“It was sort of a bittersweet year for me,” Akeal Hosein on West Indies men’s cricket team Performance in 2022

West Indies left-arm spinner Akeal Hosein is not happy with the 2022 Year because of his personal success not translating into positive results for the West Indies team.

West Indies men’s cricket team had a difficult 2022, which was compounded by a poor showing at the T20 World Cup in Australia and the team ended the year with a 2-0 Test beat in Australia.

The regional side is again in a period of transition with the exits of veteran players, men’s coach Phil Simmons and white-ball captain Nicholas Pooran.

Hosein played 19 T20 Internationals last year, bagging 18 wickets. He also played 20 One-Day Internationals, taking 30 wickets and is currently ranked 13th on the ICC T20I bowling rankings and 21st on the ODI rankings.

Meanwhile, the Windies played 21 ODIs of which they won five. The Caribbean side also played 24 T20Is, winning just eight.

“It was sort of a bittersweet year for me, When you are doing well personally but then your team is not getting over the line or performing well, you will always ask yourself questions. Do I need to do more? What more can I do to help my team get over the line?” Hosein told 

“But I think when you look around the team, we do have a couple of players performing on the white-ball circuit, so I think it is just for us to put the performances together collectively to help the team get the result,” he assessed.

“I think we need to continue to have these great performances as individuals but we need to find a way to make it work when we all come together to represent West Indies because, for me, it is a disappointing feeling to be doing well but not getting the team results,” he continued.

On his own personal performances, Hosein assessed,

“It has been a good year, gaining experience and getting the opportunity to play in different leagues, one being the Big Bash and then the other (this year) being the IPL.”

“As we all know, Australia is mainly known for fast bowling and bouncy tracks, so as a spinner, it is always going to be a challenge to be successful in these conditions,” noted Hosein.

Asked about his IPL contract, Hosein said he will embrace the opportunity to test his skills in that league.

“I think every white-ball player on the circuit right now wants to get the opportunity to play in all the major T20 leagues around the world and to be selected for the IPL is a great feeling and, again, it also another great challenge because this is one of the harder tournaments as well.”

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