After missing T20I for two years, the dynamic all-rounder Andre Russell is making a comeback for the T20I series against England. The 35-year-old last played in the T20 World Cup 2021, faced issues with the cricket board which led to his exclusion. Now, as the T20 World Cup 2024 approaches, he has been summoned to strengthen the team’s bowling prowess.
Apart from Russell, Player of the Match in the final ODI against England Matthew Forde has earned a spot in the 15-member squad. Sherfane Rutherford, showcasing an impressive batting performance in the ODI series has also received a call-up. Nicholas Pooran and Jason Holder, who missed plenty of international games, have been included in the squad.
The inclusion of these players will surely give a boost to West Indies preparation for the upcoming T20 World Cup happening in West Indies and USA. They failed to qualify for the 2022 T20I World Cup and 2023 ODI World Cup as well.
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. We have selected a squad that we think gives us the best chance of success in that tournament. We will continue to assess in the lead up to the competition,” Desmond Haynes, CWI’s lead selector said after the squad announcement.
West Indies squad
Rovman Powell (c), Shai Hope (vc), Roston Chase, Matthew Forde, Shimron Hetmyer, Jason Holder, Akeal Hosein, Alzarri Joseph, Brandon King, Kyle Mayers, Gudakesh Motie, Nicholas Pooran, Andre Russell, Sherfane Rutherford, Romario Shepherd