No Fabian Allen in West Indies team this T20 World Cup

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No Fabian Allen in West Indies team this T20 World Cup

No Fabian Allen in West Indies team this T20 World Cup
The ICC's Event Technical Committee has confirmed left-arm spinner Akeal Hosein as a replacement for Fabian Allen in West Indies T20 World Cup roster. Allen was supposed to be part of West Indies' 15-man touring group that was submitted last month, but he had to withdraw owing to an ankle ailment.

After making his international debut at the beginning of the year, Hosein has played nine One-Day Internationals and six Twenty-20 Internationals for the West Indies. He achieved great results in his latest T20 engagement with the Trinbago Knight Riders in the CPL. In that event, he took 13 wickets at an average of 15.92 in 11 matches and had the second-best economy rate among bowlers who bowled at least 20 overs. During the IPL's UAE leg, Hosein also bowled as a net bowler for the Kolkata Knight Riders.

The West Indies are the reigning champions, having triumphed in the previous edition of the competition, which was held in India in 2016.

West Indies chief selector Roger Harper stated Fabian was really hoping to play in this WC, so, sadly, he won't be able to participate. He also added that his versatility will be greatly missed by the squad and that he wishes him a swift and complete recovery and hope that he will be eligible for squad selection in the near future.

Hosein had joined the squad as a traveling reserve, despite not being a member of the original 15, due to the ability for teams to travel with extra players because of Covid-19 quarantine restrictions. As a result, the uncapped Gudakesh Motie will take Hosein's place on the reserves list. Once he is in the UAE, he must fulfill the statutory six-day quarantine period and test negative for Covid-19 before being allowed to join the West Indies side.

Fast bowlers Dominic Drakes and Odean Smith have also been asked by The West Indies selectors to return to the UAE after their involvement with Kolkata Knight Riders in the recently ended IPL there. This week, they will train as net bowlers with the West Indies squad.

West Indies began their T20 World Cup training on Monday with a seven-wicket loss to Pakistan in a warm-up match. On Wednesday evening, they will have another practice match against Afghanistan before beginning the tournament with a match against England on October 23.