West Indies Name Squads for ICC World Cup Qualifiers 2023 and UAE Tour; Keemo Paul Recalled
Keemo Paul has been recalled into the ODI squad [Source: Twitter]
Cricket West Indies (CWI) have named a strong 15-member squad for the upcoming ICC Men's World Cup Qualifiers 2023, which will be held in Zimbabwe from June 18. Shai Hope will lead the side, with Rovman Powell acting as his deputy.
The squad includes as many as four uncapped players — Alick Athanaze, Kavem Hodge, Dominic Drakes, and Akeem Jordan. The selectors have also recalled all-rounder Keemo Paul and spinner Gudakesh Motie.
Dr Desmond Hayes, lead selector called Paul a three-dimensional player and sounded excited about Motie.
Here's what Haynes said
"Paul is a three-dimensional player, who can bowl the new ball effectively, he’s dynamic in the outfield and he can also make vital runs. He is now fully recovered from injury and with his skill-set we see him as a potential match-winner for us.
Motie was excellent in the Test matches in the Zimbabwe earlier this year, where he took 19 wickets, and we anticipate similar conditions for the qualifiers. We believe he will again relish the chance to bowl in those conditions. He is also a capable batsman and good in the outfield. "
The top two teams from the ten-nation tournament will secure a place in the main draw of the ICC World Cup 2023, which takes place in India later this year. Apart from West Indies and hosts Zimbabwe, Sri Lanka, Ireland, Netherlands, United Arab Emirates, Nepal, Oman, Scotland, and the United States are fighting for top-flight.
The board also announced West Indies side for their upcoming three-ODI series against UAE, which begins ahead of the qualifiers in Sharjah.
Several players who featured in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023 have been rested for the UAE tour and will join the national side for the marquee event in Zimbabwe.
ICC WC Qualifiers 2023
Shai Hope (c), Rovman Powell (vc), Shamarh Brooks, Yannic Cariah, Keacy Carty, Roston Chase, Jason Holder, Akeal Hosein, Alzarri Joseph, Brandon King, Kyle Mayers, Gudakesh Motie, Keemo Paul, Nicholas Pooran and Romario Shepherd.
ODIs vs UAE
Shai Hope (c), Brandon King (c), Alick Athanaze, Shamarh Brooks, Yannic Cariah, Keacy Carty, Roston Chase, Dominic Drakes, Kavem Hodge, Akeem Jordan, Gudakesh Motie, Keemo Paul, Raymon Reifer, Odean Smith, and Devon Thomas