Simmons is Bravo's replacement, Pollard to lead West Indies

St. John's (Antigua), July 7 (IANS/CMC) Lendl Simmons has been named in the West Indies squad for Sunday's match against Sri Lanka in the Celkon Mobile Cup at Queen's Park Oval here.

The 28-year-old batsman, who can also keep wicket and bowl medium-pace, is a replacement for captain Dwayne Bravo.

The Selection Panel of the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) called up Simmons following a one-match suspension handed down to Bravo after the West Indies were fined for a second minor over-rate offence within 12 months during Friday's match against India. Kieron Pollard will be stand-in captain for Sunday's match.

Simmons made his ODI debut back in 2006 and has so far played 42 matches. He has scored 1,152 runs at 30.31 per innings including a top score of 122 against Bangladesh at the Sher-e-Bangla Stadium in Dhaka two years ago.

The West Indies lead the points table in the tri-nation tournament with nine points from three matches. They beat Sri Lanka by six wickets to earn a bonus point, and had a one-wicket win in a thriller over India. They lost on Friday against India.

Sri Lanka have five points from two matches while India have five points from three matches.

West Indies Squad: Kieron Pollard (captain), Tino Best, Darren Bravo, Johnson Charles, Chris Gayle, Jason Holder, Sunil Narine, Denesh Ramdin, Kemar Roach, Marlon Samuels, Darren Sammy, Lendl Simmons, Devon Smith.

--IANS/CMC

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