Caribbean Premier League 2021 (CPL 2021): Everything You Need To Know Quickly—Teams, Fixtures, & Predictions

Caribbean Premier League 2021 (CPL 2021): Everything You Need To Know Quickly—Teams, Fixtures, & Predictions

Caribbean Premier League (CPL 2021)—The party is back in town once again!

The West Indies have just finished a marathon 14 game home T20I season against South Africa, Australia, and Pakistan.

It is now time for the domestic West Indies T20 league and for fringe players to make their cases. In the first 3 days of CPL 2021, we have had so many great moments—Dre Russ’s 14-ball 50, TKR already losing a game, Faf’s comeback from concussion, Sherfane Rutherford’s magnificent form, Tims (David & Seifert) having breakout seasons, and experienced Amir-Udana-Rampaul-Tahir topping the bowling charts so far. If you haven’t been watching, this is time to switch your TVs back on, especially with the T20 World Cup approaching soon.

Here is everything you need to know about CPL 2021.

Also Read: 42 Contenders For 23-Men West Indies T20 World Cup Squad: #17-24 Will Shock You!, Nicholas Pooran, A Story of Pain, Hope, & Inspiration: The Next Big Thing of West Indies & World Cricket

Quick Summary

  • Matches: 33 (6 teams, 10 matches each, double round robin, top 4 qualify for semi-finals)
  • Teams: Barbados Royals, Guyana Amazon Warriors, Jamaica Tallawahs, St. Kitts & Nevis Patriots, Saint Lucia Kings, Trinbago Knight Riders
  • Dates: August 26th- September 15th
  • Venues: Warner Park Sporting Complex, Basseterre, St. Kitts & Nevis

History

  1. Trinbago Knight Riders: 2015, 2017, 2018, 2020 (Won)
  2. Barbados Royals: 2014, 2019 (Won)
  3. Jamaica Tallawahs: 2013, 2016 (Won)
  4. Guyana Amazon Warriors: 2013, 2014, 2016, 2018, 2019 (Runners Up)
  5. Saint Lucia Kings: 2020 (Runners Up)
  6. St. Kitts and Nevis Patriots: 2017 (Runners Up)

CPL 2021: Teams & Expected Playing XI

Barbados Tridents & Saint Lucia Zouks no more, we now have Barbados Royals (from Rajasthan Royals) & Saint Lucia Kings (from Punjab Kings).

The Indian Premier League is slowly taking over the world.

*Teams highlighted in their respective jersey colors

Trinbago Knight Riders

  • West Indies Internationals: Kieron Pollard (C), Darren Bravo, Lendl Simmons, Sunil Narine, Denesh Ramdin (WK), Ravi Rampaul, Jayden Seales, Akeal Hosein, Khary Pierre, Anderson Phillip
  • West Indies Domestic: Leonardo Julien (WK), Tion Webster
  • Foreign Recruits: Ali Khan (USA), Colin Munro, Tim Seifert (NZ), Isuru Udana (SL), Yasir Shah (Pakistan)

Coaching Staff: Imran Jan

I am looking forward to the New Zealand duo Munro & Seifert along with the fast bowling trio – experienced Rampaul, promising Seales, & energetic Ali Khan.

Trinbago Knight Riders Expected XI:

  1. Lendl Simmons, 2. Tim Seifert, 3. Colin Munro, 4. Darren Bravo, 5. Kieron Pollard, 6. Sunil Narine, 7. Denesh Ramdin, 8. Ravi Rampaul/Isuru Udana, 9. Jayden Seales, 10. Ali Khan, 11. Akeal Hosein

Barbados Royals

  • West Indies Internationals: Jason Holder (C), Johnson Charles (WK), Shai Hope (WK), Kyle Mayers, Ashley Nurse, Raymon Reifer, Oshane Thomas, Hayden Walsh Jr.
  • West Indies Domestic: Joshua Bishop, Justin Greaves, Nyeem Young
  • Foreign Recruits: Azam Khan – WK, Mohammad Amir (Pakistan), Jake Lintott (England), Smit Patel – WK (USA/ former India), Thisara Perera (Sri Lanka), Glenn Phillips – WK (New Zealand)

Coaching Staff: Trevor Penney

I am looking forward to the foreign contingent. Jake Lintott had a successful Hundred season, Glenn Phillips & Azam Khan are power hitters, while Perera & Amir have reputation and experience on their side.

Barbados Royals Expected XI:

  1. Johnson Charles, 2. Shai Hope, 3. Glenn Phillips, 4. Kyle Mayers, 5. Azam Khan, 6. Jason Holder, 7. Thisara Perera, 8. Hayden Walsh Jr, 9. Jake Lintott, 10. Oshane Thomas, 11. Ashley Nurse

Guyana Amazon Warriors

  • West Indies Internationals: Nicholas Pooran (WK/C), Shimron Hetmyer, Brandon King, Romario Shepherd, Kevin Sinclair, Chandrapaul Hemraj (6 ODIs), Odean Smith (2 T20I)
  • West Indies Domestic: Anthony Bramble (WK), Gudakesh Motie, Ashmead Nedd, Nial Smith
  • Foreign Recruits: Imran Tahir (South Africa), Shoaib Malik, Mohammad Hafeez (Pakistan), Naveen-ul-Haq (Afghanistan)

Coaching Staff: Rayon Griffith

I am looking forward to the dynamic between young & experience. While Pooran, Hetmyer, Shepher, & King have youth on their side, Hafeez, Malik, and Tahir are world class T20 match-winners.

Guyana Amazon Warriors Expected XI:

  1. Brandon King, 2. Chandrapaul Hemraj, 3. Mohammad Hafeez, 4. Shimron Hetmyer, 5. Nicholas Pooran, 6. Shoaib Malik, 7. Anthony Bramble, 8. Odean Smith, 9. Romario Shepherd, 10. Imran Tahir, 11. Naveen-ul-Haq/Kevin Sinclair

Saint Lucia Kings

  • West Indies Internationals: Roston Chase, Rahkeem Cornwall, Andre Fletcher, Alzarri Joseph, Obed McCoy, Keemo Paul, Kesrick Williams
  • West Indies Domestic: Kadeem Alleyne, Keron Cottoy, Mark Deyal, Javelle Glen, Jeavor Royal
  • Foreign Recruits: Faf du Plessis – C (South Africa), Tim David (Singapore), Samit Patel (England), Usman Qadir, Wahab Riaz (Pakistan)

Coaching Staff: Andy Flower

I am looking forward to the West Indies internationals. Roston Chase, Cornwall, Kesrick Williams, Paul are not in the current T20I plan for the West Indies and Joseph, McCoy, and Paul are still on the fringes. This CPL season will show who gets in and who does not to the T20 World Cup squad. Also hope that Faf du Plessis has recovered from the concussion.

Saint Lucia Kings Expected XI:

  1. Faf du Plessis, 2. Andre Fletcher, 3. Rahkeem Cornwall, 4. Roston Chase, 5. Tim David, 6. Samit Patel, 7. Keemo Paul, 8. Kesrick Williams, 9. Usman Qadir/Wahab Riaz, 10. Obed McCoy, 11. Alzarri Joseph

St. Kitts & Nevis Patriots

  • West Indies Internationals: Dwayne Bravo (C), Fabian Allen, Sheldon Cottrell, Joshua Da Silva (WK), Rayad Emrit, Chris Gayle, Evin Lewis, Sherfane Rutherford, Devon Thomas
  • West Indies Domestic: Colin Archibald, Dominic Drakes, Jon-Russ Jaggesar, Mikyle Louis
  • Foreign Recruits: Asif Ali (Pakistan), Ravi Bopara (England), Fawad Ahmed (Australia), Paul van Meekeren

Coaching Staff: Simon Helmot

I am looking forward to Evin Lewis & Fabian Allen. They have been the two standout performers in the last three home T20I series. Can they continue their good form?

St. Kitts & Patriots Expected XI:

  1. Devon Thomas, 2. Evin Lewis, 3. Chris Gayle, 4. Sherfane Rutherford, 5. Ravi Bopara, 6. Asif Ali, 7. Joshua Da Silva, 8. Dwayne Bravo, 9. Fabian Allen, 10. Fawad Ahmed, 11. Sheldon Cottrell

Jamaica Tallawahs

  • West Indies Internationals: Rovman Powell (C), Carlos Brathwaite, Andre Russell, Shamarh Brooks, Fidel Edwards, Jason Mohmammed, Veerasammy Permaul, Chadwick Walton (WK)
  • West Indies Domestic: Joshua James, Kennar Lewis, Abhijai Mansingh, Kirk McKenzie, Imran Khan
  • Foreign Recruits: Haider Ali (Pakistan), Ryan Persaud (USA), Migael Pretorius (South Africa), Qais Ahmad (Afghanistan)

Coaching Staff: Floyd Reifer

I am looking forward to the star-studded lower middle order—Powell, Brathwaite, and Russell. 255/5 in their opening game already shows the potential of this team.

Jamaica Tallawahs Expected XI:

  1. Chadwick Walton (WK), 2. Kennar Lewis, 3. Haider Ali, 4. Shamarh Brooks, 5. Rovmann Powell, 6. Andre russell, 7. Carlos Brathwaite, 8. Chris Green, 9. Veerasammy Permaul, 10. Fidel Edwards, 11. Qais Ahmed

Key Match Ups To Watch Out For

  1. Huge CPL season ahead for Andre Fletcher – The Spice Man came back to the West Indies T20I side on a back of a good BBL and Big Bash tournament. However, his form in the international arena dropped off. Johnson Charles & Brandon King are contenders for the reserve opener spot if Fletcher does not have a good show here.
  2. Warriors show glimpse of West Indies’ future – Brandon King, Pooran, Hetmyer, Romario Shepherd, Kevin Sinclair may form the core of a future West Indies team without Gayle, Pollard, or Bravo.
  3. Can Trinbago Knight Riders do it again? Last season TKR won 12 games on a trot to dominate CPL 2020. With a similar composition of their squad, can they make it 5 trophies?

Caribbean Premier League 2021 Predictions

Finally here are my predictions.

My prediction for the team to lift the CPL 2021 trophy is….Jamaica Tallawahs with the Top 4 of Guyana Amazon Warriors, St. Kitts & Nevis Patriots, and Trinbago Knight Riders.

  • Most Runs: Evin Lewis
  • Most Wickets: Obed McCoy
  • Emerging Player: Rohail Nazir
  • Surprise Package: Tim David/Jake Lintott
  • Broken Cricket Dream: Final CPL edition for Shoaib Malik?

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18 Best Test Matches in the Past 4 Years That Have Revived Test Cricket – Who Said Test Matches Are Boring?

18 Best Test Matches in the Past 4 Years That Have Revived Test Cricket – Who Said Test Matches Are Boring?

We bring to you the list of best Test matches over the past four years. Thrilling finishes galore! Who said Test matches are boring?

by Nitesh Mathur, 08/27/2021

West Indies’ 1-wicket victory against Pakistan and India’s comeback at Lord’s have added another couple of great matches in our memory banks. We have seen some exhilarating Test cricket in the past couple of years.

If there was ever any doubt on the quality of Test cricket, here are 18 matches that have revived Test cricket in the past 4 years.

1. Pakistan tour of West Indies, 2017 (3rd Test)

Result/ Scorecard: Pakistan won by 101 runs

Match Summary: Pakistan: 376 & 174/8 declared; West Indies: 247 & 202

Player of the Match: Roston Chase

The Tension

After 95 overs of resistance, with only 7 balls to go for a valiant draw, Shannon Gabriel heaves Yasir Shah and gets bowled. Roston Chase stranded on 101* (239) after batting for an epic 366 minutes. Strategic stroke or brain fade from Gabriel?

Commentary/Winning Moment

“Got him! Why did he do that? Unbelievable.” You can watch the magic moment here.

Significance

Pakistan’s first ever series win on West Indian soil as they claim the the series 2-1. Misbah-ul-Haq & Younis Khan retire in style in this famous “Mis-You” series.

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2. Australia tour of UAE, 2018 (1st Test)

Result/ Scorecard: Match Drawn

Match Summary: Pakistan: 482 & 181/6 declared; Australia: 202 & 362/8

Player of the Match: Usman Khawaja

The Tension

In their first innings, Australia had collapsed from 161-1 to 202-10. In the second innings, they had 462 runs to chase or 140 overs to bat. And 140 overs they batted. The man of the hour was Usman Khawaja – 85 (175) & 141 (302), batting for a total of 766 minutes (around 13 hours) to give Australia one of their most savored draws.

Commentary/Winning Moment

“It was assumed that Australia would lose that Test match. What Australia was looking for…was a test of character” – Amazon Prime The Test

Significance

This was Australia’s first true moral victory since Steve Smith & David Warner were banned. Usman Khawaja had never truly solidified his place in the Australian XI, but this innings ensured his career would always be remembered due to this legendary knock.

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3. New Zealand tour of UAE, 2018 (1st Test)

Result/Scorecard: New Zealand won by 4 runs

Match Summary: New Zealand: 153 & 249; Pakistan: 227 & 171

Player of the Match: Ajaz Patel

The Tension

In a chase of 176, Pakistan collapsed in the most Pakistan fashion from 147/4 to 171/10. With a mandatory run-out of course. NZ somehow won by 4 runs. Ajaz Patel with a 5-fer on Test debut.

Commentary/Winning Moment

“And what a victory for the New Zealanders. They deserve it. WOOW! …It’s an unbelievable victory for New Zealand. You can see how much it means to them.” Commentary Video

Significance

New Zealand followed up with another incredible victory in the third test, thereby winning their first victory over NZ in 49 years. Here are some reactions.

4. Sri Lanka Tour of South Africa, 2019 (1st Test)

Result/ Scorecard: Sri Lanka won by 1 wicket

Match Summary: South Africa: 235 & 259; Sri Lanka: 191 & 304/9

Player of the Match: Kusal Perera

The Tension

In a mammoth chase of 304, Sri Lanka were struggling at 110/5. What followed was a knock for the ages. Kusal Perera hit a miraculous 153* (200) with 12 sixes & 5 fours. The last wicket partnership between Perera & Vishwa Fernando was 78*, with only 6* (27) coming from Fernando’s bat.

Commentary/Winning Moment

“He’s done it! He absolutely does it. One of the greatest see from a Sri Lankan outside Sri Lanka…What a historical day at Durban.” Watch the winning moment here, a contender for the greatest Test match innings of all time.

Significance

Sri Lanka go on to win the series 2-0. First time an Asian team won a Test series in South Africa.

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5. Ashes, 2019 (Entire Series)

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Result/Scorecards: England won by 1 wicket (3rd Test, Leeds); All Test matches scorecards here.

Match Summary: Australia: 179 & 246; England: 67 & 362/9

Player of the Match: Ben Stokes

The Tension

Despite being a wonderful series to watch all around, the thunder was stolen by Ben Stokes’ 135*, Jack Leach’s glasses, Nathan Lyon’s run out opportunity, and Tim Paine’s missed DRS review. A 76* (62) partnership for the final wicket. Oohs & Aahs. Reverse sweeps, scoops, and hoicks. Just a great day to be a cricket fan. One of the greatest innings of all time.

Commentary/Winning Moment

“Cut away. Cut away for 4. What an innings. What a player. Take a bow Ben Stokes. The Ashes well and truly alive because of one cricketer & that cricketer is Benjamin Stokes.” (Nasser Hussain) Entire Day 5 minute highlights

Significance

This series had so many moments. Stuart Broad 23 wickets & dismissed Warner 7 times. Steve Smith’s legendary masterclass was breathtaking. 774 runs, 3 tons, 3 fifties, best of 211, 110.57 average. Jofra Archer’s Test debut, Smith’s concussion, and Marnus Labuschagne’s entrance as cricket’s first concussion substitute—353 runs, 4 fifties at 51.00. Not a bad start, I say. Ideal beginning for the World Test Championship, a 2-2 Ashes series.

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6. West Indies Tour of England, 2020 (1st Test)

Result/Scorecard: West Indies won by 4 wickets

Match Summary: England: 204 & 313; Sri Lanka: 318 & 200/6

Player of the Match: Shannon Gabriel

The Tension

It was a Test match that went all the way to session 3 of Day 5, which became a common theme for Test matches post the COVID break. After Shannon Gabriel’s 9-fer & #1 all-round Jason Holder had given West Indies the advantage, they characteristically lost it on the final day. The Windies had collapsed for 27/3 in a chase of 200. Then an inspirational 95 by Jermaine Blackwood 2.0 brought WI back with the supporting cast of a hobbling John Campbell & the engine room—Roston Chase, Shane Dowrich, and Jason Holder.

Commentary/Winning Moment (None other than than Ian Bishop)

“Victory for the West Indies. A most significant moment for Jason Holder and his team. Great credit to their skill, their commitment. The West Indian people and world credit owes them a great debt…Commentary Video

Significance

The coronavirus had hit and ravaged the world. Worldwide lockdown was in-effect and sports had closed its doors for months. Thanks to the West Indies & England cricket boards, players, the support staff, & essential works, cricket made a comeback via bio-bubbles.

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7. Pakistan Tour of New Zealand, 2020-21 (2nd Test)

Result/Scorecard: New Zealand won by 101 runs

Match Summary: New Zealand: 431 & 180/5 declared; Pakistan: 318 & 200/6

Player of the Match: Kane Williamson

The Tension

With a chase of 373 at hand in tough New Zealand conditions, Pakistan were 4/2 at tea on Day 4. One of those one-sided home victories for New Zealand again? Not this time. Not with Fawad Alam. With support from the ever dependable trio Azhar Ali, Mohammad Rizwan, and Faheed Ashraf, Alam scored 102 over 6 and a half hours. Yet a Pakistan-esque collapsed followed after surviving 123.3 overs. Pakistan lost with only 4.4 overs to go. What a jumping catch by Santner as well for the last wicke.t. The drama.

Commentary/Winning Moment

“[Catch it] Oh he’s done it. He’s pulled a hander! Mitchell Santner has done it! Mitchell Santner has finished the game for New Zealand. Look at the scenes!” Commentary Video

Significance

Last match of the decade. Turning point for Test cricket. Brilliant rearguard effort despite the loss. And Fawad Alam. What a story. Dropped after 3 Tests despite scoring a 168 on debut. Criticized for scoring hard, ugly runs with a weird stance. Left out for a decade. . Grinded in domestic cricket. Runs after runs. Till he could be ignored no more. Has now scored 4 hundreds since his comeback. Patience is, indeed, the key to success.

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8. India Tours of Australia, 2018/19, 2020/21 (Border-Gavaskar Trophy)

Result/Scorecard: India won by 3 wickets; All Test matches scorecards here; 2018 Border Gavaskar results

Match Summary: Australia: 369 & 294; England: 336 & 329/7 (4th Test, Brisbane).

Player of the Match: Rishabh Pant

Player of the Series: Pat Cummins

The Tension

India had won the 2018 series 2-1 on the back of Pujara’s toil – 521 (1258). Could they repeat the magic in 2021 with Warner & Smith?

It began with the 36 All-Out at Adelaide. Spectacular bowling performance from Australia. Then Rahane’s century & calm captaincy rejuvenated India at Melbourne. Show of resilience and immense mental strength followed from Vihari-Ashwin after the Pujara-Pant show to secure a draw in Sydney. Finally the young brigade breached the Gabba Fortress. Shubman Gill, Shardul Thakur, Washington Sundar, Mohammad Siraj, and Rishabh Pant the stars.

Commentary/Winning Moment

“Pujara, to a younger generation is just a curiosity. As the game moves more and more towards T20, which is the modern savior of our game, the word resilience starts to go out because there is no time for resilience. ” – Harsha Bhogle on Pujara in Amazon Prime’s The Test

Significance

The 2018 victory was the first instance an Asian team has won a Test series in Australia. The 2021 series? Arguably the best Test series since Ashes 2005—This series had everything—bowling excellence, centuries, youngsters, experience, banter, sledging, draws, collapses, and chases. Even with a so-called injured ‘third string,’ squad, whenever India were down, they came back with new hope & stars.

Also Read: India Vs Australia Series Review 2020-21: The Greatest Story of Them All? Better Than Ashes 2005?

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9. England Tour of Sri Lanka, 2021 (1st Test)

Result/Scorecard: England won by 7 wickets

Match Summary: Sri Lanka: 135 & 359; England: 421 & 76/3

Player of the Match: Joe Root

The Tension

The Joe Root Vs Lasith Embuldeniya series. On paper, does not look too close, but the 1st Test was actually engrossing to watch. In chase of 74, England were 14/3 with Joe Root run out (the only way he can get out these days). Jonny Bairstow & Dan Lawrence took England home but the tension was high. 4 innings, 446 runs for Root, 15 wickets for Embuldeniya. Individual brilliance.

Commentary/Winning Moment

“Massive, massive. This is massive. England in a spot of bother.” (After Root’s dismissal) Commentary Video

Significance

Start of Root’s magical year; English fan stranded in Galle cheers from the fort; England won the series 2-0 to extend their overseas winning streak to 5 after they had won 3-1 in South Africa earlier. They would win another in Chennai before Axar Patel decimated England’s subcontinental dreams. (England had also won the 2018 tour of Sri Lanka 3-0 in this same timeframe).

Also Read: Joe Root Vs Lasith Embuldeniya 2020 Series Review: Oops, I Meant England Vs Sri Lanka

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10. West Indies Tour of Bangladesh, 2021 (1st Test)

Result/Scorecard: West Indies won by 3 wickets

Match Summary: Bangladesh: 430 & 223/8 declared; West Indies: 259 & 395/7

Player of the Match: Kyle Mayers

The Tension

Imagine that you are not sending your 1st XI to Bangladesh, a spin-heavy nation that has had an impeccable record in the past 5 years. No expectations before hand. Bangladesh would have been happy with their effort with centuries from Mehidy Hasan Miraz & Mominul Haque. They even declared in the second innings.

A successful chase of 395 runs followed in 127.3 overs with two debutants, Kyle Mayers (40 & 210*) & Nkrumah Bonner (86) sealing it for the West Indies with a remarkable partnership of 216 runs. Fourth innings match-winning double century on debut in the subcontinent. Wow.

Commentary/Winning Moment (Ian Bishop Again)

“A win to warm the hearts of every West Indian wherever you are in the world! New heroes have emerged from the ashes..” Commentary Video

Significance

West Indies won the series 2-0 in Bangladesh with a depleted squad. The greatest chase of all-time?

Also Read: West Indies Vs Bangladesh 2021 Series Review: Young West Indies Rises Again In the East

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11. World Test Championship Final, 2021

Result/Scorecard: New Zealand won by 8 wickets

Match Summary: India: 217 & 170; New Zealand: 249 & 140/2

Player of the Match: Kyle Jamieson

The Tension

Under difficult batting conditions and rain all around, both teams fought it out till the very end. The WTC Final was expected to be a boring draw two rains and bad light. Instead, it became a thriller that went deep into Day 6, final session. With a chase of 139, Latham-Conway had departed to spin trial by R Ashwin. Reversed DRS decision, maidens, and a dropped catch later. At 44/2, anything could have happened the way Ashwin was bowling. When the time came, the experienced duo Kane Williamson & Ross Taylor came together, soaked in the pressure, and after took New Zealand home safely.

Commentary/Winning Moment (Ian Bishop Again)

Watch ICC’s montage of Drama on the Final Day of the WTC Final

Significance

First major victory for Kiwis in an ICC event. BJ Watling retires on a high, Taylor-Williamson finish, Jamieson shines, 6th Day finish, rain—what else do you need?

Also Read: World Test Championship Final Review 2021, Prediction Results, WTC XI, and Stats: It Is New Zealand’s Time

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12. Pakistan Tour of West Indies, 2021 (1st Test)

Memorable Moment: Kemar Roach & understudy Jayden Seales seal a 1-wicket victory in a tense finish; Both teams with a chance of victory at the end of the fourth session

Result/Scorecard: West Indies won by 1 wicket

Match Summary: Pakistan: 217 & 203; West Indies: 253 & 168/9

Player of the Match: Jayden Seales

The Tension

168 target. West Indies collapse to 16/3. After a classic 55 by Jermaine Blackwood, West Indies slip to 114/7. Pakistan needed 3 wickets. West Indies 54 runs. Then Kemar Roach came to the party and had to the take the responsibility of ‘batting with the tail.‘. Roach’s 30* and a valiant 17-run partnership between the mentor-protege pair, Roach-Jayden Seales guided West Indies to a memorable 1-wicket victory.

Commentary/Winning Moment (Ian Bishop Screaming)

“THE WEST INDIES HAVE WON. A MOST REMARKABLE TEST VICTORY. FOR THE TEACHER AND HIS STUDENT—KEMAR ROACH AND JAYDEN SEALES—TAKE A BOW!”

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13. India Tour of England, 2021 (2nd Test)

Result/Scorecard: India won by 151 runs

Match Summary: India: 217 & 203; England: 253 & 168/9

Player of the Match: KL Rahul

The Tension

Day 5, All Results possible. England Favorites. India, not known for their tailender run-machines, unleash Mohammad Shami (56*) & Jasprit Bumrah (34*). 89* partnership as India declared with 2 sessions to go. Then, the pacers fire in unison as India wreck England for 120.

Commentary/Winning Moment

“Unbelievable performance from India. They were up against it. England were favorites coming into Day 5. Kohli an his men have turned it all around.” Commentary Video

Significance

Victory at Lord’s. Another display of fighting it out and not giving up for Team India. Australia tour was not a fluke. This Indian team is on the rise.

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14. New Zealand Tour of India, 2021 (1st Test)

Result/Scorecard: Match Drawn

Match Summary: India 345 & 234/7 declared; New Zealand 296 & 165/9

Player of the Match: Shreyas Iyer

The Tension

By Tea on Day 5, the main batters for New Zealand—Latham, Williamson, and Taylor had all departed. Somerville’s 36 (125) delayed what seemed inevitable for India. Little did India know that they would run into Test debutant Rachin (Rahul + Sachin) Ravindra—18* (91) & Ajaz Patel 2* (29) to hold out for a memorable draw. Add bad light to the drama as well.

Commentary/Winning Moment

“For a long period of time, New Zealand have struggled to find wins or draws in this country. There is a lot of respect between these two sides. Lot of respect between the skippers.” Commentary Video

– Simon Doull

Significance

NZ extend undefeated streak to 10 (longest in their Test history). Next Test that followed, Ajaz Patel became the 3rd bowler after Jim Laker & Anil Kumble to get 10 wickets. A series that went under the radar but had plenty of amazing moments.

15. Bangladesh Tour of New Zealand, 2022 (1st Test)

Result/Scorecard: Bangladesh won by 8 wickets

Match Summary: New Zealand 328 & 169; Bangladesh 458 & 42/2

Player of the Match: Ebadot Hossain

The Tension

After Bangladesh took lead in the first innings, but Will Young-Ross Taylor had taken NZ to 136/2. In the next hour, 136/3, 136/4, 136/5, 154/6, 160/7, 160/8, 161/9, 169/10. The hour that changed it all feat Ebadot Hossain.

Commentary/Winning Moment

“There it is! Finds the gap and Bangladesh have finally conquered the World Test Champions. And have their first ever Test victory over New Zealand, home or away. It has taken 16 attempts against New Zealand but historic ground has now been broken.” Commentary Video

Significance

The greatest comeback of all time? World Test Champions, undefeated at home for a few years, against a team not known for winning overseas. The best part of all? Bangladesh dominated the entire Test and new heroes emerging—Mahmudul Hasan Joy, Mominul Haque, Najmul Hossain Shanto, Liton Das, Mehdiy Hasan Miraz, Ebadot Hossain. No Shakib Al Hasan, Tamim Iqbal, & Mahmudullah, and Mushfiqur Rahim only scoring 12 & 5.

16. Ashes, 2022 (4th Test)

Result/Scorecard: Match Drawn

Match Summary: Australia 416/8 declared & 265/6 declared; England 294 & 270/9

Player of the Match: Usman Khawaja

The Tension

England 3-0 down in the Ashes series. Very likely the series could have become 5-0. First innings, Australia scored 400+, courtesy Khawaja’s comeback century. England came out with a positive attitude, with Jonny Bairstow recording England’s first ton of the series. Khawaja followed with another ton, which set the Test beautifully for Day 5, fifth session. Last batter to go, Labuschagne and Steve Smith bowling leggies in tandem. Against Stuart Broad & jimmy Anderson. Mouthwatering stuff.

Commentary/Winning Moment (Stokes’s shirt over his mouth in tension. Nail-biting finish)

“Last ball…He’s done it! He’s survived it. England have survived it. They’ve batted out the day. They’ve batted a hundred and two overs.

Significance

Last shining moment for the Broad-Anderson duo? In terms of Test cricket, this week (starting on January 43rd, 2022) was the peak. NZ vs Bangladesh, Ashes 4th Test, and Ind vs SA 2nd Test, all classic thrillers.

17. India Tour of South Africa (2nd Test)

Result/Scorecard: South Africa won by 7 wickets

Match Summary: India 202 & 266; South Africa 229 & 243/3

Player of the Match: Dean Elgar

The Tension

India had won the first Test of the series comfortably. This was India’s best chances to conquer South Africa. Successful overseas victories in Australia and England, an unparalleled depth, and a South Africa team at their lowest point. In a low scoring series, 202 & 266 were decent scores. Day 4, 240 monumental target for SA against a bowling line up of Bumrah-Shami-Thakur-Siraj-Ashwin, and what happens? Elgar takes body blows, does not hesitate, and makes a glorious 96*. No captain Kohli. India succumbs to defeat by 7 wickets.

Commentary/Winning Moment

“That’s it! History has been made at the Wanderers. and South Africa have fought back brilliantly! Take a bow, Dean Elgar….Fantastic effort, leading from the front. He’s worn a few on the body but hasn’t bothered him. Shown character and desire, grit & determination to get his team over the line. And set up the series beautifully.” Commentary Video

Significance

A win against India at Wanderers at last. First 200+ chase for SA in a decade. After losing the first Test of a series, this was truly a comeback of the ages. India missed their golden chance due to some tough cricket from the Proteas. Third Test, captain Kohli came back. Rishabh Pant scored 100*, but Keegan Petersen’s 72 & 82 meant that SA chased 212/3 yet again.

18. Women’s Ashes, 2022 (Only Test)

Result/Scorecard: Match Drawn

Match Summary: Australia 337/9 declared & 216/7 declared; England 297 & 245/9 declared

Player of the Match: Heather Knight

The Tension

Heather Knight’s Test, but Australia had the upper hand. After they declared for 216/7 in the 2nd innings, England took on the challenge for the chase of 257. At 218/3 with Nat Sciver & Sophia Dunkley, it seemed that England might win this. But Alana King, Beth Mooney’s catch, Sutherland’s bouncers, and a run out ensured England’s collapse. Last ball, full toss, England 245/9. The narrowest of draws.

Commentary/Winning Moment

“And it’s a full toss. It is a drawww! And it is one of the very best Test matches we have seen in women’s Ashes.

Significance

In Women’s Test cricket, this was a friendly reminder that Test cricket can flourish if given the chance and plenty of opportunities, both at the domestic and international level. With focus on the 4-day vs 5-day debate, this Test came at hte right time.

Also Read: India Women Turn the Impossible Into Possible: Case For 5-Day Tests In Women’s Cricket? Interview: Australia Vs England Women’s Ashes Test from a Fan’s Perspective

Why Are We Seeing Close Test Matches So Frequently?

For an away team to win a Test match, it takes an immense amount of effort and equal amount of fightback from the home team. Hence, winning an away Test usually means going deep into the 4th of 5th Day, which makes for an interesting viewing. On the other hand, home team in friendly bowling conditions mean Test matches can end within 3-4 days (even 2 days).

More away victories or draws means more close Test matches.

Dismal 2010s

What do you remember about Test cricket in the 2010s? Mitchell Johnson 2013, the advent of the Day-Night Test, Smith-Warner saga, South Africa’s blockathon in Delhi, and excellence from the South African team, Dale Steyn, Anderson-Broad, Boult-Southee, Starc-Hazlewood-Lyon-Cummins, Jadeja-Ashwin, Virat Kohli, Joe Root, Steve Smith, and Kane Williamson.

Above all, though, I remember disproportionate margins by which home teams won. India losing in England 0-4 (with RP Singh flying from Miami due to excessive injury list) & Australia 0-4 (2011). India came back to England with 1-3 (2014), and 1-4 (2018). Their record in South Africa and New Zealand, remains disastrous till today. England and Australia were either swept apart or struggled to make a mark in India or Bangladesh. Meanwhile, Pakistan had made UAE their fortress under Misbah-ul-Haq.

Post the 2010-12 England generation (think Alastair Cook Ashes 2010 & England victory 2-1 in India), except for South Africa, no other team seemed competitive overseas. Only Faf du Plessis’ Adelaide debut & England’s defiance via Matt Prior against New Zealand (2013) stretched to the end of Day 5.

From the list above, we can see that the tide is finally turning. Even in England’s disaster tour of India earlier this year (1-3), they won the first Test in Chennai.

Rise of Away Wins, Sporting Declarations, and Pakistan/West Indies

So why have we seen a resurgence of overseas victory?

It can be attributed to 4 factors – (1) Increase depth in cricket teams in general, (2) sporting declarations (#1, #2, #5, #8, #13, #15, #17), (3) captains like Virat Kohli focusing their resources and energy on Test cricket, (4) the rise of the West Indies/Pakistan.

One might argue that West Indies still have a dismal Test record. However, we can see that they made it in this list 3 times. They have definitely become a competitive force under Jason Holder although consistency is now needed. ‘Second tier Test’ teams like West Indies, Pakistan, Bangladesh, South Africa and Sri Lanka punching above their weights and winning overseas matches adds to the excitement (A Relegation-Promotion System in the World Test Championship might help out).

Anyway, here is to more great Test matches. Yes, live audience in Test cricket is decreasing and overkill of cricket/new formats might threaten Test Cricket, but as long as the cricket is good, Test matches will remain alive.

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42 Contenders For 23-Men West Indies T20 World Cup Squad: #17-24 Will Shock You! Can You Guess Who Makes It?

42 Contenders For 23-Men West Indies T20 World Cup Squad: #17-24 Will Shock You! Can You Guess Who Makes It?

Time for the West Indies T20 World Cup Squad, a team everyone has a time for. Last week, we analyzed 2016 World T20 finalists, England & their potential 44 players vying for the 23-men T20 World Cup squad. Today we look at their counterparts at the final who lifted the trophy.

In the last two decades, there was an impression that West Indies cricket was dying. Reminiscing at the 1908s generation was fans’ favorite pastime. Well, guess what?

I believe the 2000s T20 generation will be looked just as fondly as the 2-time 50 over winning generation or even more if they complete their hat-trick of T20 World Cup victories this time around (2012, 2016, 2021?).

Recent Series Results

West Indies have regrouped their world cup squad with 17 games in the last couple of months. Here are the results as well as the most run-scorer/wicket-taker for West Indies in each of the series.

  • Sri Lanka tour of West Indies: West Indies won 2-1
    • Lendl Simmons (73 runs, best of 26, 140.38 SR)
    • Obed McCoy (4 wickets, best of 2/25 7.33 Economy)
  • South Africa tour of West Indies: SA won 3-2
    • Evin Lewis (131 runs, 2-50s, best of 71, 160.36 SR)
    • Dwayne Bravo (10 wickets, best of 4/19, 6.89 Economy)
  • Australia tour of West Indies: West Indies won 4-1
    • Lendl Simmons (165 runs, best of 72, 122.22 SR)
    • Hayden Walsh Jr. (12 wickets, best of 3/23, 7.00 Economy)
  • Pakistan tour of West Indies: Pakistan won 1-0 (3 No-Results)
    • Nicholas Pooran – 62* (33)
    • Jason Holder 4-0-26-2

In the last few weeks, almost all of their key players have had one match-winning performance:

West Indies T20 World Cup Squad – Player By Player Analysis

In order to pick the destructive West IndiesT20 World Cup Squad, we specifically pay attention to the Average + Strike Rate score for the batters along with the Economy Rate for the bowlers. A Lendl Simmons (high average, decent strike rate) is just as important as an Andre Russell (decent average, high strike rate) to this squad.

Legend

Current Status

  • Incumbent: Currently in West Indies’ T20I XI
  • Reserve: May have played for West Indies in the last two years but does not make their first XI
  • Out of Squad: Might have represented West Indies earlier or about to breakthrough, but have not been in the West Indies squad in the last couple of T20I series.

Verdict

🟩 Plays the first match in the T20 World Cup (17 October-14 November)

🟨 Boards the plane to UAE but might not get a look-into the XI

🟧 Wildcard Entry: Not in the current scheme of things but a good performance in the CPL (26 August-15 September) or IPL (19 September-15 October), and they might be back in the conversation.

🟥 Most likely not going to make it, but in COVID-19 World, anything is possible. They are next in the pecking order in case something out of the blue happens.

Over the past year, at the end of every series, we did a “World T20 World Cup Watch,” where a 23-men squad was chosen after latest performance. You can check them below.

World T20 Watch: West Indies Vs South Africa 2021, West Indies Vs Sri Lanka 2021, West Indies Vs Bangladesh 2021 Series Review: Young West Indies Rises Again In the East, New Zealand Vs West Indies 2020

Here is the pecking order now. The Predicted XI & 23-men squad at the bottom!

Openers

1. Evin Lewis 🟩

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  • Current Status: Incumbent
  • T20Is: 45, Runs: 1318, 100/50: 2/9, Best: 125*, AVE+SR: 180.17, Average: 32.14, SR: 158.03
  • T20s: 171, Runs: 4836, 100/50: 4/33, Best: 125*, AVE+SR: 174.64, Average: 30.80, SR: 143.84
  • Last Played T20I For West Indies: July 30, 2021
  • Will he play the IPL? No.
  • CPL Team: St. Kitts & Nevis Patriots
  • Fortune Favors the Fit—If fit, Evin Lewis is one of the most destructive when on fire. Saves his best for international T20I.

2. Lendl Simmons 🟩

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  • Current Status: Incumbent, Other Roles: Keeper/Vice-Captain
  • T20Is: 66, Runs: 1508, 100/50: 0/9, Best: 91*, AVE+SR: 150.81, Average: 27.41, SR: 123.40
  • T20s: 272, Runs: 7329, 100/50: 1/58, Best: 100*, AVE+SR: 150.22, Average: 30.53, SR: 119.69
  • Last Played T20I For West Indies: July 27, 2021
  • Will he play the IPL? No.
  • CPL Team: Trinbago Knight Riders
  • It seems that Simmons makes the West Indies squad in the World Cup year and disappears for the 3-4 years in the middle. The real question is—does Simmons get the opening or #4 spot?

3. Andre Fletcher 🟨

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  • Current Status: Reserve
  • T20Is: 54, Runs: 950, 100/50: 0/6, Best: 84*, AVE+SR: 132.48, Average: 21.11, SR: 111.37
  • T20s: 218, Runs: 5224, 100/50: 1/26, Best: 103*, AVE+SR: 144.04, Average: 26.78, SR: 117.26
  • Last Played T20I For West Indies: August 2, 2021
  • Will he play the IPL? No.
  • CPL Team: Saint Lucia Kings
  • The Spiceman Andre Fletcher received the well-deserved call-up to the Windies side on the back of his T20 league exploits. However, he has looked out of touch in the last three series (poor run – 9, 4, 6, 12, 0, 14*, 17*). The 17* with 2 sixes in the first over in the rain truncated game against Pakistan might have just saved his spot

4. Brandon King 🟧

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  • Current Status: Out of Squad
  • T20Is: 11, Runs: 153, 100/50: 0/0, Best: 43, AVE+SR: 149.51, Average: 15.30, SR: 134.21
  • T20s: 55, Runs: 1101, 100/50: 1/5, Best: 132*, AVE+SR: 157.61, Average: 25.60, SR: 132.01
  • Last Played T20I For West Indies: November 29, 2020
  • Will he play the IPL? No.
  • CPL Team: Guyana Amazon Warriors
  • King rose to a West Indies cap on the back of a brilliant run in the 2019 CPL (most runs scored – 496 runs), helping Guyana qualify for the final. However, he has yet to light international cricket on fire.

5. Johnson Charles 🟥

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  • Current Status: Out of Squad
  • T20Is: 34, Runs: 724, 100/50: 0/4, Best: 84, AVE+SR: 149.51, Average: 21.93, SR: 121.68
  • T20s: 187, Runs: 4491, 100/50: 1/27, Best: 105*, AVE+SR: 157.61, Average: 25.08, SR: 128.46
  • Last Played T20I For West Indies: September 26, 2016
  • Will he play the IPL? No.
  • CPL Team: Barbados Royals
  • Provided the starts for WI in the 2016 T20 World Cup, but has been out of the international arena since. 3rd highest run-scorer in CPL 2019 after Brandon King & Lendl Simmons, he is also third in the running for the reserve opener after King & Simmons.

6. Shai Hope 🟥

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  • Current Status: Out of Squad
  • T20Is: 13, Runs: 238, 100/50: 0/2, Best: 55, AVE+SR: 157.63, Average: 21.63, SR: 136.00
  • T20s: 40, Runs: 772, 100/50: 0/3, Best: 88, AVE+SR: 141.50, Average: 21.44, SR: 120.06
  • Last Played T20I For West Indies: November 16, 2019 (ODI: July 25, 2021)
  • Will he play the IPL? No.
  • CPL Team: Barbados Royals
  • Sweet timer of the ball. West Indies’ most consistent ODI batter. Inconsistent Test batter. Not the best T20 player, but an outside chance nevertheless.

7. Chadwick Walton 🟥

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  • Current Status: Out of Squad, Other Roles: Wicketkeeper
  • T20Is: 19, Runs: 225, 100/50: 0/0, Best: 40, AVE+SR: 124.06, Average: 13.23, SR: 110.83
  • T20s: 170, Runs: 3200, 100/50: 0/13, Best: 99*, AVE+SR: 146.05, Average: 22.22, SR: 123.83
  • Last Played T20I For West Indies: August 4, 2018
  • Will he play the IPL? No.
  • CPL Team: Jamaica Tallawahs
  • Performs around the world in the PSL & CPL, he is still just in the conversation. Wicketkeeper role might give him a boost, but unlikely since Pooran & Simmons can keep wickets.

West Indies T20 World Cup Squad Verdict – Openers

  • Makes Team: Evin Lewis, Lendl Simmons, Andre Fletcher, Brandon King
  • Out of Team: Johnson Charles, Shai Hope, Chadwick Walton

Middle Order

8. Chris Gayle 🟩

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  • Current Status: Incumbent, Other Roles: Occasional off-spin
  • T20Is: 74, Runs: 1854, 100/50: 2/14, Best: 117, AVE+SR: 168.60, Average: 29.42, SR: 139.18, Wickets: 19, Best: 2/15, Economy: 6.92
  • T20s: 437, Runs: 14096, 100/50: 22/83, Best: 175*, AVE+SR: 183.48, Average: 37.38, SR: 146.10, Wickets: 82, Best: 4/22, Economy: 7.59
  • Last Played T20I For West Indies: August 2, 2021
  • Will he play the IPL? Yes. IPL Team: Punjab Kings
  • CPL Team: St. Kitts & Nevis Patriots
  • 4 decades, 2 World Cups, 42 international hundreds, 22 T20 tons, best of 117 175*, 215, 333 across formats, 14000 T20 runs. The Boss. Universe Boss. Doubt him at your own peril. In his own words, “Soon to 42. You guys should be happy to see Chris Gayle still on the field. Just respect the Universe Boss and let him have some fun.”

9. Shimron Hetmyer 🟩

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  • Current Status: Incumbent
  • T20Is: 37, Runs: 539, 100/50: 0/2, Best: 61, AVE+SR: 136.87, Average: 19.96, SR: 116.91
  • T20s: 98, Runs: 1836, 100/50: 1/10, Best: 100, AVE+SR: 156.10, Average: 25.15, SR: 130.95
  • Last Played T20I For West Indies: August 2, 2021
  • Will he play the IPL? Yes. IPL Team: Delhi Capitals
  • CPL Team: Guyana Amazon Warriors
  • Only 24, he already has 5 ODI centuries. No doubt on his talent & flair, consistency & game situation has room to improve. Flexible floater, will be interesting what spot he will bat on.

10. Nicholas Pooran 🟩

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  • Current Status: Incumbent, Other Roles: Vice Captain/Wicketkeeper
  • T20Is: 41, Runs: 634, 100/50: 0/3, Best: 62*, AVE+SR: 146.81, Average: 22.64, SR: 124.07
  • T20s: 185, Runs: 3415, 100/50: 1/17, Best: 100*, AVE+SR: 166.80, Average: 24.39, SR: 142.41
  • Last Played T20I For West Indies: August 2, 2021
  • Will he play the IPL? Yes. IPL Team: Punjab Kings
  • CPL Team: Guyana Amazon Warriors
  • Since his coming of age in the 2019 Cricket World Cup, Pooran has underwhelmed Since IPL 2021, he has endured several run-outs, ducks of all kind, and has been unable to finish matches. Pollard & team management back their vice-captain, and he is just beginning to come back to form. Hope he is peaking at the right time. Should definitely make the XI on pedigree. You can read his inspirational story of pain & hope here.

11. Darren Bravo 🟥

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  • Current Status: Reserve
  • T20Is: 21, Runs: 345, 100/50: 0/0, Best: 43*, AVE+SR: 125.64, Average: 19.16, SR: 106.48
  • T20s: 152, Runs: 3218, 100/50: 0/19, Best: 94*, AVE+SR: 149.96, Average: 32.18, SR: 117.78
  • Last Played T20I For West Indies: July 15, 2021
  • Will he play the IPL? No.
  • CPL Team: Trinbago Knight Riders
  • Replicating Brian Lara’s technique, unfortunately Darren Bravo has not been able to replicate his international career, apart from a few important overseas centuries. Much improved T20 player, where does he bat with Gayle at #3? He batted at #8 in his last WI outing…

12. Sherfane Rutherford 🟧

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  • Current Status: Out of Squad
  • T20Is: 6, Runs: 43, 100/50: 0/0, Best: 26, AVE+SR: 84.42, Average: 23.14, SR: 61.28
  • T20s: 61, Runs: 901, 100/50: 0/12, Best: 60, AVE+SR: 161.13, Average: 22.52, SR: 138.61
  • Last Played T20I For West Indies: January 18, 2020
  • Will he play the IPL? No.
  • CPL Team: St. Kitts & Nevis Patriots
  • Seen around the world in the PSL, BBL, PSL, and IPL, he is a hot commodity in the T20 circuit. Gun fielder as well, does he make the 23-squad as an X-factor?

West Indies T20 World Cup Squad Verdict – Middle Order

  • Makes Team: Chris Gayle, Shimron Hetmyer, Nicholas Pooran
  • Out of Team: Darren Bravo, Sherfane Rutherford

Spinning All-Rounders

It was clearly evident with the #4 experiment involving Simmons, Holder, & Fletcher, West Indies are trying to find a Marlon Samuels-esque insurance policy, especially a right handed middle order (to separate Lewis, Gayle, Pooran, Hetmyer) who is a part-time spinner (for UAE conditions).

The weakest area for the West Indies, most of these players below are highly unlikely to make the World Cup squad.

13. Sunil Narine 🟧

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  • Current Status: Out of Squad, Other Roles: Pinch Hitter
  • T20Is: 51, Runs: 155, 100/50: 0/0, Best: 30, AVE+SR: 122.64, Average: 10.33, SR: 112.31, Wickets: 52, Best: 4/12, Economy: 6.01
  • T20s: 212, Runs: 2559, 100/50: 0/9, Best: 79, AVE+SR: 161.18, Average: 14.87, SR: 146.31, Wickets: 396, Best: 5/19, Economy: 6.08
  • Last Played T20I For West Indies: August 5, 2019
  • Will he play the IPL? Yes., IPL Team: Kolkata Knight Riders
  • CPL Team: Trinbago Knight Riders
  • He is welcome to the West Indies team if he chooses to/when he regains confidence. His international career has been thwarted by suspect action, but his T20 career has revived due to batting abilities. Great against spin, poor against pace, he has been found out at the IPL. One final flourish? Surely he makes the 23?

14. Jason Mohammed 🟥

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  • Current Status: Out of Squad, Other Roles: Off Spinner
  • T20Is: 9, Runs: 90, 100/50: 0/0, Best: 23*, AVE+SR: 105.37, Average: 18.00, SR: 87.37
  • T20s: 90, Runs: 1231, 100/50: 0/3, Best: 66, AVE+SR: 124.02, Average: 22.79, SR: 101.23, Wickets: 5, Best: 2/6, Economy: 7.06
  • Last Played T20I For West Indies: April 2, 2018 (ODI: July 23, 2021)
  • Will he play the IPL? No.
  • CPL Team: Jamaica Tallawahs
  • Mohammed’s career is quite interesting. Debuting in 2011, he has only played 35 ODIs and 9 T20Is. Yet his performances in Regional Super50 competition merited his comeback to the extent that he even captained the West Indies as late as December 2020 in the ODI series against Bangladesh. Senior player, off-spinner – looks like Samuels on paper, but not enough international performances.

15. Roston Chase 🟧

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  • Current Status: Out of Squad, Other Roles: Off Spinner/ Top Order Stabilizer
  • T20s: 16, Runs: 302, 100/50: 0/2, Best: 66, AVE+SR: 150.01, Average: 37.75, SR: 112.26, Wickets: 9, Best: 3/12, Economy: 5.48
  • Last Played T20I For West Indies: Yet to Play (Test: June 20, 2021)
  • Will he play the IPL? No.
  • CPL Team: Saint Lucia Kings
  • Senior play in Tests and until recently in Jason Holder’s ‘engine room,’ Chase’s form has dropped off since the COVID break. However, he has started to play T20s and will play in the CPL. In UAE conditions, a mature batter & off-spinner like him might be an interesting choice.

16. Rakheem Cornwall 🟧

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  • Current Status: Out of Squad, Other Roles: Off Spinner/Lower Order Hitter
  • T20s: 51, Runs: 776, 100/50: 0/4, Best: 78*, AVE+SR: 168.15, Average: 18.92, SR: 149.23, Wickets: 24, Best: 3/10, Economy: 7.67
  • Last Played T20I For West Indies: Yet to Play (Test: June 11, 2021)
  • Will he play the IPL? No.
  • CPL Team: Saint Lucia Kings
  • A fan favorite, excellent slip fielder, effective off-spinner, and a counterattacking batter, Cornwall has solidified his spot in Tests. Can he perform in the CPL for a late run to the World Cup spot?

17. Fabian Allen 🟩

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  • Current Status: Incumbent, Other Roles: Left arm spinner/Finisher
  • T20Is: 28, Runs: 250, 100/50: 0/0, Best: 34, AVE+SR: 156.73, Average: 17.85, SR: 138.88, Wickets: 20, Best: 2/18, Economy: 7.21
  • T20s: 49, Runs: 596, 100/50: 0/2, Best: 64*, AVE+SR: 178.53, Average: 22.92, SR: 155.61, Wickets: 29, Best: 2/18, Economy: 7.67
  • Last Played T20I For West Indies: July 15, 2021
  • Will he play the IPL? Yes. IPL Team: Punjab Kings
  • CPL Team: St. Kitts & Nevis Patriots
  • 29 (14), 8*(8), 19* (13), 14* (9), 34* (12), 21* (6). Fabian Allen has been a revelation as a finisher in the last four series starting from the 3 consecutive sixes against Sri Lanka. Left arm off spinner, West Indies’ best fielder (sorry Hayden), and wonderful celebration, Allen makes it to the XI without a doubt.

West Indies T20 World Cup Squad Verdict – Spinning All-Rounders

  • Makes Team: Fabian Allen, Sunil Narine, 1 out of Jason Mohammed, Rakheem Cornwall, Roston Chase
  • Out of Team: 2 out of Jason Mohammed, Rakheem Cornwall, Roston Chase

Finishers/Medium Pace All-Rounders

Teams are lucky to have one legend. Apart from Gayle, this section gives 3-4 more legends to the West Indies. Luxury of riches in the fast bowling all-rounder department.

18. Kieron Pollard 🟩

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  • Current Status: Incumbent, Other Roles: Captain/Medium Pacer
  • T20Is: 88, Runs: 1378, 100/50: 0/6, Best: 75*, AVE+SR: 162.53, Average: 24.60, SR: 137.93, Wickets: 38, Best: 4/25, Economy: 8.42
  • T20s: 550, Runs: 10898, 100/50: 1/54, Best: 104, AVE+SR: 178.53, Average: 31.68, SR: 152.84, Wickets: 297, Best: 4/15, Economy: 8.20
  • Last Played T20I For West Indies: August 2, 2021
  • Will he play the IPL? Yes. IPL Team: Mumbai Indians
  • CPL Team: Trinbago Knight Riders
  • Since his captaincy stint, Pollard has entered his best phase. Taking TKR to an undefeated run to victory in the CPL, he is now a lot more mature in reading the game situation, a characteristic most other WI batters lack. He can hit it out of the ground or soak in the pressure when needed. Brilliant fielder and has the partnership breaking golden arm as well.

19. Jason Holder 🟩

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  • Current Status: Incumbent, Other Roles: Opening Medium Fast Bowler
  • T20Is: 27, Runs: 201, 100/50: 0/0, Best: 29*, AVE+SR: 134.29, Average: 16.75, SR: 117.54, Wickets: 22, Best: 4/26, Economy: 8.08
  • T20s: 137, Runs: 1171, 100/50: 0/2, Best: 69, AVE+SR: 143.65, Average: 15.82, SR: 127.83, Wickets: 119, Best: 4/26, Economy: 7.70
  • Last Played T20I For West Indies: August 2, 2021
  • Will he play the IPL? Yes. IPL Team: Sunrisers Hyderabad
  • CPL Team: Barbados Royals
  • From restarting Test cricket in England post COVID break with a magnificent chase to losing his Test captaincy, he has seen all the ups and downs in the last two years. A couple of knocks under pressure in IPL 2020, and he found his way back to the T20I side. Blocking Hasaranga in the penultimate over to save Allen was one of his recent highlights although the #4 experiment has failed. Has also had a few good bowling spells. Should make the 23-men squad, but does he make your XI?

20. Andre Russell 🟩

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  • Current Status: Incumbent, Other Roles: Fast Death Bowler
  • T20Is: 62, Runs: 1034, 100/50: 0/1, Best: 51, AVE+SR: 177.38, Average: 21.05, SR: 156.33, Wickets: 36, Best: 3/43, Economy: 9.18
  • T20s: 369, Runs: 6225, 100/50: 2/24, Best: 121*, AVE+SR: 196.37, Average: 26.71, SR: 169.66, Wickets: 325, Best: 5/15, Economy: 8.38
  • Last Played T20I For West Indies: August 2, 2021
  • Will he play the IPL? Yes. IPL Team: Kolkata Knight Riders
  • CPL Team: Jamaica Tallawahs
  • The highest AVE+SR for any WI batter, he will be disappointed with his low average & 50+ scores in T20I. The most destructive finisher & one of the longest hitter of the ball, he makes it to the XI. Death bowling skills is a definite plus. Needs to learn to trust batting partners in the final over and take singles/doubles.

21. Dwayne Bravo 🟩

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  • Current Status: Incumbent, Other Roles: Death Bowler/Slower Delivery Specialist
  • T20Is: 86, Runs: 1229, 100/50: 0/4, Best: 66*, AVE+SR: 138.79, Average: 23.18, SR: 115.61, Wickets: 76, Best: 4/19, Economy: 8.08
  • T20s: 490, Runs: 6429, 100/50: 0/20, Best: 70*, AVE+SR: 150.57, Average: 23.72, SR: 126.85, Wickets: 532, Best: 5/23, Economy: 8.19
  • Last Played T20I For West Indies: August 2, 2021
  • Will he play the IPL? Yes. IPL Team: Chennai Super Kings
  • CPL Team: St. Kitts & Nevis Patriots
  • 133 T20 wickets more than the next in the list, Imran Tahir, Bravo has conquered all the leagues around the world. Retiring and coming back, it seems that he has finally played his final T20I game at home. Still going strong with a career-best 4/19 against South Africa along with a 47* (34) at #5 against Australia. One final stretch for the great man.

22. Carlos Brathwaite 🟥

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  • Current Status: Out of Squad, Other Roles: Medium Pacer
  • T20Is: 41, Runs: 310, 100/50: 0/0, Best: 37*, AVE+SR: 127.89, Average: 14.76, SR: 113.13, Wickets: 31, Best: 3/20, Economy: 8.57
  • T20s: 210, Runs: 1923, 100/50: 0/3, Best: 64*, AVE+SR: 152.17, Average: 15.89, SR: 136.28, Wickets: 195, Best: 4/15, Economy: 8.14
  • Last Played T20I For West Indies: August 13, 2019
  • Will he play the IPL? No.
  • CPL Team: Jamaica Tallawahs
  • Apart from “Remember the Name” & “Dream is Diminished,” not much of note in between for Carlos. Still possesses the X-factor and is playing in leagues like the Hundred. Since there are plenty of allrounders, the real question is, “Do the selectors remember his name?”

23. Rovman Powell 🟧

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  • Current Status: Reserve, Other Roles: Medium Pacer
  • T20Is: 30, Runs: 344, 100/50: 0/2, Best: 54, AVE+SR: 138.80, Average: 18.10, SR: 120.70, Wickets: 4, Best: 2/31, Economy: 8.76
  • T20s: 88, Runs: 1319, 100/50: 0/5, Best: 84, AVE+SR: 150.16, Average: 21.98, SR: 128.18, Wickets: 16, Best: 2/21, Economy: 10.25
  • Last Played T20I For West Indies: March 6, 2021
  • Will he play the IPL? No.
  • CPL Team: Jamaica Tallawahs
  • Known for his massive six hitting ability, Powell has been on the West Indies radar for a while, even scoring an ODI 100. He is one of the players on the fringes and this CPL will be an outright audition for him.

24. Keemo Paul 🟧

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  • Current Status: Reserve, Other Roles: Medium Pacer
  • T20Is: 20, Runs: 168, 100/50: 0/0, Best: 54, AVE+SR: 138.80, Average: 21.00, SR: 117.48, Wickets: 24, Best: 5/15, Economy: 8.93
  • T20s: 64, Runs: 397, 100/50: 0/0, Best: 38, AVE+SR: 123.46, Average: 14.70, SR: 108.76, Wickets: 61, Best: 5/15, Economy: 8.84
  • Last Played T20I For West Indies: March 6, 2021
  • Will he play the IPL? No.
  • CPL Team: Saint Lucia Kings
  • Skiddy bowler and useful hitter down the order, he is one of West Indies’ brightest prospects. From the 2016 U-19 World Cup fame, he rose through the ranks, even receiving the 2019 T20 Player of the Year for the West Indies. Can the 23-year old make the squad or is it too soon?

25. Kyle Mayers 🟧

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  • Current Status: Out of Squad, Other Roles: Right arm Medium
  • T20Is: 2, Runs: 25, 100/50: 0/0, Best: 20, AVE+SR: 163.88, Average: 25.00, SR: 138.88
  • T20s: 63, Runs: 715, 100/50: 0/1, Best: 85, AVE+SR: 158.99, Average: 16.62, SR: 111.19, Wickets:16, Best: 2/14, Economy: 7.79
  • Last Played T20I For West Indies: November 29, 2020
  • Will he play the IPL? No.
  • CPL Team: Barbados Royals
  • A left field choice. From the da Silva-Bonner-Mayers Bangladesh fame, Mayers’ career has only gone up. 210* on debut second innings chase, he has also forced his way to the second string ODI squad. A good show with the ball in the Test against South Africa, and now you have a good all-round package. Will probably not make this squad but good to have him as cover.

West Indies T20 World Cup Squad Verdict – Medium Pace All-Rounders/Finishers

  • Makes Team: Kieron Pollard, Jason Holder, Andre Russell, Dwayne Bravo, Rovman Powell, Keemo Paul
  • Out of Team: Carlos Brathwaite, Kyle Mayers

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Fast Bowlers

26. Obed McCoy 🟩

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  • Current Status: Incumbent
  • T20Is: 12, Wickets: 19, Best: 4/22, Economy: 7.70
  • T20s: 31, Wickets: 39, Best: 4/22, Economy: 8.08
  • Last Played T20I For West Indies: July 11, 2021
  • Will he play the IPL? No.
  • CPL Team: Saint Lucia Kings
  • Find for the West Indies in the last couple of months. His slower deliveries are well disguised and can bowl at any point of the innings. Should not only make the 23, but also the XI.

27. Sheldon Cottrell 🟨

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  • Current Status: Reserve
  • T20Is: 34, Wickets: 42, Best: 4/28, Economy: 7.85
  • T20s: 108, Wickets: 140, Best: 4/20, Economy: 7.57
  • Last Played T20I For West Indies: July 15, 2021
  • Will he play the IPL? No.
  • CPL Team: St. Kitts & Nevis Patriots
  • McCoy has overtaken him in the pecking order, but still remains effective. Salute celebration, good fielding abilities, he should make it in the squad. Was on the receiving end of Tewatia’s special in IPL 2020 at UAE.

28. Fidel Edwards 🟨

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  • Current Status: Reserve
  • T20Is: 26, Wickets: 20, Best: 3/23, Economy: 8.24
  • T20s: 115, Wickets: 109, Best: 5/22, Economy: 7.74
  • Last Played T20I For West Indies: July 9, 2021
  • Will he play the IPL? No.
  • CPL Team: Jamaica Tallawahs
  • Remarkable comeback story. Debuting back in 2003, he left to England around 2012 after 165 Test wickets & 60 ODI wickets, employing his trade for Hampshire. Now back to the T20I side as a 39-year-old, he hasn’t been at his best. However, a slingy fast bowler is never a bad thing as long as he is fit.

29. Alzarri Joseph 🟧

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  • Current Status: Out of Squad
  • T20s: 26, Wickets: 27, Best: 6/12, Economy: 9.40
  • Last Played T20I For West Indies: Have not Played Yet (ODI: July 25, 2021)
  • Will he play the IPL? No.
  • CPL Team: Jamaica Tallawahs
  • One of the breakthrough stars of the 2016 U-19 World Cup, he was soon fast tracked to the Test & ODI arena. Although he has yet to debut in T20Is, his 6/12 remains the best figures for Mumbai Indians in the IPL. Has also shown maturity with the bat with 86 (Test) & 29* (ODI) recently. He has the potential, but might be a toss off between him and Oshane Thomas.

30. Oshane Thomas 🟨

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  • Current Status: Reserve
  • T20Is: 17, Wickets: 19, Best: 5/28, Economy: 9.16
  • T20s: 44, Wickets: 57, Best: 5/28, Economy: 9.32
  • Last Played T20I For West Indies: July 15, 2021
  • Will he play the IPL? No.
  • CPL Team: Barbados Royals
  • West Indies’ 2019 Emerging Player of the Year, 6 foot 6, throwback to the old West Indian fast bowlers. Can be the enforcer in the middle overs. Needs to keep his economy in check though.

31. Kesrick Williams 🟧

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  • Current Status: Out of Squad
  • T20Is: 26, Wickets: 41, Best: 4/28, Economy: 8.76
  • T20s: 100, Wickets: 129, Best: 4/11, Economy: 8.70
  • Last Played T20I For West Indies: Have not Played Yet (ODI: July 25, 2021)
  • Will he play the IPL? No.
  • CPL Team: Saint Lucia Kings
  • One of the most known celebrations in the game due to his notebook checklist, he has been in and out of the national side. Skiddy bowler, could be a handful in UAE conditions if selected.

32. Romario Shepherd 🟧

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  • Current Status: Reserve
  • T20Is: 6, Wickets: 2, Best: 1/37, Economy: 10.27
  • T20s: 27, Wickets: 25, Best: 4/13, Economy: 8.42
  • Last Played T20I For West Indies: August 2, 2021
  • Will he play the IPL? No.
  • CPL Team: Guyana Amazon Warriors
  • Hasn’t been among the wickets recently (0/38, 0/37, 0/30) but is on the fringes. Selectors have him in mind so far, but CPL will define if he makes it to the UAE.

West Indies T20 World Cup Squad Verdict – Fast Bowlers

  • Makes Team: Obed McCoy, Sheldon Cottrell, Fidel Edwards, Oshane Thomas
  • Out of Team: Alzarri Joseph, Romario Shepherd, Kesrick Williams

Spinners

33. Hayden Walsh Jr. 🟩

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  • Current Status: Incumbent
  • T20s: 26, Wickets: 23, Best: 3/23, Economy: 7.59
  • T20s: 47, Wickets: 52, Best: 5/19, Economy: 7.85
  • Last Played T20I For West Indies: August 2, 2021
  • Will he play the IPL? No.
  • CPL Team: Barbados Royals
  • Ex-USA international (born in U.S. Virgin Islands) with Antiguan father & uncle, who both competed at the first class level. In-and-out recently, his Player of the Series performance against Australia should safely put him in the West Indies T20 World Cup squad.

34. Akeal Hosein 🟨

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  • Current Status: Incumbent
  • T20s: 6, Wickets: 0, Economy: 9.75
  • T20s: 46, Wickets: 23, Best: 3/14, Economy: 6.87
  • Last Played T20I For West Indies: August 2, 2021
  • Will he play the IPL? No.
  • CPL Team: Trinbago Knight riders
  • 0 wickets in 6 T20I games is a concern, but he has impressed in spells. With a left-arm spinner already with Fabian Allen, it is unlikely he will get many games unless it is a ranker turner.

35. Kevin Sinclair 🟨

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  • Current Status: Out of Squad
  • T20s: 6, Wickets: 4, Best: 2/23, Economy: 8.33
  • T20s: 11, Wickets: 9, Best: 2/13, Economy: 6.59
  • Last Played T20I For West Indies: June 28, 2021
  • Will he play the IPL? No.
  • CPL Team: Guyana Amazon Warriors
  • Will be a direct competition between Kevin Sinclair, Khary Pierre, and Akeal Hosein for the second spinner with Walsh Jr. CPL is of high importance for the three of them.

36. Khary Pierre 🟧

  • Current Status: Out of Squad Other Roles: Can bat a bit
  • T20s: 10, Wickets: 7, Best: 2/44, Economy: 9.60
  • T20s: 45, Wickets: 41, Best: 3/18, Economy: 7.31
  • Last Played T20I For West Indies: January 17 2020
  • Will he play the IPL? No.
  • CPL Team: Trinbago Knight Riders
  • Currently out of the reckoning for a year and a half, but anything is possible with two months to go. Spin is not West Indies’ core strength, so they might take backup.
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West Indies T20 World Cup Squad Verdict – Spinners

  • Makes Team: Hayden Walsh Jr., Akeal Hosein, Kevin Sinclair
  • Out of Team: Khary Pierre

Notable Exclusions

37-42. Ashley Nurse, Joshua de Silva, Chemar Holder, Jayden Seales, Kemar Roach, Shannon Gabriel

West Indies T20 World Cup Squad

Here is the moment of truth. Based on our player-by-player analysis above, here is Broken Cricket Dreams’ Predicted XI and West Indies T20 World Cup squad.

West Indies now have a good mix of youth & experience. Along with the legends (Gayle, Pollard, Russell, Bravo), there is the next batch of players (Lewis, Pooran, Allen) and the 2016 U-19 World Cup generation (Hetmyer, Joseph, McCoy, Paul).

  1. Evin Lewis
  2. Lendl Simmons
  3. Chris Gayle
  4. Shimron Hetmyer
  5. Nicholas Pooran (WK)
  6. Kieron Pollard (C)
  7. Andre Russell
  8. Fabian Allen
  9. Dwayne Bravo
  10. Hayden Walsh Jr.
  11. Obed McCoy

Squad: 12. Jason Holder, 13. Sunil Narine*, 14. Andre Fletcher, 15. Fidel Edwards, 16. Sheldon Cottrell, 17. Akeal Hosein, 18. Kevin Sinclair, 19. Oshane Thomas, 20. Rovman Powell/Keemo Paul, 21. Alzarri Joseph/Romario Shepherd, 22. Roston Chase/Darren Bravo, 23. Brandon King/Sherfane Rutherford

*if fit and eligible to play

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