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Hosein replaces Allen in West Indies squad at T20 World Cup

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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)

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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