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Evin Lewis returns to West Indies squad for T20 World Cup

West Indies have recalled Evin Lewis to their squad for the upcoming T20 World Cup in Australia. Lewis final performed worldwide cricket eventually 12 months’s T20 World Cup within the UAE, and had since missed out on West Indies’ squads for health causes.

“Somebody like Evin Lewis, all of us agree that he is our greatest one-day cricketer, he is finished so nicely for us over time,” Haynes instructed the commentator Ian Bishop in an interview on the sidelines of Wednesday’s CPL sport between Jamaica Tallawahs and St Kitts & Nevis Patriots. “We had a gathering with him, and he is dedicated to West Indies cricket; he instructed us that he is dedicated to West Indies cricket, and I imagine he must be given the chance.”

There isn’t any room within the squad for the allrounder Andre Russell, who, like Lewis, final featured for West Indies throughout final 12 months’s T20 World Cup. Russell has had a quiet time in CPL 2022 up to now with Trinbago Knight Riders, significantly with the bat, managing a high rating of simply 17 in 4 innings.

“We had a gathering with Andre Russell earlier within the 12 months,” Haynes stated. “We’re nonetheless not satisfied but, he is not performing in addition to we wish to see him within the competitors. I feel within the scenario with Andre Russell, we have simply determined to only transfer on, and search for somebody who’s in type, and doing nicely within the T20 format.”

Haynes stated Allen was unlucky to overlook out with the squad having room for just one left-arm spinner in Akeal Hosein.

Sunil Narine, who final performed for West Indies in 2019, would not characteristic within the squad both. “Sure, once more, the captain [Nicholas Pooran] instructed me he is reached out to Narine, however I am not too certain he needs to play,” Haynes stated when requested about Narine.

A shock inclusion within the squad is the legspin-bowling allrounder Yannic Cariah, who made his West Indies debut throughout final month’s ODI sequence in opposition to New Zealand, however is uncapped in T20Is, and his expertise within the T20 format is proscribed to 4 video games, the final of which got here throughout the 2016 Caribbean Premier League. Cariah isn’t contracted to a CPL crew this season.

The selectors have picked Cariah forward of Hayden Walsh, who had been the popular wristspin choice over current months.

“Once we have a look at consistency, we do not really feel that Hayden is constant sufficient,” Haynes stated. “We do not write off anyone, as a result of Hayden is anyone we’ve invested in, and we imagine that he nonetheless stands an opportunity of taking part in for the West Indies, and we hope once more that he’s one other one that can proceed to do nicely within the CPL and provides himself an opportunity to be chosen.”

Haynes was assured Cariah might do a job in T20 cricket regardless of his restricted expertise of the format.

“I feel Yannic has impressed us from the time we picked him for the A crew,” Haynes stated. “After which we gave him the chance to play in opposition to New Zealand within the 50-overs competitors, and I feel going to Australia, I do know we have got plenty of confidence in him, we predict that he is bowling nicely sufficient that [he] can play within the T20 format. It’s kind of unlucky that he is not within the CPL, we’ve no management over that, however we predict that he’s a man who we really feel that may do a job for us. I do not suppose you’ll be able to underrate his batting both.”

Aside from Cariah, the squad contains one different uncapped T20I participant in Raymon Reifer, the left-arm seam-bowling allrounder who has performed three Exams and 5 ODIs. Reifer has been in glorious type for the Jamaica Tallawahs within the ongoing CPL, scoring 171 runs in 4 innings at a mean of 57.00 and a strike fee of 143.69.

Amongst different seam-bowling allrounders, there was no room for Romario Shepherd – Haynes termed his exclusion “one other shut name” – whereas Dominic Drakes was unavailable because of a knee harm.

CPL type has additionally led to a recall for top-order batter Johnson Charles, who final performed a T20I in December 2016. Charles is presently the second-highest run-getter in CPL 2022, with 227 runs in six innings at a mean of 45.40 and a strike fee of 136.74.

Charles, Haynes stated, would fill the function of reserve wicketkeeper in West Indies’ squad behind Pooran.

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