Shimron Hetmyer, an aggressive middle-order batsman, will be replaced in the squad for the ICC T20 World Cup 2022 by Shamarh Brooks, according to Cricket West Indies (CWI), after Hetmyer missed his rescheduled trip to Australia. Shimron Hetmyer has been replaced in the West Indies squad for the forthcoming ICC T20 World Cup in Australia by Shamarh Brooks, according to a statement from Cricket West Indies (CWI) to the International Cricket Council (ICC). Shimron Hetmyer missed his flight to Australia that had been changed from Saturday, October 1 at his request due to family obligations, prompting the CWI Selection Panel to make its judgement. It was extremely difficult to find a seat for him to leave Guyana on Monday, October 3, so he had to pass on the first T20 International (T20I) match against Australia on Wednesday, October 5, at the Metricon Stadium.
Hetmyer told Jimmy Adams, the director of cricket, this morning that he wouldn’t be able to make it to the airport in time for his departure to New York this afternoon. “This afternoon we informed the CWI Board of Directors that the Selection Panel had unanimously decided to replace Shimron Hetmyer with Shamarh Brooks in our T20 World Cup squad. Whilst we changed Shimron’s flight from Saturday to Monday due to family reasons, it was made clear to him that if there were any further delays and issues with his travel to Australia then we would have no choice but to replace him in the squad, as we are not prepared to compromise the team’s ability to prepare for this extremely important global event,” said Adams.
“Shamarh has been a part of our recent T20 International squads and delivered strong performances in the latter stages of the recently concluded CPL. He will fly out as soon as possible this week to Australia and I wish him and all the squad all the very best for the tournament,” he added. Starting on October 17, West Indies will play Scotland in the T20 World Cup opener. They are in Group B with Ireland, Scotland, and Zimbabwe. The Windies were ousted from the competition in the Super 12 round the previous year.