Shimron Hetmyer has been left out of the West Indies T20 World Cup squad after he missed a rescheduled flight to Australia. Hetmyer was initially supposed to travel on Saturday (October 1) but his flight was the rescheduled to Monday following his request. However, the 25-year-old informed the board that he won’t be making it in time to take the flight due to family reasons.
With the first T20I against Australia scheduled to be held on October 5, just a few days before the World Cup, CWI opted to replace him in the squad with Shamarh Brooks. The 34-year-old batsman played a vital role in the knockout stages helping Jamaica Tallawahs clinch the CPL trophy recently. He made 47 and 109* in the eliminator and the second qualifier before scoring 47 again in the final.
“Whilst we changed Shimron’s flight from Saturday to Monday due to family reasons, it was made clear to him that if there were any further delays and issues with his travel to Australia then we would have no choice but to replace him in the squad, as we are not prepared to compromise the team’s ability to prepare for this extremely important global event,” Director of Cricket Jimmy Adams said.
“Shamarh has been a part of our recent T20 International squads and delivered strong performances in the latter stages of the recently concluded CPL. He will fly out as soon as possible this week to Australia and I wish him and all the squad all the very best for the Tournament.”
West Indies will play one more T20I against the hosts on October 7 before taking on Scotland, Zimbabwe and Ireland in the first round of the T20 World Cup.