Fabian Allen, West Indies batting all-rounder, has been ruled out of the ICC T20 World Cup 2021 due to his ankle injury. The Event Technical Committee of the International Cricket Council (ICC) has announced and approved Akeal Hossein as Allen's replacement.
Notably, Allen was initially named in the 15-man squad for the T20 World Cup but was not fortunate enough to progress with the event. Hossein, who was named in the playing reserves, will now take over his regime whereas, Hossein's vacant spot in the reserved players, is now fulfilled by uncapped Gudakesh Motie.
It is pertinent to mention that Motie still has not reached the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Upon reaching, he will first undergo the mandatory six-day quarantine period before joining the West Indies T20 World Cup squad.
Allen, too crucial at the lower-order and handy with the bowl, has represented the realm in 28 T20Is. He has grasped 20 wickets alongside slamming 250 runs at a strike rate of 138.9. His majestic performances in the T20 leagues across the globe are also worth discussing.
The chief selector of the team sorrows on missing out on the potent player. He urged,
“I know Fabian was really looking forward to playing in this World Cup, so it is very disappointing that he is forced to miss out,”
“His all round capabilities will be missed by the team. I would like to wish him a full and speedy recovery and look forward to him being available for squad selection in the near future.”
West Indies have initiated their T20 World Cup campaign versus Pakistan in a warm-up match ending up losing by seven wickets. At the moment of writing, they are encountering Afghanistan in the second warm-up match and will compete with England in the event's opener on 23rd October.
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