West Indies announce 13-member squad for first 2 T20Is against South Africa; Andre Russell recalled

Power-hitter Andre Russell returns to the West Indies squad as the board named a 13-member squad for the 1st and 2nd T20I against South Africa.

Ketaki Pole Author

Updated - 26 June 2021 11:23 am

Cricket West Indies named a 13-member squad for the first 2 T20Is of the upcoming 5-match T20I series against South Africa. Led by Trinidad’s Kieron Pollard, the squad features T20I specialists including Chris Gayle, Dwayne Bravo, Jason Holder amongst others, however, star batsman Shimron Hetmyer fails to make the cut. The 13-member squad’s highlight is the return of all-rounder Andre Russell, who hasn’t represented his country since March 2020.

Andre Russell likely to feature in the 1st T20I against South Africa

Power-hitter Andre Russell returns to the West Indies squad as the board named a 13-member squad for the 1st and 2nd T20I against South Africa. The all-rounder last donned West Indies in the T20I against Sri Lanka in March 2020.

“Andre Russell will add that ‘X’ factor to the team. He is an impact player with both bat and ball and lends greater depth in both departments,” emphasized Chief Selector Roger Harper.

West Indies squad- Kieron Pollard (c ), Nicholas  Pooran, Fabian Allen, Dwayne Bravo, Fidel Edwards, Andre Fletcher, Chris Gayle, Jason Holder, Evin Lewis, Obed McCoy, Andre Russell, Lendl Simmons and Kevin Sinclair.

The Kieron Pollard-led West Indies is set to lock horn with South Africa in the 1st T20I on Saturday, June 26 at National Cricket Stadium, St George’s Grenada. After suffering a defeat at the hands of South Africa in the recent Test series, West Indies will now look forward to turning the tables in this 5-match T20I series.