Hope, Gayle named Windies vice captains

Shai Hope and Chris Gayle have been named as vice captains of West Indies team for the Ireland Tri-Nation Series and ICC Cricket World Cup, respectively.

Hope, the 25-year-old wicket-keeper/batsman was named as the deputy to Jason Holder for the ODI Series which started on Sunday and runs until May 18. He played his 50th match for West Indies on Sunday and has so far scored 1,947 runs (average 48.67) including five centuries.

Meanwhile, hugely experienced opener and former captain Gayle will be Holder’s deputy for the ICC Cricket World Cup to be played in England and Wales from May 30 to July 14.

The 39-year-old has played 289 matches with 10,151 runs (average 38.16) including 25 centuries and 51 half centuries. His career-best is 215 against Zimbabwe during the ICC World Cup four years ago – the highest score by a West Indian in this format.

The West Indies started the Tri-Nation Series on Sunday when they defeated Ireland by 196 runs at the picturesque Clontarf Ground. Hope made a career-best 170 and added a record opening stand of 365 with John Campbell – who scored 179 – his maiden international century.

West Indies will face Bangladesh on Tuesday at the same venue. First ball is 10:45 am (5:45 am Eastern Caribbean Time/4:45am Jamaica Time).

The ICC Cricket World Cup will be played in England and Wales from May 30 to July 14. West Indies will be playing in the marquee event for the 12th time and have won twice in 1975 and 1979. They open this year’s campaign against Pakistan at Trent Bridge on May 31.