DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The West Indies drafted in left-arm spinner Akeal Hosein as a replacement for injured Fabian Allen on Wednesday for cricket's Twenty20 World Cup.
The ICC’s technical committee approved the pre-tournament replacement after Allen withdrew because of an ankle injury.
Hosein made his debut earlier this year but is yet to pick up a wicket in a T20 international. The 28-year-old Hosein played for Trinbago Knight Riders in the Caribbean Premier League and took 13 wickets in 11 games at an average of 15.92.
Hosein was already a travelling reverse in the United Arab Emirates after the ICC allowed squads to have extra players due to COVID-19 restrictions.
The two-time champion West Indies lost a warm-up game by seven wickets to Pakistan on Monday and was playing another warmup on Wednesday against Afghanistan.
The Caribbean squad is in Group 1 along with Australia, England, South Africa and the two qualifiers in the Super 12 stage of the tournament. The West Indies open against England on Saturday.
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