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As the West Indies get ready for the 2027 World Cup, they announce their England squad.

As the West Indies get ready for the 2027 World Cup, they announce their England squad.

The Caribbean nation of West Indies has selected a 15-player team for their home ODI series against England starting next month, marking the start of their preparations for the upcoming ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup.

The two-time World Cup winners will be eager to make amends when the next competition is held in South Africa and Namibia in 2027. They were unable to qualify for the recently finished 50-over showcase in India.

Desmond Haynes, the chief selector and a former opener, stated that the West Indies were intent on rebuilding in order to have a significant impact at the next World Cup. Their squad selection, which includes a few unexpected selections among their playing group to face England, supports this assertion.

While veteran quick Jason Holder and white-ball specialist Nicholas Pooran are sidelined as they get ready for Test campaigns and the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup next year, respectively, Shai Hope is still captain and fast bowler Alzarri Joseph is promoted to vice captain.

It opens the door for Matthew Forde and Sherfane Rutherford, two uncapped all-rounders, to be called up to the squad along with Shane Dowrich and Kjorn Ottley.

The first of the series’ three games is scheduled to begin in Antigua on December 3, and Haynes is excited to welcome England to the Caribbean.

“There is always a lot of anticipation and excitement when England tours the West Indies,” Haynes remarked.

“This team will perform well in our home environment, but we also anticipate a hard-fought series. Our goal is quite evident. Our goal is to assemble a strong team. Rebuilding is our top priority in order to compete well in the ICC Cricket World Cup in 2027.”

In the upcoming days, the West Indies will hold a camp in Antigua to get ready for the England series. New coach Daren Sammy is optimistic that the team’s time together as teammates will greatly benefit his team.

“Everyone is fully aware of what is required as we prepare to face England on our home soil,” said Sammy.

 

“In order for us to succeed on an international scale, the camp will be specific and based on requirements that we have identified. Our training sessions will be intense and intentional, with the ultimate goal of winning and progressing.

“I think planning is important. I think your chances of winning are highest when you prepare well. Your game will improve when you put in the necessary amount of effort and hone your abilities.

Shai Hope (captain), Alzarri Joseph (vice captain), Alick Athanaze, Yannic Cariah, Keacy Carty, Roston Chase, Shane Dowrich, Matthew Forde, Shimron Hetmyer, Brandon King, Gudakesh Motie, Kjorn Ottley, Sherfane Rutherford, Romario Shepherd, and Oshane Thomas are the members of the West Indies squad.

Timetable for the One-Day Internationals: December 3, Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, Antigua
December 6, Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, Antigua, for the second ODI
Third ODI: December 9, Barbados’ Kensington Oval

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