Hetmyer in, Sinclair out for 4th T20I vs South Africa

The Cricket West Indies Selection Panel today named the 13-member squad for the fourth CG Insurance T20 International (T20I) against South Africa. The match will be played at the Grenada National Stadium on Thursday, July 1 with the first ball at 2pm (1pm Jamaica Time).

Left-arm spinner Akeal Hosein has been named in the squad for the first time in the series with the West Indies trailing 2-1 in the five-match CG Insurance T20I Series. Two-time World Champions, West Indies won the series opener by eight wickets on Saturday. South Africa won the second match by 16 runs on Sunday and secured a one-run win on Tuesday.

Roger Harper, Lead Selector said:

“Jason Holder is out of the squad on planned rest with a view to managing his workload, while Shimron Hetmyer, who was a late replacement for Chris Gayle in the last game, remains in the squad. Kevin Sinclair makes way for Akeal Hosein in keeping with the Selection Panel’s quest to determine our best squad and best XI. The objective remains to win this game and the series.”

This CG Insurance Series forms part of the West Indies’ World Cup preparation with a total of 15 T20Is to be played across three months in the build-up to the ICC T20 World Cup to be played from October 17 to November 14 in the United Arab Emirates and Oman.


  • Kieron Pollard (Captain)
  • Nicholas Pooran (Vice Captain)
  • Fabian Allen
  • Dwayne Bravo
  • Fidel Edwards
  • Andre Fletcher
  • Chris Gayle
  • Shimron Hetmyer
  • Akeal Hosein
  • Evin Lewis
  • Obed McCoy
  • Andre Russell
  • Lendl Simmons

Travelling Reserves

  • Sheldon Cottrell
  • Jason Holder
  • Kevin Sinclair
  • Oshane Thomas
  • Hayden Walsh Jr

Hetty out, Russell in as WI begin T20 series vs SA today

The Cricket West Indies Selection Panel on Friday named the 13-member squad for the first and second CG Insurance T20 Internationals (T20I) against South Africa.

The panel recalled Andre Russell, the talismanic all-rounder to the squad, as the defending T20 World Champions prepare for the matches which will be played at the Grenada National Stadium on Saturday and Sunday. First ball daily is 2pm (1pm Jamaica Time).

Dre Russ returns to WI colours

Russell is a two-time T20 World Cup winner, having been a member of the squad which won the titles in 2012 and 2016. He has played 49 T20Is for the West Indies and his last appearance was against Sri Lanka in Pallekele in March last year.

Roger Harper, Lead Selector said:

“Andre Russell will add that ‘X’ factor to the team. He is an impact player with both bat and ball and lends greater depth in both departments. The aim is to build on the performance against Sri Lanka earlier this year, to build confidence, while determining our best squad and team as we run into the ICC T20 World Cup.”

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Shai Hope, Kieran Powell recalled to WI test side, Seales earns maiden call-up

The Cricket West Indies (CWI) Selection Panel today named the West Indies Men’s 13-member squad for the first Betway Test Match against South Africa. Following his good form in the warm-up intra-squad match, Shai Hope has earned himself a recall along with opener Kieran Powell who is expected to slot in for the woefully out of form John Campbell. The Test squad includes one newcomer in Jayden Seales, the exciting 19-year-old fast bowler from Trinidad & Tobago and former member of West Indies Under-19 World Cup squad in 2020, who has been very impressive since he emerged on the scene.

Kieran Powell

Hope last played Test cricket in England in July last year, while Powell’s last Test appearance was in Bangladesh in December, 2018.

Speaking on the squad selection, Roger Harper, the Lead Selector said:

“Jayden Seales is young, very enthusiastic and has a big heart. In the ‘Best v Best’ matches he bowled with pace, got movement and has displayed the ability to take wickets. We think he is capable of adding potency to the bowling attack.”

Jayden Seales

“Kieran Powell we know is a very capable batsman who we expect to add quality and depth to the batting department. He put himself in the mix with his performance in the Best v Best match. Shai Hope has performed very well in the red ball matches he has played, following on the back of his highly successful One-Day International series against Sri Lanka, so he has forced his way into the squad by performance.”

Harper added:

“The aim is to continue to build on the performances of the last two Test series and to keep improving as a Test team. We must continue the process of working hard, playing with great passion, playing with determination and a great desire to succeed. Doing that consistently will bring us the right results. The training camp gave the players the opportunity to prepare for the Betway Test series in all departments, considering that no real red ball cricket has been played since the series against Sri Lanka in March.”

Allen’s all-round brilliance hands Windies the T20 series win over Sri Lanka

(Story & Photos: CWI) Fabian Allen smashed three sixes – including the winning shot over wide long-on which took West Indies to victory over Sri Lanka in the third and final CG Insurance T20 International on Sunday night. With the game on the line, he dispatched two maximums from Akila Dananjaya over the square leg boundary and then hit the third which secured victory in grand style.

The all-rounder was the hero as the home side won another close encounter and took the three-match series 2-1. On hitting the winning runs Allen celebrated by screaming with delight, pumping his fists and looking towards the heavens. He was named the CG Insurance Man-of-the-Match.

“It feels really great to hit the winning runs for my team and get us over the line. It wasn’t just to win the match but to win the series so it’s quite a wonderful thing for me,” Allen said. “… I just backed myself in the end. It was a good performance overall.”
At one stage West Indies were 105-7 after 17 overs, needing 27 from the last 18 balls, but Allen made sure they would be no more hiccups. He ended unbeaten on 21 off just six balls and was well supported by Jason Holder who made 14 not out.

The over before his heroics from Lakshan Sandakan, the left-arm chinaman bowler, Holder farmed the strike so as not to expose Allen – a decision made by both batsmen. The move paid off.

Earlier, Dinesh Chandimal struck an unbeaten half-century but a disciplined effort from West Indies bowlers left the home side on top. He top-scored with an unbeaten 54 off 46 balls to steer the visitors to 131-4 off their 20 overs. Ashen Bandara struck an unbeaten 44 off 35 balls and together with Chandimal, put on a crucial 85 for the fifth wicket to rescue the innings from 46-4 in the 10th over.

Left-arm spinner Allen set the tone for the innings with the new ball when he had opener Danushka Gunathilaka magnificently caught and bowled, one-handed.

Pollard, bowlers lead West Indies to victory over Sri Lanka in 1st T20I

(Match Report: ICC & Photos: Cricket West Indies)

International cricket returned to the Caribbean on Wednesday and it came back with a bang in a match that had everything.

The first international match played in the Caribbean since last January ultimately saw Keiron Pollard’s six consecutive sixes with the bat beat Akila Dananjaya’s hat-trick with the ball.

Set a target of 132 after winning the toss, the West Indies got home by four wickets with 6.5 overs to spare but that barely tells the story of a match that swung wildly throughout.

The first over of the chase, delivered by Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews, was clobbered for 19 runs as Evin Lewis hit three consecutive sixes. 

By the end of the third over the West Indies were 48/0 and when Lewis drilled Dananjaya over square leg for four to start the fourth over, it seemed things were going to continue down that path.

Dananjaya had other ideas, removing Lewis for 28 with his next delivery. That brought Chris Gayle out to the middle for his first international innings since 2019. Unfortunately for Gayle, it was a short stay as he fell lbw for a golden duck to Dananjaya. The mystery spinner became the 14th player to take a hat-trick in men’s T20I cricket with his next ball, taking Nicholas Pooran’s edge for another golden duck.

Things got worse for West Indies in the next over as opener Lendl Simmons was trapped in front by Wanindu Hasaranga for 26, reducing them to 62/4 and putting momentum firmly in Sri Lanka’s favour.

Pollard swung things back his team’s way, doling out healthy punishment to Dananjaya. Just an over after taking a hat-trick, the spinner was deposited for six consecutive sixes by Pollard, who celebrated the feat with a simple bow to his teammates in the dugout.

The first six was smashed off one knee over long-on, the second into the sight screen and the third over long-off. He went over midwicket for the fourth and then sent one way back over the bowler’s head for the fifth. The sixth was a nonchalant clip off the pads over deep mid-wicket.

He is only the third batter to ever hit six consecutive sixes in an international over, following South Africa’s Herschelle Gibbs in 2007 at the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup and India’s Yuvraj Singh the same year at the first ever ICC Men’s T20 World Cup – then known as the World Twenty20.

As it turned out, those were the last runs Pollard scored for the match. The West Indies captain perished for 38 in the next over, trapped in front by Hasaranga. When the spinner repeated the trick against Fabian Allen (0) on the next delivery, it looked like this match was due for its second hat-trick.

Dwayne Bravo survived the hat-trick ball and West Indies managed to get the job done from there with little fuss.

There was one small scare however, with Jason Holder lucky to survive in the eighth over when he was dropped off the easiest of catches at deep mid-wicket. The poor bowler to miss out was Dananjaya, who simply could not stay out of the action.

There would be no more chances for the Sri Lankans to get back into the game, as Holder finished not out on 29 and Bravo on four. Fittingly, Holder closed the chase smashing a six over long-on.

Earlier, Sri Lanka was held to 131/9 after being sent out to bat, with debutant Pathum Nissanka top-scoring with 39 off 34.

After a positive start, the Sri Lankans were slowed down by the fall of Danushka Gunathilaka in the third over for 4. The opener was caught superbly by a diving Pollard at short mid-wicket, handing debutant Kevin Sinclair a maiden T20I wicket.

Niroshan Dickwella was the next batter out, bowled by Holder, who finished with figures of 1/19 off his four overs. The Sri Lankan innings never got going from there, with all six of the West Indies’ bowlers among the wickets and two batters falling run-out. Obed McCoy was the best of the West Indies’ bowlers, taking 2/25 off his four overs, accounting for Dinesh Chandimal (11) and Thisara Perera (1).

Windies looking to be consistent against Sri Lanka – Sinclair

When the West Indies head into battle against Sri Lanka at the Coolidge Cricket Ground in Antigua and Barbuda on Wednesday evening in the first of three T20 Internationals, they will be aiming to be consistent in winning games and ultimately the series.This is according to new boy Kevin Sinclair, the young Guyanese right arm off-spinner who is in the team for the first time.

Fresh off a disappointing loss in the CG Insurance Super50 Cup against Trinidad and Tobago Red Force, the youngster is looking to rebound in the series against the Sri Lankans.

Reflecting on his first time selection, Sinclair told The 592 Dugout; “I feel good, I feel really good about being selected to represent the West Indies. I must say I have made my family proud, especially my grandfather. I know the struggle and the time that he put in to train me every day and even in the nights over the years. I have made him proud and that’s all I’ll continue to do”.

Looking ahead to the series, he maintained; “I feel confident heading into my first series. It’s a different environment than I’m accustomed to obviously, I’m looking forward to it, I’ll do my best. The guys here are confident in terms of winning the series. Coach (Phil) Simmons has been beating something into our head; we should start winning cricket games. We have to understand what we need to do in order to win games, how we have to go about winning, that we should be consistent for long periods of time in order to win. So that’s our mindset heading into this series.”

Chris Gayle is back in West Indies colours

The series opener this evening will be the first men’s T20 International at the Coolidge Cricket Ground and with relatively short straight boundaries it could turn out to be a high-scoring contest. Back in West Indies colours is the ‘Universe Boss’ Chris Gayle, who is making a comeback to the side. Also making a comeback after years is fast bowler Fidel Edwards. Both were members of the West Indies team which won the T20 World Cup back in 2012, when they beat Sri Lanka in the final in Colombo.

Match Schedule – start 6pm (5pm Jamaica Time)

Wednesday, March 3: 1st CG Insurance T20I

Friday, March 5: 2nd CG Insurance T20I

Sunday, March 7: 3rd CG Insurance T20I

Harding to replace Romario Sheperd in WI ODI Squad

The Cricket West Indies (CWI) Selection Panel has named Keon Harding as the replacement for Romario Shepherd in the One-Day International (ODI) squad that will play three ODIs later this month.

All-rounder Shepherd returned a positive COVID-19 test in his Guyana hometown and will therefore be unavailable for the Bangladesh tour. In accordance with the established Government stipulations, Shepherd will remain in Guyana where he is undergoing a period of isolation that unfortunately will extend beyond the team’s travel period. Some members of the touring party departed today while others will leave tomorrow.

Following established medical protocols, CWI started the first of a series of COVID-19 tests, on all members of the Bangladesh touring party on January 2and following receipt of the results today, CWI can confirm that all other members of the touring party have returned negative results. All members of the touring party took their second and final pre-travel COVID-19 test yesterday.

Keon Harding

Harding, an exciting young 24-year-old fast bowler, was among the traveling reserves for the Sandals West Indies Test tour of England last summer.

  • West Indies ODI Squad
  • Jason Mohammed (captain)
  • Sunil Ambris (vice-captain)
  • Nkrumah Bonner
  • Joshua Da Silva
  • Keon Harding
  • Jahmar Hamilton
  • Chemar Holder
  • Akeal Hosein
  • Alzarri Joseph
  • Kyle Mayers
  • Andre McCarthy
  • Kjorn Ottley
  • Rovman Powell
  • Raymon Reifer
  • Hayden Walsh jr
  • West Indies Test Squad
  • Kraigg Brathwaite (captain)
  • Jermaine Blackwood (vice-captain)
  • Nkrumah Bonner
  • John Campbell
  • Rahkeem Cornwall
  • Joshua Da Silva
  • Shannon Gabriel
  • Kavem Hodge
  • Alzarri Joseph
  • Kyle Mayers
  • Shayne Moseley
  • Veerasammy Permaul
  • Kemar Roach
  • Raymon Reifer
  • Jomel Warrican

Full Tour Schedule

January 10: West Indies arrive

January 18: One-day warm-up match, BKSP, Savar

January 20 1st ODI, SBNCS, Dhaka

January 22: 2nd ODI, SBNCS, Dhaka

January 25: 3rd ODI, ZACS, Chattogram

January 28-31: Four-day warm-up, M.A. Aziz Stadium, Chattogram

February 3-7: 1st Test Match, ZACS, Chattogram

February 11-15: 2nd Test Match, SBNCS, Dhaka

(Story & Photos from Cricket West Indies)

Late surge from Windies bowlers leaves 1st Test hanging in the balance

Attritional batting from England’s top three and a fluent 98-run partnership between Ben Stokes and Zak Crawley took England into a strong position before a late flurry of wickets put the visitors in charge heading into the fifth day.

Having weathered a tough period the previous evening, England openers Rory Burns and Dom Sibley resumed, faced with the task of eliminating the first-innings deficit. Both batted with determination and patience but struggled to score freely, particularly from Roston Chase’s off-spin. Something had to give at some point though, and eventually Burns was dismissed for 42 as he failed to get on top of a cut shot and spooned a short and wide ball from Chase to point.

Sibley continued to battle through, finally reaching his half-century from 161 deliveries with just four boundaries. The very next ball he was bowled by Shannon Gabriel, but he earned a reprieve as replays showed the bowler to have over-stepped. He lasted only two more balls before feathering a catch through to Shane Dowrich down the leg side with England just one run behind West Indies.

Zak Crawley

Joe Denly and Zak Crawley took the hosts into the lead, with the 22-year-old Crawley using his feet well to get on top of Chase. Denly was dismissed for 29 – the 14th time in 28 Test innings that he has fallen between 15 and 40 – as some extra bounce from the spinner causing him to chip a catch to short mid-wicket.

England’s most dominant period of the match thus far followed, as Ben Stokes and Crawley accelerated as they looked to build the lead into something substantial. Their partnership was worth 98 in 25.1 overs by the time Jason Holder found Stokes’ outside edge, with the lead having stretched to 135.

But the skipper’s wicket brought two more, as Alzarri Joseph struck twice to remove first Crawley – the ball bouncing steeply to take the shoulder of the bat – and then Buttler – driving loosely to a ball which tailed back into him – to put the visitors back on top.

Ollie Pope and Dom Bess looked to offer some resistance, but the pair were both bowled by Shannon Gabriel in the same over to leave England with just two wickets in hand and the lead worth 170 at stumps. Jofra Archer and Mark Wood remained unbeaten at the close, on 5* and 1* respectively.

(International Cricket Council Report) 

Resilient half-centuries from Braithwaite and Dowrich hands West Indies advantage

Opener Kraig Braithwaite and wicketkeeper-batsman Shane Dowrich made welcome returns to form with resilient half-centuries on day three of the first Test against England to hand West Indies the advantage as they posted a 114-run lead after being dismissed for 318.

However England’s openers, Rory Burns and Dom Sibley withstood a superb spell of new-ball bowling to reduce that lead to 99 at the close of play.

When play had resumed earlier, Brathwaite and Shai Hope continued their stubborn resistance before James Anderson and Ben Stokes eventually made breakthroughs.

Hope in particular had a hard time of it and struggled for the majority of his innings and even got a reprieve after Jofra Archer had trapped him lbw only to have overstepped. However Hope fell in the very next over edging Dom Bess’ to be caught at slip.

Kraig Braithwaite made a resilient 65. (Cricket West Indies photos)

Braithwaite on the other hand showed great concentration and patience to bring up his first half-century in almost two years just before lunch. He didn’t last to the lunch break though as he was given out lbw to an inswinger from Stokes, a decision which he reviewed but lost.

Shamarh Brooks and Roston Chase strung together a good partnership as they both defended well and Brooks looked set when he feathered an edge through to Jos Buttler, which brought Jermaine Blackwood to the crease. It was a brief stay as Blackwood became Bess’ second victim with a reckless charge down the pitch.

Enter Dowrich; he joined Chase to take West Indies safely to tea. Together the pair put on 81, the highest partnership, either side of tea as England laboured for a wicket.

It was Anderson who eventually found success with the new ball, trapping Chase lbw but West Indies were already on top by this point.

Stokes reached 150 Test wickets by taking Jason Holder cheaply and Alzarri Joseph after the latter had threatened with a couple of boundaries.

He also got the key wicket of Dowrich for 61, who edged through to Jos Buttler, before Mark Wood bowled Gabriel to leave West Indies with a first-innings lead of 114 at 318.

When England resume tomorrow, they will be on 15 without loss and 99 runs behind with Sibley and Rory Burns on 5 and 10 respectively.

England 15 for 0 (Sibley 5, Burns 10) and 204 trail West Indies 314 (Brathwaite 65, Dowrich 61, Stokes 4-49) by 99 runs.

Holder’s career-best 6-42 helps West Indies skittle England for 204

West Indies skipper Jason Holder led from the front with the ball as his seventh five-wicket haul and career best figures of 6-42, along with Shannon Gabriel’s 4-62 restricted England for 204 in their first innings. At the close of play West Indies were on 57-1 in reply.

When play resumed, opener Rory Burns (20 overnight) and Joe Denly (14) found the going tough as Gabriel bowled with plenty of pace and menace.

Gabriel didn’t take long to get going and produced a superb delivery, one that swung back through Denly’s defense to bowl him for 18. In his very next over, the burly fast bowler accounted for Burns, trapping him in front of leg stump to leave England on 51-3.

Joe Denly is bowled by Shannon Gabriel (CWI Photos)

From thereon, Holder took over and had Zak Crawley LBW for an enterprising 10, he didn’t have to wait long for a second, as he had Ollie Pope edging behind for 12 with England looking wobbly at 87-5.

However stand-in England captain Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler brought a brief respite with a 67-run partnership.

Eventual top-scorer Stokes fell seven runs short of his half-century as Holder had him dismissed edging to wicket-keeper Shane Dowrich. The West Indies captain then made it two wickets in two overs as he sent Buttler back to the pavilion in similar fashion.

With England looking in danger of being bowled out for under 200 runs, Dom Bess hit a counter-attacking 31 not out but ran out of partners as Jofra Archer and Mark Wood both fell to the rampant Holder.

James Anderson provided some support to Bess, and the pair combined for a vital 30-run stand for the last wicket before Gabriel bowled Anderson with a full, straight ball as England were bowled out for 204 to signal an early tea.

The West Indies opening duo of Kraigg Brathwaite and John Campbell effected a steady start to the visitors’ reply after tea.

Campbell survived a couple of early scares, twice reviewing successfully before being given out leg-before to Anderson.

Mark Wood delivered a fierce spell of fast bowling to Brathwaite and new batsman Shai Hope, but they both were solid in defence and saw West Indies safely to the close of play, bad light for the second day in a row causing a premature end to the day’s play. West Indies will resume tomorrow on 57/1.