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Cricket news - Russell, Hetmyer named in provisional WI squad for mega T20I summer

Andre Russell last played for West Indies in early 2020.

Andre Russell last played for West Indies in early 2020.

Cricket West Indies have named a strong 18-man provisional squad for their bumper T20I summer. Andre Russell, one of the most sought-after T20 players in the world, has been named in the squad and the selectors have also welcomed back Shimron Hetmyer.

Provisional squad: Kieron Pollard (C), Nicholas Pooran (VC), Fabian Allen, Dwayne Bravo, Sheldon Cottrell, Fidel Edwards, Andre Fletcher, Chris Gayle, Shimron Hetmyer, Jason Holder, Akeal Hosein, Evin Lewis, Obed McCoy, Andre Russell, Lendl Simmons, Kevin Sinclair, Oshane Thomas, Hayden Walsh Jr

Russell last featured for West Indies last year in March in Sri Lanka whereas Hetmyer's most recent appearance came in New Zealand in a T20I as well. The youngster was dropped earlier this year for the series against Sri Lanka on fitness grounds.

Sheldon Cottrell, Oshane Thomas and Hayden Walsh Jr. also return to the squad. Rovman Powell, who was a part of the squad that won the series against Sri Lanka, has been excluded. Veterans Chris Gayle, Dwayne Bravo and Fidel Edwards have retained their spots in the squad whereas Nicholas Pooran continues to be Kieron Pollard's deputy.

"The Provisional T20I Squad was put together with all T20I Home Series Matches against South Africa, Australia and Pakistan in mind," CWI's Lead Selector, Roger Harper said. "This gives us the opportunity to continue to build towards the upcoming World Cup and to determine our best squad and our ideal eleven."

West Indies will host South Africa, Pakistan and Australia for 15 T20Is in total this summer that will serve as preparation ahead of their T20 WC title defence later this year. The 18-member provisional squad will quarantine and train in St Lucia ahead of the first T20I against South Africa on June 26. The squad for each series will be announced separately.

"These upcoming T20Is are crucial in terms of our preparation for the T20 WC," West Indies Head Coach, Phil Simmons said. "We have assembled a very solid squad with experienced world-class match-winners and some exciting young talented players, ready to explode onto the global stage and do great things for West Indies cricket.

"We are at that point where we have identified those who we will look to be the core of the squad to defend our World Cup title, so we want to make sure the upcoming matches create that environment. We won five years ago, so the next few weeks and months will be major stepping stones on the road towards defending our title and being World Champions for a third time."