“Hetmyer is in our plans, we try to select the best team possible and it doesn’t matter where the person comes from,” – Desmond Haynes

Former Opener Desmond Haynes Appointed As Lead Selector Of West Indies Cricket Team earlier this year. Haynes is a former Barbadian player who represented the West Indies national team from 1978 to 1994.

In his first media conference here Saturday. He said the main purpose of the new board was to expand the squads and bring in best players who play long form for the ODI format.

He said the team would be selected from 1.2 billion people and that we were not India. as well as,

“We’re not like India where we’re picking from 1.2 billion people,” said Haynes, awarded Barbados’ highest national honour, The Order of Freedom, during Republic Day celebrations last November.

“We have a very small pool and we feel it’s important that if someone is doing well in Test cricket it’s important that we recognise that and give him the opportunity to play 50-over cricket for West Indies because that could broaden the pool and then we would be selecting from more people.

“We don’t believe that there should be any white-ball cricketer nor any red-ball cricketer — we’re interested in picking cricketers who can play a role that we want them to play in any format of the game.

“And our aim is to make sure that we act in fairness and in a professional manner, and that is it.

“We’re hoping that the public can realise that we feel like we need to expand the pool by giving people that are doing well in Test cricket the opportunity to play the shorter version.”

He also said that he does not believe that there should be white ball players or red ball players and that he is interested in selecting players who can play any role in cricket. He added that the aim was to ensure that we act in a fair and professional manner.

Also he said he think the public will understand that we need to expand the squad by bringing in Test players in a shorter format. The West Indies have suffered some set backs in one day cricket over the past few years. He has won just 12 of the last 27 matches he has played.

Only a handful of Test players have played in the final squad against England. Therefore, Kemar Roach, Darren Bravo and Nkrumah Bonner have been added to the squad for the next tour of India. He added that it was irrelevant where the players were coming from and that what was needed was talent.

“We’re not changing the policy. We believe the policy of is to try and select the best team possible and it doesn’t matter where the person comes from, and that is our aim, that we want to make sure we get the best team out there in order for West Indies to get some success,”

He pointed out that in the last few years, many players who play Test cricket have not come for the 50-over format.

“The majority of players that were playing in the 50-over were people who were playing in Twenty20 (T20) as well, and our record at the moment — we’ve struggled.

The West Indies also suffered a humiliating defeat at the end of the Irish tournament. Haynes said that if the best players in Test cricket were available for the 50 overs, they would be able to develop the ODI team.

“We struggled in the last series, so we believe if we get someone who is doing well in Test cricket that they would be able to enhance our 50-over team.”

Also attacking left-hander Evin Lewis has been ruled out of the squad due to a corona virus infection. However, Shimron Hetmeyer has been dropped from the squad for failing to meet fitness requirements. Haynes, however, noted that the two have not been left out of the plans and that he is always in the plans ahead.

“I think what we need to do is put our arm around these guys and let them know we’re interested in their development, and to also [let them] understand that there’s a level of fitness that is required to play at international level.”

“Hetmyer is in our plans, so there’s no question about it…but obviously we have a squad of people here who are doing well here in the T20 tournament [against England] so we decided we’d keep them for the tournament going on to India.”

The West Indies will leave for an Indian tournament next month and will play three ODIs from 6 to 11. After that the Twenty20 tournament will be held.

Cricket West Indies (CWI) has announced a 16-member squad for the upcoming three-match T20I series against India. Senior all-rounder Kieron Pollard will lead the side for the series, while Nicholas Pooran has been appointed his deputy.

The T20I series between the two cricketing nations is scheduled to begin on February 16. All three matches will be played at Eden Gardens in Kolkata. The second and third T20I will take place on February 18 and February 20, respectively.

West Indies squad for India T20Is:

Kieron Pollard(C), Nicholas Pooran (vc), Fabien Allen, Darren Bravo, Roston Chase, Sheldon Cottrell, Dominic Drakes, Jason Holder, Shai Hope, Akeal Hosein, Brandon King, Rovman Powell, Odean Smith, Romario Shepherd, Kyle Mayers, Hayden Walsh.

The ODI team named as follows:

Kieron Pollard (c), Kemar Roch, Nkrumah Bonner, Brendon King, Fabien Allen, Darren Bravo, Shamarh Brooks, Jason Holder, Shai Hope, Akeal Hosein, Alzari Joseph, Nicholas Pooran, Romario Shepherd, Oden Smith, And Hayden Walsh jr.

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  1. The words of the Lead Selector Dr Desmond Haynes blessed my heart knowing we now have a sense of direction and purpose , talent is what he is looking for not names and where you are from…. Reading this honestly made me emotional and I am so glad Dr Desmond Haynes got opportunity I was calling for for a long time, I also call for Mr.Philo Wallace and I know he will be included ,these gentlemen have a passion for West Indies cricket to rise to the top again.CONGRATULATIONS!

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