Hetmyer isn’t playing in the World Cup
Shimron Hetmyer was not included in the West Indies T20 World Cup roster because he was tardy for a trip to Australia that had been postponed. Hetmyer was originally slated to depart on Saturday (October 1), but upon his request, his trip was changed to Monday. The 25-year-old, however, notified the board that owing to family obligations, he wouldn’t be able to catch the trip.
Shamarh Brooks was chosen by CWI to take his position in the squad since the first T20I match against Australia was set for October 5, just a few days before the World Cup. The 34-year-old batsman was crucial to Jamaica Tallawahs’ recent CPL championship as they advanced to the knockout rounds. Before scoring 47 once more in the championship, he made 47 and 109* in the eliminator and second qualification.
Shimron’s flight was moved from Saturday to Monday for family reasons, but Jimmy Adams, director of cricket, warned him that if there were any more problems or delays with his travel to Australia, the team would be forced to replace him. The team’s ability to get ready for this crucial international tournament will not be jeopardised, Adams added.
“Shamarh played for our most recent T20 International squad and contributed significantly to the last games of the just finished CPL. He will travel to Australia as soon as possible this week, and I wish him and the entire group the best of luck in the competition.”
On October 7, West Indies will play one more T20I against the hosts before facing Scotland, Zimbabwe, and Ireland in the T20 World Cup’s first round.
Due to the absence of Andre Russell and Sunil Narine’s ongoing non-selection, Hetmyer travel issues and subsequent removal from the team have contributed to the controversy surrounding the selection. However, they are coming off a lengthy run of T20 cricket in the CPL, and several members of the squad had successful tournaments.
Australia, meanwhile, is trying to adjust their strategies following the 2-1 series defeat in India, which included some excellent batting but in circumstances that probably won’t have a significant impact on this World Cup. Around the team, there are a few minor ailments that might end up being more of a problem than they initially seem. Australia, though, is aware of the benefit of being the hosts and may simply call up players if necessary now that bubbles are a thing of the past.
Right now, Tim David and Cameron Green are the two names that everyone is thinking of. While David appears to be the perfect match for the middle order, a difficult selection decision may still be in store for Green, who did not make the World Cup 15 but shown his potential in India.
Marcus Stoinis’ absence from the team and Marsh’s limited role as a batsman mean that Australia will likely need to make place for a fifth bowler, which is different from the balance they had at the previous World Cup. Daniel Sams, who has more experience in that position, or Green in the middle order may get a shot as a result. The result of such would be the absence of a starting batter, maybe Steven Smith.
Australia (possible) (possible) ranked from left to right: David Warner, Aaron Finch, Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Tim David, Matthew Wade 6 (wk), 7 Cameron Green and Daniel Sams, Josh Hazlewood, eighth, Mitchell Starc, ninth, Adam Zampa, and tenth, Pat Cummins
Seven members of the West Indies team participated in the CPL championship, and Pooran stated that the starting lineup would be decided on game day based on how well the players had recovered from their travels. However, some will have to participate. Hetmyer’s replacement, Shamarh Brooks, won’t show up for the Australia matches.
West Indies (possible) 1, Evin Lewis, 2, Johnson Charles, 3, and 4, Nicholas Pooran (capt & wk), Five Rovman Powell, Six Jason Holder Seven Odean Smith, Eight Akeal Hosein, Sheldon Cottrell, Alzarri Joseph, Yannic Cariah, and 9 others