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Evin Lewis picked to replace Lendl Simmons in ICC World T20 squad

Evin Lewis has scored 1044 runs from 35 T20 games including a century.
Evin Lewis has scored 1044 runs from 35 T20 games including a century.

The West Indies selectors have included Evin Lewis to replace the injured Lendl Simmons in the squad for the 2016 ICC World Twenty20 tournament.

Last week, the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) announced in a press release that Simmons has been ruled out of the ICC World T20 with a back injury.

Lewis, who is yet to make his international debut for West Indies has the experience of playing for the Trinidad & Tobago Red Steel and the St Kitts & Nevis Patriots in the Caribbean Premier League.

The 24-year-old has played 35 T20 matches in his career and has 1044 runs at an average of 31.63 including a century and seven fifties.

The chairman of selectors for West Indies, Clive Lloyd believes that the talented Lewis will be able to succeed at the international level.

“Evin Lewis a young and exciting batsman who we believe he will fit into the team set-up very well.

“He has the ability to perform at this level of the game.

“His selection is in keeping with our policy to give exposure to young, talented players we believe will help to carry West Indies cricket forward.”

The West Indies team arrived in Kolkata on Monday where they will play official warm-up games against India and Australia on 10th and 13th March respectively.

West Indies squad for ICC World T20:

Darren Sammy (capt), Samuel Badree, Sulieman Benn, Carlos Brathwaite, Dwayne Bravo, Johnson Charles, Andre Fletcher, Chris Gayle, Jason Holder, Evin Lewis, Ashley Nurse, Denesh Ramdin, Andre Russell, Marlon Samuels, Jerome Taylor.

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