Defending champions West Indies recalled the fast bowler Ravi Rampaul for the upcoming edition of the ICC T20 Men’s World Cup. The 36-year-old Rampaul is back in the Windies T20I group for the first time since 2015.
“Ravi will strengthen the team’s wicket-taking options in the power play and the mid-stage and offer another option for the fatalities,” Roger Harper, plumber for Cricket West India (CWI), was told by ICC.
Alom player Roston Chase is another notable inclusion in the group of 15 members, earning a T20I call for the first time, thanks to its form in the continuing Caribbean Premier League (CPL) 2021.
“Roston Chase has shown that he is a very capable T20 player,” Harper said. He showed the ability to extend the innings together, while still scoring fast with a low point ball percentage. He will be an excellent film for the explosive players in the team, ” Harper added.
Meanwhile, it Carlos Brathwaite – who famously struck four consecutive sixes from England Ben Stokes in the final of the T20 World Cup in 2016 to clinch the title for his country – was omitted for the 2021 edition.
Senior pro Kieron Pollard will continue to lead the Men in Maroon while he was young Nicholas Pooran his deputy will be.
The The ICC T20 Men’s World Cup in 2021 starts on October 17 in Oman. Western India has been placed in Group 1 and will face England, South Africa, Australia and two qualifying teams from Round 1 in the league match.
Team: Kieron Pollard (c), Nicholas Pooran (vc), Fabian Allen, Dwayne Bravo, Roston Chase, Andre Fletcher, Chris Gayle, Shimron Hetmyer, Evin Lewis, Obed McCoy, Lendl Simmons, Ravi Rampaul, Andre Russell, Oshane Thomas, Hayden Walsh Jr.
Reserves: Darren Bravo, Sheldon Cottrell, Jason Holder, Akeal Hosein.