Ravi Rampaul Re-Joins WI T20 World Cup 2021 Squad
Thirty-six-year-old veteran fast bowler Ravi Rampaul is set to return to international cricket after a gap of six years having been included in the West Indies squad for the upcoming ICC men’s T20 World Cup. Meanwhile, six-hitter Carlos Brathwaite has been left out the defending champions’ 15-man squad.
Brathwaite, Narine Ignored
Rampaul last played for the West Indies in 2015. Brathwaite famously hit four sixes in the last over by Ben Stokes in the 2016 T20I World Cup to help his side to their second world cup title. Another surprise omission in WI squad for the T20 World Cup is Sunil Narine renowned for his accomplishments in the shortest form of the game.
CPL Exploits Earn Roston Chase a Place
His performances in the Caribbean Premier League have earned all-rounder Roston Chase his first opportunity to play in the WI T20I team. The selection panel of Cricket West Indies (CWI) have announced a 15-man squad and four travelling backup players for the global ICC event scheduled to take place in Oman and the UAE between October 17 and November 14.
Roger Harper Weighs in
Talking to the media, chief selector Roger Harper said, “Ravi Rampaul is a highly experienced bowler who performed well in the last CG Insurance Super50 Cup and the current Hero CPL to date. He will boost the team’s wicket-taking options in the power-play and the middle phase and will provide another option for the death overs.”
“Roston Chase has shown that he is a very capable T20 player. He performed well in the CPL in 2020 and has been outstanding in the 2021 edition so far. He has shown the ability to knit the innings together while still scoring at a fast rate with a low dot-ball percentage. He will be an excellent foil for the explosive players in the team.”
WI Aiming for Hat Trick of World Cup Wins
Defending champions West Indies are the only team to have won the T20 world cup on two separate occasions. Their previous title win came in 2016 when they beat Sri Lanka in the final held at Colombo’s R Premadasa Stadium. They went to defend their title four years later at Kolkata’s Eden Gardens by beating England in the final. If the West Indies win the upcoming World Cup, they will become the first side to complete a hat trick of title wins.
Good Chance of Defending Title, Says Harper
In his media statement, Harper added,
“The squad is one with good depth and strength in all departments. There is tremendous T20 experience along with World Cup winning experience which should stand the team in good stead.
This squad is made up of many world-beating players who, once knitted into a world-beating team, will be extremely difficult to beat. I expect the team to do very well and with the ‘rub of the green’ I think the team has a good chance of defending the title”.
WI Drawn in Group One with England, SA, Australia
The West Indies who are in Group One will jostle for space with England, South Africa, Australia and two qualifying teams from round one. The top two teams in the group will qualify for the knockout stage of the competition. After a year-long delay caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the T20 World Cup will finally take place in the UAE and Oman between October 17 and November 14.
Kieron Pollard (captain), Andre Fletcher, Andre Russell, Chris Gayle, Dwayne Bravo, Evin Lewis, Fabian Allen, Hayden Walsh Jr., Lendl Simmons, Nicholas Pooran, Obed McCoy, Oshane Thomas, Ravi Rampaul, Roston Chase, Shimron Hetmyer. Reserves: Akeal Hosein, Jason Holder, Darren Bravo, Sheldon Cottrell.
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