West Indies top order batsman Lendl Simmons has been ruled out of the upcoming World T20 due to a back problem, which started earlier today in India.
The 31-year-old recently represented Karachi Kings in the inaugural edition of Pakistan Super League (PSL), where he scored 151 runs in six innings at an average of just over 30.
The Trinidad & Tobago opener has represented West Indies in 34 T20Is and scored 761 runs at an average of 25.36, and also picked up six wickets with his part-time, medium pace bowling.
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He becomes the fourth player from West Indies after Darren Bravo, Kieron Pollard and Sunil Narine to be ruled out from the mega event.
The West Indies have called up uncapped batsman Evin Lewis as a replacement.
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The 24-year-old has an average of 31.63 from over 30 domestic matches but is yet to feature for his country in any format of the game.
Previously, left-handed batsman Bravo ruled himself out of contention after he made the board aware of his desire to focus on Test cricket and did not want to be a part of the World T20 squad.
All-rounder Pollard will also be absent as he has been unable to recover from a knee injury he sustained in early November last year.
Meanwhile, off-spinner Narine will not compete in the tournament either after the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) revealed there was "insufficient progress in the rehabilitative work on his bowling action". The off-spinner was reported in the third One-Day International (ODI) on the tour of Sri Lanka.
West Indies are placed in Super 10 Group 1 alongside England, South Africa, Sri Lanka and winner of qualifier group B.
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