Wednesday 30 September, 2020

Jamaican Fabian Allen recovers from injury for Windies tour of India

Jamaica and West Indies left-arm spinning allrounder Fabian Allen.

Jamaica and West Indies left-arm spinning allrounder Fabian Allen.

Jamaican left-arm spinning allrounder Fabian Allen has recovered from a knee injury to make West Indies 15-man squad to India for a Twenty20 International next month.

Cricket West Indies selection panel  has also named a One-Day International (ODI) for the series in India. The selectors kept faith with the players who recently played against Afghanistan in Lucknow, India.

Allen was part of the squad that took on Afghanistan in Lucknow, India earlier this month but had to pull out after playing the first game.

Two other Jamaicans have been included in the Twenty20 International squad. They are Sheldon Cottrell and Brandon King.

Trinidad and Tobago's wicketkeeper/batsman Denesh Ramdin, who missed part of the Afghanistan series with hamstring trouble, is also fit to play.

West Indies lost the Twenty20 series against Afghanistan 2-1, but had earlier won the ODI series, their first since 2014.

Explosive Jamaican opener Chris Gayle had been in contention to play in the India series but did not accept an invitation from the selectors.

Gayle's Jamaican teammate Andre Russell, who has a history of knee injuries, is a notable absentee. Russell was not included, despite being fit enough to play six games at the recent Abu Dhabi T10.

West Indies, the reigning ICC World T20 champions, will face India in three T20 Internationals at the Rajiv Gandhi Stadium in Hyderabad on December 6; in Thiruvananthapuram on December 8 and at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai, on December 11. Following that series the two teams will meet in three ODIs in Chennai (December 15), in Vizag (December 18) and on Cuttack (December 22).

Speaking on the squads Coach Phil Simmons said:

“We have three matches in each format, so we wanted to give each squad a chance to compete against India. No disrespect to Afghanistan, but facing India will be a more difficult series, especially in the ODI. Our players really have the hang of thing with the 3-0 series win and I believe we will move from strength to strength."

Simmons added: “In the T20s this will be another chance for them to play and develop, and again no disrespect to Afghanistan, this should be a stronger T20 country and we will look to see how they perform against India.

The next World Cup is in Australia (2020) and the one after that is here in India (2021) so there is a lot of preparation to be done for first for Australia, so we have given the players here a chance in this series and we know we have players outside who may be coming in later on as well, so it’s good to give those here another opportunity.”

T20I squad: Fabian Allen, Sheldon Cottrell, Shimron Hetmyer, Jason Holder, Brandon King, Evin Lewis, Keemo Paul, Khary Pierre, Kieron Pollard (capt), Nicholas Pooran, Denesh Ramdin, Sherfane Rutherford, Lendl Simmons, Hayden Walsh Jr, Kesrick Williams

ODI squad: Sunil Ambris, Roston Chase, Sheldon Cottrell, Shimron Hetmyer, Jason Holder, Shai Hope, Alzarri Joseph, Brandon King, Evin Lewis, Keemo Paul, Khary Pierre, Kieron Pollard (capt), Nicholas Pooran, Romario Shepherd, Hayden Walsh Jr.

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