs from five innings in T20Is and 14 runs in two ODIs. The southpaw last played a Test match in November 2019. He could not make it into the West Indies squad for the recent home series against Sri Lanka after failing to clear the mandatory fitness test.

He last featured in an ODI match in January 2020. Shimron Hetmyer scored 84 runs in 6 matches for Delhi Capitals (DC) in now-postponed IPL 2021.

Kieron Pollard: West Indies Have To Plan Properly In Order To Conquer South Africa

Kieron Pollard warned that the West Indies will have to be at their best to beat a very talented South African side. The Men in Maroon play South Africa in a five-match T20I series starting June 26.

“We have to plan properly in order to conquer. I’m not looking too much into the names (of the opposition) because as I said before these guys are talented in their own right as they would have not been selected for their national teams (otherwise),” said Kieron Pollard.

West Indies all-rounder Andre Russell (Reuters Image)
West Indies all-rounder Andre Russell (Reuters Image)

The Cricket West Indies selection panel on Tuesday had announced a provisional 18-man squad for the three back-to-back five-match T20I series against South Africa, Australia, and Pakistan. Andre Russell has returned to the T20I squad for the first time since March 2020.

Sheldon Cottrell, Shimron Hetmyer, Andre Russell, Oshane Thomas, and Hayden Walsh Jr. return alongside the majority of the squad who featured in the 2-1 T20I Series victory against Sri Lanka in March. Kieron Pollard, who led the team to the ODI and T20I series win against Sri Lanka, will continue to captain the team. Nicholas Pooran will play the role of Kieron Pollard’s deputy. It has been learned that Suni Narine is still not ready to return to international cricket.

West Indies T20I squad: Kieron Pollard (capt), Nicholas Pooran (wk), Fabian Allen, Dwayne Bravo, Sheldon Cottrell, Fidel Edwards, Andre Fletcher, Chris Gayle, Shimron Hetmyer, Jason Holder, Akeal Hosein, Evin Lewis, Obed McCoy, Andre Russell, Lendl Simmons, Oshane Thomas, Hayden Walsh Jnr

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IPL 2021: Mayank Agarwal Opens Up On Chris Gayle And Dawid Malan Opening For Punjab Kings

KL Rahul, Punjab Kings’ regular skipper is doubtful to rejoin the league anytime soon even as his team is expecting him to return to action within a week or 10 days after going under the knife in a Mumbai hospital.

Since the IPL is being held in a bio-secure bubble, there is a quarantine period that KL Rahul may have to serve if he does not get an exemption. It may rule him out of the entire tournament, which will conclude on May 30.

Punjab Kings captain KL Rahul during match vs RR on Monday (PTI Image)
Punjab Kings captain KL Rahul during a match vs RR on Monday (PTI Image)

KL Rahul’s Absence May See Chris Gayle Or Dawid Malan Opening Alongside Stand In Skipper Mayank Agarwal As Prabhsimran Singh Failed

Punjab Kings’ stand-in captain Mayank Agarwal says the Punjab Kings management have not yet discussed if explosive Chris Gayle or Dawid Malan would open the innings alongside him in the absence of KL Rahul, who needs surgery to treat acute appendicitis.

“That’s something (Gayle or Malan) we have to speak about but for the moment this is the strategy that we went with and we got a decent score. May be probably 10 runs short,” said Mayank Agarwal at the post-match press conference after losing to Delhi Capitals on Sunday night.

Mayank Agarwal hit a majestic unbeaten 99 but his opening partner Prabhsimran Singh contributed only 15. Chris Gayle (13) and Dawid Malan (26) batted at number three and four respectively as Punjab Kings lost the match by seven wickets after making 166 for six.

Mayank Agarwal (Image Source: Twitter)
Mayank Agarwal (Image Source: Twitter)

Mayank Agarwal was again non-committal when asked if overseas players can be reshuffled to let someone like Moises Henriques play regularly.

“That’s something we will think about, going ahead. With Delhi’s batting, we needed firepower to get the wickets, that was lacking. We back our bowlers to do that for us,” he said.

KL Rahul’s absence saw Mayank Agarwal captaining as he said it was not tough to play the captain’s role but admitted that the responsibility does change the approach towards the game.

“I had been kept in the loop. Throughout the season we were there in meetings. There was enough time to prepare. We turned up decently, would have liked more aggression though. When you play as a batsman, you don’t think like a captain, you execute your role as a player. When you are captain and batting, you want to take extra responsibility,” he said.

Mayank Agarwal’s unbeaten 99 is the 2nd best score on a captaincy debut in IPL, only next to Rajasthan Royals’ Sanju Samson score of 119 which he had scored against PBKS this season.

PBKS captain KL Rahul, who had scored an unbeaten 91 against RCB, was rushed to a hospital in Mumbai after being diagnosed with acute appendicitis, and Mayank Agarwal was named as his replacement. KL Rahul was the leading run-scorer with 331 runs.

Shimron Hetmyer Credits Coach Ricky Ponting For Backing Him

Delhi Capitals’ Shimron Hetmyer said a helpful environment in the dressing room inspires all to do well and that has been a factor for the team’s good show.

“That plays a part. It always helps when you go in, with a clear mind and coach is backing you. Most times it comes out positively for us,” he said.

He also emphasized the supporting role being played by head coach Ricky Ponting.

“(There is) positivity. (He) gives you freedom to express, backs you. Keeps pushing you to do your best. I like him.”

Shimron Hetmyer (Photo: BCCI/IPL/ANI)
Shimron Hetmyer (Photo: BCCI/IPL/ANI)

“This year it’s like being comfortable in environment. You can be yourself. I was nervous first year, last year was not getting much chance.”

Hetmyer said it is not that challenging for players to play at two different venues.

“Players should be able to adjust, assess situation, conditions and play accordingly,” he said.

Asked about his learning so far from the IPL that may help him in his national duty, Hetmyer said, “I am trying to be more consistent, keep that positivity. In West Indies team, I bat a bit higher, I try to play less shots.”

Shimron Hetmyer heaped praises on his coach Ricky Ponting for giving everyone the freedom to express themselves in the best way possible, adding “that is the one thing I like about him”. He has played 23 matches amassing 359 runs averaging 25.64. In IPL 2021, he scored exactly 84 runs in 6 games as he has been unbeaten on 5 occasions.

Shimron Hetmyer (Photo: BCCI/IPL/ANI)
Shimron Hetmyer (Photo: BCCI/IPL/ANI)
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IPL 2021: Ricky Ponting Has Given Delhi Capitals’ Players Freedom To Express Themselves, Says Shimron Hetmyer

Shimron Hetmyer, batsman of Delhi Capitals said that head coach Ricky Ponting gives each player on the side complete freedom to express themselves after table-toppers  Delhi registered a seven-wicket win over Punjab Kings in the Indian Premier League (IPL).

Shikhar Dhawan played a knock of 69 runs as Delhi Capitals defeated Punjab Kings by seven wickets at the Narendra Modi Stadium at Ahmedabad on Sunday.

Shikhar Dhawan and Shimron Hetmyer (left) Pic: IPLT20.COM
Shikhar Dhawan and Shimron Hetmyer (left) Pic: IPLT20.COM

Shimron Hetmyer: Ricky Ponting Has Helped In Terms Of Positivity And Gives Everyone The Freedom To Express Themselves

Along with Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw also played a quickfire knock of 39 runs. For Punjab Kings, Chris Jordon, Harpreet Brar, and Riley Meredith returned with one wicket each.

“I have been here for just two seasons, from being here for two years, Ricky Ponting has helped in terms of positivity. He has given everyone the freedom to express themselves in the best possible fashion. He is always there to back you and push you to do your best. That is one of the things I like about him,” said Shimron Hetmyer while replying to an ANI query during a virtual press conference.

Delhi Capitals head coach Ricky Ponting (Photo | IPL Twitter)
Delhi Capitals head coach Ricky Ponting (Photo | IPL Twitter)

Shimron Hetmyer heaped praises on his coach Ricky Ponting for giving everyone the freedom to express themselves in the best way possible, adding “that is the one thing I like about him”.

Shimron Hetmyer Having The Chances To Finish Off The Games In IPL 2021

With this win, Delhi Capitals has moved to the first spot in the points table with 12 points from 8 games while Punjab Kings remain in sixth place with six points.

Shimron Hetmyer also talked about finishing games for Delhi. He said that this year he is getting a lot of chances to go out and bat freely, which he did not get much last year because “guys at the top were batting really well”. He added that most of the guys in the IPL have played international matches, which makes it easy for them to adjust to the conditions, adding that it’s all about assessing those conditions and playing accordingly.

“This year really, it’s knowing that I have the backing of the team really. It’s like being comfortable and being in an environment where everyone is your friend, it is just about expressing yourself.

“I am not thinking too much about the past years. Last year it was just a matter of the guys doing well at the top, so I was not getting that many chances but this year, it’s probably the same, but I am having the chances to finish off the games,” said Hetmyer.

When asked whether it’s a challenge to adjust to different venues this IPL, Hetmyer said: “I do not think it is that challenging because everyone who is playing in the IPL has played international cricket before so they are able to adjust. It is about going out there and assessing the conditions and playing accordingly.”

“The things I have learned here, I try to implement that into my game. I try to be more consistent, in the West Indies team I bat a little higher so there is a little more responsibility in that case,” he added.

Mayank Agarwal (Image Source: Twitter)
Mayank Agarwal (Image Source: Twitter)

Earlier, Mayank Agarwal played an unbeaten knock of 99 runs as Punjab Kings posted a score of 166/6 in the allotted twenty overs. Along with Mayank Agarwal, England star Dawid Malan also chipped in with a knock of 26 runs playing his first IPL match. For Delhi Capitals, Kagiso Rabada returned with three wickets.

Shimron Hetmyer has played IPL since 2019. He has played 23 matches amassing 359 runs averaging 25.64. In IPL 2021, he averages a staggering 84 having scored exactly 84 runs in 6 games as he has been unbeaten on 5 occasions. The left-handed batsman, who had played for Royal Challengers Bangalore in IPL 2019, made his way to Delhi Capitals after being bought for INR 7.75 crores for the IPL 2020.

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