West Indies recall Hetmyer for India T20Is; Haynes: “He will fortify the batting group”

The Cricket West Indies (CWI) selection panel, led by Desmond Haynes, has recalled top order batsman Shimron Hetmyer to the West Indies team for the five match Goldmedal T20I Cup against India, which bowls off at 10.30am tomorrow at the Brian Lara Cricket Academy in Tarouba.

Hetmyer was one of three additions to the West Indies T20 side that defeated Bangladesh 2-0, earlier this month. Allrounder Jason Holder, who featured in yesterday’s ODI loss to India, and fast bowler Dominic Drakes were also named in the 16-man squad that will also face New Zealand in three T20Is from 10 August.

Photo: West Indies players Nicholas Pooran (left) and Shimron Hetmyer.

The CWI Media noted that fast bowler Sheldon Cottrell is unavailable as he is still recovering from injury, while allrounder Fabian Allen is “unavailable for personal reasons”.

“We welcome back Hetmyer and it is good to see him again in West Indies colours,” Haynes told the CWI Media. “He will fortify the batting group and with his experience and adaptability we have a ‘finisher’ who can add value and win matches for the team and delight the supporters.”

West Indies have played India in six ODIs and three T20Is in 2022 so far, and lost all nine outings. However, Haynes hopes that the Nicholas Pooran-led team will be more competitive in the immediate future, as they continue to build towards the ICC T20 World Cup, which starts on 16 October in Australia.

“Everything we do, we have to take into consideration we have a big tournament coming up later this year, which is the ICC T20 World Cup,” said Haynes, “so we are planning and gearing up towards that event. It is good to give the players some exposure to the international stage and look to find the right combinations.”

West Indies T20 squad: Nicholas Pooran (captain), Rovman Powell (vice-captain), Shamarh Brooks, Dominic Drakes, Shimron Hetmyer, Jason Holder, Akeal Hosein, Alzarri Joseph, Brandon King, Kyle Mayers, Obed McCoy, Keemo Paul, Romario Shepherd, Odean Smith, Devon Thomas, Hayden Walsh Jr.

Photo: West Indies captain Nicholas Pooran goes airborne to make a shot during the CG United Series against India at the Queen’s Park Oval, Port of Spain on 24 July 2022.
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(Match Schedule for Goldmedal T20I Cup, powered by Kent Water Purifiers)

Play starts at 10:30am (9:30am Jamaica/8pm India)

Friday 29 July: 1st Goldmedal T20I at Brian Lara Cricket Academy, Trinidad

Monday 1 August: 2nd Goldmedal T20I at Warner Park, St Kitts

Tuesday 2 August: 3rd Goldmedal T20I at Warner Park

Saturday 6 August: 4th Goldmedal T20I at Broward County Stadium, Lauderhill, Florida

Sunday 7 August: 5th Goldmedal T20I at Broward County Stadium

Photo: 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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(New Zealand tour of West Indies)

Play starts at 1:30pm (2:30pm Eastern Caribbean)

Wednesday 10 August: 1st T20I at Sabina Park, Jamaica

Friday 12 August: 2nd T20I at Sabina Park

Sunday 14 August: 3rd T20I at Sabina Park

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