ST JOHN’S–Seasoned left-arm spinner Nikita Miller has been named to replace Sunil Narine in the West Indies World Cup squad.
The 32-year-old Jamaican has not played for West Indies in nearly a year but has the experience of 45 One-Day Internationals, where he has taken 40 wickets.
In the recent Super50 tournament, Miller took just six wickets at an average of 15, as Jamaica went out in the semi-finals.
Narine was named in the World Cup squad earlier this month but pulled out on Tuesday, citing the need to continue work on his bowling.
The champion off-spinner has been doing remedial work on his bowling ever since being reported for having a suspected illegal action during the Champions League Twenty20 in September last year.
West Indies are currently en route from South Africa to the World Cup, which is set to bowl off in Australia and New Zealand next month.
They have been installed in Group B which includes Ireland, Pakistan, Zimbabwe, South Africa, India and United Arab Emirates.
The World Cup runs from February 14th to March 29th.
Meanwhile, the West Indies have been slapped with a fine by the International Cricket Council, for their slow over rate during Wednesday’s loss to South Africa in the fifth and final One-Day International.
Match referee Chris Broad found that the Caribbean side were two overs short of their target at the cut off time for the innings at SuperSport Park.
While the players were slapped with a 20 per cent fine of their match fee, new captain Jason Holder will have to part with 40 per cent.
According to ICC regulations, players are fined 10 per cent of their match fee for every over their side fails to bowl in the allotted time. The captain is fined double.
West Indies went down by 131 runs in the game which was reduced to 42 overs per side because of rain which delayed the start.
South Africa won the series 4-1.