International cricket returns to the Caribbean this week for the first time since the onset of the pandemic and six Trinidad and Tobago stars have made it into our West Indies Predicted XI for Wednesday’s first T20I against Sri Lanka.
It’s a big series for the West Indies, who are ranked tenth in the shortest format of the game, against a Sri Lanka side that currently sits seventh.
The likes of Shimron Hetmyer and Sheldon Cottrell missed out on selection after failing to meet the minimum fitness requirements but a number of big names have returned to the fold and we’ve put together an exciting-looking predicted XI.
Trinidad and Tobago stars dominate West Indies Predicted XI
At the top of the order, the returning Chris Gayle is likely to open the batting alongside fellow left-hander Evin Lewis.
Both batsmen are in strong form following impressive knocks in the PSL and Super50 Cup respectively and they make a formidable opening partnership.
The experienced Lendl Simmons, who won the Man of the Match award as Trinidad and Tobago triumphed in the Super50 final last week, is likely to bat at number three.
The Trinidad and Tobago theme continues with the supremely talented Nicholas Pooran wearing the gloves and batting at number four and skipper Kieron Pollard potentially slotting in at five.
Rovman Powell’s form hasn’t been inspiring of late, but the explosive right-hander may still squeeze into the side at number six.
Veteran all-rounder Dwanye Bravo should follow, while Test captain Jason Holder could make his first T20I appearance since 2019 at number eight.
Then come three out and out bowlers.
39-year-old Fidel Edwards hasn’t played international cricket for nine years, but he has been drafted in by the selectors to bring pace and potency to the attack and he’s a near-certain inclusion in the XI.
A pair of spinners are likely to complete the lineup, and we think two players could be in line for debuts, with left-arm orthodox Akeal Hosein likely to take the new ball and Kevin Sinclair offering an off-spin option in the middle overs.
Should the selectors go with that XI, Fabian Allen, Obed McCoy and Andre Fletcher would be the three squad members to miss out.
West Indies Predicted XI for first T20I vs Sri Lanka at Coolidge Cricket Ground, Antigua:
- Chris Gayle (Jamaica)
- Evin Lewis (Trinidad & Tobago)
- Lendl Simmons (Trinidad & Tobago)
- Nicholas Pooran (Trinidad & Tobago)
- Kieron Pollard (Trinidad & Tobago)
- Rovman Powell (Jamaica)
- Dwayne Bravo (Trinidad & Tobago)
- Jason Holder (Barbados)
- Akeal Hosein (Trinidad & Tobago)
- Fidel Edwards (Barbados)
- Kevin Sinclair (Guyana)