Dowrich in as West Indies return to international stage


Having spent the last eight weeks watching from afar as the other leading cricket nations contested the World Cup, West Indies have named the squad for their return to the international circuit next month.

The 15-man party for next month's three-match ODI series against England includes the return of Shane Dowrich and two uncapped players, batting allrounder Sherfane Rutherford and seam bowler Matthew Forde.

Wicketkeeper-batter Dowrich made the last of his 35 Test appearances at the end of 2020, and has only played once for West Indies in white-ball cricket. He has, though, impressed in the recent domestic Super50 Cup competition.

Shai Hope will again captain, with Alzarri Joseph named as the new vice-captain. Nicholas Pooran and Jason Holder were unavailable for selection as they prioritise the upcoming five-match IT20 series with the same opposition, which begins on December 12.

"We expect this to be a hard-fought series, but we also believe this squad will do well in our home conditions. We have a clear vision," lead selector Desmond Haynes said.

"We are focused on building a solid team. Our main focus is to re-build for success at the ICC Cricket World Cup 2027."

England, seeking to rebuild after a disastrous World Cup, have already named heir squad, retaining captain Jos Buttler but few others from their Indian nightmare. The series starts on December 3 in Antigua.


S.Hope (capt), A.Athanaze, Y.Cariah, K.Carty, R.Chase, S.Dowrich, M.Forde, S.Hetmyer, A.Joseph, B.King, G.Motie, K.Ottley, S.Rutherford, R.Shepherd, O.Thomas.