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.
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, 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.
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)