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Odean, Seales among contracted West Indies players, Evin and Hetmyer not included

Fast bowlers Jayden Seales, Obed McCoy and Odean Smith were awarded international retainer contracts for the first time, as Cricket West Indies (CWI) confirmed its list of contracted West Indies Men’s and Women’s players for the 2022-2023 season. 

CWI offered contracts to 36 players for the period of 1 July 2022 to 30 June 2023—which is in addition to 90 players contracted to territorial board franchise squads across the region.

Photo: West Indies bowling allrounder Odean Smith.

Noticeably absent from both lists are electric Trinidad and Tobago opener Evin Lewis and gifted Guyana batsman Shimron Hetmyer, who have struggled to meet the West Indies’ fitness requirements but featured in the 2022 IPL season.

The Men’s retainer contract structure for 2022-23 offers deals across all formats of cricket, compared to specific red or white-ball contracts in previous years. The offer follows an evaluation period of performances from 1 April 2021 to 31 March 2022, which is supported by statistics from the previous 2019 – 2020 period.

The system, according to the CWI Media, is designed to reward hard work and performance results.

“We think this is a dynamic group, with the right mixture of experience and youthfulness to properly represent the people of the Caribbean,” said CWI men’s lead selector Dr Desmond Haynes. “With general retainer contracts, it gives us a pool of talented and dedicated cricketers, who can take West Indies cricket forward in years to come.”

Photo: Guyana Harpy Eagles batsman Shimron Hetmyer drives the ball during West Indies Championship action against the Windward Islands at the Queen’s Park Oval on 10 February 2022.
(Copyright Daniel Prentice/ Wired868)

The West Indies Women’s contracted player list sees allrounders Mandy Mangru and Jannillea Glasgow along with batter Rashada Williams awarded international retainer contracts for the first time, all of which are development contracts.

“The selectors have placed a great focus on the young developing players because these are the ones who will help to build the team as we look towards the future,” said West Indies women’s lead selector Ann Browne-John. “The panel believes that the combination of experienced players and the emerging players will give a good base as we continue to prepare teams for international matches and the T20 World Cup early next year.”

CWI director of cricket Jimmy Adams said he was delighted for the retained players.

“This represents a significant investment in the ongoing development of our international players whilst also ensuring our best players are available for selection,” said Adams.

Photo: West Indies captain and opening batsman Kraigg Brathwaite (right) in action against England during the Second Test of the Apex Series at Kensington Oval, Barbados.

(Full list of contracted players)

West Indies Men: Jermaine Blackwood, Nkrumah Bonner, Kraigg Brathwaite, Joshua Da Silva, Jason Holder, Shai Hope, Akeal Hosein, Alzarri Joseph, Brandon King, Kyle Mayers, Obed McCoy, Nicholas Pooran, Rovman Powell, Kemar Roach, Jayden Seales, Romario Shepherd, Odean Smith, Hayden Walsh Jr.

West Indies Women (*denotes developmental contract): Aaliyah Alleyne, Shemaine Campbelle, Shamilia Connell, Deandra Dottin, Afy Fletcher, Cherry Ann Fraser*, Shabika Gajnabi*, Jannillea Glasgow*, Chinelle Henry, Mandy Mangru*, Hayley Matthews, Anisa Mohammed, Chedean Nation, Karishma Ramharack, Kaysia Schultz*, Shakera Selman, Stafanie Taylor, Rashada Williams*.

Photo: West Indies batter Hayley Matthews in action against New Zealand on 4 March 2022 in the ICC Women’s World Cup.
(via ICC)

(Territorial players)

Barbados Pride: Shamarh Brooks, Jonathan Carter, Roston Chase, Shane Dowrich, Dominic Drakes, Keon Harding, Chemar Holder, Akeem Jordan, Shayne Moseley, Raymon Reifer, Ramon Simmonds, Shamar Springer, Jomel Warrican. 2022 Draft Picks: Chaim Holder, Zachary McCaskie.

Guyana Harpy Eagles: Tagenarine Chanderpaul, Gudakesh Motie, Keemo Paul, Veerasammy Permaul, Chandrapaul Hemraj, Tevin Imlach, Akshaya Persaud, Nial Smith, Demetri Cameron, Anthony Bramble, Kevin Sinclair, Leon Johnson, Ronsford Beaton. 2022 Draft Picks: Vishaul Singh, Antony Adams.

Jamaica Scorpions: Brad Barnes, Carlos Brown, John Campbell, Akim Fraser, Nicholson Gordon, Leroy Lugg, Kirk McKenzie, Jamie Merchant, Marquino Mindley, Paul Palmer Jr, Javor Royal, Aldane Thomas, Alwyn Williams. 2022 Draft Picks: Gordon Bryan, Khari Campbell.

Photo: Jamaica pacer Marquino Mindley (front) celebrates his 5/20 haul against the Windward Islands in West Indies Championship action in Tarouba on 18 May 2022.
(Copyright Daniel Prentice/ Wired868)

Leeward Islands Hurricanes: Rahkeem Cornwall, Devon Thomas, Colin Archibald, Keacy Carty, Jeremiah Louis, Jahmar Hamilton, Kieran Powell, Terrence Warde, Sheeno Berridge, Daniel Doram, Ross Powell, Kofi James, Damion Williams. 2022 Draft Picks: Karima Gore, Daren Benta.

Trinidad & Tobago Red Force: Darren Bravo, Imran Khan, Jason Mohammed, Uthman Mohammed, Khary Pierre, Shannon Gabriel, Terrance Hinds, Jeremy Solozano, Isaiah Rajah, Anderson Phillip, Yannic Cariah, Bryan Charles, Keegan Simmons. 2022 Draft Picks: Jyd Goolie, Tion Webster.

Windward Islands Volcanoes: Sunil Ambris, Alick Athanaze, Keron Cottoy, Darel Cyrus, Kenneth Dember, Larry Edward, Kavem Hodge, Johan Jeremiah, Shermon Lewis, Daurius Martin, Preston McSween, Nicklaus Redhead, Jerlani Robinson. 2022 Draft Picks: Justin Greaves, Tevyn Walcott.

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