West Indies vs Pakistan 2021: Cricket West Indies (CWI) on Friday announced the West Indies Men’s team squads for their upcoming tour of Pakistan. Three One-Day Internationals (ODIs) and three Twenty20 Internationals (T20Is) will be played at the National Stadium in Karachi from December 13 to 22.
West Indies has named a number of uncapped players in both the ODI and the T20I squads. Batters Justin Greaves and Shamarh Brooks, left-arm spinner Gudakesh Motie, and fast bowling allrounder Odean Smith are the new faces in the ODI squad. On the other hand, Odean Smith and Gudakesh Motie, as well as left-arm fast bowling allrounder Dominic Drakes, have earned their maiden call-ups in the T20I squad. Motie was a travelling reserve for the recent ICC T20 World Cup, while Drakes and Smith were both net bowlers before to the tournament’s commencement.
However, several key players are missing from the squads. Jason Holder has not been picked up as he is being rested for this tour as part of the board’s workload management. Fabian Allen and Obed McCoy are also missing as they are unavailable due to injury and rehabilitation. Players inclusing Evin Lewis, Shimron Hetmyer, Andre Russell, and Lendl Simmons have all made themselves unavailable due to personal reasons.
Lead Selector, Roger Harper said, “There are a number of talented newcomers in each format that will have the opportunity to show what they are capable of at the international level. Justin Greaves is a very talented player, had a good CG Insurance Super50 tournament and performed well in the President’s XI match against Ireland in 2020. Odean Smith really grabbed our attention in the last CPL. His pace was never in question, however, he has added greater control and has displayed the ability to be a wicket-taker.
“Shamarh Brooks batted well in the CG Insurance Super50 Cup and followed that up with good performances in the CPL. He will lend greater depth to the batting line-up. Gudakesh Motie has been rewarded for his outstanding performance in the CG Insurance Super50, followed up by his showing in the CPL. Dominic Drakes has the potential to be an outstanding all-rounder as he displayed during the last CPL.”
The ODI Series will be West Indies’ fourth of 12 in the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Super League, in which the top seven teams qualify automatically for the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup in India in 2023. West Indies are now ranked eighth out of thirteen teams while Pakistan rests on the seventh place.
WEST INDIES vs PAKISTAN 2021: WI FULL SQUADS
Kieron Pollard (Captain), Shai Hope (Vice-Captain), Darren Bravo, Shamarh Brooks, Roston Chase, Justin Greaves, Akeal Hosein, Alzarri Joseph, Gudakesh Motie, Anderson Phillip, Nicholas Pooran, Raymon Reifer, Romario Shepherd, Odean Smith, Hayden Walsh Jr.
Kieron Pollard (Captain), Nicholas Pooran (Vice-Captain), Darren Bravo, Roston Chase, Sheldon Cottrell, Dominic Drakes, Shai Hope, Akeal Hosein, Brandon King, Kyle Mayers, Gudakesh Motie, Romario Shepherd, Odean Smith, Oshane Thomas, Hayden Walsh Jr.
WEST INDIES vs PAKISTAN 2021 FULL SCHEDULE
- December 13 – 1st T20I, Karachi
- December 14 – 2nd T20I, Karachi
- December 16 – 3rd T20I, Karachi
- December 18 – 1st ODI, Karachi
- December 20 – 2nd ODI, Karachi
- December 22 – 3rd ODI, Karachi