Looks like trouble for Windies is not going to end any soon. The already depleted side encountered another major blow when attacking opening batsman Evin Lewis pulled out of the India tour citing personal reasons.
The visitors are already missing the services of Chris Gayle, Sunil Narine and Andre Russell from their limited-overs squad against India and now Lewis’s withdrawal comes as another major blow to the side.
Cricket Windies on Monday confirmed the list of central contract-awardees for the men’s and the women’s teams and revealed that Evin Lewis has declined the central contract to be available for T20 leagues around the world.
However, this is not the first time an individual has skipped national duty to play in T20 leagues. Chris Gayle, Sunil Narine, Kieron Pollard and Andre Russell have taken this route in the past.
Here’s the list of Cricket Windies central contract players-
Shai Hope, Jason Holder, Alzarri Joseph, Kemar Roach
IN- Kemar Roach
OUT- Shannon Gabriel, Devendra Bishoo
Roston Chase, Devendra Bishoo, Shane Dowrich, Kraigg Brathwaite, Miguel Cummins, Shimron Hetmyer, Shannon Gabriel, Kieran Powell
Ashley Nurse, Carlos Brathwaite, Rovman Powell
Cricket Windies has named Kieron Powell as Lewis’s replacement in the ODI squad.
Nicholas Pooran will fill in for Lewis in the 3-match T20I series.
The 5-match ODI series begins from Sunday which will be followed by 3-T20Is starting from November 01.
ODI squad: Marlon Samuels, Jason Holder (C), Keemo Paul, Sunil Ambris, Devendra Bishoo, Fabian Allen, Chanderpaul Hemraj, Shai Hope, Obed McCoy, Ashley Nurse, Kieran Powell, Rovman Powell, Kemar Roach, Shimron Hetmyer, Oshane Thomas
T20I squad: Carlos Brathwaite (C), Sherfane Rutherford, Nicholas Pooran, Darren Bravo, Shimron Hetmyer, Fabian Allen, Obed McCoy, Ashley Nurse, Keemo Paul, Khary Pierre, Kieron Pollard, Rovman Powell, Denesh Ramdin, Andre Russell, Oshane Thomas