SVG's Williams in for Russell
DUBAI, UAE (CMC):
Fast bowler Kesrick Williams from St Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) has been called up as a replacement for Andre Russell in the West Indies team for the T20 International Series against Pakistan starting here next week.
The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) announced yesterday that Russell, one of the game's leading all-rounders and member of the West Indies World T20 championship-winning team, has asked to withdraw from the series to attend to a personal matter.
Williams, 26, who is yet to play at the international level, was recently named on the West Indies A Team to tour Sri Lanka for the 50-over matches from October 24 to 30.
He has represented Windward Island Volcanoes and Combined Campuses & Colleges in the WICB Professional Cricket League and the Jamaica Tallawahs in the Caribbean Premier League.
During the fourth edition of the CPL earlier this year, Williams emerged as one of the leading bowlers with 17 wickets to help the Tallawahs win the title for the second time.
West Indies, the World T20 champions, will face Pakistan in three matches in the United Arab Emirates from September 23 to 27.
T20 SQUAD: Carlos Brathwaite (captain), Samuel Badree, Dwayne Bravo, Johnson Charles, Andre Fletcher, Jason Holder, Evin Lewis, Sunil Narine, Kieron Pollard, Nicholas Pooran, Rovman Powell, Marlon Samuels, Jerome Taylor, Chadwick Walton, Kesrick Williams.