Shai Hope is a Barbadian cricketer, who plays Tests and ODIs for the West Indies cricket team. At the age of 21, the right-handed batsman was called into the West Indies squad after he scored a double century against the Windwards Islands at the Kensington Oval on the last day of the 2014–15 Regional Four Day Competition. In June 2018, he was named the Men's Cricketer of the Year, Test Cricketer of the Year and the ODI Cricketer of the Year at the annual Cricket West Indies' Awards. Hope was named in the West Indies' squad for the 2019 Cricket World Cup.
After making his first-class debut in 2012/13, Hope caught the eye of the national selectors after a fantastic 2014/15 season. He was the fourth highest run-scorer of the tournament, amassing 628 runs in nine matches.
Hope made his Test debut against England in 2015. Having played just 14 first-class games prior to his international debut. In August 2016 he was added to the West Indies squad for their Test series against India.
He made his One Day International (ODI) debut in the second match of the tri-series, against Sri Lanka. His maiden ODI ton came on his second ODI, in the same tour against Zimbabwe, when he scored 101 while chasing 257 runs. He was adjudged Man of the match for his performance.
On the 25 August 2017, Hope scored his maiden Test ton in the second Test against England. In the second innings, Brathwaite and Hope added 144 runs as well. The win was West Indies' first away victory over England since 2000 and Hope was awarded man of the match for his winning performances.
He made his T20I debut for the West Indies against New Zealand on 29 December 2017.
In May 2019, Hope played in his 50th ODI match, in the opening fixture of the 2019 Ireland Tri-Nation Series. In that match, Hope and John Campbell made 365 runs for the opening wicket. It was the highest opening partnership in ODIs, and it was also the first time that both openers for the West Indies had scored 150 runs each in an ODI match. In the next match of the tri-series, against Bangladesh, Hope became the fastest batsman for the West Indies, in terms of number of innings, to score 2,000 runs in ODIs, doing so in his 47th innings.