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Limitless Joseph gets nod in WI T20 team | Sports

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC):

Joint hosts and two-time world champions West Indies have rolled the dice and named uncapped pacer Shamar Joseph in their 15-member provisional squad for the ICC Men’s Twenty20 World Cup to be held next month in the Caribbean and the United States .

The 24-year-old Guyanese fast bowler, who has played just three official Twenty20 matches in his career and has not taken a wicket, is yet to make his international debut in the format, but West Indies lead selector Desmond Haynes, and White-ball. Head coach Daren Sammy felt it was worth the gamble.

“You really can’t question Shamar Joseph’s abilities,” Haynes told reporters during a news conference yesterday in Bridgetown, the capital of Barbados, to announce the team. “You saw it in Australia. We were looking at someone up front bowling in the first Power Play, and he fits the bill.”

Joseph came to prominence on his Test debut in January when he took seven wickets in an innings and launched the West Indies to their first Test victory in Australia in 27 years against the hosts and world champions.

Sammy was in Australia at the time preparing the white-ball team for the next One-day and Twenty20 Internationals matches on the trip, and spoke glowingly about the rookie fast bowler and hinted that he could be a dark horse to make the Caribbean side. for the world masterpiece.

Joseph is one of several West Indies players taking part in the ongoing Indian Premier League Twenty20 tournament, and was signed by Lucknow Super Giants as a replacement player, but had a difficult debut and conceded 47 against Kolkata Knight Riders in his only match.

But Sammy said Joseph’s pace and control gave him an advantage over other contenders such as Matthew Forde and Oshane Thomas.

“Shamar has pace, he has skill with the new ball. I’m not saying Matthew Forde won’t do it, but when we look at the role, it’s easier for us now to pick personnel to fit that role,” Sammy said of the young fast bowler.

At the same time, Guyana left-handed batsman Shimron Hetmyer earned a recall, having been dropped during the series against England last Christmas, overlooked in January for the tour of Australia and modest runs in the IPL.

Haynes said it was a close decision between West Indies’ former Under-19 World Cup-winning captain, 27, and Barbados’ switch-hitting all-rounder Kyle Mayers, who had been a regular feature in the line-up for the last few two years. years.

“It was a very close decision regarding the selection between Kyle and Hetty, but we wanted the extra batsman to be the one to set the order,” the head selector said. “We expect Hetty to play that finishing role.”

The rest of the team, which will be led by Rovman Powell with fast bowler Alzarri Joseph as his replacement, was fairly straightforward and included most of the players who played in the series against England at home and in Australia.

Sammy also revealed that while a knee injury kept Brandon King out of the Nepal Tour, the Jamaican had a chance to play in the local T20 series against South Africa before the World Cup and if he was unfit, a replacement. he could be named.

All provisional World Cup teams can be changed until May 25, after which any changes will require approval from the tournament’s technical committee.

Squad: Rovman Powell (captain), Alzarri Joseph (vice-captain), Johnson Charles, Matthew Forde, Shimron Hetmyer, Shai Hope, Jason Holder, Akeal Hosein, Brandon King, Obed McCoy, Gudakesh Motie, Kyle Mayers, Nicholas Pooran, Andre Russell, Sherfane Rutherford, Romario Shepherd, Oshane Thomas.