ODI squad: Shai Hope (Captain), Rovman Powell (Vice Captain), Shamarh Brooks, Yannic Cariah, Keacy Carty, Roston Chase, Shannon Gabriel, Jason Holder, Akeal Hosein, Alzarri Joseph, Brandon King, Kyle Mayers, Nicholas Pooran, Romario Shepherd, Odean Smith
T20I squad: Rovman Powell (Captain), Kyle Mayers (Vice Captain), Shamarh Brooks, Yannic Cariah, Johnson Charles, Sheldon Cottrell, Jason Holder, Akeal Hosein, Alzarri Joseph, Brandon King, Obed McCoy, Nicholas Pooran, Raymon Reifer, Romario Shepherd, Odean Smith
CWI announced on Monday (February 20) that West Indies fast bowler Shannon Gabriel has won a recall to the ODI team for the upcoming series against South Africa. After the 2019 World Cup, Gabriel, who recently made a comeback in international cricket during the Zimbabwe Tests, hasn’t featured for West Indies in the 50-over format. The 34-year-old has been recognized for his outstanding performance after sharing the lead in wickets taken in the Super50 Cup in November of last year.
Lead selector Desmond Haynes commented on Gabriel’s inclusion, saying, “We have had some injuries to our fast-bowling pool so we see Gabriel as a perfect fit going into South Africa and the surfaces we anticipate to play on.” He is the type of spinner that can get those early wickets, which is something we feel we need. We have a team with T20I expertise. As we prepare to perform admirably and compete when we hold the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup in June 2024, what we are trying to do is put together a cohesive unit and look at the players who we think can form the nucleus.
Fast bowler Jayden Seales was also verified by CWI to be unavailable due to knee surgery, and Anderson Phillip was not taken into consideration despite returning to training because he still lacks match fitness. Obed McCoy will be eligible to play in the T20Is pending a clean bill of health. Roston Chase, a spin-bowling all-rounder who hasn’t played in an ODI in more than a year, has returned to the 50-over format. For the first time since being appointed captain, Shai Hope will captain the ODI team during the series. In the 50-over version, Hope will be supported by Rovman Powell, who will captain the T20I team. In the T20 version, all-arounder Kyle Mayers will serve as Powell’s backup. Despite West Indies’ recent failure to advance past the Super 12 rounds of the T20 World Cup in Australia, the selection committee only made one adjustment to the team. Top-order batsman Evin Lewis has been replaced by bowling all-arounder Romario Shepherd for the three T20 Internationals being contested in South Africa from March 25-28. The preceding three-match ODI series will take place from March 16–21.