Rovman Powell Named Vice-Captain As West Indies Make Numerous Changes To T20I Squad

Rovman Powell

The West Indies’ search for the perfect team to take to the T20 World Cup in October remains strong, with an almost completely new set of players set to face Bangladesh in a three-match series beginning on July 2. Five of the 16 players who appeared in their last short-form assignment have been dropped.
Meanwhile, Rovman Powell, who had a strong IPL season with the Delhi Capitals, has been named T20I vice-captain.

West Indies vs Bangladesh, Bangladesh tour of West Indies 2022
West Indies vs Bangladesh (Image Credit: Twitter)

Jason Holder’s absence from these games had already been confirmed, and Kieron Pollard has officially retired from international cricket, but players who had been to India in February, including Fabian Allen, Darren Bravo, Roston Chase, Sheldon Cottrell, and Shai Hope, have been benched. Dominic Drakes is only able to play as a reserve.

Obed McCoy
Photo Credit: (IANS)

Obed McCoy, a left-arm fast bowler who played for Rajasthan Royals in the IPL final, Keemo Paul, an all-arounder, and Devon Thomas, a wicketkeeper, were all recalled to the 13-person T20I team.

‘We know Rovman Powell history’: Desmond Haynes

Gudakesh Motie, a left-arm spinner who has played one Test and one T20I, has been named to a 13-man ODI squad to face Bangladesh beginning July 10. West Indies will be led by Nicholas Pooran in both formats.

“We are aware of Rovman Powell’s history,” said chief selector Desmond Haynes. “Rovman Powell has previously captained the West Indies and is the skipper of his CPL franchise [Jamaica Tallawahs].” Our role is also to look at future leaders, and we have recognized a few, including himself, for whom we will be putting programs in place to keep them engaged in that aspect of the game.

Rovman Powell
Rovman Powell. Photo Credit: (BCCI)

“In general, we need to start thinking about the big picture of getting these players together as much as possible in preparation for the ICC T20 World Cup later this year. We must ensure that we field a very strong team for that tournament.”

Nicholas Pooran
Nicholas Pooran. Image: Cricket West Indies

White-ball matches will begin with three T20Is on July 2, July 3, and July 7, followed by ODIs on July 10, July 13, and July 16. The first two games will be played in Dominica, which will host the first games since Hurricane Maria devastated the island in 2017. Guyana will host the final four games. On Wednesday, the West Indies won both games of a two-match Test series against Bangladesh.

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BAN vs WI: We Have To Improve In Every Department To Do Well In Tests – Shakib Al Hasan

Shakib al Hasan (Image Credits: Twitter)

Shakib Al Hasan, the captain, claimed that Bangladesh’s performance against the West Indies in the St. Lucia Test lacked spirit. On the fourth day, which was cut short by weather, West Indies finished off their ten-wicket demolition of the visitors.

After falling six runs short the previous night, Bangladesh batted for a little over an hour before being dismissed for 186, giving the host team a target of 13 to win the series 2-0. 

We Did Not Show Character: Shakib Al Hasan

Bangladesh vs West Indies (Image Credits: Twitter)
Bangladesh vs West Indies (Image Credits: Twitter)

Bangladesh’s top and middle-order once again gave way to a focused pace assault, and they entered the fourth day on 132 for 6. Shakib claimed that his team’s failure to hang onto their wickets at this level demonstrated a lack of game understanding. 

“Considering this Test, we tended to lose wickets just before a drinks break, a lunch break or before the rain. If we didn’t lose these wickets, things would have been quite different. This is a part of game awareness. We weren’t as tough as we could have been, in terms of showing character in this Test match,” he said. 

Before facing India in December, Shakib believed that the Test players needed to improve. Later this week, Bangladesh will begin its T20 season in preparation for the T20 World Cup, which will start in Australia in October.

Before the international competition, they will participate in the Asia Cup and a tri-series in New Zealand after playing T20Is against the West Indies and Zimbabwe. 

“We have to improve in every department to do well in Tests. It is good that a big gap is coming up [before we play the next Test]. Those who are interested in playing Tests can improve themselves during this time. We really don’t have a new set of players who will do well immediately after coming to this level. 

“If all of us, and a couple of the players from outside, can plan together, we might do well. Otherwise, we cannot expect a lot of changes if we continue to play the same way. We have to bring changes in many aspects, including our thinking.” 

Have To Make Sure That We Don’t Lose At Home: Shakib Al Hasan

Bangladesh Cricket Team
Bangladesh Cricket Team (Image Credits: Twitter)

To rebuild confidence, the squad, in Shakib’s opinion, must stop routinely dropping games at home. Bangladesh has now dropped three straight Test matches, first at home to Pakistan and Sri Lanka, then on the road to the West Indies. 

“Teams are mostly underdogs on away tours. Take New Zealand, for example. They are losing abroad. England lost in the West Indies. Australia are losing when they play abroad. The same for India. Teams lose in India too. 

“So, we have to make sure that we don’t lose at home. Either we win or draw the matches. This improvement will help us when we are playing overseas. Maybe, we won’t win, but we will be competitive.” 

Shakib brought out Bangladesh’s lack of a Test culture, which head coach Russell Domingo had also mentioned earlier in the year. He stated that in order to restore the culture, the team must plan ahead and execute well. 

“You can’t really blame the players. The system in our country is this. Did you ever see 30,000 people come to see a Test match? It happens in every game in England. We don’t have a Test culture in our country. But we can’t give up on it. 

“We have a responsibility to bring Test culture back to the country. We have to plan ahead, otherwise, we can’t get too far. I wouldn’t say that we don’t value Test cricket. But we don’t have good results. These two go hand-in-hand.” 

Playing Against West Indies Will Be A Major Challenge: Shakib Al Hasan

Bangladesh will have a difficult series when they begin their T20 World Cup training with three T20 Internationals against the West Indies on July 2. Following their elimination from the T20 World Cup last year in the second round, Bangladesh lost to Pakistan 3-0 in November and drew 1-1 with Afghanistan. 

West Indies vs Bangladesh, Bangladesh tour of West Indies 2022
West Indies vs Bangladesh (Image Credit: Twitter)

“It is an important series as far as our preparation for the T20 World Cup is concerned,” Shakib said. 

 “We have the Asia Cup and the World Cup coming up. We don’t have much time left. Playing against West Indies will be a major challenge. 

“If we do well in the T20s here, it will help us go to Sri Lanka [for the Asia Cup] with a good mindset. The Asia Cup will be tough as we will take on India, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Sri Lanka.” 

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Pakistan Will Face Bangladesh In The First T20I Tri-Series Match On October 7

Babar Azam Pakistan

Pakistan will play a T20I tri-series in Christchurch, New Zealand, from 7-14 October as part of their planning and preparation for the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Australia 2022. Bangladesh will be the third side.

The third-placed On October 7 and 10, respectively, Pakistan will play eighth-ranked Bangladesh and sixth-ranked New Zealand.

Bangladesh. PHoto- Twitter
Bangladesh. PHoto- Twitter

Pakistan will play New Zealand on October 11 and Bangladesh on October 13, with the championship game taking place on Friday, October 14.

T20I tri-series schedule:

7 Oct –Pakistan v Bangladesh, Hagley Oval, Christchurch (1200 PST)

8 Oct – Pakistan v New Zealand, Hagley Oval, Christchurch (1200 PST)

9 Oct – Bangladesh v New Zealand, Hagley Oval, Christchurch (0800 PST)

11 Oct – New Zealand v Pakistan, Hagley Oval, Christchurch (0800 PST)

12 Oct – Bangladesh v New Zealand, Hagley Oval, Christchurch (0800 PST)

13 Oct –Bangladesh v Pakistan, Hagley Oval, Christchurch (0800 PST)

14 Oct – Final, Hagley Oval, Christchurch (0800 PST)

New Zealand team
New Zealand team (Photo- Getty)

Pakistan’s T20 World Cup campaign will begin on October 23 in Melbourne when they take on India. They will then compete in the two qualifiers on October 27 and 30 in Perth before facing Bangladesh on November 6 in Adelaide and South Africa on November 3 in Sydney.

‘I missed the last series in New Zealand’: Pakistan captain Babar Azam

“I am delighted that we will be involved in the tri-series in New Zealand as it will allow us to show up early and not only acclimate for the T20 World Cup in Australia but also put the finishing touches on our planning and preparation,” said Babar Azam.

Babar Azam
Babar Azam

“I missed the last series in New Zealand due to a thumb injury and am looking forward to the game of cricket in Christchurch against two strong opponents.”

Pakistani Team will depart for Christchurch on October 4 after finishing their seven-match T20I series against England on October 2. Before the England series, They will compete in the ACC T20 Asia Cup, which will be held in Colombo, Sri Lanka, from August 27 to September 11.

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