St. John’s, (APP – UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News – 21st Nov, 2023) Uncapped all-rounders Sherfane Rutherford and Matthew Forde were both named on Monday in the West Indies’ 15-man squad to face England in a three-match one-day international series in December.
Shai Hope will again lead the team with Alzarri Joseph named as the new vice-captain.
Rutherford, 25, from Guyana is a batting all-rounder while Forde, 21, is a fast bowling all-rounder who hails from Barbados but gains his first taste of senior international cricket after making his name with St Lucia Kings.
“Matthew Forde is a whole-hearted cricketer who has been impressive,” said lead selector Desmond Haynes.
“He is one of the players coming through the West Indies academy programme who can form part of the future.”
“England on tour of the West Indies is always filled with excitement and expectation,” he said.
“We expect this to be a hard-fought series, but we also believe this squad will do well in our home conditions.
The three-match series starts with two matches at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in Antigua on December 3 and 6.
Shai Hope (captain), Alzarri Joseph (vice captain), Alick Athanaze, Yannic Cariah, Keacy Carty, Roston Chase, Shane Dowrich, Matthew Forde, Shimron Hetmyer, Brandon King, Gudakesh Motie, Kjorn Ottley, Sherfane Rutherford, Romario Shepherd, Oshane Thomas
December 3 – 1st ODI, Antigua
December 6 – 2nd ODI, Antigua
December 9 – 3rd ODI, Barbados