Cricket West Indies (CWI) has revealed their men’s squad for the upcoming home ODI series against England, commencing on December 03 at Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in Antigua. The squad, captained by Shai Hope, includes two uncapped players, Sherfane Rutherford and Matthew Forde, as well as notable returns and omissions.

Squad composition

The 15-member squad features a mix of experienced players and emerging talents, with a keen eye on building towards the 2027 World Cup in South Africa. Wicketkeeper Shane Dowrich makes a return to the one-day set-up, and Alzarri Joseph has been named as Hope’s deputy. Uncapped players Rutherford and Forde bring a fresh dynamic to the team.

Notable returns and recalls

Dowrich, with his impressive domestic performance, has earned a recall to the ODI squad after his last appearance in 2019 against Bangladesh. Similarly, Kjorn Ottley, the third-highest run-scorer in the domestic Super50 Cup, has also secured a spot in the squad.

Uncapped talents

Rutherford, known for his T20I contributions, impressed everyone with a maiden List A hundred, while  Forde’s all-round skills at the West Indies Academy have earned him his first international call-up. The inclusion of these emerging talents signifies West Indies’ strategic focus on nurturing players for future competitions.

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Exclusion of familiar names

Players like Rovman Powell, Dominic Drakes, Kyle Mayers and Jayden Seales, who were part of the recent series against India, miss out on selection for the upcoming ODIs against England.

Further, Joseph’s appointment as vice-captain is based on his demonstrated maturity and leadership qualities during the recent CG United Super50 Cup. The selection committee, led by Desmond Haynes, believes in providing exposure and opportunities to potential future leaders in West Indies cricket.

“We named Alzarri Joseph as vice-captain as he demonstrated maturity and good leadership qualities for the Leeward Islands Hurricanes during the recent CG United Super50 Cup. We believe with exposure and opportunities he could be a future leader in West Indies cricket,” said Haynes in a statement.

West Indies’ ODI squad for England series

Shai Hope (captain), Alzarri Joseph (vice-captain), Alick Athanaze, Yannic Cariah, Keacy Carty, Roston Chase, Shane Dowrich, Matthew Forde, Shimron Hetmyer, Brandon King, Gudakesh Motie, Kjorn Ottley, Sherfane Rutherford, Romario Shepherd, Oshane Thomas.

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