Evin Lewis has been picked by MI in IPL 2018 auctions © AFP
Evin Lewis has been picked by MI in IPL 2018 auctions © AFP

Franchise cricket has become the most alluring offer for cricketers now, for the money and global platform it offers. For Evin Lewis, however, playing for West Indies matters more than anything else. In a recent interview, Lewis disclosed that he had earlier turned down a proposal to play in Pakistan Super League (PSL) as the dates clashed with West Indies’ cricketing schedule and chose to represent his country instead.

“I was offered a contract to play in the PSL and I turned it down because I wanted to play for the West Indies. I am looking forward to working hard and doing well for the team,” Lewis told Guardian. Lewis, who is among the handful to have scored more than one T20I hundreds, is now set to play IPL, and is concerned about West Indies’ fixtures in the future. “Not sure how T20 cricket leagues and Windies cricket will clash in the future but my dream was to play for the Windies and I am happy to be in the team,” he said.

Lewis, nevertheless, is excited to grab an IPL contract. “I feel really great about picking up my first IPL contract and I am looking forward to playing under the captaincy of Rohit Sharma and alongside my fellow countryman Keiron Pollard.

“Well after the first day when I wasn’t picked up I felt a bit nervous but on the second day when my name came up, I saw two teams bidding for me and this made me feel a lot better. In the end Mumbai bought me and I am very happy to be playing with a team that has won the IPL on three occasions.”