Paul called up to replace Hetmeyer in West Indies’ Test squad

Keemo Paul called up replace Shimron Hetmeyer 3rd Test Sri Lanka West Indies cricket

Keemo Paul has yet to make his Test debut

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The West Indies have called up pace bowler Keemo Paul as a replacement for batsman Shimron Hetmyer for the third Test against Sri Lanka in Barbados.

Paul was added to the squad since Hetmyer, who did not play in the first two Tests, will return home to Guyana to recover from an illness.

“Hetmyer will return home to Guyana to recover from a recent illness,” a Cricket West Indies release said. “While there, he will continue his preparations to return for the two-day practice match against Bangladesh in Antigua.”

West Indies head coach Stuart Law added: “Hetty is a big part of our future and now we want him to recover fully from his illness, so he can be at his best for the warm-up match versus Bangladesh.”

Paul has yet to make his Test debut, but has represented the West Indies in four ODIs and four Twenty20 Internationals.

While he is unlikely to replace Shannon Gabriel or Kemar Roach for the third Test, which will be the first-ever day-night Test to be held in the Caribbean, there is a possibility he could take Miguel Cummins’ spot in the playing XI since Cummins went wicketless in the second Test in St Lucia.

The third Test between the West Indies and Sri Lanka will get underway on June 23.

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