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Lendl Simmons is seeen here playing for the Mumbai Indians during the Indian Premier League (IPL) cricket match against Delhi Daredevils in New Delhi, India, Saturday, May 6, 2017.
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Three Caribbean Premier League (CPL) stars, Brendon King, Lendl Simmons and Hayden Walsh Jr. have been selected in the West Indies squad for the upcoming matches against Afghanistan, that will be played in India from Nov. 5 to Dec. 1.

West Indies and Afghanistan will play three One-Day Internationals (ODIs), three Twenty20 Internationals and one Test match.

The squads for all three formats were announced last week by Cricket West Indies (CWI) selectors headed by Roger Harper at the Queen’s Park Oval, Trinidad.

King and Walsh Jr. are in the One-Day International and Twenty20 squads and Simmons is included in the T20 squad.

Several experienced players have been left out of the squads, including Chris Gayle (who said he is unavailable) and bowlers Sunil Narine, Andre Russell and Shannon Gabriel.

There was also no room for middle-order batsman Darren Bravo, former Twenty20 Captain, Carlos Brathwaite and Oshane Thomas as the players have not been in the best of form, the selectors said.

Three players are all in the three squads including former One-Day International and current Test Captain, Jason Holder, batsman Shimron Hetmyer and fast bowler Alzarri Joseph. Wicketkeeper Denesh Ramdin has been recalled for the Twenty20.

King and Simmons led the run scoring charts at the recently concluded 2019 Hero CPL.

Leg-spinner Walsh Jr., 27, who has never played for West Indies, has played one One-Day Internationals and eight Twenty20s for USA. He took 22 wickets in just nine matches at the economy rate of 8.29 for the CPL champions Barbados Tridents.

He is eligible to play for both the West Indies and USA, as he was born in St. Croix, US Virgin Islands to his Antiguan father Hayden Walsh.

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