'He's caused a good headache' – Sammy on Joseph in T20 World Cup frame

Meanwhile, CWI has upgraded Joseph's franchise contract to an international retainer contract

alex malcolm01-February-2024 • Updated 3 hours ago

Shamar Joseph was electric in the Gabba test Cricket Australia/Getty Images

west indies test hero Shamar Joseph Despite not playing in the two limited overs series against Australia with the coach, he can make his place in the reckoning for the T20 World Cup this year. darren sammy Admitting that he has created a selection headache.

Joseph stunned the cricket world last Sunday when he took 7 wickets for 68 runs to lead West Indies to a historic Test victory. Australia at the Gabba, This came after taking five wickets in his first Test in Adelaide, which included dismissing Steven Smith with his very first ball in Test cricket.

Joseph has played only two T20 matches for the Guyana Amazon Warriors in the CPL last year in his short career, and is yet to take a single wicket in the format. He has also played only two List A games for Guyana in the Super50 Cup.

But West Indies white-ball coach Sammy was adamant that Joseph would be a star for his country in all formats and could get a place in the T20 World Cup.

“He will definitely be an all-format player,” Sammy said. “I can't wait to have him in this team. But see, everything has a process. That's how I and the chairman of the selection committee work. What he has done is that he has created a really good headache for me with the World Cup coming up as well to move into the ODI team.

“We've got other guys like Jaden Seals who are injured right now. So we are developing a core across all formats which enables us to pick people in good condition, who are performing and that is what you want as a cricket nation.

Joseph was not initially selected in the white-ball squad for the three-match ODI series starting at the MCG on Friday and the three-match T20I series starting in Hobart next Friday.

Shamar Joseph leads West Indies to victory in the second test Cricket Australia/Getty Images

Instead he was set to play in the ILT20 Withdraw due to toe injury He got injured during the GABA test. Sammy revealed that there had been talks about keeping him in Australia and including him in the limited-overs squad, but he wanted to be allowed to go home to recover and celebrate with his family.

“We're riding the wave that's happening out there, but we're not going to go crazy,” Sammy said. “If the boy is injured, let him go home and rest. Probably this is the first time he has been away from home for such a long time. He has a young family. So we understand. Everything we do is planned and well thought out.

“I think it's important to go home to his family, enjoy this moment. Because such victory is not achieved all the time. It is important that you enjoy these moments. Savor it so that it keeps inspiring you to have more such moments.”

Joseph will leave for the PSL in a little more than a fortnight Signed by Peshawar Zalmi as a replacement playerWhere Sammy is also the head coach.

Sammy was hopeful that Joseph's performance would inspire his inexperienced ODI team in the three-match series against Australia. “When someone performs like that the team lifts, and it was great to see. Whenever you look back at it you see the smile on my face and I just hope that my people – whenever challenges come you can just remember that if you keep going, there's a rainbow at the end. There is always gold.

CWI gives international retainer contract to Joseph

Meanwhile, Cricket West Indies has upgraded Joseph's franchise contract to an international retainer contract. After the Gabba Test, Joseph had said: “There will be times when T20 will come and there will be Test cricket. But I will always be available to play for West Indies, no matter how much money I earn.

chamfer holderAnother fast bowler has been offered a franchise contract for the West Indies, as “it is doubly important to acquire the best fast bowling talent available”. Holder, who has played one Test and one ODI for West Indies, is making a comeback after shoulder surgery. In the recent Super50 Cup, he took four wickets in four matches.

“As excited as we are, it is also a duty of duty to promote Shamar Joseph to the CWI International Retainer contract,” said Enoch Lewis, CWI Director and Chairman of the Cricket Development and Performance Committee. “His extraordinary talent and steadfast dedication served as the cornerstone of our team's recent victory at the Gabba, and such promise deserves its due recognition. Shamar hasn't just been rewarded with the retained contract, he's earned it.

Director of Cricket, Miles Bascombe, said: “Shamar's promotion to a CWI International Retainer contract reflects his potential and the bright future of West Indies cricket. We have also offered Kemar Holder a franchise contract as we work to secure the best fast bowling talent available.”

WI International Retainer for 2023-24: Alick Athanazé, Kraigg Brathwaite, Casey Carty, Tagenarin Chanderpaul, Joshua Da Silva, Shai Hope, Akeal Hosein, Alzarri Joseph, Shamar Joseph, Brandon King, Gudakesh Moti, Rovman Powell, Kemar Roach, Jayden Seales, Romario Shepherd.

Alex Malcolm is associate editor at ESPNcricinfo

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