Hosein replaces Allen in West Indies squad at T20 World Cup

West Indies' Ravi Rampaul, second right, is congratulated by teammates after dismissing Pakistan's Mohammad Rizwan during the Cricket Twenty20 World Cup warm-up match between Pakistan and the West Indies in Dubai, UAE, Monday, Oct. 18, 2021. (AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi)
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DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The West Indies drafted in left-arm spinner Akeal Hosein as a replacement for injured Fabian Allen on Wednesday for cricket's Twenty20 World Cup.

The ICC’s technical committee approved the pre-tournament replacement after Allen withdrew because of an ankle injury.

Hosein made his debut earlier this year but is yet to pick up a wicket in a T20 international. The 28-year-old Hosein played for Trinbago Knight Riders in the Caribbean Premier League and took 13 wickets in 11 games at an average of 15.92.

Hosein was already a travelling reverse in the United Arab Emirates after the ICC allowed squads to have extra players due to COVID-19 restrictions.

The two-time champion West Indies lost a warm-up game by seven wickets to Pakistan on Monday and was playing another warmup on Wednesday against Afghanistan.

The Caribbean squad is in Group 1 along with Australia, England, South Africa and the two qualifiers in the Super 12 stage of the tournament. The West Indies open against England on Saturday.

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