… Guyana Jags all-rounder Reifer among Test reserves
GUYANESE stars Shimron Hetmyer and Keemo Paul return to the West Indies team ahead of the proposed New Zealand tour which is expected to bowl off November 27 through December 15 2020.
Cricket West Indies (CWI) yesterday announced the squads for the respective 3 T20 Internationals and 2 Tests which follow the bio-secure England series which was the first international series to be played amidst the pandemic.
Selectors have opted for a strong team, led by Jason Holder and featuring regulars like Shane Dowrich, Shannon Gabriel, Kraigg Braithwaite, Roston Chase and others who have formed the core of the Caribbean side’s Test unit over the past few years.
After a fantastic 2020 Hero CPL, Darren Bravo will also take his form back into the Test side, following the two Guyanese as the premier players to return after opting out of the England series.
Among those named in the reserves, Barbados-born Guyana Jaguars all-rounder Raymon Reifer, classy Windies youth batsman Joshua DaSilva, Nkrumah Bonner, Shayne Moseley, Preston McSween and Jayden Seales received the selectors nod.
Regarding the T20 unit, a few stars also make their return with Andre Fletcher, being named in the side since 2018 while Kyle Mayers continues to boost his career as he too was named in the squad following a brilliant Regional season and CPL.
However, Windies will miss the services of a few of their marquée T20 players in Andre Russell, Lendl Simmons and Evin Lewis who have opted out of the Kiwi tour; with their decisions being respected by CWI.
Kieron Pollard, who led Trinbago Knight Riders to a historic CPL title win having won all their games, will lead the Windies T20 team with some experienced soldiers like Dwyane Bravo, Fletcher, Kesrick Williams and others on board.
Test squad: Jason Holder (captain), Jermaine Blackwood, Kraigg Brathwaite, Darren Bravo, Shamarh Brooks, John Campbell, Roston Chase, Rahkeem Cornwall, Shane Dowrich, Shannon Gabriel, Shimron Hetmyer, Chemar Holder, Alzarri Joseph, Keemo Paul and Kemar Roach.
Test Reserves: Nkrumah Bonner, Joshua DaSilva, Preston McSween, Shayne Moseley, Raymon Reifer and Jayden Seales.
T20 Squad: Kieron Pollard (captain), Fabian Allen, Dwayne Bravo, Sheldon Cottrell, Andre Fletcher, Shimron Hetmyer, Brandon King, Kyle Mayers, Rovman Powell, Keemo Paul, Nicholas Pooran, Oshane Thomas, Hayden Walsh Jr and Kesrick Williams.