As a result of missing his trip to Australia, Shimron Hetmyer has been shockingly removed from the West Indies squad that will compete in the Twenty20 World Cup and the two-match Dettol T20 Series this week.
Hetmyer had already postponed his travel to Australia from the initial departure date which was last Saturday; however, Hetmyer told the team today that he would not be making the rescheduled flight.
“With flight availability being a significant difficulty, a seat was secured for him to leave Guyana today,” West Indies said in a statement. “Unfortunately, this means that Hetmyer will miss the 1st T20 International against Australia on Wednesday, October 5 at the Metricon Stadium.”
Mr. Hetmyer contacted the Director of Cricket this morning to let him know that he would not be able to make it to the airport in time for his departure to New York City this afternoon.
Shamarh Brooks, a right-hander who is 34 years old and has played 11 T20s for the West Indies, has replaced the left-handed batsman, who is 25 years old, in the squad. Brooks will leave “as soon as feasible” to join the rest of the team in Australia. Brooks has played 11 T20s for the West Indies.
It was made clear to Hetmyer that if there were any further delays and issues with his travel to Australia, then we would have no choice but to replace him in the squad. We are not prepared to compromise the team’s ability to prepare for this extremely important global event. While we changed Hetmyer’s flight from Saturday to Monday due to family reasons, it was made clear to him that if there were any further delays and issues with his travel to Australia, then it was changed from Saturday to Monday.
“Shamarh has been a part of our recent T20 International squads and delivered outstanding performances in the latter stages of the recently concluded CPL,” said the team’s head coach.
In the Caribbean Premier League, Brooks contributed 241 runs for the Jamaica Tallawahs over the course of seven innings, including an undefeated 109 in the qualifying final on the Jamaica Tallawahs’ path to winning the competition. Hetmyer finished the tournament with a strike rate of 153.50 and an average of 40.16, and in his final Twenty20 International innings, which took place in August against New Zealand, he scored 56 runs without being dismissed.
At Hobart’s Blundstone Arena, the West Indies will open their Twenty20 World Cup campaign with a match against Scotland in the first qualifying round. Scotland will be their opponent.
In addition, they will compete against Ireland and Zimbabwe, and the winner of Group B will advance to the Super 12 stage and be placed in the second group alongside India, Pakistan, and South Africa.
Nicholas Pooran will captain the West Indies squad for the Twenty20 World Cup. Rovman Powell will serve as the vice captain, and the following players will also be on the team: Shamarh Brooks, Yannic Cariah, Johnson Charles, Sheldon Cottrell, Jason Holder, Akeal Hosein, Alzarri Joseph, Brandon King, Evin Lewis, Kyle Mayers, Obed Mccoy, Raymon Reifer, and Odean Smith.
Men’s Dettol T20I Series v West Indies
The following players have been selected for the Australian team: Aaron Finch (captain), Sean Abbott, Pat Cummins, Tim David, Cameron Green, Josh Hazlewood, Josh Inglis, Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Daniel Sams, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, Matthew Wade, David Warner, and Adam Zampa.
Metricon Stadium on the Gold Coast, Australia, on October 5 at 6:10 p.m.
The Gabba in Brisbane, Australia, at 6:10 p.m. on Friday, October 7.
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