West Indies World Cup 2019 Squad: West Indies have announced their 15-man squad for ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019 on Wednesday 24th April at the Sandals Royal Resort today here.
The destructive opening batsman Chris Gayle will be making his fifth appearance in the World Cup. He only needs 253 runs more to surpass his countrymen Brian Lara and be the leading run scorer for the Windies in one-day international. Gayle is the most experienced batsman at the top of the order and will provide useful guidance to the youngsters who will appear in their first ever world cup.
“To have a player the caliber of Chris (Gayle) in the side to lead the batting with his vast experience and his ability to play match-winning or game-changing innings is a blessing for us ”, said Robert Haynes – Interim Chairman of Selectors CWI tweeted by @windiescricket.
In total there are 9 out of 15 players who will be appearing in their first ever world cup including Shimron Hetmyer and Andre Russell. Hetmyer is the emerging West Indian start batsman and he was the Captain of the West Indies Under-19 World Cup team that won the title for the first time in the history of Under-19 World Cup.
The presence of Andre Russell in the lower order will provide the depth to the WI batting order. Russell, on his day, can single-handedly destroy any bowling lineup. He will provide an extra bowling option to Captain Jason Holder.
“With players like the captain, Jason Holder, as well as Andre Russell in the lower middle-order, we believe we have good depth to our batting will give us the best of a chance of winning the World Cup,” said Robert Haynes Interim Chairman of Selectors CWI tweeted by @windiescricket.
West Indies World Cup 2019 Squad | West Indies Squad For World Cup 2019
WI Squad for World Cup 2019: Jason Holder (C), Fabian Allen, Carlos Brathwaite, Darren Bravo, Sheldon Cottrell, Shannon Gabriel, Chris Gayle, Shimron Hetmyer, Evin Lewis, Shai Hope (WK), Ashley Nurse, Nicholas Pooran (WK), Kemar Roach, Andre Russell, Oshane Thomas.
“We need to bat well in every game and the fielding has to be up to par. In England, the wickets are generally really good, so if we bat well and cut some runs in the field, the bowling should take care of itself”, said Ashley Nurse tweeted by @windiescricket.