T20 World Cup 2024 – Shimron Hetmyer and Shamar Joseph in West Indies squad


Shimron Hetmyer missed his flight to the 2022 T20 World Cup Getty Images

Shimron Hetmyer has been named in West Indies' 15-man squad for the 2024 T20 World Cup. Shamar Josephthe 24-year-old fast bowler who has played only three T20s and is yet to make his international debut in this format, has also been called up.

Alzarri Joseph was named deputy to captain Rovman Powell, while Nicholas Pooran, Andre Russell and Jason Holder all made the squad.

Hetmyer was left out of the 2022 T20 World Cup squad after he missed his flight. He played in the series against India and England last year before being ruled out for the final two T20Is of the England series and was subsequently excluded from white ball teams for the Australian tour.

The West Indies, who have won the T20 World Cup twice (2012 and 2016), have had a disappointing run in the last two editions of the tournament. In 2021, led by Kieron Pollard, they failed to qualify for the knockout stages after winning just one match in the group stage. A year later, in Australia, they failed to qualify for the main round under the captaincy of Nicholas Pooran. They also missed out on qualification for the 2023 ODI World Cup in India after failing to progress in the qualifiers.

“I say very clearly to everyone that whatever team you hear us present today, we believe that team is going to win the World Cup,” West Indies chairman of selections Desmond Haynes said after the team announcement.

Hayes pointed out that although the selectors had noted the names of the reserves, a final list would be drawn up after West Indies A's tour of Nepal and the home T20I series against South Africa. A preparatory camp is expected to be held in Antigua from next weekend for the South African series. White-ball head coach Sammy also said that CWI has requested the BCCI to release the West Indian players from the ongoing IPL as soon as possible.

Why was Shamar Joseph included?

Haynes said the inclusion of Shamar and Hetmyer was specific to the role, something Daren Sammy had underlined.

“You really can’t question Shamar Joseph’s skills,” Haynes said. “You saw it in Australia. We were watching someone play the first power play and he ticks the boxes.”

Shamar Joseph was named player of the match in his second Test, helping West Indies win at the Gabba AFP/Getty Images

Shamar, who made a name for himself with a superb seven-wicket haul that helped West Indies seal a historic Test victory at the Gabba, is one of several West Indies players in the IPL. He was signed by the Lucknow Super Giants as a replacement player, but had a rough start, where he conceded 47 runs. against Kolkata Knight Riders. In his three T20s, he has conceded 9.91 runs and is yet to take a wicket.

Sammy said selecting the team was “difficult” as they had several suitors to analyze. One of them was fast bowler Matthew Forde, who made his West Indies debut against England in the home white-ball series after a successful CPL 2023. However, Sammy echoed Haynes' comments about how Shamar had moved ahead of other new contenders for the ball, including Forde.

“Shamar Joseph has pace, he has skills with the new ball,” Sammy said. “I'm not saying Matthew Forde doesn't do it, but when you look at the role it's easier for us to now select the right personnel for that role.”

Haynes: “Very close decision between Hetmyer and Kyle Mayers”

Haynes admitted it was a “very close decision” to choose Hetmyer over Kyle Mayers, who has been a regular opener in the past while also being a handy medium-pace bowler. The selectors felt that having a finisher was more important than a top-order hitter like Mayers, who is currently in IPL with LSG.

Left-arm spinner Fabian Allen, who plays in Nepal with the West Indies A team, is another player the West Indies selectors have their eye on.

Sammy also said that Brandon King, who missed West Indies A's ongoing tour of Nepal due to a knee injury, will play the T20 series at home against South Africa, which will serve as preparation for both teams ahead of the T20 World Cup starting June 1. In case King remains unfit, West Indies have until May 25 to make changes to their provisional 15.

As for the inclusion of Roson Chase, the team's only player, Haynes pointed out that the numbers proved he was the “most economical bowler” in addition to being a capable all-rounder and could bowl a “similar role” to Marlon Samuels when the West Indies won. the T20 World Cups.

Sammy had “conversations with Narine”

When asked if Sunil Narine was in contention given his outstanding overall form in the ongoing IPL, West Indies head coach Sammy said: “Since I became a coach, I have had conversations with all the players who participated in the CPL (2023) who I thought could have an impact for us this World Cup So yes, I had conversations with Narine (but) as the new l. 'clearly stated, Narine is retired.

Sammy: “Having 15 X factors”

Sammy was the captain when the West Indies won the T20 World Cup, first in Sri Lanka in 2012 and then in India in 2016. Johnson Charles and Russell, who returned to play for the West Indies in the Australia series in January after a long hiatus, were both part of these victories. Sammy admitted he was motivated by the prospect of becoming the first team to win a T20 World Cup at home.

When asked who he would pick as an a good performance. team to choose from and you look at all angles, what 15 men you put on the park, and what angle might give you an advantage, I have 15 X factors there. [Desmond Haynes] reminded me in the meeting that we have winners, and the world knows it.”

West Indies schedule for the group stage

The West Indies are in Group C with Papua New Guinea (PNG), Uganda, New Zealand and Afghanistan. Their first two matches will be in Providence, Guyana, against PNG on June 2 and against Uganda on June 8. They will next face New Zealand at the Brian Lara Stadium in Trinidad on June 12, before their final group match against Afghanistan on June 17 in St. Lucia.

West Indies squad for T20 World Cup

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

Nagraj Gollapudi is an editor at ESPNcricinfo

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