Fudadin replaces Bravo on Windies test tour

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Assad Fudadin
Assad Fudadin

Assad Fudadin, the Guyana left-handed batsman, has been drafted to the West Indies Test Squad for the upcoming tour to South Africa in December and January, replacing Darren Bravo who opted out for personal reasons.

Fudadin, 29, has played three tests for the West Indies since making his debut against England at Birmingham in June 2012. He last played for the West Indies against New Zealand at Sabina Park, Jamaica, in August 2012.

His career started when he was picked for the West Indies Under-15s in 2000 and later also represented the West Indies at the Under-19 World Cup in 2004.

He soon established himself in the Guyana senior side and was the leading run scorer in 2009-10, earning a place in the West Indies A team which toured England in 2010.

Fudadin recently returned with the West Indies A team that played against Sri Lanka A and scored a century (103) in the third unofficial test of the three-match series, played on Oct. 25 in Moratuwa, Sri Lanka.

The West Indies squad is scheduled to leave for South Africa on Nov. 30 to play three test matches against South Africa, the No. 1 ICC Ranking Test team. The West Indies is ranked No 8.

Meanwhile, the WICB selectors have requested that fast bowler Sheldon Cottrell play for Jamaica in the third round (Nov. 28-Dec.1) of the Professional Cricket League in order that the selectors have an opportunity to evaluate his match readiness.

Cottrell, the Jamaica left-arm fast bowler, recently returned from the West Indies A Team tour of Sri Lanka with a hamstring injury and was selected to tour with the West Indies senior test team to South Africa. Cottrell, however, will not depart the Caribbean with the rest of the squad which leaves on Nov. 30.