Andre Russell recalled to West Indies T20 squad

West Indies’ Shimron Hetmyer gestures to clear the screen as Indian batsmen were disturbed by spectator movement during the third and final one-day international cricket match of the series between India and West Indies in Cuttack, India, Sunday, Dec. 22, 2019.
Associated Press / Mahesh Kumar A., file

Veteran all-rounder Andre Russell has been recalled to the West Indies team for the two-match Twenty20 International series against Sri Lanka in March.

Fit-again Russell has earned the recall and is now set to feature for the first time since he limped out of West Indies’ ill-rated ICC 50-over World Cup campaign in England last June with a knee injury.

He has not represented West Indies in a Twenty20 International in 19 months.

The selectors have also recalled Test and ODI batting star, Shai Hope, fast bowler Oshane Thomas and left-arm spinning all-rounder Fabian Allen to the 14-man squad.

Hope last played against Afghanistan in November before missing the series against India and Ireland.

Making a return to the West Indies squad is Shimron Hetmyer, who was left out the ongoing one-day series in Sri Lanka after failing a fitness test last month. Chief selector Roger Harper said Hetmyer has since attained the required fitness level, becoming available for selection and has been included in the squad.

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