Cricket West Indies (CWI) has announced Shamarh Brooks to replace explosive batter Shimron Hetmyer in the 2022 ICC T20 World Cup roster after the latter missed his rescheduled flight to Australia. “Cricket West Indies (CWI) today informed the International Cricket Council (ICC) that Shamarh Brooks has replaced Shimron Hetmyer in the West Indies Squad for the upcoming ICC T20 World Cup in Australia,” the CWI said in a statement.
The decision of the CWI selection panel was made because Shimron Hetmyer missed his rescheduled flight to Australia, which had been changed at his request from Saturday, October 1, for family reasons. As flight availability was a real challenge, a seat was found for him to leave Guyana today, Monday 3rd October meaning he will sadly see the 1st T20 International (T20I) against Australia on Wednesday 5th October at the Metricon Stadium would miss.
This morning, Hetmyer informed Cricket Director Jimmy Adams that he would not be able to make it to the airport in time for his afternoon flight to New York.
“This afternoon we informed the board of directors of the CWI that the selection panel has unanimously decided to replace Shimron Hetmyer with Shamarh Brooks in our T20 World Cup squad. Although we have changed Shimron’s flight from Saturday to Monday due to family reasons, made it clear to him that if there were further delays and problems with his trip to Australia we would have no choice but to replace him in the squad as we are unwilling to compromise the team’s ability to imagine preparing to jeopardize this all-important global event,” he said. Adams.
“Shamarh was part of our recent T20 International squads and delivered strong performances in the final stages of the recently concluded CPL. He will fly to Australia as soon as possible this week and I wish him and the whole squad all the best for the tournament.” , he added.
The West Indies kick off their T20 World Cup campaign against Scotland from October 17. They are part of Group B with Scotland, Zimbabwe and Ireland. Last year, the Windies were eliminated from the tournament in the Super 12 stage.
West Indies: Nicholas Pooran (c), Rovman Powell, Yannic Cariah, Johnson Charles, Sheldon Cottrell, Jason Holder, Akeal Hosein, Alzarri Joseph, Brandon King, Evin Lewis, Kyle Mayers, Obed McCoy, Raymon Reifer, Odean Smith, Shamarh Brooks .
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