According to reports, Ramaal Lewis and Jermaine Blackwood are set to replace Andre McCarthy and Jeavor Royal in the Jamaica Tallawahs squad for the CPL’s 2020 season.
McCarthy and Royal were excluded from the squad that left for Trinidad yesterday.
Both players were said to be contacts of a positive COVID-19 case.
Blackwood was a member of the Tallawahs squad, which won the CPL in 2013.
He recently returned with the West Indies squad from England after playing in a three-match Test series against the home team, which they lost 2-1.
He was the only Windies batsman who showed temperament in the entire batting line-up. He was also the architect of Windies victory in the first Test by scoring a match-winning 95 runs while chasing a target of 200.
He batted in situations where the chips were down and showed a lot of confidence in his footwork. He got a couple of good fifties but couldn’t convert those starts to big tons. Most of the time, he got out by soft dismissals.
Joining Blackwood is Ramaal Lewis, the 23-year-old off-spinning allrounder.
Lewis led the West Indies Under-19s at the World Cup in the UAE in February 2014. He was ably assisted back then by the now Windies rising star wicketkeeper-batsman Nicolas Pooran.
In May 2018, Lewis was selected to play for the Guyana national cricket team in the Professional Cricket League draft, ahead of the 2018–19 season.
He made his Twenty20 debut on September 12, 2019, for the Jamaica Tallawahs, in the 2019 Caribbean Premier League.
He was subsequently named in Guyana’s squad for the 2019–20 Regional Super50 tournament.
He’s said to have good pedigree as an allrounder, and his call up must be a positive for Tallawahs.
The 2020 season of the CPL is set to run from August 18 to September 10 in Trinidad and Tobago in a biosecure bubble due to COVID-19 restrictions.
The Tallawahs have also lost the services of South African spinner Tabraiz Shamzi for the tournament due to the lockdown of his country because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Nigel Bell, Readers Bureau, Contributor
Edited by Jesus Chan
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