King to lead West Indies in T20I series against South Africa

ANTIGUA: Brandon King has been appointed as the stand-in captain for the West Indies T20I series against South Africa, set to take place on May 23, 25, and 26. This series serves as a crucial preparatory step for the upcoming T20 World Cup. King’s leadership comes in the absence of full-time captain Rovman Powell, who is currently playing in the Indian Premier League (IPL) with the Rajasthan Royals.

Powell is part of a group of West Indies players who will miss the series due to their commitments in the IPL or due to being rested post-tournament. This group includes key players such as Andre Russell and Sherfane Rutherford from Kolkata Knight Riders, Shimron Hetmyer from Rajasthan Royals, and Alzarri Joseph from Royal Challengers Bengaluru, all of whom are engaged in the IPL playoffs. Additionally, Nicholas Pooran and Shai Hope, who played for Lucknow Super Giants and Delhi Capitals respectively, are being rested.

However, Joseph and Rutherford will join the T20I squad if their teams do not reach the IPL final. The series will also see participation from Matthew Forde and Kyle Mayers, both of whom were close to securing spots in the T20 World Cup squad. Their performances in this series will be pivotal in determining the first reserves for the World Cup, should any injuries arise.

Brandon King’s appointment comes after he was initially set to lead West Indies A on their recent tour of Nepal but had to withdraw due to injury, with Roston Chase stepping in as captain. King’s return to the squad and his new leadership role will be closely watched as the West Indies look to solidify their team dynamics and strategies ahead of the T20 World Cup.

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