WI Lose Fabian Allan Due to Ankle Injury

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UAE: West Indies suffered a big blow as all-rounder Fabian Allen was ruled out of T20 World Cup 2021 due to an ankle injury. The defending champions named Akeal Hosein as Allen’s replacement and the move was approved by the Event Technical Committee on Wednesday. West Indies will miss Fabien Allen’s firepower in the T20 World Cup as the all-rounder, ranked 17th on ICC T20I charts, has been delivering with both the bat and the ball over the last few years. Alongside a T20I bowling average of 27.05 and economy of 7.21, he also has a batting strike rate of 138.88 and average of 17.85, while being a firm contender for the title of the world’s greatest fielder.

Akeal Hosein, who also bowl left-arm spin, is a like-for-like replacement for Allen. Hosein was a reserve as per the allowance for teams to travel with extra players in view of COVID-19 quarantine requirements. Hosein has played 6 T20Is and 9 ODI in his career so far. Across 57 T20s, he has averaged 26.33 with an economy of 6.33 with the ball. Meanwhile, West Indies added Gudakesh Motie to the reserves after Hosein was called up to the 15-man squad. Motie joins Darren Bravo, Sheldon Cottrell and Jason Holder on the reserves list.

West Indies lost to Pakistan in their first warm-up match on Monday. They will take on Afghanistan in their second and final warm-up match. The defending champions will take on England in their first match of Super 12 on October 23.

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