WI v SL 2018: Keemo Paul earns Test call up for Windies, to replace Shrimon Hetmyer against SL in Barbados

Keemo Paul replaces Shimron Hetmyer who is recovering from an illness.

 Keemo Paul (ICC)

Cricket West Indies(CWI) senior selection committee has announced a change to their squad in the ongoing Test series against Sri Lanka. Youngster Keemo Paul has been drafted into the Jason Holder led side for the third and all-important Test of the series, which West Indies leads 1-0. 

Left-handed batsman Shimron Hetmyer has made way for Paul in the squad. Hetmyer has been rested and given time to recover from an illness before the two-day practice game against Bangladesh later this month.

Head Coach Stuart Law was quoted saying about the development as, "Hetty is a big part of our future and now we want him to recover fully from his illness, so he can be at his best for the warm-up match versus Bangladesh,"

Keemo Paul hasn't played much 4-day cricket and this is his first call-up to the Test team. He has played four ODIs and four T20Is so far, having taken five wickets in ODIs at an average of 25 and an economy of 3.94.

Nevertheless, West Indies have dominated the ongoing Test series. Jason Holder must be pleased with his side winning the first Test at Port of Spain by 226 runs before managing to show a lot of grit to draw the second at St. Lucia. They've secured the series and would now be absolutely determined to win the whole thing at Barbados to give his side a big boost before Bangladesh arrives for a full series next month. 

(Inputs from Cricbuzz)


By Kashish Chadha - 20 Jun, 2018

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