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Dear Editor: How Hugh Brisse can help Hetmeyer; my Windies ODI Team for Sri Lanka

“[…] The selectors have no room for sentimentality; in order to qualify automatically for the October/November 2023 World Cup in India, we have to get the points against Sri Lanka. We must pick the best 18-man squad from among all the available players. 

“I would go with three openers: Evin Lewis, Shai Hope (who can also keep wicket) and Sunil Ambris. Lendl Simmons is a shoo in for the T20 squad, and although I am a great admirer of Brandon King, he simply has not come to the party in the Super50…”

Photo: Guyana Jaguars batsman Shimron Hetmyer (right) on the go against Barbados Pride in 2021 CG Insurance Super50 action.
(via CWI)

The following Letter to the Editor on the 18-man ODI squad that should represent West Indies in Sri Lanka was submitted by Francis Warner, the former head of the QRC English Department who spent many, many hours supervising QRC cricketers working on the Queen’s Park Oval scoreboard:

The West Indies ODI team which performed poorly in Bangladesh in late January was guilty of making track for other West Indian players to pass. Consequently, many of those who chose not to go to the sub-continent now have a clear path to selection in the ODIs against Sri Lanka from March 10 -14. 

The selectors have no room for sentimentality; in order to qualify automatically for the October/November 2023 World Cup in India, we have to get the points against Sri Lanka. We must pick the best 18-man squad from among all the available players.

I would go with three openers: Evin Lewis, Shai Hope (who can also keep wicket) and Sunil Ambris. Lendl Simmons is a shoo in for the T20 squad, and although I am a great admirer of Brandon King, he simply has not come to the party in the Super50.

Photo: West Indies’ Evin Lewis plays a shot off the bowling of England’s Moeen Ali during an ODI at the Oval in London on 27 September 2017.
(Copyright AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

My choice of batsmen is Nkrumah Bonner and Kyle Mayers (who can bowl as well), both of whom have shown their pedigree in Bangladesh, and the experienced and accomplished Darren Bravo. Nicholas Pooran, who is a sure pick purely as an outstanding batsman, is my choice of wicketkeeper-batsman.

The talented Rovman Powell’s batting has fallen off and his bowling is virtually non-existent; Andre Mc Carthy is a work in progress. I have been quite impressed with the consistency and level-headedness of Jason Mohammed in the Super50 but I will still plump for the supremely gifted but disappointingly intemperate Shimron Hetmyer. 

If only he would read ‘Overconfidence, Shot Selection and Valuing Your Wicket’ by Hugh Brisse.

The all-rounders are so important in the white ball games. Owing to his mediocre performance with both bat and bowl, I have reluctantly omitted the highly regarded Fabian Allen; Keemo Paul suffers the same fate.

Skipper Kieron Pollard and the tried and proven Jason Holder and Roston Chase have important roles to play; his impressive pace bowling and aggressive batting should earn the up-and-coming Romario Shepherd a spot. 

Photo: West Indies limited overs captain Kieron Pollard attacks the bowling.

We have had some fine performances from the spinners: Larry Edwards, Akil Pierre, Ashmead Nedd, Gudakesh Motie and Kevin Sinclair all merit consideration. Sunil Narine, who is slowly getting back to his wicket-taking best, leads the way. Additionally, we know what he can do with the bat,

Owing to their wicket-taking potential, I am willing to go with both leg-spinners, the experienced Imran Khan and the irrepressible Hayden Walsh Jr who will blossom under a captain who knows how to handle a wrist-spinner. Akeal Hosein, with his accurate and penetrative left arm finger spin, gets the fourth spot. All three are more than capable lower-order batsmen, a big bonus.

With Holder and Shepherd bolstering the fast-bowling department, supported by Pollard and Mayers, I have gone with just two additional pacers. I am incredibly impressed with the pace and late swing of Oshane Thomas but overall his performances do not warrant his selection. 

Anderson Phillip, Jayden Seales and Akeem Jordan have performed creditably. However, the exciting Alzarri Joseph, whose batting has greatly improved, and the experienced Sheldon Cottrell, who has a knack of getting early wickets, are my choices. 

Photo: West Indies pacer Alzarri Joseph steams in to bowl during ODI action against Ireland.
(Courtesy CWI)

I am waiting to hear what Roger Harper and his fellow selectors have to say. I am confident that they will do a good job and not make a track for the Sri Lankan team to pass.

My ODI Squad vs Sri Lanka:

  1. Kieron Pollard (Captain) All-rounder
  2. Sunil Ambris            Batsman
  3. Nkrumah Bonner       Batsman
  4. Darren Bravo             Batsman
  5. Roston Chase             All-rounder 
  6. Sheldon Cottrell         Left-arm pacer
  7. Shimron Hetmyer      Batsman
  8. Jason Holder              All-rounder 
  9. Shai Hope                  Batsman/wicketkeeper
  10. Akeal Hosein           Left-arm finger spinner
  11. Alzarri Joseph         Right-arm pacer
  12. Imran Khan             Right-arm wrist spinner
  13. Evin Lewis              Batsman
  14. Kyle Mayers            All-rounder
  15. Sunil Narine            All-rounder 
  16. Nicholas Pooran      Batsman/wicketkeeper
  17. Romario Shepherd  All-rounder 
  18. Hayden Walsh Jr     Right-arm wrist-spinner

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