ST JOHN'S, Antigua (CMC) – Johnson Charles will replace Gudakesh Motie in the West Indies 15-member squad for the ICC Men's Cricket World Cup qualifier, starting on Sunday, June 18, in Zimbabwe.
According to a Cricket West Indies news release, left-arm spinner Motie has not recovered from a back injury that forced him to miss the final two matches of the West Indies A team tour of Bangladesh that ended this past Friday.
Charles, 34, made his return to the One-day International (ODI) squad during the ongoing ODI series against the United Arab Emirates in Sharjah, replacing suspended fellow batsman Devon Thomas, who was charged under the ICC Anti-Corruption Code, including "contriving to fix" matches.
St Lucian Charles scored 63 in the second ODI against the Emiratis in his 50th ODI appearance and was named Player of the Match.
West Indies arrive on Saturday in the Zimbabwe capital of Harare from Sharjah, and they will prepare for the 10-team tournament, where they have been drawn in Group A alongside hosts Zimbabwe, Nepal, Netherlands, and the United States.
Shai Hope's side face the Americans in the opening match on Sunday, June 18 at Takashinga Cricket Club, then Nepal on Thursday, June 22 at the Harare Sports Club, where they also face the Zimbabweans on Saturday, June 24, and the Netherlands on Monday, June 26.
Each side will play the other teams in their group once, with the top three from the groups progressing to the Super Six stage from Thursday, June 29 to Friday, July 7.
The teams each play three Super Six matches against the sides they did not meet in the group stage.
All points won in the groups will be carried over to the Super Six stage apart from those gained against the bottom two from each group.
The final between the top two sides after the Super Six stage will be played on Sunday, July 9 at the Harare Sports Club, and the two teams will also progress to the ICC Men's Cricket World Cup 2023 India.