St. John’s (HS). West Indies on Friday included in-form opener Johnson Charles in their squad for the ICC World Cup Qualifier starting on Sunday, June 18 in Zimbabwe.
“Charles has been replaced by Gudakesh Moti in the 15-man squad,” Cricket West Indies (CWI) said in a statement.
Charles was a member of the West Indies team that won the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup in 2016, but has been in and out of the team frequently since then.
In March this year, the 34-year-old Charles scored 118 runs in 46 balls with 11 sixes and 10 fours in a T20 match against South Africa.
The West Indies team will arrive in Harare on Saturday to prepare for the 10-team tournament. They have been placed in Group A along with hosts Zimbabwe, Nepal, the Netherlands and the United States.
In an official statement issued by Cricket West Indies (CWI), Chief Selector, Desmond Haynes said, “We would like to wish Moti all the best as he continues his rehabilitation. He is one of the players we look forward to moving forward in West Indies cricket. We hope so, so we want to see him fully recovered so that he can participate when called upon.”
He said, “When we discussed the replacement player, we considered the possibility of another spinner in the team. However, we felt it was better to go with Charles. He is experienced at the international level, he will add value to the team which will be useful to him. He also has knowledge of the conditions in Zimbabwe having played ODIs there before, so we see him as the right person for the job at this point of time.”
The West Indies will face the United States in their first Group A match at the Takashinga Cricket Club on Sunday, 18 June, followed by Nepal at the Harare Sports Club on Thursday, 22 June. On June 24, the West Indies team will take on Zimbabwe at the Harare Sports Club. After this, West Indies will face Netherlands in their fourth match on 26th June.
West Indies squad: Shai Hope (c), Rovman Powell (vc), Shamarh Brooks, Yannick Kariya, Kesey Carty, Johnson Charles, Roston Chase, Jason Holder, Akil Hossain, Alzarri Joseph, Brandon King, Kyle Mayers, Keemo Paul, Nicholas Pooran and Romario Shepherd.
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