Uncapped Lewis replaces Simmons for World Twenty20

West Indies have called up uncapped opening batsman Evin Lewis to replace Lendl Simmons for their ICC World Twenty20 squad.

The 24-year-old left hander, who recently scored 221 runs for Trinidad & Tobago in the Nagico Super 50 tournament, represented West Indies in the 2010 Under-19 ICC World Cup but is yet to play for the senior side in any format.

West Indies chairman of selectors Clive Lloyd said: “Evin Lewis is a young and exciting batsman who we believe he will fit into the team set-up very well. He has the ability to perform at this level of the game. 

“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.”

Simmons became the fourth player to pull out of the Windies initial 15-man party after suffering a back injury on the weekend, joining Darren Bravo, Kieran Pollard, and Sunil Narine.

The 2012 winners begin their World Twenty20 campaign against England on March 16. 

West Indies squad: Darren Sammy (captain), Samuel Badree, Sulieman Benn, Carlos Brathwaite, Dwayne Bravo, Johnson Charles, Andre Fletcher, Chris Gayle, Jason Holder, Evin Lewis, Ashley Nurse, Denesh Ramdin, Andre Russell, Marlon Samuels, Jerome Taylor.

Source: ECB

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