Garey Mathurin Replaces Ashley Nurse For West Indies

Garey Mathurin Replaces Ashley Nurse For West Indies
Garey Mathurin Replaces Ashley Nurse For West Indies
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The West Indies have made a late change to their squad to play England in two Twenty20 Internationals at The Oval on 23rd and 25th September.

Left-arm spinner Garey Mathurin, from Saint Lucia, has been called up as a replacement for Ashley Nurse, who the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) have withdrawn from the squad.

Nurse has failed to meet the required standard of fitness set by the board at a team camp in Barbados.

"I’m ecstatic...really delighted to be picked in the West Indies team," Mathurin said.

"It was totally unexpected. The team was picked a few weeks ago and obviously I was not included so I went back to the drawing board and continued to work. However, when I got the call that I would be in the touring squad as a replacement, I was thrilled.

"I see this as an opportunity given to me to represent the people of the Caribbean and I’m looking to have a good tour. I’m looking forward to fitting into the new environment and working with the coach and the other members of the team. I’m a confident person and a confident cricketer so I always keep a positive outlook."

Mathurin will celebrate his 28th birthday on the day of the opening match and becomes just the third Saint Lucian to be called up for West Indies duty, after Darren Sammy and Johnson Charles.

West Indies T20I squad: Darren Sammy (captain), Christopher Barnwell, Miles Bascombe, Devendra Bishoo, Nkrumah Bonner, Johnson Charles, Derwin Christian, Fidel Edwards, Danza Hyatt, Garey Mathurin, Andre Russell, Marlon Samuels, Krishmar Santokie, Dwayne Smith

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