Finally, Cricket West Indies (CWI) announced the 15-man World Cup Squad for the Windies, which will be led by Jason Holder. The all-rounder has been doing a good job for them over the years and the board has entrusted the responsibility of leading the team once again. As expected, the Universe Boss Chris Gayle also came to the lineup and this edition of the mega event will be his swansong of the 50-over format.
Shai Hope is one of the most talented hitters of the current generation and there was never any doubt about his place in the team. Shimron Hetmyer, who currently plays in the Indian Premier League (IPL) for the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), is also on the team along with Darren Bravo, who recently returned after a long exile in the format.
With the tournament to be played in England, the CWI selectors have chosen three bowlers. Kemar Roach will lead the pace attack, while Shannon Gabriel, Sheldon Cottrell and Oshane Thomas are the other fast players in the lineup. Even Holder is not a jug since it more often opens bowls. Carlos Brathwaite is the other option in that department as well. Ashley Nurse and Fabian Allen are the two spinners of the lineup.
Coming to the blockbuster picks, Nicholas Pooran has been included in the World Cup team, while Andre Russell has also made it through his fantastic form in the current IPL. However, it remains to be seen if he will be fully fit by the time the tournament begins.
Windies World Cup squad:
Jason Holder (c), Chris Gayle, Andre Russell, Ashley Nurse, Carlos Brathwaite, Darren Bravo, Evin Lewis, Fabian Allen, Kemar Roach, Nicholas Pooran (wk), Oshane Thomas, Shai Hope, Shannon Gabriel, Sheldon Cottrell, Shimron Hetmyer