The Men in Maroon from the Caribbean have made the T20 game their very own. The West Indies will come to the ICC T20 World Cup 2022 not as favorites but as strong competition. The team doesn’t have regular senior players. But the presence of fresher faces who are T20 specialists can help the team. Also, names like Russell and Narine will get a wake-up call. Here is an in-depth look at the team:
ICC T20 World Cup 2022: West Indies Squad:
Nicholas Pooran (capt), Rovman Powell, Yannic Cariah, Johnson Charles, Sheldon Cottrell, Shimron Hetmyer, Jason Holder, Akeal Hosein, Alzarri Joseph, Brandon King, Evin Lewis, Kyle Mayers, Obed McCoy, Raymon Reifer, Odean Smith.
Expected Playing XI:
Evin Lewis, Brandon King (WK), Kyle Mayers, Shimron Hetmyer, Nicholas Pooran, Rovman Powell, Jason Holder, Odean Smith, Alzarri Joseph, Akeal Hossien, Obed McCoy.
Strengths of the West Indies Cricket Team at the ICC T20 World Cup 2022:
The biggest strength of the West Indies cricket team is the presence of T20 specialists. The team is loaded with specialist players. These are players who have played the format all over the globe and have a good experience. So, even young players like Hetmyer and Pooran have a truckload of experience. The next strength is similar to that of Australia. West Indies also has multi-dimensional players.
Weakness of the West Indies Cricket Team at the ICC T20 World Cup 2022:
The evident weakness is the spin bowling department and the opening combination. The spin bowling department just has one established name and that is Akeal Hossien. Hossien is not a very lucrative name on the list but the West Indies do not have any other option. At the opening position it is a fight between 3 players. Ewin Lewis, Brandon King, Johnson Charles, and Kyle Mayers will fight for the 2 positions. But none of the batters looks at the song.
Opportunities for the West Indies Cricket Team:
With many new faces, there are a whole lot of opportunities. One cannot forget that it is also an opportunity for Nicholas Pooran to effectively lead the West Indies team. The spin department relies on Hossien so he is bound to get many games at the ICC t20 World Cup 2022.
The threat is the ability of the West Indies to spoil their party. West Indies lose a game due to one big reason. It is a fact that they spoil their own game because of their “SLAMBANG” approach. They need to be a little more thoughtful and need to plan out how to deal with situations. The team doesn’t lack in ability. It is just about the mindset.
The West Indies will be unfortunately knocked out in the group stage because their group has England and Australia.
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To know more go to the official website of the West Indies Cricket Board.