The West Indies are all set to play their first tournament of 2022 against Ireland. For three ODIs and one Twenty20 match.
The West Indies will start the new year at Sabina Park, Jamaica as they host Ireland in the three-match CG Insurance One-Day International (ODI) Series and a one-off CG Insurance T20 International (T20I) fromn January 8 to 16.
The two-time World Champions will then travel to Barbados to face England in five T20Is at Kensington Oval from January 22 to 30.
the tour of Pakistan was halted due to the Covid 19 crisis due to the virus infecting several players and their supporters. Also, the Irish team had to cancel several ODIs against the United States due to the corona virus. Several players on the Irish team were later reported to have been infected with the virus. However, everything is being prepared for this tournament
However, The Cricket West Indies (CWI) Interim Selection Panel today announced the squads for the upcoming series against Ireland and England. But as mentioned earlier, the Twenty20 match against Ireland will be a farewell match But Chris Gayle has not been named in the squad.
“We have tried to maintain the general make-up of the squads from the Pakistan Tour before Christmas, with the captain and some senior players coming back in. COVID-19 has also played a part in the final make-up of the squad. The challenges in the next couple months are getting the young players in both squads to not only improve on their skills but maintain the attitude and desire we saw in Pakistan,” Head Coach Phil Simmons said.
“We do need to start the year on a high. And we know both Ireland and England have very good teams, so we expect a very strong challenge as we look improve our chances of automatic qualification for the ICC Cricket World Cup in 2023 and building the T20 team for the ICC T20 World Cup in 2022.”
CG Insurance ODIs vs Ireland: Kieron Pollard (captain), Shai Hope (vice captain), Shamarh Brooks, Roston Chase, Justin Greaves, Jason Holder, Akeal Hosein, Alzarri Joseph, Gudakesh Motie, Jayden Seales, Nicholas Pooran, Romario Shepherd, Odean Smith and Devon Thomas
COVID-19 Reserves: Keacy Carty and Sheldon Cottrell, Jayden Seales, Alzarri Joseph, Devon Thomas
T20Is vs Ireland and England: Kieron Pollard (captain), Nicholas Pooran (vice captain), Fabian Allen (England T20Is only), Darren Bravo (England T20Is only), Roston Chase, Sheldon Cottrell, Dominic Drakes, Shai Hope, Akel Hosein, Jason Holder, Brandon King, Kyle Mayers, Rovman Powell, Romario Shepherd, Odean Smith and Hayden Walsh Jr.
Evin Lewis and Anderson Phillip are unavailable due to recent COVID-19 positive tests
Fabian Allen has recovered from ankle injury but unavailable for the Ireland series due to a COVID-19 positive test
Obed McCoy is unavailable due to rehab on shin injury