WI get Aussie T20 warm-up at Oval; Sammy should have full squad

Cricket West Indies (CWI) today confirmed a final warm-up fixture for the West Indies T20 team from 7pm on Thursday 30 May against Australia at the Queen’s Park Oval in Trinidad.

Tickets are available online for adults and seniors/children (under-16) for US$24 and US$12 respectively, or at Trinidad box offices for US$30 (TT$200) and US$15 (TT$100).

West Indies cricket fans can support them at the Queen’s Park Oval for their final warm-up match against Australia on 30 May.
(via CWI)

The Trinidad box offices are open from 10.30am – 6pm on weekdays and 10am – 4pm on Saturdays at the Queen’s Park Oval in St Clair and the National Cricket Centre in Couva.

The warm-up match against Australia is expected to be the only time that coach Daren Sammy will have his entire team together before the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup bowls off on 1 June.

Yesterday, the CWI Media confirmed three T20 outings against South Africa at Sabina Park in Jamaica on 23, 25 and 26 May. However, Sammy is likely to be without as many as eight players due to their IPL commitments.

The World Cup players who were not included in the South Africa series are: The Maroon Men are without captain Rovman Powell, vice-captain Alzarri Joseph, Shimron Hetmyer, Shai Hope, Nicholas Pooran, Andre Russell, and Sherfane Rutherford.

Photo: Rovman Powell is saluted by spectators at Kensington Oval after he became the third West Indies player to score a century in T20I cricket on 26 January 2022.
Powell scored 107 runs.
(Copyright CWI Media)

Joseph and Rutherford, according to the CWI Media, “will be added to the squad if their respective franchises don’t reach the Indian Premier League (IPL) final”. Hope and Pooran are both “rested” for the series but will join the squad in Trinidad on Monday 27 May—before the Australia warm-up.

The West Indies Selection Panel, led by former cricket star Desmond Haynes, named Fabian Allen, Alick Athanaze, Andre Fletcher, Matthew Forde, Kyle Mayers, Obed McCoy and Hayden Walsh Jr as replacements for their IPL stars against South Africa.

West Indies, two-time T20 World Cup champions, are in Group C of the 2024 edition where they will face New Zealand, Afghanistan, Papau New Guinea and Ugana.

The top two teams advance to the Super 8s.

West Indies batsman Nicholas Pooran swats away a delivery during T20I action against India.
Copyright: AP

In 2022, West Indies failed to advance beyond this stage as the Maroon Men finished bottom of a group that included Zimbabwe, Ireland and Scotland.

West Indies squad: Rovman Powell (captain), Alzarri Joseph (vice-captain), Johnson Charles, Roston Chase, Shimron Hetmyer, Jason Holder, Shai Hope, Akeal Hosein, Shamar Joseph, Brandon King, Gudakesh Motie, Nicholas Pooran, Andre Russell, Sherfane Rutherford, Romario Shepherd.

Management staff: Daren Sammy (head coach), Floyd Reifer (assistant coach), Rayon Griffith (assistant coach), Denis Byam (physiotherapist), Ronald Rogers (strength and conditioning coach), Rawl Lewis (team manager), Dario Barthley (team media and content officer), Avenesh Seetaram (team analyst), Fitzbert Alleyne (team masseuse).

Editor’s Note: CWI CEO Johnny Grave stated that, for security reasons, the cricket body was asked to sell tickets for one stand at a time for the warm-up match at the Queen’s Park Oval.

As such, the CWI began by selling tickets for the most popular stand, the Carib Stand, and will systematically begin offering tickets for other sections of the ground once that is full.

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