President Ali questions Shepherd’s T20 WC non-selection after Man-of-the-Match effort
Social media did not hold back as Romario Shepherd, who missed out on selection to the T20 World Cup, continued his consistent run in the Caribbean Premier League (CPL). The President of Guyana, Dr Irfaan Ali also strongly believes Shepherd should have been selected to the West Indies World Cup squad.
He posted on his official Facebook page: “So proud of this young Guyanese. Why he is not selected in the West Indies T20 World Cup team? His performance has been outstanding thus far in the CPL and there is absolutely no reason why this young All-rounder is not in the squad.”
The brilliant Shepherd played only eight of the 10 matches this season and has 18 wickets at a top average of 12.38 with a strike-rate of 9.8. He also has 108 runs with the bat at a strike-rate of 168.75.
Cricket West Indies (CWI) Lead Selector Roger Harper had stated on Thursday that Shepherd was considered for selection, but “just missed out on a spot”.
West Indies squad: Kieron Pollard (Captain); Nicholas Pooran; Fabian Allen; Dwayne Bravo; Roston Chase; Andre Fletcher; Chris Gayle; Shimron Hetmyer; Evin Lewis; Obed McCoy; Lendl Simmons; Ravi Rampaul; Andre Russell; Oshane Thomas and Hayden Walsh Jr.
Reserves: Darren Bravo, Sheldon Cottrell, Jason Holder, and Akeal Hosein.