World T20 2016 news March 5, 2016

Simmons out of World T20 due to back injury

ESPNcricinfo staff

Since his last T20I appearance, Lendl Simmons has appeared in T20 leagues around the world © Pakistan Cricket Board

West Indies batsman Lendl Simmons will miss the World Twenty20 after suffering a back injury. The West Indies Cricket Board has not yet named a replacement and it is understood that the selectors, led by former captain Clive Lloyd, have not yet agreed on a unanimous choice.

Dwayne Smith, who won the Man of the Match in the final of the Pakistan Super League after helping Islamabad United take the title last month, remains a favourite. The selectors, however, could also pick Barbados batsman Jonathan Carter, who was a part of the squad for the 2015 World Cup. Carter, who has only played ODIs for West Indies so far, made his debut in January 2015 against South Africa and went on to play three matches in the World Cup, scoring his only ODI fifty in the tournament. He has scored brisk hundreds for West Indies A and Barbados in the past and has played 51 T20 matches, scoring 906 runs, including one century and five fifties.

Simmons is the fourth player from the West Indies squad to be ruled out of the World T20 in India. Sunil Narine, Kieron Pollard and Darren Bravo had earlier withdrawn from the team.

Narine, who had been banned from bowling in internationals in November last year due to a suspect action stated cited "insufficient progress in the rehabilitative work" on his action as the reason for his withdrawal. Pollard had not rehabilitated sufficiently from a knee injury he suffered last November, while Bravo pulled out by stating he wanted to focus on Test cricket.

Simmons was a part of the West Indies squad for the 2009, 2012 and 2014 editions of the World T20, although he did not play a game in 2012 when the side won the tournament. He has played 34 T20Is since his debut in June 2007, scoring 761 runs at an average of 25.36 with four fifties, and his last game in the format was against South Africa in January 2015.

Since his last international appearance, Simmons has played in T20 leagues around the world, including the Indian Premier League, the Caribbean Premier League, the Bangladesh Premier League, the Big Bash League and the inaugural Pakistan Super League. In that period, he has scored 1406 runs in 46 matches at an average of 32.69 with 13 fifties.

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  • Neela on March 9, 2016, 16:04 GMT

    The WI has just lost one of their most consistent players at the top order....Lendl Simmons

  • Cricinfouser on March 7, 2016, 20:43 GMT

    lets see if they will be fit in time to play IPL, that is Simmons and Pollard and Narine will make himself available, then we will know where there interest really is...

  •   Ashwin Kumar on March 6, 2016, 8:28 GMT

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  • N on March 6, 2016, 7:33 GMT

    Just shows the shambolic state of WI cricket - 4 players withdraw on their own (Pollard, Narine, Darren Bravo & Simmons), Andre Russell may be involuntarily withdrawn due to doping time violation. How many more to go ? I have a suggestion for the WI Board. Prepare a backup set of 15 players (however worthless they may be), and have their visas ready now. Then wait till 1 day before the first group is to board the flight to India, check out how many more withdrawals happen by then, run a lucky dip within the backup group to fill in the vacant slots. I guess atleast 10 such players will find themselves on that flight. Take care of logistics atleast, if not the cricket !

  • tim on March 6, 2016, 5:45 GMT

    Swap Bangladesh with WI, This WI team needs to qualify to WT20 by proving they are better than associates.

  • suresh on March 6, 2016, 5:19 GMT

    Send U19 west indies team for T20 world cup they are really good to beat even some of the major teams

  • Chetan on March 6, 2016, 3:19 GMT

    WICB should team up with other board or a proper manager to have say in administration. All the cricketers can't be good administrators. Cricketer must have a say but they should be given administrator post only if they are skilled.

  • Jonathan on March 6, 2016, 2:57 GMT

    @Ricardo Mitchell Andre Russell will be playing in the World T20 Tournament.

  •   Richard Smith on March 6, 2016, 2:29 GMT

    The 'injured' and non available players are obviously sending a message of protest - do unto others...

  •   Ricardo Mitchell on March 6, 2016, 1:07 GMT

    It is a shame that the WICB has lost the respect and admiration of its senior players, junior players and the fans. It is quite obvious to me that players are protesting by crying out, opting out and backing out of the T20 world cup. I will not be surprise if Gayle, Bravo or Sammy is out with a foot injury. At this point in time I feel sorry for our fans. Nearly half of the Super Stars in the team opted out; Pollard, Narine, Russell and Simmonds. Too much social issues to talk about that could caused the Champion W.I to fall.

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