Russell, Pooran, and Holder Make a Comeback as West Indies Prepares for Crucial T20 Series Ahead of 2024 World Cup
In a significant development for West Indies cricket, explosive all-rounder Andre Russell is set to make his return to the T20 International (T20I) setup, marking his presence in the squad for the upcoming five-match series against England.
This will be Russell’s first appearance in the T20I side since the 2021 T20 World Cup, bringing a wealth of experience and firepower to the West Indies lineup.
Russell, 35, recently showcased his skills in the Abu Dhabi T10 league where his team, the Deccan Gladiators, reached the final but faced defeat against the New York Strikers. Despite the loss, Russell’s performance caught the eye, leading to his inclusion in the West Indies squad.
The dynamic all-rounder will join the squad in Barbados this week, gearing up for the first T20I clash set to take place at Bridgetown on Tuesday.
Russell’s ability to change the course of a game with his explosive batting and effective bowling adds a new dimension to the West Indies team, providing a boost as they face the defending T20 World Champions, England.
Joining Russell in the squad is the uncapped 21-year-old all-rounder, Matthew Forde, who earned his maiden call-up to the ODI set-up earlier this month. Sherfane Rutherford makes a comeback to the T20 side after a hiatus since 2020, adding depth to the West Indies batting lineup.
Gudakesh Motie, whose left-arm spin impressed in the recent ODI against England in Antigua, returns to the T20 squad after missing the India tour due to injury.
The comeback trail also features Nicholas Pooran and Jason Holder, both of whom have been unavailable for 50-over selection in recent months.
Rovman Powell will lead the squad as captain, with standout batter Shai Hope appointed as vice-captain.
The West Indies team, fresh from the just-concluded ODIs, aims to use the upcoming T20 series as a crucial preparation stage ahead of co-hosting the next T20 World Cup in June and July 2024, alongside the USA.
Desmond Haynes, CWI’s lead selector, highlighted the significance of the series, stating, “This will be the final home T20I series for the West Indies in 2023, as they prepare to be one of the two host teams for the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup in the West Indies and USA in June 2024.”
Haynes emphasized the selection of a squad designed to maximize success in the upcoming T20 World Cup, with ongoing assessments leading up to the competition.
The selection panel retains the flexibility for adjustments ahead of the final two matches of the series, scheduled for Trinidad on December 19 and 21.
As the West Indies gears up for a thrilling T20 series against England, fans are eagerly anticipating the return of Russell and the overall performance of the squad, hoping for a successful campaign as they build momentum for the highly anticipated 2024 T20 World Cup.
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