Reports from India indicate that West Indies are expected to announce the recall of Lendl Simmons for their ICC World Twenty20 2016 squad ahead of this Thursday’s semi-final against hosts India.
Sources reportedly in the West Indies camp and close to Simmons have confirmed that the 31-year-old, who was initially replaced in the squad by Johnson Charles due to a back injury, will come in as either cover or a direct replacement (subject to ICC rules) for Andre Fletcher. Fletcher suffered a right hamstring injury while batting during the match against Afghanistan, which Afghanistan won by six runs.
The Trinidad and Tobago batsman will bring local knowledge of the Wankhede Stadium being a Mumbai Indians player in the India Premier League. Simmons played a key part in their 2015 Indian Premier League victory as their leading run scorer, with a tournament aggregate of 540 runs at an average of 45, which included six half centuries in 13 innings.