The West Indies cricket board have announced the 34-year-old Shamarh Brooks as their replacement for Hetmyer who was axed after missing his rescheduled flight to Australia.
The 25-year-old dashing batter has been dropped from the West Indies squad for the World T20 after he missed his rescheduled flight.
Hetmyer’s original flight was rescheduled at his request due to family obligations, so he would have missed the first of two T20 warm-ups against Australia on Wednesday.
Hetmyer miss flight to Australia
“It was made clear to him that if there were any further delays… we’d have no choice but to replace him in the squad,” director Jimmy Adams said.
Brooks will travel to Australia as soon as possible this week, according to Adams.
The West Indies face Australia on the Gold Coast on Wednesday and again two days later at the Gabba in Brisbane. Their World Cup campaign kicks off on October 17 against Scotland in Hobart.
Sharmarh Brooks made his debut in 2019 and has since been a mainstay in the test team. He has played 10 T20Is, scoring 56 on one occasion and averaging 24. In the most recent CPL season, he scored 241 runs in 7 innings, including a century. With the squad being so loaded with hitters, a middle order stabiliser like Brooks may be a godsend.