BAN v WI: Windies’ Evin Lewis returns for T20 series

Even Lewis, the swashbuckling batsman, is named in the 15-man squad announced for the three-match Twenty20 series against Bangladesh beginning December 17.

The selectors were hoping to see “bigger commitment” from Evin Lewis for the Windies, says chairman of selectors Courtney Browne.   -  AFP

Batsman Evin Lewis returned as the Windies on Saturday named a 15-man squad for its three-match Twenty20 series against Bangladesh, beginning next week.

Lewis had turned down a white-ball contract in October before withdrawing from the limited-over legs of the side’s recent India tour, citing personal reasons. He also did not play for the Windies in the just-concluded One-Day International series against Bangladesh.

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Windies also welcomed backed fast bowlers Kesrick Williams and Sheldon Cottrell while allrounder Kieron Pollard and left-arm pacer Obed McCoy were left out because of injuries.

‘Highly competitive return series’

Nicholas Pooran, Khary Pierre, Fabian Allen and Oshane Thomas retained their places in the T20 squad from the last series in India. “After Bangladesh won the T20 series in the [Windies], we will be expecting a highly competitive return series,” Cricket West Indies chairman of selectors Courtney Browne said in a statement. He added that selectors were hoping to see “bigger commitment” to Windies cricket from the returning Lewis.

Kesrick Williams (in picture) and Sheldon Cottrell are also back in the team. Photo: Getty Images

Bangladesh defeated the Windies 2-1 in their previous T20 series in August. The Tigers have maintained their success against the Caribbean side at home, sweeping the Tests 2-0 before winning the three-match ODI series 2-1.

The first T20 will be played on Monday at the Sylhet International Cricket Stadium in the country's northeast, while Dhaka will host the next two matches on December 20 and 22.

Squad
  • Carlos Brathwaite (c), Darren Bravo, Shimron Hetmyer, Fabian Allen, Kesrick Williams, Keemo Paul, Khary Pierre, Evin Lewis, Nicholas Pooran, Rovman Powell, Denesh Ramdin, Shai Hope, Sherfane Rutherford, Sheldon Cottrell, Oshane Thomas.