The Cricket West Indies (CWI) selectors have selected 23-year-old off-spinner Kevin Sinclair to the West Indies team for the ongoing ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 Qualifier tournament in Zimbabwe.
Sinclair replaces 31-year-old leg-spinner Yannic Cariah, who had surgery last week for a nasal fracture—after getting hit in the nets—but has “not recovered sufficiently to resume playing at this state”, according to the CWI Media.
The West Indies’ squad change was approved by the Event Technical Committee of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Qualifier 2023.
Sinclair has played a total of four One-Day Internationals (ODI) for the West Indies. However, he was man of the match on 9 June when the Maroon Men defeated the United Arab Emirates by four wickets in Sharjah to complete a 3-0 sweep—Sinclair took 4/24 with the ball, although he did not bat.
The Guyanese spinner is expected to land in Harare on Thursday, while the West Indies play their first Super Sixes contest against Scotland on Saturday.
At present, the Shai Hope-led team are on the verge of elimination after losses to Zimbabwe and Netherlands mean they start the Super Sixes phase with zero points and joint bottom of the table alongside Oman.
Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe lead the standings with four points each, while Scotland and Netherlands both have two points. There are only two places available for the Cricket World Cup, which will be played in India from October to November.
After Saturday’s clash with Scotland, the West Indies will face Oman next Wednesday before closing their Super Sixes campaign against Sri Lanka on Friday 7 July.
(West Indies team)
Shai Hope (captain), Rovman Powell (vice-captain), Shamarh Brooks, Keacy Carty, Roston Chase, Johnson Charles, Jason Holder, Akeal Hosein, Alzarri Joseph, Brandon King, Kyle Mayers, Keemo Paul, Nicholas Pooran, Romario Shepherd, Kevin Sinclair.