Miller replaces Simmons in West Indies’ ODI squad

Miller's last ODI for the West Indies came against England in March 2014

Miller’s last ODI for the West Indies came against England in March 2014

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The West Indies have called up spinner Nikita Miller as a replacement for batsman Lendl Simmons in the ongoing ODI series against India after the latter injured his back and returned home.

“There were chances that Simmons will recover from back injury but we realised that he had to be flown back home for further treatment,” West Indies team manager Richie Richardson said. “Nikita is on his way from Sri Lanka to replace Simmons.”

With the series currently tied 1-1 heading into the fourth ODI in Dharamsala, Richardson noted that the national team are “upbeat and looking forward to the game”.

“We were good for eighty overs and lost our way in the next 20,” he said. “We need to think about the positives than the negatives and continue the way we have been playing. The guys are upbeat and looking forward to the game. Hope conditions here will favour us and we will have a very exciting and successful match.”

Richardson also refused to comment about the ongoing feud between the players and the West Indies Players’ Association (WIPA).

“To be honest we are focused on match,” he said. “I don’t wish to comment on anything else.”

Richardson is also hoping to see spinner Sulieman Benn up his game in the last two ODIs and in the upcoming Test series as well.

“Benn (79 wickets) has more Test wickets than Sunil [Narine] (21),” he said. “In fact I was his first captain. He has wealth of experience and knows what he needs to do. He bowled extremely well at home against Bangladesh.”

Meanwhile, Richardson also admitted that he is excited about meeting Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama.

“I have not heard about the meeting but if you have the powers to arrange it please do,” he said. “I look forward to meeting the great man.”

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