Debbie-Ann Lewis can replace Juliana Nero in West Indies squad for ICC Women?s World Cup 2009

DUBAI, UAE -- The technical committee of the ICC Women’s World Cup 2009 has approved Debbie-Ann Lewis as a replacement player for Juliana Nero in the West Indies squad for next month’s tournament, which runs from 7 to 22 March in Australia.

The confirmation was conveyed to the West Indies Cricket Board on behalf of the tournament technical committee on Tuesday evening.

Nero’s replacement was allowed on medical grounds after the 29-year-old all-rounder suffered a hamstring injury during a training session.

Lewis, the 39-year-old fast bowler from Grenada, will be making her second World Cup appearance after she played in the 2005 tournament in South Africa where she was the third leading wicket-taker for her country behind Verena Felicien (nine wickets) and Philippa Thomas (seven) with six wickets.

Lewis has played 37 ODIs in which she has taken 25 wickets. She has also contributed 223 runs with the bat.

Lewis is the second replacement player to be called up for the tournament after Marizanne Kapp was approved to replace Kirsty Thomson for South Africa.

The technical committee of the ICC Women’s World Cup 2009 consists of ICC General Manager – Cricket David Richardson (represented by Chris Tetley, ICC Events Manager), ICC General Manager – Commercial Campbell Jamieson, Eugenie Buckley (Tournament Director), Geoff Allardice (Cricket Australia), Alan Wilkins and Melanie Jones (both independent nominees).

West Indies is pooled with holder Australia, New Zealand and South Africa in Group A of the ICC Women’s World Cup and opens its campaign against South Africa in Newcastle on 8 March