Uncapped Joseph gets the title in the WI T20 squad | Sport


Joint hosts and two-time world champions West Indies rolled the dice and named uncapped pacer Shamar Joseph in their provisional 15-man squad for the ICC Men’s Twenty20 World Cup to be held in the Caribbean and the United States next month.

The 24-year-old Guyanese fast bowler, who has played just three official Twenty20 matches in his career and is yet to take a wicket, is yet to make his international debut in the format but West Indies lead selector Desmond Haynes and white-ball head coach Daren Sammy thought he was worth the gamble.

“You really can’t doubt the skills of Shamar Joseph,” Haynes told reporters yesterday at a press conference in Bridgetown, the capital of Barbados, to announce the squad. “You saw him in Australia. We looked at someone bowling at the front of the first Power Play, and he checked the boxes.

Joseph rose to prominence on his Test debut in January when he took seven wickets in one innings to pitch the West Indies to their first Test victory in Australia in 27 years against the hosts and world champions.

Sammy was in Australia at the time preparing the white-ball outfit for the subsequent One-day and Twenty20 Internationals matches during the trip, and he spoke highly of the budding fast bowler, hinting that he would be a dark horse could be to reach the Caribbean side. for the global showpiece.

Joseph is one of several West Indian players participating in the ongoing Indian Premier League Twenty20 tournament and was signed by Lucknow Super Giants as a replacement player, but he had a difficult debut, conceding 47 against Kolkata Knight Riders in his only match .

But Sammy said Joseph’s pace and control gave him an edge over other contenders such as Matthew Forde and Oshane Thomas.

“Shamar has the pace, he has skills with the new ball. I’m not saying Matthew Forde doesn’t do that, but if you look at the role, it makes it easier for us now to pick the personnel that suit that role,” Sammy said of the young fast bowler.

At the same time, Guyanese left-handed batsman Shimron Hetmyer earned a recall after being dropped during the series against England last Christmas, being overlooked for the Tour of Australia in January, and modest runs in the IPL.

Haynes said it was a close call between the 27-year-old former West Indies Under-19 World Cup captain and Barbadian ambidextrous all-rounder Kyle Mayers, who had been a regular part of the line-up for the past few matches. year.

“It was a very close decision in terms of selection between Kyle and Hetty, but we wanted the extra batsman to be the one to knock down the order,” the chief selector said. “We hope that Hetty wants to play that role as a finisher.”

The rest of the squad – led by Rovman Powell with fast bowler Alzarri Joseph his deputy – was largely straight forward and includes most of the players who played in the series against England on home soil and in Australia.

Sammy also revealed that although a knee injury kept Brandon King out of the Tour of Nepal, there was the opportunity for the Jamaican to play in the T20 home series against South Africa before the World Cup – and, if he proves unfit, a substitute. could be mentioned.

All provisional World Cup squads are subject to change until May 25. After that, any changes will require approval from the tournament technical committee.

Squad: Rovman Powell (captain), Alzarri Joseph (vice-captain), Johnson Charles, Matthew Forde, Shimron Hetmyer, Shai Hope, Jason Holder, Akeal Hosein, Brandon King, Obed McCoy, Gudakesh Motie, Kyle Mayers, Nicholas Pooran, Andre Russell, Sherfane Rutherford, Romario Shepherd, Oshane Thomas.