World T20 2016 news March 8, 2016

Evin Lewis replaces Lendl Simmons in WI WT20 squad

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Clive Lloyd, WICB's chairman of selectors, said Evin Lewis' selection fit in with the panel's policy of giving younger players more opportunities © WICB Media/Ashley Allen

West Indies have picked uncapped opening batsman Evin Lewis to replace Lendl Simmons for the World T20 in India. Simmons was ruled out of the tournament last week due to a back injury.

Lewis, 24, has been in good form recently, in domestic matches for Trinidad & Tobago. He scored 221 runs in six matches for T&T in the Nagico Super 50 tournament, including one century and a fifty. In five matches of the WICB Regional 4-day Tournament, he has scored 442 runs at an average of 49.11, including a century and three fifties. His overall T20 record stands at 1044 runs in 34 innings at an average of 31.63.

"It's a great feeling and dream come true, to know that my hard work in recent months is paying off and has been recognized by selectors," Lewis told "I was surprised at the call-up, but at the same time very happy.

"If I get the chance to play I would be thankful, but at the same time I could learn a lot from just being at this tournament and in the presence of some of the top West Indies and international players," he said.

Simmons was the fourth player to be ruled out of the West Indies T20 squad, after Sunil Narine, Kieron Pollard and Darren Bravo had also withdrawn from the team. It was speculated that Dwayne Smith, who won the Man-of-the-Match award in the final of the Pakistan Super League, was a favourite to replace Simmons, while Jonathan Carter was also reportedly in contention.

Clive Lloyd, WICB's chairman of selectors, said Lewis had been picked in keeping with West Indies' policy to give younger players more exposure.

"Evin Lewis is a young and exciting batsman who we believe will fit into the team set-up very well. He has the ability to perform at this level of the game," Lloyd said. "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, which arrived in Kolkata on Monday after a two-week camp in the UAE, are scheduled to play warm-up matches against India and Australia on March 10 and March 13. They are in Group 1 of the Super 10s stage with England, South Africa, Sri Lanka and one of the teams from the first round. They will play their first match of the World T20 against England in Mumbai on March 16.

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  • Michael on March 9, 2016, 10:52 GMT

    @brutalanalyst.....I picked Lewis over Fletcher or even Charles because of form leading up to the selections and as someone said the CPL was about 8 months ago. One thing for sure,Fletcher and Charles should not play together... it is either.. or... for as long as Ramdin is in the squad he WILL play as the keeper. I will be watching the performances of 2 experienced players closely because I feel that they don't have the interests of the WI at heart and management needs to watch their performances closely and act swiftly when the need arises.

  •   Cauldric Miles on March 9, 2016, 5:56 GMT

    Im not trini. But in my opinion Lewis is the next best choice that the WI has. Also I strongly disagree with those who question Ramdins place. I have been extremely critical of him in test (too passive as captain/senior and under-performing with bat). In T20 you need the best wicketkeeper, and i believe if he is played higher he can greatly reduce the dot ball problem that has plagued WI batting perpetually.

  • M on March 9, 2016, 5:18 GMT

    @TriniBhai: I'm not for more Trinis in the squad. Yes I'm a Trini and I like to see my players do well, but leave that for regional cricket. This is West Indies. All of the countries that make up the WI are one. I'm a fan of Trinbago just as much as Barbados, Guyana, Jamaica, WWI and LI. When it comes to WI, it doesn't matter which country you're from. You pick the best team that will get the job done, no matter what the nationality. Look at the current Barbados and Guyana 4-day team. They have some strong, in-form players. I honestly wouldn't mind if let's say, 8 of the XI came from those 2 countries, if those players will win us games. And as it happens, Trinidad has some of the best T20 players in the world, so it's only fitting that the WI T20 team is made up of a lot of them. We have to stop favouring our own countrymen and favour the West Indies because in the end, win or lose, it reflects back on the whole region, not just a country.

  • trinibhai on March 9, 2016, 4:13 GMT

    @trinimon dat is wat i mean more Trinis

  • Jonathan on March 8, 2016, 23:44 GMT

    Judging from Sammy's press conference Lewis will be on the bench, they will be choosing the more experienced players over the younger ones.

  • M on March 8, 2016, 21:37 GMT

    Whoever says that Charles can play as a wk batsman either doesn't follow WI cricket or just don't learn from past mistakes. Last time we tried Charles when he was in form, he was very untidy as a keeper, and his form fell away, leading him to be dropped from the team. Don't play his as a wk. Don't play Fletcher either because he is generally lazy behind the stumps. Ramdin is there for a reason, play him.

  • Mark on March 8, 2016, 20:41 GMT

    Gayle, Charles (wkt), Fletcher, Samuels, DJ Bravo, Russell, Brathwaite, Sammy c, Nurse, Taylor, Badree.

  • Shrikant on March 8, 2016, 19:04 GMT

    @DARNEL DAVID : Charles is Wicket Keeper - Batsman

  •   Darnel David on March 8, 2016, 18:45 GMT

    @ JAWAD A. MALIK So who is your Wicket Keeper???

  • M on March 8, 2016, 18:43 GMT

    .....Therefore, I say leave him out of the XI too. I would go in with this XI: Gayle, Charles, Lewis, Fletcher, Ramdin, Bravo, Russell, Sammy, Carlos, Benn/Taylor (depending on form and surface), Badree. I put Ramdin as the keeper as he has made runs in the warm-ups, and he's the best keeper in the squad. The batting is very strong, and the bowling may be a little light as we're used to having about 8 options to give 20 overs. But Russell's bowling has been very good off late, and he can give us 4 overs, as compared to the 2 he used to bowl in the past. Bravo and Badree always bowls 4, so that leaves 8 between Carlos, Sammy, and Benn/Taylor. I didn't play Holder because I don't see him as a T20 player. His stats speak for that, as well as his performances. As a side note, I'll probably play Samuels in the 2 warm-ups, just to see how he goes. We have to stop living on that 2012 finals win, and that innings and move forward. Good memories, but let's make new ones. #RallyHard

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