Dominican cricketer, Alick Athanaze, has been chosen once again to be on the West Indies senior men’s team this time to face England in the upcoming CG United One-Day International (ODI) Series.
Cricket West Indies (CWI) Senior Men’s Selection Panel announced the squad on Monday, November 20.
The teams will be led by Shai Hope with Alzarri Joseph named as the new vice captain. Lead Selector Dr. Desmond Haynes said Joseph was chosen as skipper because he showed maturity and good leadership qualities when he was part of the Leeward Islands Hurricanes during the recent CG United Super50 Cup.
“We believe with exposure and opportunities he could be a future leader in West Indies cricket,” he said.
Athanaze also played in the CG United Super50 Cup, which ended on November 11, as vice-captain of the Windward Volcanoes. Haynes said he expects the team to do well on home turf in the upcoming England Tour.
“England on tour of the West Indies is always filled with excitement and expectation,” he stated.
“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. We are focused on building a solid team. Our main focus is to rebuild for success at the ICC Cricket World Cup 2027.”
According to CWI, the CG United ODI Series will feature three matches. The tour will start with two CG United ODIs at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in Antigua on Sunday, December 3, and Wednesday, December 6. The first CG United ODI is a day game starting at 9:30 am with the second CG United ODI being a day/night game starting at 1:30 pm. The
tour then moves to Barbados for the third and final CG United ODI to be played at Kensington Oval, on Saturday, December 9. This will also be a day/night game starting at 1:30 pm.
A preparation camp for the tour will begin in Antigua on Monday, November 20. Head Coach Daren Sammy said everyone on the team is aware of what is required to face England on home soil.
“The camp will be detailed and based on specifics that we have identified will be required if we are to be successful at the international level,” he said on Monday. “We will have high-intensity, purposeful training sessions and everything that we do will be geared towards improving and winning. I believe in preparation. I believe when you prepare well you give yourself the best chance of winning. When you do the hard work, the right kind of work, when you finetune your skills, that will add value to your game.”
The full squad is as follows:
Shai Hope (captain)
Alzarri Joseph (vice captain)