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Injury puts out Bravo

Haydn Gill

Injury puts out Bravo

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WEST INDIES’ casualty list at Cricket World Cup 2011 was extended yesterday with the elimination of vice-captain Dwayne Bravo for the remainder of the event.
The 27-year-old all-rounder sustained an injury to his left knee while bowling in the team’s opening match against South Africa on Thursday at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium.
In a Press release yesterday, the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) said an MRI scan revealed a sprain of his anterior cruciate ligament and tear of the knee cartilage.
Bravo will return to the Caribbean for further orthopaedic assessments and to commence rehabilitation.
The WICB is in the process of applying to the International Cricket Council (ICC) for a replacement player for the duration of the World Cup in India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.
The replacement player will be named once approved by the tournament’s technical committee.
Coach Ottis Gibson expressed disappointment over the loss of Bravo, who became the third West Indies player to leave the tournament with injury, following opening batsman Adrian Barath and wicketkeeper/batsman Carlton Baugh.
“This is a blow for us. Dwayne is our vice-captain and one of the key members of our team. He has been showing good form with the bat and batted well against South Africa on Thursday,” Gibson said.
“He is also a livewire in the field and a reliable bowler. We wish him a speedy recovery and hope he gets back on the field soon.”
If the selectors opt for like-for-like replacement, the leading contender would be Jamaica all-rounder Dave Bernard.
Should they, however, look at primarily a batsman, another Jamaican, Marlon Samuels would be favoured for an international recall following his heavy scoring in the WICB regional four-day competition.
Samuels, who returned to national duties in last July’s Caribbean Twenty20 tournament after serving a two-year suspension imposed by the ICC, completed his third century of the 2011 first-class competition yesterday.
His 143 not out against the Leeward Islands at Warner Park followed a career-best unbeaten 250 against Guyana in the first round and 105 against Barbados in the third round.
West Indies’ next Group B World Cup match is against Netherlands on Monday at Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium, starting at 5 a.m. (East Caribbean time).