The West Indies squad for the Hurricane Relief T20 Challenge against the ICC Rest of the World XI at Lord's next month has been announced today.
The Windies, who have recently qualified for next year's ICC World Cup in England, will be captained in this special fundraising International T20 match by Carlos Brathwaite, who famously hit Ben Stokes for four sixes off the final over to win the 2016 World T20. Andre Russell, Evin Lewis and Chris Gayle are also included in the squad for the match on Thursday 31st May.
This charity match is being staged with the support of MCC, ECB and ICC to raise funds to rebuild and restore five major cricket venues at the heart of Caribbean communities that were damaged by Hurricanes Irma and Maria.
Match winning all-rounder Russell is back in the Windies T20 squad after his return to cricket for the Super50 Cup and the IPL. Explosive openers Lewis and “Universe Boss” Gayle also return to the squad, along with spinner Ashley Nurse.
“We welcome the return of the players who missed our recent Pakistan series and are delighted to recall Andre Russell to the squad, as we believe he will have a key role in our white ball cricket.
Denesh Ramdin and Keemo Paul keep their places after encouraging performances at both regional and international level,” said Chairman of Selectors, Courtney Browne.
CWI’s CEO, Johnny Grave, commented “On behalf of CWI, I’d like to thank the players for their commitment to and support of this vital cause. We’re hoping to raise a significant sum from the Hurricane Relief T20 Challenge and are very grateful to the MCC, ECB and ICC, without whom this match would not be taking place.”
Tickets are now on sale - https://tickets.lords.org/ - with all proceeds from the Hurricane Relief T20 Challenge going towards rebuilding and renovating the five major venues damaged during the hurricanes as well as other community cricket facilities:
• Ronald Webster Park, Anguilla - damaged in Irma
• Sir Viv Richards Stadium, Antigua – temporarily converted to host refugees from Barbuda following Irma
• Windsor Park Stadium, Dominica – damaged in Maria
• A.O. Shirley Recreation Ground, BVI– damaged in Irma
• Carib Lumber Ball Park, St Maarten – damaged in Irma
1. Samuel Badree
2. Carlos Brathwaite (Captain)
3. Rayad Emrit
4. Andre Fletcher
5. Chris Gayle
6. Evin Lewis
7. Ashley Nurse
8. Keemo Paul
9. Rovman Powell
10. Denesh Ramdin (Wicketkeeper)
11. Andre Russell
12. Marlon Samuels
13. Kesrick Williams