West Indies’ Shamar Joseph earns retainer contract after heroic Gabba Test performance | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: In the aftermath of his stunning display at the Gabba Test against Australia, where the West Indies secured their first victory on Australian soil in over two decades, pacer Shamar Joseph has been elevated to an International retainer contract by Cricket West Indies (CWI).
The remarkable achievement marks Joseph’s transition from a Franchise contract to an International retainer contract, recognizing his pivotal role in the historic win in Brisbane.
The West Indies’ official statement commended Joseph’s outstanding performance, citing his seven-wicket haul in the second innings that contributed to the team’s eight-run triumph, marking Australia’s first defeat to the West Indies since 1997.
“Cricket West Indies (CWI) proudly announces the upgrade of Shamar Joseph from his current Franchise contract to a CWI International retainer contract. This decision comes in recognition of Joseph’s outstanding performance and invaluable contribution to the recent historic victory against Australia on their home soil in Brisbane,” stated CWI.
Shamar Joseph’s heroics last Sunday at the Gabba left the cricket world in awe as he claimed 7 for 68, leading the West Indies to an unforgettable Test victory. His remarkable feat followed a historic five-wicket haul in his debut Test match in Adelaide, where he dismissed Steven Smith with the opening delivery of the match.
Miles Bascombe, Director of Cricket for West Indies, emphasized the promising future that Joseph holds in the sport.
“Shamar’s elevation to a CWI International retainer contract reflects his potential and the bright future ahead for West Indies cricket. We have also offered Chemar Holder a franchise contract as we double down on securing the best fast-bowling talent available. We are excited to see both men continue to excel,” Bascombe stated in an official release.
Despite sustaining a toe injury from a Mitchell Starc yorker, Joseph’s exceptional bowling performance in the second Test in Brisbane, where he recorded a blistering speed of 150 km/h, played a crucial role in the West Indies’ historic victory, leveling the series 1-1. His resilience and skill have undoubtedly added a new chapter to West Indies cricket history.
(With inputs from ANI)

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