A few months ago Kesrick Williams was being considered by the Tallawahs. He was selected and at the end of the 2016 version of the Caribbean Primer League, was the third highest wicket-taker. Since then things have been moving at a somewhat dizzing pace for the Vincentain speedster.

His exploits had the selectors to take notice and he was selected unto the ‘A’ team for their tour of Sri Lanka. On September 16, the West Indies Cricket Board announced that Kesrick Williams would replace Andre Russell in the West Indies team for the upcoming Twenty20 International Series against Pakistan.

The 2012 and 2016 World Twenty20 champions will face Pakistan in three matches in the United Arab Emirates from September 23 to 27.

Russell, one of the game’s leading all-rounders and member of the West Indies World T20 championship-winning team, had asked to withdraw from the series to attend to a personal matter.

The 26-year-old Kesrick Williams is yet to play at the international level. He has represented Windward Island Volcanoes and Combined Campuses and Colleges in the Nagico Regional Super-50, the WICB Professional Cricket League, and the Jamaica Tallawahs in the Caribbean Premier League.

One of the leading bowlers in this year’s CPL with 17 wickets, he played a key role in the Tallawahs winning the title for the second time.

The Twenty20 squad for the International Series against Pakistan is Carlos Brathwaite (captain), Samuel Badree, Dwayne Bravo, Johnson Charles, Andre Fletcher, Jason Holder, Evin Lewis, Sunil Narine, Kieron Pollard, Nicholas Pooran, Rovman Powell, Marlon Samuels, Jerome Taylor, Chadwick Walton, and Kesrick Williams.

The Twenty20 International schedule is -:
Tuesday, September 20: warm-up vs Emirates Cricket Board XI – ICC Academy
Friday, September 23: 1st T20 international – Dubai International Cricket Stadium
Saturday, September 24: 2nd T20 international – Dubai International Cricket Stadium
Tuesday, September 27: 3rd T20 international – Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi

PHOTO-: Kesrick Williams in action (WICB Media Photo/Randy Brooks)