Wednesday, 20 October 2021 — DUBAI, UAE – The Cricket West Indies (CWI) Selection Panel today announced that left-arm spinner Akeal Hosein has been named as the replacement for spinner all-rounder Fabian Allen in the 15-member squad for the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup. Allen was ruled out of the ICC tournament due to an unhealed right ankle injury which he sustained during the recently concluded IPL.
The change to the West Indies squad has been approved by the ICC tournament’s technical committee.
Hosein, who was originally named as a travelling reserve, now joins the official squad. Another exciting young left-arm spinner, Gudakesh Motie, has been called up by the West Indies selectors as a reserve player. Motie is due to fly to the UAE where he will be able to join the West Indies squad as a reserve, once he has completed the six days of mandatory quarantine with the required negative COVID-19 test results.
Roger Harper, CWI’s Lead Selector said: “I know Fabian was really looking forward to playing in this World Cup, so it is very disappointing that he is forced to miss out. His all-round capabilities will be missed by the team. I would like to wish him a full and speedy recovery and look forward to him being available for squad selection in the near future. I take the opportunity to congratulate Akeal on being drafted into the 15-member squad and look forward to him continuing the good form he displayed throughout the year. I also congratulate Gudakesh Motie whose performances in CG Insurance Super50 and CPL have resulted in him being added to the reserves as spin bowling cover.”
CWI selectors have also requested that Dominic Drakes and Odean Smith stay back in the UAE following their recent IPL engagements. The two young fast bowlers will train with the West Indies squad as net bowlers during the squad’s preparations this week.
West Indies are two-time and defending ICC T20 World Cup Champions and will be going in search of an unprecedented third title and back-to-back T20 World Cup Tournament wins. West Indies first match is on Saturday October 23 against England at the Dubai International Stadium in the first of West Indies’ Group games in the Super12 stage of the tournament. First ball is 6pm (10am Eastern Caribbean/9am Jamaica) and will be shown live on ESPN Caribbean.
Kieron Pollard (Captain)
Nicholas Pooran (Vice Captain)
Hayden Walsh Jr.
ICC T20 World Cup Schedule
Group A: Sri Lanka, Ireland, the Netherlands, and Namibia
Group B: Bangladesh, Scotland, Papua New Guinea, and Oman
(Top two teams from each group advance to Super 12s)
Group 1: England, Australia, South Africa, West Indies, A1 and B2.
Group 2: India, Pakistan, New Zealand, Afghanistan, A2 and B1.
(Top two teams from each group advance to the semi-finals)
West Indies Match Schedule
October 23: v England in Dubai (6pm UAE Time, 10am Eastern Caribbean/9am Jamaica)
October 26: v South Africa in Dubai (2pm UAE Time, 6am Eastern Caribbean/5am Jamaica)
October 29: v B2 in Sharjah (2pm UAE Time, 8am Eastern Caribbean/7am Jamaica)
November 4: v A1, in Abu Dhabi (6pm UAE Time, 10am Eastern Caribbean/9am Jamaica)
November 6: v Australia in Abu Dhabi (2pm UAE Time, 6am Eastern Caribbean/5am Jamaica)
November 10: Group 1 winner v Group 1 second in Abu Dhabi (6pm UAE Time, 10am Eastern Caribbean/9am Jamaica)
November 11: Group B winner v Group A second in Dubai (6pm UAE Time, 10am Eastern Caribbean/9am Jamaica)
November14: Final in Dubai (6pm UAE Time, 10am Eastern Caribbean/9am Jamaica)