West Indies (Cricket History, Records, All Players Shorts Profile Who Played till 2022)

Cricket The Windies are West Indies’ men’s cricket squad. Caribbean players comprise this composite team. As of 26 November 2022, the ICC ranks the West Indies eighth in Tests, tenth in ODIs, and seventh in T20Is. West Indies dominated Test and ODI cricket from the mid-1970s to the early 1990s. The ICC Cricket Hall of Fame has inducted West Indian cricketers Garfield Sobers, Lance Gibbs, George Headley, Brian Lara, Vivian Richards, Clive Lloyd, Malcolm Marshall, Alvin Kallicharran, Andy Roberts, Rohan Kanhai, Frank Worrell, Clyde Walcott, Everton Weekes, Curtly Ambrose, Michael Holding, Courtney Walsh, Joel Garner, and Wes Hall.

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The West Indies won the ICC Champions Trophy once (2004), the ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup once (2004), and the ICC Cricket World Cup twice (1975 and 1979, when it was called the Prudential Cup) (2016). They were runners-up in the 1983 Cricket World Cup, 2004 Under-19 World Cup, and 2004 Champions Trophy (2006). The West Indies were the first team to win back-to-back World Cups (1975 and 1979) and reach three successive finals (1975, 1979, and 1983). Only Australia has played in four consecutive World Cup Finals (1996, 1999, 2003, and 2007). (1999, 2003, and 2007). West Indies hosted the 2007 Cricket World Cup and the 2010 ICC World Twenty20.


The earliest representative teams played English teams visiting the West Indies in the 1890s. The WICB joined the Imperial Cricket Conference, the international cricket body, in 1926. They became the fourth “Test nation” after their first international match in 1928. In the 1930s, the team consisted of British Guiana and West Indies Federation colonists.

The West Indies’ final pre-war series was in 1939. Against England. There was a break until January 1948, when the MCC toured the West Indies. In the West Indies’ first post-war match, only Gerry Gomez, George Headley, Jeffrey Stollmeyer, and Foffie Williams had played Test cricket. West Indian leg spinner Wilfred Ferguson was the first to take ten Test wickets. In 1948, he beat England 11/229. Later that year, Hines Johnson became the first West Indian fast bowler to get 10/96 against the same team.

The West Indies first defeated England at Lord’s on June 29, 1950. Lord Beginner wrote a calypso about Ramadhin and Alf Valentine’s intended victory. They won the series 3–1 at The Oval on August 16, 1950. They had some brilliant players when they formed a Test team, but their wins were hit or miss until Frank Worrell, and Gary Sobers became captains and turned the team from primarily white to mostly black in the 1960s.

During the 1990s and 2000s

Clive Lloyd’s West Indies were unofficial world champions by the 1970s. This notoriety lasted into the 1980s. The West Indies had a four-man fast bowling attack and world-class batting during these glorious years. Michael Holding grabbed 14 wickets and gave England 149 runs in the 1976 Oval Test. West Indies bowlers have never bowled better in a Test. In 1984, the team won 11 straight Tests and “blackwashed” England twice.

West Indian cricket declined in the 1990s and 2000s. The West Indian Cricket Board failed to professionalize cricket. The team struggled to maintain its glory as West Indian economies declined. Some were optimistic after the West Indies won the Champions Trophy in 2004 and finished second in 2006. The West Indies didn’t return to cricket’s elite and fans’ hearts until Twenty20 cricket.

They nurtured power-hitting players like Chris Gayle, Kieron Pollard, Marlon Samuels, Lendl Simmons, DJ Bravo, Andre Russell, and Carlos Brathwaite. We won the 2012 World Twenty20 after defeating Australia and Sri Lanka. They defeated England to win the 2016 World Twenty20. The West Indies won the men’s and women’s World Twenty20 on the same day. Before the men won, the ladies defeated three-time ICC world champion Australia for their first title.

Anthem and the flag:

Most countries that play cricket use their flags when they play. The West Indies, on the other hand, is made up of several independent states and dependencies, so there is no obvious flag to use. So, the WICB made a logo that shows a small sunny island with a palm tree and cricket stumps (see the top of this article). The West Indian flag has a red background with a symbol on it. Sometimes the background has a white stripe above a green stripe, separated by a maroon stripe that goes through the middle of the background horizontally.  Before 1999, the WICB(C) also had an emblem with a cabbage palm tree and an island, but there were no stumps, and the sun was replaced by the constellation Orion.

Sir Algernon Aspinall, Secretary of the West India Committee, devised its plan in 1923.  Around the same time, in the 1920s, “Nec curat Orion leones” was suggested as a motto for the West Indies team. This comes from a quote by Horace and means that Orion, who represents the West Indies XI, is not worried about the lions of English cricket. “Rally ‘Round the West Indies” by David Rudder is the team’s anthem at ICC tournaments.

Cricket West Indies affiliates:

Cricket The six cricket associations of Barbados, Guyana, Jamaica, the Leeward Islands, Trinidad, and Tobago, and the Windward Islands make up West Indies, which is in charge of the team. The Leeward Islands Cricket Association is made up of three cricket associations from two sovereign states (one from Antigua and Barbuda and two from Saint Kitts and Nevis), three British Overseas Territories (Anguilla, the British Virgin Islands, and Montserrat), one U.S. territory (the U.S. Virgin Islands), and one Dutch constituent country (Sint Maarten). The Windward Islands Cricket Board of Control comprises groups from four independent countries (Dominica, Grenada, Saint Lucia, and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines). The Cayman Islands and the Turks and Caicos Islands are two more British Overseas Territories in the area. They used to be part of the West Indies Federation but now have national teams.

There are also national teams for the different islands, which, since they are all their own countries, keep their local identities and cheer for their local teams. These national teams play in the Regional Four Day Competition, the West Indian first-class competition (earlier known as the Busta Cup, Shell Shield, Carib Beer Cup, and various other names). Other international teams often play warm-up games against the island teams before playing the combined West Indies team. Together, these countries and territories are home to about 6 million people, which is about the same as the populations of Full Members New Zealand and Ireland and well-known Associate Member Scotland.

Cricket West Indies’ affiliate organizations are:

  • Barbados Cricket Association (BCA)
  • Guyana Cricket Board (GCB)
  • Jamaica Cricket Association (JCA)
  • Leeward Islands Cricket Association (LICA); itself composed of:
  • Anguilla Cricket Association
  • Antigua and Barbuda Cricket Association
  • British Virgin Islands Cricket Association
  • Montserrat Cricket Association
  • Nevis Cricket Association (for the island of Nevis alone)
  • Saint Kitts Cricket Association (for the island of Saint Kitts alone)
  • Sint Maarten Cricket Association
  • United States Virgin Islands Cricket Association
  • Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board (TTCB)
  • Windward Islands Cricket Board of Control (WICBC); itself composed of:
  • Dominica Cricket Association
  • Grenada Cricket Association
  • Saint Lucia Cricket Association
  • Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Cricket Association


At least one Test match has been played in each of the eleven venues below.  As of April 2, 2021, the number of Tests played at each venue, followed by the number of ODIs and T20Is played at that venue, are shown in brackets:

  • Trinidad’s Queen’s Park Oval (61/73/6): Since 1930, the Queen’s Park Oval has hosted the most Test matches in the Caribbean. Trinidad’s Northern Range makes the pitch one of cricket’s most scenic. It holds 18,000.
  • Kensington Oval, Bridgetown, Barbados (55/44/23): West Indies cricket’s “Mecca” Kensington Oval held the first Test match in 1930. For the 2007 World Cup, it was expanded from 15,000 to 28,000, then reduced to 11,000 afterward. It hosted the 2007 Cricket World Cup Final, in which Australia defeated Sri Lanka, and in the 2010 World Twenty20 Final, England defeated Australia.
  • In 1930, Bourda held its first Test match. It was the only South American test ground below sea level with a moat until Providence (to prevent the pitch from frequent flooding). 22,000. In April 1999 One Day International between Australia and the West Indies, a full-scale pitch invasion resulted in a tie because the stumps were stolen before the West Indian team could run out.
  • In 1930, Sabina Park staged its first Test match. Coffee-producing Blue Mountains surround it. Garry Sobers’ world record is 365 at Sabina Park. The pitch was too risky on the first day of the 1998 Test against England. 15,000.
  • In 1981, Antigua Recreation Ground staged its maiden Test. Chris Gayle’s 317 in 2005 and Brian Lara’s world record scores of 375 in 1994 and 400 not out in 2004 are the three-Test triple hundreds on this venue. In June 2006, the ancient stadium was removed from the roster of grounds hosting international matches to make room for the island’s new cricket stadium, built 3 miles outside the capital city and anticipated to be completed in time for Cricket World Cup 2007. Test cricket returned to the ARG after February 2009 abandoned the England-West Indies Test match at the new North Sound field.
  • The Arnos Vale Ground (a.k.a. Tests began at the Playing Fields in 1997.
  • Queen’s Park, Grenada staged its first Test in 2002.
  • Sammy The Beauséjour Cricket Ground, now the National Cricket Stadium, hosted its maiden Test in 2003. 12,000. This stadium hosted the first Caribbean day-night cricket match. West Indies vs. Zimbabwe. After an eight-year absence, New Zealand was slated to play a test in 2014. After the West Indies won the 2016 World Twenty20, the St. Lucian government renamed the venue after skipper Sammy, a native, and named a stand after Johnson Charles, who played in both the 2012 and 2016 championship teams.
  • Warner Park Stadium, Basseterre, St Kitts (3/18/10): The Warner Park Sporting Complex staged its inaugural One Day International on 23 May 2006 and its first Test match on 22 June 2006. The stadium can host 10,000 with temporary stands, but its permanent capacity is 8,000.
  • Providence Stadium, Georgetown, Guyana (2/24/8): For the 2007 Cricket World Cup, Providence Stadium staged it’s first One Day International on 28 March 2007 and its first Test match on 22 March 2008. Test cricket will replace Bourda at the 15,000-seat facility.
  • Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, North Sound, Antigua (12/20/4): The stadium staged its first One Day International on 27 March 2007 during the 2007 Cricket World Cup and its first Test match on 30 May 2008. The 10,000-seat stadium will replace the Antigua Recreation Ground for Test cricket.
  • Windsor Park Stadium, Roseau, Dominica (5/4/4): Another West Indian home stadium. It opened in October 2007, too late for the 2007 Cricket World Cup. Construction began in 2005. First-class cricket began on 6 July 2011 against India, whereas One Day Internationals began on 26 July 2009. It seats 12,000.

Team Jerseys:

Windies one-day cricketers wear maroon shirts and pants. The West Indian Cricket Board and Castore logos are on the sleeves of the shirts. The maroon one-day cap has two yellow stripes and the WICB logo on the left front.

West Indian fielders occasionally wear maroon sunhats or baggy caps when playing first-class cricket. Hats have WICB logos. Helmets share colors. Maroon, green, and grey bordered the sweater. Early 2000s stripes added gold. When the West Indies started using fleeces, the design returned to maroon. They donned maroon-and-green cable knit sweaters again in 2020. Until the late 1970s, the squad used dark blue caps in Caribbean test matches but maroon caps on tour.

Cricket World Cup Record:

World Cup record 
Hosts, YearRoundPositionGPWLTNR 
 1987Round 15/863300 
 1999Round 17/1253200 
 2007Super 86/16105500 
 2019Group stage9/1092601 
 2023To be determined
Total2 TitlesNA80433502

ICC T20 World Cup Record:

T20 World Cup record
Hosts, YearRoundPositionGPWLTNR
 2007Group stage11/1220200
 2010Super 86/1253200
 2021Super 12’s9/1651400
 2022Group Stage15/1631200
Total8/82 titles39191811

Team members:

This is a list of every active West Indies player who has played since November 25, 2021. Date last changed: Nov. 25, 2022.

NameAgeBatting styleBowling styleDomesticFormatContractS/NNotes
Jermaine Blackwood31Right-handedRight-arm off breakJamaicaTest, ODIRed Ball27Test vice-captain
Nkrumah Bonner33Right-handedRight-arm leg breakLeeward IslandsTest & ODIRed Ball89
Kraigg Brathwaite30Right-handedRight-arm off breakBarbadosTestRed Ball11Test captain
Darren Bravo33Left-handedRight-arm mediumTrinidad and TobagoODI & T20IWhite Ball46
Shamarh Brooks34Right-handedRight-arm leg breakBarbadosTest, ODI, T20I13
John Campbell29Left-handedRight-arm off breakJamaicaTest32
Shimron Hetmyer25Left-handedGuyanaT20I2
Brandon King28Right-handedJamaicaODI & T20I53
Evin Lewis30Left-handedRight-arm mediumTrinidad and TobagoT20IWhite Ball17
Rovman Powell29Right-handedRight-arm medium fastJamaicaODI & T20I52T20I Vice-captain
Fabian Allen27Right-handedSlow left-arm orthodoxJamaicaODI & T20IWhite Ball97
Roston Chase30Right-handedRight-arm off breakBarbadosTest, ODI, T20I10
Jason Holder31Right-handedRight-arm medium fastBarbadosTest, ODI, T20IAll Format98
Kyle Mayers30Left-handedRight-arm mediumBarbadosTest, ODI, T20IRed Ball71
Raymon Reifer31Left-handedRight-arm medium fastGuyanaTest & T20I87
Odean Smith26Right-handedRight-arm fast mediumJamaicaODI & T20I58
Johnson Charles33Right-handedLeft-arm orthodoxWindward IslandsT20I25
Joshua da Silva24Right-handedTrinidad and TobagoTestRed Ball35
Shai Hope29Right-handedBarbadosODI & T20IWhite Ball4
Nicholas Pooran27Left-handedTrinidad and TobagoODI & T20IWhite Ball29
Spin Bowlers
Yannic Cariah30Left-handedRight-arm leg spinTrinidad and TobagoODI & T20I59
Akeal Hosein29Left-handedSlow left-arm orthodoxTrinidad and TobagoODI & T20IWhite Ball21
Veerasammy Permaul33Right-handedSlow left-arm orthodoxGuyanaTest94
Hayden Walsh Jr30Left-handedRight-arm leg breakLeeward IslandsODI & T20IWhite Ball86
Pace Bowlers
Sheldon Cottrell33Right-handedLeft-arm fast mediumJamaicaT20I19
Dominic Drakes24Left-handedLeft-arm medium fastBarbadosT20I69
Alzarri Joseph26Right-handedRight-arm fast mediumLeeward IslandsTest, ODI, T20IWhite Ball8
Obed McCoy25Left-handedRight-arm fast mediumTrinidad and TobagoT20I61
Anderson Phillip26Right-handedRight-arm fast mediumTrinidad and TobagoTest & ODI48
Kemar Roach34Right-handedRight-arm fast mediumBarbadosTestRed Ball24
Jayden Seales21Left-handedRight-arm fast mediumWindward IslandsTest & ODI33
Romario Shepherd28Right-handedRight-arm fast mediumGuyanaODI & T20I16