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BASSETERRE, ST KITTS, SAINT KITTS AND NEVIS - SEPTEMBER 10: In this handout image provided by CPL T20, Fabian Allen of St Kitts and Nevis Patriots celebrates hitting the winning runs during the Hero Caribbean Premier League match between St Kitts Nevis Patriots and Jamaica Tallawahs at Warner Park Sporting Complex on September 10, 2019 in Basseterre, St Kitts, Saint Kitts and Nevis. (Photo by Ashley Allen - CPL T20/CPL T20 via Getty Images )

West Indies’ bowling all-rounder Fabian Allen has been ruled out of the upcoming edition of the Caribbean Premier League due to an unfortunate circumstance. Fabian Allen, who was to ply his trade for St.Kitts and Nevis Patriots in the forthcoming season, missed the flight from Jamacia to Barbados.

The eighth edition of the competition will embark on the 18th of August, continuing till the 10th of September.

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The entire fixtures of the franchise cricket league will be played in Trinidad & Tobago. As per the Island’s lockdown rules amid the COVID-19 pandemic, nobody gets permission to enter the enter or exit the country other than that of chartered flights. It means that the Fabian Allen will cease to be part of the 2020 CPL and no replacement would be issued as well.

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Fabian Allen. Credit: AP

Fabian Allen made his CPL debut in 2017 for St.Kitts and Nevis Patriots and scored 337 runs with the best score of 66, striking at 181.18. The 25-year-old has also played 27 games for the national team across ODIs and T20Is and is a very handy all-rounder. In both the white-ball formats, Allen has maintained a strike rate of more than 100.

Agent of Fabian Allen confirms the news:

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Fabian Allen. Credit: Getty Images

Allen’s agent told ESPN Cricinfo that there existed some confusion concerning the flight details from his end that lead him to miss the flight. The agent further admitted that they explored other alternatives, too. However, the chartered plane was the only way they could enter the country.

Unfortunately, there was some confusion with his understanding of the flight details and he missed the flight. We explored all possibilities, but due to the pandemic and travel restrictions in Trinidad, the charter flight on Monday was the only way he could enter the country,” the agent said.

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