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West Indies forced into squad change after injury blow

The West Indies have had a formal request to change their squad approved at the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021.

The defending T20 World champions asked to replace Obed McCoy in their squad for the remainder of the tournament after the bowler was diagnosed with an injury to his right leg.

And an ICC Event Technical Committee made up 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) approved the change on Wednesday 27 October, allowing Jason Holder to join the 15.

The West Indies have lost both of their opening matches in Group 1 to leave them needing results to go their way if they are to make it into the semi-finals and defend their T20 World Cup title next month.

And they will have to play their remaining three Super 12 fixtures without McCoy, after the 24-year-old picked up an injury in the loss to England.

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Match Highlights: England v West Indies

Holder, who has 199 West Indies caps including 27 T20I appearances to his name, was one of the permitted travelling reserves in the UAE.

And the 29-year-old, who featured for Sunrisers Hyderabad in the recently concluded Indian Premier League, will be available for selection against Bangladesh on Friday.