West Indies had one of their worst outings in T20 World Cup history in 2022. The two-time champions lost their opening game against Scotland. They bounced back with a win against Zimbabwe in the second game but crashed out of Round 1 itself by losing against Ireland in the third match.
The Caribbean team will have to work hard to get themselves back on track. West Indies will host the next edition of T20 World Cup in 2024. Here are four players whom the team should call back in order to build a winning momentum.
1. West Indies should recall Sunil Narine
The Caribbean team should try to sort things out with franchise league superstars like Sunil Narine. Even in CPL 2022, Narine was the most economical bowler. He conceded only 173 runs in 36 overs at an economy rate of 4.80. He took 11 wickets in the tournament for Trinbago Knight Riders. Plus, he can score some big runs with the willow as well.
2. Shimron Hetmyer
Left-handed batter Shimron Hetmyer was out of the Caribbean side for a long time due to fitness issues. He came back recently but was dropped from the T20 World Cup team due to flight issues. Since the next T20 WC will happen in West Indies only, there should be no issues with the flight. Thus, CWI must consider bringing Hetmyer back in the team.
3. West Indies should recall Andre Russell
All-rounder Andre Russell has the ability to win matches single-handedly in T20I cricket. However, for some reason, CWI did not pick him for this year’s T20 World Cup. A seasoned campaigner like Russell could have made a lot of difference to WI’s team.
4. Rahkeem Cornwall
‘Gentle Giant’ Rahkeem Cornwall is yet to play a T20I match for the Caribbean team. He has played nine Tests for the team, with his last appearance coming back in November 2021. Cornwall was in top form in CPL and can be a difference maker in T20Is as well.