The Rajasthan Royals on Tuesday selected West Indies duo Evin Lewis and Oshane Thomas for the remaining players in the IPL to be held in the UAE from September 19.

Thomas replaces Luis to replace England wicketkeeper-batsman Jose Butler with England all-rounder Ben Stokes.

“The IPL franchise Rajasthan Royals today announced the final set of their replacement players.

Lewis, 29, made his West Indies debut in their World T20 campaign in India on 2016 and scored 1318 runs in 45 T20s at a strike rate of 158.

He scored 1847 runs for the West Indies in 57 ODIs. His outstanding performances in the national team earned him a pick from the Mumbai Indians in 2018. In the 2018 and 2019 seasons he scored 430 runs in 16 matches.

Fast bowler Thomas, who is currently playing for Barbados Royals in the Caribbean Premier League, made his international debut in 2018 against India in the bilateral ODI and T20 series.

Since then, Thomas, recipient of the West Indies Emerging Player of the Year award in 2019, has taken 27 wickets in 20 ODIs and 19 wickets in 17 T20s.

In the IPL, the fiery bowler represented the Royals in 2019, took five wickets in four matches and was also with the franchise in the UAE in the 2020 season.

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