In dramatic turn of events, Shimron Hetmyer has been dropped T20 World Cup squad as he missed a rescheduled flight to Australia for family reasons. Cricket West Indies has named Sharmarh Brooks as his replacement for the marquee event. Hetmyer was initially supposed to travel to Australia on 1st October but upon his request, his flight was rescheduled to Monday. But he could not make in time to take the flight due to family reasons.
The Director of West Indies cricket, Jimmy Adams said, “This afternoon we informed the CWI Board of Directors that the Selection Panel had unanimously decided to replace Shimron Hetmyer with Shamarh Brooks in our T20 World Cup squad. 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.”
He further added,“ 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.”
This is not the first time that CWI has taken a harsh decision regarding Hetmyer availability to his international team. Earlier after the T20 World Cup 2021, he was dropped from the squad because of his fitness issues. But after his blockbuster performances in IPL for his franchise Rajasthan Royals, he was recalled for the India series and home New Zealand series. However, he did not perform up to the expectations. In the recently concluded CPL 2022, Hetmyer scored 281 runs in 11 matches at below par average of 25.54 and a strike rate of 124.33.
Hetmyer’s replacement Shamarh Brooks is no stranger to the West Indies team, playing for his team in all three international formats, including 11 T20Is in the last 12 months. The 34-year-old batsman played a crucial role in all the matches of the knockout stages helping his franchise clinching the CPL trophy recently. He scored 47 and 109* in the eliminator and the second qualifier before scoring 47 again in the final.
West Indies is set to play a two match T20 International Series against Australia starting from October 5 at Metricon Stadium. The second match will be played at the Gabba, Brisbane on October 7.
West Indies World Cup schedule (all to be played at Bellerive Oval, Hobart):
October 17: West Indies v Scotland
October 19: West Indies v Zimbabwe
October 21: West Indies v Ireland
West Indies T20 WC Squad: Nicholas Pooran (c), Rovman Powell, Yannic Cariah, Johnson Charles, Sheldon Cottrell, Sharmarh Brooks, Jason Holder, Akeal Hosein, Alzarri Joseph, Brandon King, Evin Lewis, Kyle Mayers, Obed Mccoy, Raymon Reifer, Odean Smith.