New Delhi (HS). Ahead of England’s tour of the West Indies, Caribbean wicketkeeper-batsman Shane Dowrich on Thursday retired from international cricket with immediate effect.
Dowrich, 32, was part of the West Indies squad for the three-match ODI series against the Three Lions. With his retirement, Dowrich’s name has been removed from the squad and Cricket West Indies (CWI) has decided not to announce his replacement for the series starting on Sunday in Antigua.
Dowrich made his only appearance in the 50-over format against Bangladesh in 2019. He was recalled after impressive performances in the Super 50 Cup.
During the tournament, he scored 234 runs in five innings at a batting average of 78 and a strike rate of 91.76. Captain Shai Hope will take up wicketkeeping after his absence from the team. Nicholas Pooran was another option who could have taken the gloves but currently, he is not available for selection.
Overall, Dowrich’s career centered around the Test format. From June 2015 to December 2020, he played 35 matches, scoring 1570 runs which included three centuries.
His career-best innings of 125* came during West Indies’ 226-run win over Sri Lanka at Port-of-Spain in June 2018.
CWI Director of Cricket Miles Bascombe said in an official statement, “We would like to thank Shane for his contribution when he played for the West Indies. He is a disciplined, hard-working cricketer who always gave his best both in front and behind the stumps. He had a memorable series in 2019 when he scored an excellent Test century on home soil in Barbados and helped us defeat England and win the Wisden Trophy. We respect his decision to retire and wish him all the best for the future.”
West Indies squad for ODI series against England: Shai Hope (captain, wk), Alzarri Joseph (vice-captain), Alek Athanazé, Yannick Kariya, Casey Carty, Roston Chase, Matthew Forde, Shimron Hetmyer, Brandon King, Gudakesh Moti , Kjorn Ottley, Sherfane Rutherford, Romario Shepherd, Oshane Thomas.
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