Trinidad and Tobago batsman, Lendl Simmons was one of the first cricketers from the region to say definitively, he was going to focus almost solely on the shortest form of cricket. For many, it was a shame because Simmons is an undoubtedly talented opening batsman, whose technique suggests he can play in any format. The nephew of West Indies coach Phil Simmons, Lendl has all the shots in the book and makes six-hitting losing easier than most. It has been a long time since he scored 540 runs in a season of the IPL, the 2015 effort bringing the Mumbai Indians the title. But still, Simmons’ ability is such that leaving him out of a team is scarcely ever a wanted outcome. In 2016, for instance, Simmons, suffering from a back injury was left out of the West Indies team but featured in a semi-final after Andre Fletcher was injured. His unbeaten 82, acquired from just 51 deliveries, helped guide the eventual champions into the final.

 

Career Statistics (2007-present)

Full name: Lendl Mark Platter Simmons

Born: January 25, 1985, Port of Spain, Trinidad (35)

Major teams: West Indies, Brampton Wolves, Bravo XI, Brisbane Heat, Chattogram Challengers, Chittagong Vikings, Guyana Amazon Warriors, Jamaica Tallawahs, Karachi Kings, Khulna Titans, Maratha Arabians, Mumbai Indians, Mumbai T20, Northern Warriors, Peshawar Zalmi, Rajshahi Royals, St Kitts and Nevis Patriots, St Lucia Stars, St Lucia Zouks, Trinbago Knight Riders, Trinidad & Tobago, West Indies A, West Indies B, West Indies Board XI, West Indies Players Association XI, West Indies Under-19s, Winnipeg Hawks

Playing role: Top-order batsman

Batting style: Right-hand bat

Bowling style: Right-arm medium-fast

Fielding position: Occasional wicketkeeper

 

T20I Career

Mat   Inns   NO    Runs     HS     Ave       BF      SR       100   50      4s     6s    

54        53      9      1189     91*   27.02     966    123.08    0      8      108     51   

T20 Career

Mat   Inns   NO    Runs      HS     Ave       BF         SR        100   50    4s     6s   

249     245    25     6654      100*  30.24     5576     119.33      1    54    611   292       

 

Career Highlights

  • 7th most capped West Indies T20I cricketer (54)
  • 1189 T20I runs at 27.20 (3rd most runs by a West Indian)
  • 4th most T20 WC runs for West Indies (320)
  • 6654 T20 runs at 30.24 average

An exciting batsman, known for his aggression and brilliant timing, Tillakaratne Dilshan even has a shot named after him, the Dilscoop.

Dilshan did not start opening the innings for Sri Lanka or other T20 outfits around the world until about 2009, and the move up the order for the wicketkeeper, was brilliant. That year he would win the World Twenty20 Player of the Series for his exploits. With his move up the order, Dilshan also ditched the gloves for the most part and proves to be an asset in the field, especially at backward point. He bowls a little offspin as well, making his addition to any T20 team, a blessing.

 

Career Statistics (2004-2016)

Full name: Tillakaratne Mudiyanselage Dilshan

Born: October 14, 1976, Kalutara (43)

Major teams: Sri Lanka, Asia XI, Basnahira South, Bloomfield Cricket and Athletic Club, Delhi Daredevils, Guyana Amazon Warriors, Kalutara Town Club, Karachi Kings, Northern Districts, Peshawar Zalmi, Royal Challengers Bangalore, Sebastianites Cricket and Athletic Club, Singha Sports Club, Surrey, Tamil Union Cricket and Athletic Club

Playing role: Allrounder

Batting style: Right-hand bat

Bowling style: Right-arm offbreak

Fielding position: Wicketkeeper

 

T20I Career

Mat   Inns   NO    Runs    HS     Ave      BF         SR        100   50     4s     6s    

80         79    12    1889     104*  28.19    1567     120.54      1    13     223   33        

T20 Career

Mat   Inns   NO    Runs     HS     Ave      BF         SR        100     50    4s     6s    

221    217     25     5193     104*  27.04    4228     122.82      1      34    633   110        

 

Career Highlights

  • Most runs in T20I for Sri Lanka (14th all-time), 1889, avg. 28.19
  • Most T20 WC matches (35)
  • Player of the tournament and most runs scored at 2009 T20 WC
  • ICC International Performance of the Year award (2009)
  • 1st Sri Lankan to score 1,500 runs in T20Is
  • 1st cricketer to score centuries in all formats as a captain.
  • 5193 T20 runs at 27.04

Any possibility of South Africa playing in the West Indies later this year will largely be dependent on the IPL and the lifting of travel restrictions that will allow the team to travel to the Caribbean.

The West Indies are set to play Australia in three T20 Internationals in October, Cricket Australia has announced.

Guyanese prodigy, Shimron Hetmyer, has earned a recall to the West Indies squad scheduled to play against Sri Lanka in two Twenty20 Internationals on March 4 and six after the completion of the current One-Day International between the teams.

Hetmyer and Evin Lewis were spectacularly dropped after an announcement they had both failed fitness tests Cricket West Indies selectors had implemented as a requirement for selection.

There is still no recall for Lewis, who had, not long before, overcome poor form in typically destructive fashion.

The squad also includes a recall for Andre Russell and Oshane Thomas.

Allrounder Russell, 31,  hasn't played for the Caribbean side since pulling up short midway through the 50-over World Cup in June 2019. However, he has taken part in other matches, most notably in the Bangladesh Premier League in December and January

Russell is a two-time ICC T20 World Cup winner, having played a crucial role in the triumphs back in 2012 in Sri Lanka and 2016 in India. He has successfully completed the Cricket West Indies (CWI) return-to-play assessment programme under the supervision of CWI Medical Team in his native Jamaica. He has so far played 47 T20Is for the West Indies.

Fast bowler Thomas, who turned 23 earlier this week, is selected after making a full recovery from a car accident in Jamaica recently. Additionally, wicket-keeper/batsman Shai Hope has been included alongside left-arm spinner Fabian Allen.

Commenting on the squad, CWI lead selector Roger Harper said: “Shimron Hetmyer missed out on selection for the ODI squad. He has since attained the required fitness level, becoming available for selection and has been included.

"Andre Russell is back in the squad, having been cleared by the medical panel and successfully completing CWI’s return-to-play protocol. Andre will add potency to every department of the team. Oshane Thomas appears to be focused and raring to go. He will add pace and penetration to the bowling unit.”

Harper added: “Shai Hope provides an opening option and cover as a back-up wicket-keeper also. Fabian Allen returns from the injury he sustained in the series against Afghanistan late last year. He will provide a spin-bowling option as well as adding depth to the batting group.”

Looking ahead to the T20I matches, Harper outlined that he will have one eye on the ICC T20 World Cup to be played in Australia later this year. West Indies are the defending champions and the only team to lift the trophy twice.

“I look forward to the team building on its recent performances and winning the T20 series in Sri Lanka. This is another opportunity for the team to build on its strengths and identify areas that need improvement while continuing the process of building up with the aim of peaking for the T20 World Cup in October,” said Harper.

The two T20Is will be played at the Pallakele International Cricket Stadium in Kandy.

West Indies and Sri Lanka are now contesting a three-match ODI series. Sri Lanka won the first match today by a wicket in Colombo.

The second match is in Hambantota on Wednesday.

 

West Indies T20I squad

Kieron Pollard (capt), Fabian Allen, Dwayne Bravo, Sheldon Cottrell, Shimron Hetmyer, Shai Hope, Brandon King, Nicholas Pooran, Rovman Powell, Andre Russell, Lendl Simmons, Oshane Thomas, Hayden Walsh Jr, Kesrick Williams.

 

IN: Andre Russell, Oshane Thomas, Fabian Allen, Shai Hope.

 

OUT: Evin Lewis, Khary Pierre, Sherfane Rutherford, Romario Shepherd.

Ireland captain Andrew Balbirnie insists the team is looking to create history with a T20 series win over the Windies, after taking a 1-nil lead in the three-match series on Wednesday.

On the back of 94 from Paul Sterling and 48 from Kevin O’Brien, the Irish posted a competitive 208 for 7 before restricting the Windies to 204 for 7. Along the way, the Irish, who lost their first wicket with 154 runs on the board, set the highest total ever in the powerplay. 

The win served as a tonic of sorts for the visitors who were defeated 3-0 by the Windies in the recent One Day International series between the teams. 

“It’s great to get a win but you want to win the series and make history, so if we can do that in the next two games we’ll go home very happy,” Balbirnie said.

 “We came so close in that second ODI and it may have affected us in the third ODI.  So, to come out here and show the bottle and win against one of the top teams in T20 cricket was great for the team.”

The Windies and Ireland will face off in the second T20I on Saturday at Warner Park.

 

 

 

 

Cricket West Indies boss Ricky Skerritt is hitting back at critics who have said he is going back on a pledge to hire local coaches to help get West Indies back to winning ways.

Given the two T20 World Cups under the belt of the West Indies, it may be no surprise that the Caribbean side has dominated ESPN’s best XI in the format over the last decade.

ESPN had come up with a list of its best XI in Test, One-Day and T20 Internationals and while there were no West Indians in the two longer formats of the game, they may have made up for it in the shortest.

At the top of the order comes Chris Gayle, T20’s all-time leading run-scorer. Interestingly, the opening spots have been covered by the West Indies with Sunil Narine earning a pick for his innovative pinch-hitting at the top of the order.

India’s Virat Kohli comes at number three in the batting line-up, with South Africa’s AB de Villiers locking down number four.

At five, ESPN has gone with another Indian in veteran Mahendra Singh Doni before turning again to the Caribbean where West Indies white-ball captain Kieron Pollard and Andre Russell can decide who bats six and seven.

At number eight, the best in the world this decade, according to the writers at ESPN, comes Dwayne Bravo before the leg-spin option of Rashid Khan. Narine, is, of course, the other spinner in the side.

Sri Lankan great, Lasith Malinga makes the best team of the decade next, while Jasprith Bumrah finds his way into the side as the second seamer. The two are seen as the best death bowlers in the world because of their ability to bowl Yorkers.

President of Cricket West Indies Ricky Skerritt has welcomed the news that Dwayne Bravo’s has announced that he had ended his retirement from  International Twenty 20 cricket.

The West Indies will benefit from the return of Fabian Allen and Denesh Ramdin when they go to India for a T20I series.

Allen is said to be fully recovered from a hamstring strain which put him out of the West Indies 2-1 loss to Afghanistan in Lucknow, India recently.

Ramdin played part of the series as well but had to be replaced by Shai Hope after he also went down due to hamstring issues.

The Kieron Pollard-led squad has retained newcomers Hayden Walsh Jr. and Brandon King, with an eye firmly on the T20 World Cup next year.

Andre Russell continues to be missing from both the ODI and T20I squads although the allrounder, plagued with knee injuries, was fit enough to play in the Abu Dhabi T10 recently.

According to West Indies coach Phil Simmons, who marked his return to the post with successful series against Afghanistan, India is expected to provide more of a challenge than did Afghanistan and is a good way to continue to test the ‘newbies’ in lieu of the T20 World next year.

"We have three matches in each format, so we wanted to give each squad a chance to compete against India," said Simmons.

"No disrespect to Afghanistan, but facing India will be a more difficult series. Our players really got the hang of things, with the 3-0 series win in the ODIs [against Afghanistan], and I believe we will move from strength to strength," he added.

According to Simmons, the battle for places in the T20i squad will heat up and everybody should be given a fair chance to show what they are made of.

"In the T20s this will be another chance for them to play and develop, and again, with no disrespect to Afghanistan, this should be a stronger T20 country and we will look to see how they perform against India. The next ICC T20 World Cup is in Australia and the one after that is here in India so there is a lot of preparation to be done for first for Australia. We have given the players here a chance in this series and we know we have players outside who may be coming in later on as well, so it's good to give those here another opportunity."

The T20I series begins in Hyderabad on December 6. There are two further T20Is, in Thiruvananthapuram and Mumbai, before three ODIs in Chennai, Vizag and Cuttack.

T20I squad: Fabian Allen, Sheldon Cottrell, Shimron Hetmyer, Jason Holder, Brandon King, Evin Lewis, Keemo Paul, Khary Pierre, Kieron Pollard (capt), Nicholas Pooran, Denesh Ramdin, Sherfane Rutherford, Lendl Simmons, Hayden Walsh Jr, Kesrick Williams

ODI squad: Sunil Ambris, Roston Chase, Sheldon Cottrell, Shimron Hetmyer, Jason Holder, Shai Hope, Alzarri Joseph, Brandon King, Evin Lewis, Keemo Paul, Khary Pierre, Kieron Pollard (capt), Nicholas Pooran, Romario Shepherd, Hayden Walsh Jr.

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