Defending champions West Indies on Thursday announced that former skipper Jason Holder comes into their squad in place of injured Obed McCoy.
Left arm pacer Obed McCoy has been ruled out of the remainder of the ICC T20 World Cup 2021 after he was diagnosed with an injury to his right leg. Earlier all-rounder Fabian Allen was ruled out of the tournament with an ankle injury. He was replaced by spinner Akeal Hosein.
The 24-year-old picked up an injury on Saturday while playing against England at Sharjah. England defeat West Indies by 6 wickets in their opening encounter. He then missed the match against South Africa as the Windies suffered an 8-wicket loss on Tuesday.
The ICC released an official statement where they stated that Holder was one of the three players already named as a reserve player according to the allowances given to the various teams keeping in mind the Covid-19 quarantine measures. ICC’s technical committee approved their request for the replacement on Wednesday. If a team wants a player to be replaced then they need to make a request to the technical committee of ICC. The technical committee consists of Chris Tetley (Head of Events, Chair), Clive Hitchcock (ICC Senior Cricket Operations Manager), Rahul Dravid and Dhiraj Malhotra (BCCI Representatives), Simon Doull and Ian Bishop (Independent Members).
“Holder was a reserve as per the allowance for teams to travel with extra players in view of COVID-19 quarantine requirements,” said the ICC in their official statement.
Former Windies skipper Jason Holder has 199 caps including 27 T20I caps to his name. In 27 T20I appearances he has managed to pick 22 wickets and has scored 201 runs with the willow. Jason Holder has featured in 51 Tests and 121 ODI matches. He has taken 137 and 140 wickets in Test and ODI cricket respectively.
Kieron Pollard led West Indies has lost both their Super 12s matches and are currently poised at the last position in Group 1. West Indies will take on Bangladesh on Friday. Kieron Pollard and co will need to secure a victory if they want to keep their hopes alive for the knockout stages.
West Indies are the only team to have won the tournament twice.