Two times World Champion West Indies will be hoping to avoid any more hiccups when they take on other associate nations in the ICC Cricket World Cup qualifier for the two remaining places at the 2019 World Cup. The Windies missed out on automatic qualification as they finished out of the top 8 of the ICC ranking.
West Indies have been slotted in a group along with Netherlands, Papua New Guinea, Ireland and the winner of the ICC World Cricket League Division 2. The West Indies cricket board are yet to announce the squad for the tournament, but one man who seems pretty certain of his place is Evin Lewis.
The mercurial batsman became a hot property in T20 cricket last year, however, he acknowledges the fact that the shift between formats won’t be easy and neither will the competition be in Zimbabwe. He said,
“It feels great to be selected for the first time for a West Indies World Cup team with 50-over cricket… It’s just a matter for us, going out there and trying to execute our plan and trying to play hard cricket, and trying to win. It is very important that we win this tournament so we can qualify to go to the World Cup.”
Lewis also commented on the teams that have been drawn with West Indies in group A. The 26-year-old said,
“It’s very tough for us. We haven’t had a great 50-over season thus far. It’s important for myself to keep doing my best, keep playing for the team most important, and trying as best to see how far we can reach in the tournament.”
2017 was a fantastic year for Lewis, as he made a big name for himself in various T20 leagues around the world. The West Indian international has submitted his name for the 2018 Indian Premier League auction, which is scheduled to happen later this month.
It will be interesting to see how many teams actually decide to go for the West Indies opening batsman, and how high his price goes up. We should also remember that Evin Lewis has 2 hundreds to his name against India in test cricket.
Even though Lewis is expected to be picked by an IPL franchise, he remains nervous about the prospect of his name going into the IPL auction. He said,
“I’m a bit nervous. This is my first time expecting and something great could happen here.”
“I am just waiting on the date, anxiously. I’m just waiting to see how it will end up and which team I might play for.”