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Keemo Paul and Gudakesh Motie have been recalled to West Indies team as Cricket West Indies named squad to contest the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Qualifiers in Zimbabwe in June.
The two-time World Cup champions finished outside the automatic qualification spots for this year's tournament during the World Cup Super League and will only feature at the 2023 event with a top-two finish at the qualifier.
“Paul is a three-dimensional player, who can bowl the new ball effectively, he’s dynamic in the outfield and he can also make vital runs. He is now fully recovered from injury and with his skill-set we see him as a potential match-winner for us,” said Lead Selector Dr Desmond Haynes.
“Motie was excellent in the Test matches in the Zimbabwe earlier this year, where he took 19 wickets, and we anticipate similar conditions for the qualifiers. We believe he will again relish the chance to bowl in those conditions. He is also a capable batsman and good in the outfield. The team played well in South Africa earlier this year, when we drew the ODI Series 1-1 under the new captain. We were encouraged by that display and we expect them to continue to grow and create that synergy” he added.
On June 5, 7, and 9, the West Indies will play three One Day International (ODI) games against the UAE in Sharjah as part of the qualification preparations.
It will be the first time the West Indies have taken on the UAE in a bilateral series and will be crucial for the Caribbean side.
Squad for the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifiers: Shai Hope (captain), Rovman Powell (vice-captain), Shamarh Brooks, Yannic Cariah, Keacy Carty, Roston Chase, Jason Holder, Akeal Hosein, Alzarri Joseph, Brandon King, Kyle Mayers, Gudakesh Motie, Keemo Paul, Nicholas Pooran and Romario Shepherd.