Windies declared World Cup squad and Andre Russell recalled in the squad. All-rounder Andre Russell has returned to the West Indies ODI squad for the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019 in England and Wales.
Andre Russell recalled in the squad
Andre Russell last played ODI cricket in July 2018. He recalled for his side’s last two ODIs against England in February but injury ruled him out of the series. This 30-year old all-rounder currently engaged in the Indian Premier League IPL-19 there he has lit up the tournament with the bat, averaging 65.33 runs with a strike-rate of 217.77.
The another recalls in the squad
Apart from Andre Russell, the fast-bowling duo of Sheldon Cottrell and Shannon Gabriel also received call-ups in the squad. The latter having missed West Indies’ last ODI series, against England, due to a ban Kemar Roach and Oshane Thomas makes up the rest of the pace attack. Nicholas Pooran looks set to take the spot behind the stumps, with Shai Hope covering as a back-up wicket-keeper.
Leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo failed to make the cut, with Fabian Allen and Ashley Nurse set to take up spinning responsibilities. Fast bowlers Keemo Paul and Alzarri Joseph also missed out, and they will remain in India to play the rest of their IPL campaigns.
Robert Haynes, the interim chairman of CWI
Robert Haynes, the interim chairman of CWI, “I spoke to Andre a few days ago. He has a few niggles. He has some pain behind his knee but he assured the selection panel that he’ll be okay for the World Cup-19. He’s scored a lot of runs and we’ll be using him as a batting all-rounder. He’s doing very well in the IPL. We have got to manage his injuries and have three to four days rest between the games.”
Robert Haynes further added, “Based on the new selection policy approach which allowed us to consider a number of players that have not regularly appeared in the side over the last two years, we had a wide base of talent from which to choose. There were a number of tough calls we had to make to settle on our squad of 15, including ensuring there was some continuity in the side, but we believe we have chosen a strong squad of players taking into consideration such factors as experience, fitness, team balance, current form, and conditions.”
The interim chairman of CWI talked elaborated also
Robert Haynes talked about Sunil Narine also, “We had to look past Narine because of his fitness issue but I know, definitely, he wanted to play for the West Indies side. We had a lot of dialogue with Sunil Narine. He assured that he would have loved to play in the World Cup but unfortunately, he has an injured finger. He’s getting treatment after every game in IPL and he’s not capable at the moment to bowl 10 overs. He’s struggling to bowl even four overs in the IPL”
Then conclude with, “If you look at his track record, he’s done very well opening the batting with Chris Gayle and we believe that he’s somebody we are going to see progress as the tour goes on. We all believe that with Ashley Nurse’s experience, and with him able to bowl the death overs, he has the ability to get the wickets and keep it tight in England.”
Windies World Cup-19
Jason Holder (c), Chris Gayle, Andre Russell, Sheldon Cottrell. Shannon Gabriel, Kemar Roach, Nicholas Pooran (wk), Ashley Nurse. Fabian Allen, Shimron Hetmyer, Shai Hope (wk). Oshane Thomas, Carlos Brathwaite. Darren Bravo, Evin Lewis.
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Therefore, Windies declared World Cup squad and Andre Russell recalled in the squad with lots of changes and surprises as well.