Injured Best to miss Bangladesh ODIs and T20I

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Injured Best to miss Bangladesh ODIs and T20I
Tino Best
Tino Best

KHULNA, Bangladesh – Fast bowler Tino Best will miss the five One-day Internationals and the Twenty20 International on the West Indies tour of Bangladesh due to a hamstring injury.

West Indies team physiotherapist C.J. Clark described the injury as a “Grade 1 lateral hamstring strain”, which Best suffered on the first day of the second Test at the Sheikh Abu Naser Stadium here.

“. . .Though being able to bowl in the second innings with pain-killing injections, he will need to return home to Barbados for ongoing treatment and rehabilitation,” said Clark.

“It is expected that he will be back to full fitness for the Caribbean Twenty20 Tournament in January.”

Jason Holder, a 6-ft, 4-in tall, loose-limbed fast bowler, has been selected to replace his compatriot. He is expected to leave the Caribbean on Sunday and arrive here on Monday.

Best was West Indies’ most successful bowler in the two-Test series against the Bangladeshis which ended on Sunday. He grabbed 12 wickets at a miserly series-best average of 14.33. His economy rate of 2.98 runs an over and strike rate of 28.8 balls per wicket were also series bests.

He took 5-24 in the second innings of the first Test at the Sher-e-Bangla Stadium in the Bangladesh capital of Dhaka and followed up with 6-40 in the second innings of the second Test of the two-Test series at the Sheikh Abu Naser Stadium here.

“It is unfortunate that Tino will be leaving, after he came back and bowled so well in the second innings of this game,” said West Indies coach Ottis Gibson.

“His performance in the Test series shows that he is in form, so we will be missing an in-form bowler.”

Gibson added: “With the injury that he has sustained and the high intensity of the limited-overs format, it means that it’s too big a risk to take, so he will return home, get his rehab done, and get himself fully fit again.

“There is a lot of cricket coming up next year and it will be important for us that he gets himself ready for that cricket.”

The 21-year-old Holder becomes the fourth player that was part of the inaugural squad at the Sagicor West Indies High Performance Centre to join the limited-overs squad for the upcoming series.

He joins opener Kieran Powell, left-arm spinner Veerasammy Permaul and wicketkeeper Devon Thomas.

The highly-regarded Holder is also a former West Indies Under-19 player and has been playing at the senior domestic level for the last three years.

“The selectors have started this policy of looking at giving some of our young players an opportunity at international level to see what they can do,” said Gibson.

“Jason has done very well with the A-Team, so it’s a good opportunity for him to come here and get into the environment to see what it is like, and experience the work ethic required to be successful at this level.

“As a team, we have had a lot of success this year and he gets to share in what is becoming a successful West Indies team.”

Revised squad
Darren Sammy (Captain)
Kieron Pollard (Vice Captain)
Darren Bravo
Chris Gayle
Jason Holder
Sunil Narine
Veerasammy Permaul
Kieran Powell
Ravi Rampaul
Kemar Roach
Andre Russell
Marlon Samuels
Lendl Simmons
Dwayne Smith
Devon Thomas

Team Management Unit
Ottis Gibson (Head Coach)
Richie Richardson (Team Manager)
Toby Radford (Assistant Coach)
C.J. Clark (Physiotherapist)
Hector Martinez (Strength & Conditioning Coach)
Richard Berridge (Performance Analyst)
Virgil Browne (Massage Therapist)
Adriel “Woody” Richard (Media Manager)

TOUR SCHEDULE

November

Thu, 8 to Sat, 10: Tour match – Cancelled – BKSP Ground, Savar

Tue, 13 to Sat, 17: First Test – West Indies won by 77 runs – Sher-e-Bangla Stadium, Mirpur

Wed, 21 to Sun, 25: Second Test – West Indies won by 10 wickets – Sheikh Abu Naser Stadium, Khulna

Wed 28: Tour Match vs BCB XI – Sheikh Abu Naser Stadium (9 a.m.)

Fri, 30: First One-day International – Sheikh Abu Naser Stadium (9 a.m.)

December

Sun, 2: Second One-day Interntional – Sheikh Abu Naser Stadium (9 a.m.)

Wed, 5: Third One-day International – Sher-e-Bangla Stadium (2:30 p.m.)

Fri, 7: Fourth One-day International – Sher-e-Bangla Stadium (2:30 p.m.)

Sat, 8: Fifth One-day International – Sher-e-Bangla Stadium (2:30 p.m.)

Mon, 10: Only Twenty20 International – Sher-e-Bangla Stadium (6 p.m.)

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