India VS West Indies
The top player of West Indies cricket team Andre Russell on Friday ruled himself out of the first two T20Is against India. He has been replaced by Jason Mohammed for the first two matches of their series against India. Initially, Russell was named in the 14-man squad and had just returned to action after his knee surgery. However, he experienced ‘some discomfort’ in his surgically-repaired knee while playing in the Global T20 Canada, thus had to opt out from playing the match.
Andre Russell had earlier injured his left knee during the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup campaign after playing four matches. With his exit, Jason gets an opportunity to make a place for himself in the team. The last he appeared in a T20I was in April 2018 and as far as ODI is concerned, he last played against Bangladesh in July 2018. It would be interesting to see how the 32-year old cricketer performs in the first two games against India.
West Indies and India will have three T20Is against each other – the first two matches will be played at the Broward County Stadium in Florida on August 3 and August 4, while the final T20 will be played at the Guyana National Stadium in Guyana on August 6. After that, the two teams will face each other in three ODIs and two test matches. Speaking about Jason’s consideration in the team, the interim West Indies head coach, Floyd Reifer said, “We welcome Jason Mohammed into the squad for the first two T20 matches here in Florida. He is a player with lots of experience in all three formats.”
He further said, “It is not easy to fill the shoes of someone like Andre Russell, who has dominated T20 cricket all over the world and helped West Indies win the ICC T20 World Cup on two occasions.” Check out the West Indies squad for the first two T20Is: Carlos Brathwaite (captain), Anthony Bramble, John Campbell, Sheldon Cottrell, Shimron Hetmyer, Evin Lewis, Sunil Narine, Keemo Paul, Khary Pierre, Kieron Pollard, Nicholas Pooran, Rovman Powell, Jason Mohammed and Oshane Thomas.