The two times world champion West Indies has announced the World Cup squad for ICC World Cup 2019. The interim chairman of Cricket West Indies selection committee Robert Haynes has announced the preliminary 15-man squad on Wednesday. The squad is comprising of such nine players, who are going to make debut in ICC World Cup.
The destructive opener Chris Gayle will lead the batting line up with his fellow Evin Lewis, who is making a comeback to the international squad. Kemar Roach and Shannon Gabriel will lead their stylish bowling attack in England and Wales.
The Batting Line up of West Indies
The emerging batting star Shimron Hetmyer is included in West Indies World Cup squad. Hetmyer was the captain of West Indies U-19 team, and he led the team to become first time champion in ICC Youth World Cup. They won it three years ago in Bangladesh.
The side is got boosted by the addition of Andre Russell in the squad. Andre Russell is in superb form in IPL. He is doing great with both ball and bat. Currently, he has scored 392 runs in nine matches with the strike rate of 217.78 in this season. He played last ODI in July 2018. According to Robert Haynes, Andre Russell is in little pain, but Russell has assured the selection committee that he will be alright during ICC World Cup 2019.
Gayle is going to appear record fifth times in ICC World Cup. He just needs 253 runs to overtake legendary batsman Brian Lara to become the leading scorer for the West Indies side in ODI. The Universe Boss is capable of changing the batting gear any time to smash the opponent bowlers.
Kieron Pollard has made an impressive performance with the bat in IPL. But he has now seen in any bowling action. That makes selectors see other all-rounders over him. As a result, Pollard is missing a position in West Indies World Cup squad.
Darren Bravo and Shai Hope will manage their middle order batting line up along with young sensational batsman Hetmyer. Andre Russell will be there to tackle lower middle order batting line up.
The Bowling Line up of West Indies
Allen is the only spin bowler along with the main spinner Ashley Nurse in West Indies World Cup squad. Sunil Narine is going to miss ICC World Cup 2019 for his fitness issue. Devendra Bishoo is also going to miss a spot in the World Cup squad due to his poor form.
John Campbell is in good form, and he deserves a place in West Indies World Cup squad. But the section committee has overlooked him to select experienced openers, Chris Gayle and Evin Lewis. Evin is doing a lot of training in India, and he has assured to be in the right form in the World Cup.
Alzarri Joseph is out of IPL due to injury, and he is also missing a spot in World Cup squad due to the same reason. The selectors prefer Kemar Roach, Oshane Thomas, Sheldon Cottrell, and Shannon Gabriel as their fast bowlers in West Indies World Cup squad.
West Indies World Cup Squad
Jason Holder (c), Andre Russell, Ashley Nurse, Carlos Brathwaite, Chris Gayle, Darren Bravo, Evin Lewis, Fabian Allen, Kemar Roach, Nicholas Pooran, Oshane Thomas, Shai Hope, Shannon Gabriel, Sheldon Cottrell, Shimron Hetmyer