West Indies named former captain Jason Holder to their T20 World Cup squad on Wednesday, after fast bowler Obed McCoy suffered a tournament-ending right leg injury.
The West Indies have lost both of their opening Super 12 matches and must defeat Bangladesh on Friday to have any chance of reaching the semi-finals.
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McCoy, 24, suffered the injury in Saturday’s six-wicket loss to England in Sharjah and then missed Tuesday’s eight-wicket loss to South Africa.
Holder, who has 199 West Indies caps to his name, including 27 T20I appearances, was one of the UAE’s permitted traveling reserves.
The 29-year-old, who played for Sunrisers Hyderabad in the recently concluded Indian Premier League in the United Arab Emirates, will be available for the Bangladesh match immediately.
“Jason Holder has been in the UAE for a while now and will fit in quite well,” West Indies chief selector Roger Harper said.
“He is a seasoned and knowledgeable cricketer who we know will be eager to seize the opportunity.”
West Indies lost spinner Fabian Allen to an ankle injury on the eve of the World Cup, and he was replaced by Akeal Hosein.
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