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Hope brothers to replace injured pacers

Adriel Richard

Hope brothers to replace injured pacers
Brothers Kyle (left) and Shai Hope. (FILE)

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Brothers Kyle and Shai Hope will play in the West Indies Super50 Cup after all – and may feature in the Barbados Pride starting 11 for their crucial fourth match against Windward Islands Volcanoes tomorrow at the Vivian Richards Cricket Ground (VRCG).

The Barbados Cricket Association announced late today that the two brothers will replace injured pacers Keon Harding and Dominic Drakes in the 15-member Pride squad for their remaining two matches.

Harding has been side-lined with a hip injury, since he bowled only six of his allotted 10 overs in the Pride’s opening match against Guyana Jaguars two Mondays ago at the Coolidge Cricket Ground (CCG). Drakes left the field with a knee injury and completed only seven overs of his 10 during the Pride’s previous match against Trinidad & Tobago Red Force this past Monday at the VRCG.

The Hope brothers had to be withdrawn from the squad a few days before the players departed for St John’s, after they returned positive tests for the COVID-19 virus during required screening before travel, but they have now fully recovered.

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Pride have lost all three of their matches in the tournament so far and the arrival of the Hope brothers may help to boost their batting.

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NATIONSPORT understands that the Pride squad may be boosted further for their final match against Jamaica Scorpions this coming Sunday at the CCG.

Three of the returning West Indies Test players from the Tour of Bangladesh, Kraigg Brathwaite, Kyle Mayers and Jomel Warrican, are expected to be included. (AR)