Sammy Uses Historical Nepal Tour To Build West Indies Squad

Daren Sammy, the West Indies cricket team head coach, feels confident that the 5-match T20 series against Nepal would help to build a strong squad for the upcoming ICC T20 World Cup, starting from 1st June 2024.

Although it is the West Indies ‘A’ team that will tour Nepal, there are some seasoned T20 players like Fabian Allen, Johnson Charles, Andre Fletcher, and Hayden Walsh. The first T20 match between West Indies A and Nepal is scheduled for 27th April 2024. Moreover, the series marks an important occasion in cricket history as West Indies will be touring Nepal for the first time. Also, Roston Chase takes the responsibility of a captain for the first time.

Why does Daren Sammy feel that the upcoming tour is crucial for the Windies to refine their squad for T20WC 2024? Can Roston Chase prove his abilities to secure a regular place in the T20I format? Let’s try to find out the exact reasons in detail…

Why Daren Sammy gives importance to the West Indies A Tour of Nepal 2024?

Daren Sammy expressed his confidence that the 5-match T20 series against Nepal would help his team set the tone for the team and figure out the players’ in-depth performance. The 40-year-old former Windies cricketer pointed out that these nine players are engaged in the ongoing season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2024 namely:

  • Rovman Powell (West Indies skipper)
  • Andre Russell
  • Nicholas Pooran
  • Kyle Mayers
  • Sherfane Rutherford
  • Romario Shepherd
  • Alzarri Joseph
  • Shimron Hetmyer

Consequently, it enables a complete analysis of the team’s batting and bowling lineup. Darren believes that the upcoming tour will provide an opportunity for other talented players to gain valuable experience and familiarize themselves with the foreign pitch conditions ahead of the T20 World Cup, which will be played on their home ground.

Roston Chase Aims to secure a spot in the West Indies Squad for T20 World Cup 2024

The West Indies A Team led by Roston Chase will find it a perfect opportunity to prove his talent against Nepal and seal a position in the squad for the T20 World Cup 2024.

In recent times, the 32-year-old bowling all-rounder’s performance was noteworthy against Australia in Perth on 13th February 2024. Roston played a quick-fire knock of 37 runs from 20 balls (including 3 fours and 2 sixes) and picked up 2-19 in 4 overs, which showcased his best abilities in the T20 format.

Till now, Roston has played 11 T20I matches and scored 111 runs in 8 innings with an average of 15.86 and a strike rate of 111.0. Similarly, he maintains a decent track record in terms of bowling performance by taking 9 wickets in 9 innings, which includes his best bowling figures of 3-25 at an average of 22.22.

Moreover, Desmond Haynes, the Windies Chief Selector, was impressed with the performance and leadership skills of Roston Chase. He shared his opinion that since Chase made his T20I debut in October 2021, he has achieved remarkable progress in his career. Furthermore, he stated that the Nepal tour will play a crucial role in the Windies cricket team’s preparatory phase for the ICC T20 World Cup.

According to Desmond, the series against Nepal will provide a perfect choice to the players who are not participating in the IPL tournament and are striving to be part of competitive T20 cricket.

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West Indies Tour of Nepal 2024 Schedule

All five T20 matches between West Indies and Nepal will be played at Kirtipur starting from 27th April to 04th May 2024 at 01:00 pm (local) and the schedule is listed below for your reference:

  • 27th April 2024 (Saturday): Nepal vs West Indies 1st T20 Match.
  • 28th April 2024 (Sunday): Nepal vs West Indies 2nd T20 Match.
  • 01st May 2024 (Wednesday): Nepal vs West Indies 3rd T20 Match.
  • 02nd May 2024 (Thursday):  Nepal vs West Indies 4th T20 Match. 
  • 04th May 2024 (Saturday): Nepal vs West Indies 5th T20 Match. 

West Indies A 15-member Squad for Nepal Tour 2024

Here is a list of the 15-member squad of West Indies A against Nepal:

  1. Roston Chase (captain)
  2. Alick Athanaze (vice-captain)
  3. Fabian Allen
  4. Kadeem Alleyne
  5. Joshua Bishop
  6. Keacy Carty
  7. Johnson Charles
  8. Mark Deyal
  9. Andre Fletcher
  10. Matthew Forde
  11. Obed McCoy
  12. Gudakesh Motie
  13. Keemo Paul
  14. Oshane Thomas
  15. Hayden Walsh

Coaching and Support Staff of West Indies A Team:

The coaching and support staff of the Windies A Team are shown below:

  • Floyd Reifer as Head Coach.
  • Rayon Griffith as Assistant Coach.
  • Neil Barry as Physiotherapist.
  • Shayne Cooper as Strength and Fitness Coach.
  • Avenesh Seetaram as Team Manager and Analyst.

Conclusion:

The Windies placed in Group C of the T20 World Cup 2024 along with Uganda, Papua New Guinea, New Zealand and Afghanistan. On 2nd June 2024, the 2-time defending champions will begin their T20WC campaign against Papua New Guinea in Providence.

Since the target for submitting the West Indies squad for the T20 World Cup is on 1st May 2024, the selectors will be keen to include the top-performing players.

Earlier, Windies led by Daren Sammy, clinched the T20 World Cup trophy two times in the years 2012 and 2016. This time, Sammy as the head coach, aims to lead the Windies cricket team to claim the defending champions title for the third time, which makes him more concerned about the selection of the players for the forthcoming tournament.

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