Sammy: “We know what’s at stake!” WI open W/Cup Qualifier series against USA

West Indies will start their 2023 ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Qualifier campaign against the USA on Sunday 18 June at the Takashinga Cricket Club in Zimbabwe, as they face as many as eight games in three weeks in their bid for a Cricket World Cup place.

The Maroon Men, captained by Shai Hope, are drawn alongside the Netherlands, Nepal, United States, and hosts Zimbabwe in Group A in the qualifying tournament.

West Indies opener Shai Hope in action.
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The top three teams from Group A advance to the Super Six round, where they face another three matches to decide the two finalists who also qualify automatically for the Cricket World Cup in India.

All points won in the first round will be carried over to the Super Six stage, apart from those gained against the bottom two from each group.

New West Indies white-ball coach Daren Sammy said the regional team will be ready.

“We know what’s at stake and the singular focus is to secure one of the two spots for the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023,” Sammy told CWI Media. “We trust in our preparation and, now that we know the matchups, we will plan accordingly.

“These are exciting times ahead for this confident bunch of young men. Our duty is to also make our fans proud and we intend to do exactly that.”

West Indies pacer Alzarri Joseph celebrates the wicket of India batsman Shreyas Iyer during the second ODI at the Queen’s Park Oval, Port of Spain on 24 July 2022.
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West Indies squad for Cricket World Cup qualifiers:

Shai Hope (captain), Rovman Powell (vice-captain), Shamarh Brooks, Yannic Cariah, Keacy Carty, Roston Chase, Jason Holder, Akeal Hosein, Alzarri Joseph, Brandon King, Kyle Mayers, Gudakesh Motie, Keemo Paul, Nicholas Pooran, Romario Shepherd.

2023 ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Qualifier schedule

Sunday 18 June
​Zimbabwe v Nepal, Harare Sports Club
​West Indies v USA, Takashinga Cricket Club

Monday 19 June
​Sri Lanka v UAE, Queen’s Sports Club
​Ireland v Oman, Bulawayo Athletic Club

West Indies batsman Shamarh Brooks makes an attacking shot during T20I action against India in Tarouba on 29 July 2022.
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Tuesday 20 June
​Zimbabwe v Netherlands, Harare Sports Club
​Nepal v USA, Takashinga Cricket Club

Wednesday 21 June
​Ireland v Scotland, Queen’s Sports Club
​Oman v UAE, Bulawayo Athletic Club

Thursday 22 June
​West Indies v Nepal, Harare Sports Club
​Netherlands v USA, Takashinga Cricket Club

Friday 23 June
​Sri Lanka v Oman, Queen’s Sports Club
​Scotland v UAE, Bulawayo Athletic Club

West Indies spinner Akeal Hosein (background) bowls to India captain Rohit Sharma during T20I action in Tarouba, Trinidad on 29 July 2022.
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Saturday 24 June
​Zimbabwe v West Indies, Harare Sports Club
​Netherlands v Nepal, Takashinga Cricket Club

Sunday 25 June
​Sri Lanka v Ireland, Queen’s Sports Club
​Scotland v Oman, Bulawayo Athletic Club

Monday 26 June
​Zimbabwe v USA, Harare Sports Club
​West Indies v Netherlands, Takashinga Cricket Club

Tuesday 27 June
​Sri Lanka v Scotland, Queen’s Sports Club
​Ireland v UAE, Bulawayo Athletic Club

West Indies batsman Rovman Powell hits for 6 during the 5th and final T20I against England at Kensington Oval in Barbados on 30 January 2022.
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Thursday 29 June
​Super 6: A2 v B2, Queen’s Sports Club

Friday 30 June
​Super 6: A3 v B1, Queen’s Sports Club
​Playoff: A5 v B4, Takashinga Cricket Club

Saturday 1 July
​Super 6: A1 v B3, Harare Sports Club

Sunday 2 July
​Super 6: A2 v B1, Queen’s Sports Club
​Playoff: A4 v B5, Takashinga Cricket Club

West Indies all-rounder Kyle Mayers (right) bowls during the second ODI against India at the Queen’s Park Oval on 24 July 2022 in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago.
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Monday 3 July
​Super 6: A3 v B2, Harare Sports Club

Tuesday 4 July
​Super 6: A2 v B3, Queen’s Sports Club
​Playoff: 7th v 8th Takashinga Cricket Club

Wednesday 5 July
​Super Six: A1 v B2, Harare Sports Club

Thursday 6 July
​Super 6: A3 v B3, Queen’s Sports Club
​Playoff: 9th v 10th Takashinga Cricket Club

West Indies batsman Nicholas Pooran smashes to the boundary during the CG United Series against India at the Queen’s Park Oval, Port of Spain on 24 July 2022.
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Friday 7 July
​Super 6: A1 v B1, Harare Sports Club

Sunday 9 July
​Final, Harare Sports Club

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