West Indies star Shimron Hetmeyer will miss the Twenty20 World Cup in Australia after lacking his flight from Guyana.
- Shimron Hetmeyer couldn’t make his preliminary flight for household causes and likewise missed a rescheduled flight
- West Indies’ director of cricket stated the crew was “not ready to compromise the crew’s skill to organize” for the World Cup
- West Indies play Australia on Wednesday and Friday earlier than the match begins on October 16
Hetmeyer, who has performed 50 T20s for the West Indies since 2018, was initially alleged to fly to Australia on October 1, however had the flight moved for household causes.
He was then booked on a flight for Monday (native time), regardless of that which means he would miss the crew’s first warm-up match in opposition to Australia at Carrara Stadium on Wednesday.
However when Hetmeyer advised Cricket West Indies (CWI) officers that he wouldn’t be capable of make it onto that flight both, the choice panel voted unanimously to interchange the top-order batter with 34-year-old Shamarh Brooks.
“While we modified Shimron’s flight from Saturday to Monday attributable to household causes, it was made clear to him that if there have been any additional delays and points together with his journey to Australia then we’d haven’t any selection however to interchange him within the squad,” WCI director of cricket Jimmy Adams stated.
“We aren’t ready to compromise the crew’s skill to organize for this extraordinarily necessary world occasion.”
Adams stated Brooks “will fly out as quickly as doable this week to Australia”.
After Wednesday’s sport on the Gold Coast, the West Indies face Australia on Friday on the Gabba.
Australia then has three extra hit-outs in opposition to England earlier than the World Cup begins on October 16.