Ever threat and two time World Champions West Indies have announced their squad for the mega ICC event that will commence on the 17th of October in UAE, West Indies have named a powerful 15+4 man squad for the T20 World Cup.
Ravi Rampal finds himself in the 15, making appearance in the squad after 6 years stole the spotlight and omissions of Sunil Narine and Carlos Brathwaite were the talking points. Batting surely isn’t a concern for West Indies, at the top there’s option in Andre Fletcher, veteran Lendl Simmons and Evin Leiws. Experienced faces of Chris Gayle, Kieron Pollard, Andre Russell and Dwayne Bravo in the middle order strengthen the batting and young guns Nicholas Pooran and Shimron Hetmyer add more launchers to the rocketing middle order. Roston Chase another young and good option with his 4 spin overs a bonus, could turn out to be a real important factor if Windies have him in the XI with his defensive ability.
Windies have one of the best if not the best spin attack with likes of Hayden Walsh Jr and Fabian Allen who’ve both been brilliant lately. Pace bowling is the only area of concern for Windies, the bowling very often is undisciplined and lacks control, a lot of working will go into it. There’s blend of experience and youth in DJ Bravo, Ravi Rampaul, Andre Russell, Obed McCoy and Oshane Thomas in the bowling mix, pacers will have to be disciplined in their bowling and cannot be the reason to teams defeat with 180+ odd on board.
WINDIES SQUAD FOR T20 WORLD CUP : Kieron Pollard (C), Nicholas Pooran (VC), Fabian Allen, Dwayne Bravo, Roston Chase, Andre Fletcher, Chris Gayle, Shimron Hetmyer, Evin Lewis, Obed McCoy, Ravi Rampaul, Andre Russell, Lendl Simmons, Oshane Thomas, Hayden Walsh Jr. Travelling reserve : Darren Bravo, Sheldon Cottrell, Jason Holder, Akeal Hosein.
West Indies are placed in group A and with their presence it’s named the group of death, West Indies will play England on the 23rd of October to kick-start their T20 World Cup campaign, Windies then play South Africa on 26th of October before they meet B2 and A1 (teams that qualifies to super 12 from round 1 fixture) on 29th of October and 4th of November respectively. West Indies will play their last group stage game against Australia on the 6th of November.
West Indies are in as favourites and will look to defend the title, the squad has been performing good lately and teams will extra prepare to take on West Indies who were and are an ever threat side, podium finish well and truly on cards.