Shane Dowrich, a 32-year-old West Indian batsman and wicketkeeper, recently made the decision to immediately quit playing international cricket. He was originally picked to play in the forthcoming home ODI series against England, but he has since left the team. The CWI selection committee has made the decision not to select a substitute for him in the three-match series that will begin in Antigua on Sunday, December 3.
With a strong showing in the Super50 Cup, Dowrich—a stylish batsman with a very safe hand behind the wicket—earned a recall to the ODI team. He amassed 234 runs in five innings at a strike rate of 91.76 and an average of 78. Shai Hope will now have to take care of wicketkeeping in addition to captaincy.
With his excellent performance in the Super50 Cup, where he scored 234 runs in five innings at an average of 78 and a strike rate of 91.76, Dowrich—a stylish batsman with a very safe hand behind the wicket—earned a recall to the ODI squad. Since Nicholas Pooran is presently unavailable for ODIs, Shai Hope will have to assume responsibility for both captaincy and wicketkeeping.
Dowrich participated in thirty-five Test matches between June 2015 and December 2020, amassing a total of 1570 runs, including three hundreds, and being dismissed ninety times behind the wickets. In June 2018, he played his best game, hitting 125 runs without losing and helping the West Indies defeat Sri Lanka by 226 runs. Along with his important partnership with Jason Holder, he scored an undefeated 116 in the 2019 series against England.
CWI Director of Cricket Miles Bascombe thanked Dowrich for his contributions, praising his diligence and self-control. Bascombe recognized the moments that will always stick in Dowrich’s memory, such as his incredible century in the Barbados Test in 2019. Acknowledging that it’s a difficult choice to make, he wished Dowrich well in his retirement from the global arena.
“We are grateful to Shane for his contribution during his West Indies stint. He is a dedicated, disciplined cricket player who has always given it his all both in front of and behind the stumps. He had a memorable series in 2019 when he helped us defeat England and win the Wisden Trophy by scoring an incredible century in a Test match played on home soil in Barbados. We understand that it was not an easy decision for him to retire, and we respect that decision. As he retires from the international arena, we wish him the very best,” CWI’s Director of Cricket stated, as cited by ESPN Cricinfo.
When Dowrich first took over, the renowned Shivnarine Chanderpaul was replaced:
Barbados is where Dowrich was born, and he was recognized for his talent at a young age. Dowrich was selected for his Test debut against Australia in June 2015, following an outstanding first-class season in which he scored 615 runs at an average of 51.25. Shivnarine Chanderpaul was replaced by him in the national team due to his steady performances.
As the second-highest run scorer for the Windies in the 2010 U19 World Cup, Dowrich demonstrated his abilities. At the age of eighteen, he made his first-class debut and won the Barbados Lord Gavron Award for promising young cricketers.