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West Indies opener Evin Lewis has admitted that he is looking forward to playing in the upcoming edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) and helping the Mumbai Indians retain their title.
Lewis, who has established himself as one of the up and coming batsmen in Twenty20 cricket, was bought by the Indians at the IPL auction for INR 3.8 crores.
Having already scored two Twenty20 International centuries, a feat which has only been accomplished by four other batsmen, the 26-year-old is ready to take the IPL by storm.
“I am obviously delighted to have been picked by Mumbai Indians,” he told PakPassion. “After the year I had, I was looking forward to seeing how the auction unfolded and I’m honoured and very pleased to know I’m going to be part of such a successful franchise which was the winner in the 2017 edition of the IPL. It should be great fun playing in the IPL and it’s something I have been keen to take part in.”
Prior to the IPL, Lewis will attempt to help the West Indies qualify for the 2019 World Cup, which will be held in England and Wales.
As a result of his decision to represent the West Indies, Lewis will not feature in the Pakistan Super League (PSL).
“I am really looking forward to helping the West Indies qualify for the World Cup in 2019 by winning in the qualifiers which start in March of this year,” he said. “It would be a great achievement for me if I can contribute to this cause.
“West Indies is a proud cricketing region and I will do my utmost to help us qualify for the major tournament that the World Cup is. Regretfully, I will not be taking part in the PSL this year, but I would like to reassure fans that whether I play for the West Indies or any Twenty20 league, my intention is just to be the best cricketer I can be.”