West Indies players go in hunt for World Cup spots in Tri-Series bow

By May 04, 2019

With the West Indies allowing a number of its players in the Indian Premier League to remain during a tour of Ireland for a tri-nation series involving Bangladesh, there is a rare opportunity for places at the ICC Cricket World Cup. 

The West Indies had previously announced a 15-man provisional squad but there are a number of fringe players, who just may be thinking they deserve a place and have the chance to show it.

Sunil Ambris has been knocking at the door of the West Indies line up for two years now and has made the trip to face Ireland tomorrow.

The middle-order batsman has shown a propensity to bat for a long time, both in domestic competitions back in the Caribbean and for the West Indies A, but an inauspicious start for the senior team has threatened to sideline him, even if just for now.

John Campbell recently paired up with Chris Gayle, producing profitable opening partnerships with the big left hander.

Campbell, despite being part of partnerships with Gayle that proved more successful than the West Indies have had in a few years, has also failed to carry on from very good starts.

If Campbell were to feel he should be given a chance at the World Cup, nobody but nobody could begrudge him that sentiment.

He will be hoping he can make an impact consummate with his talent.

There is also Roston Chase, who it seems, has played second fiddle to the inclusion of all-rounders like, Ashley Nurse, Fabian Allen and Carlos Brathwaite.

Chase has proven a hero for West Indies in the longer format of the game, but his elegant strokeplay has not been so much a feature of the one day setup. His part-time bowling has also not been incisive enough in recent times and the spinner may want to show that he has something offer with both bat and ball.

Jonathan Carter’s inclusion in West Indies One Day International teams came to an end with the return of Darren Bravo, but the stylish middle-order batsman has had a few moments of heroism, batting with Shai Hope and Jason Mohammed.

He may feel he should be given a look in as well before the West Indies announces its final squad to the World Cup.

While there are a number of players who want to get into the squad, there are yet, another few who will be looking to hit higher heights ahead of the World Cup.

Shai Hope has the highest average in the West Indies World Cup team to England but his strike rate of 72.38, needs some work if he is to be considered among the format’s elite’s.

Hope will be playing in his 50th ODI for the West Indies.

Bravo, after a long time out of International cricket, is yet to hit his straps as well, but now gets the opportunity for some time in the middle ahead of his World Cup entrance.

Among the bowlers, Kemar Roach and Shannon Gabriel are returning from injury and should be looking to fine tune their rhythms and test their fitness ahead of the World Cup, while Sheldon Cottrell will want to continue with the good form he showed when an injury gave him a chance against England in the Caribbean earlier this year.

Cottrell ended up being the West Indies’ most dangerous bowler during that tour, his left-arm pace and movement wreaking havoc on the World number-one ODI team.

The West Indies make begin the tour tomorrow against Ireland.

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