West Indies felt a huge blow just before hours of their first test of IND vs WI series. Windies all-rounder Kemmo Paul has been ruled out from the first test against which is going to take place in Antigua. Paul was suffering an ankle injury because of which he will be unable to play the match.
West Indies has found a replacement for Paul in the form of Miguel Cummins who is a right-arm fast-medium bowler. Miguel has played 13 tests in which he has taken 27 wickets with an economy rate of 3.28. His best bowling figure per inning is 6/48.
Against India, he has a record of taking nine wickets in just three innings. And while playing in his home ground he has taken 18 wickets in 18 matches.
Although he is ruled out by the selectors for the first test, Kemmo will continue his rehabilitation while staying in Antigua until he recovers from his ankle injury.
In a statement given by the Windies interim head coach Floyd Reifer, it is said: “With Keemo ruled out for this match, it’s good to have someone with Miguel’s quality back in the squad, as he brings experience to the team.”
While the West Indies found the replacement for Cummins, his unavailability in the team is a cause for tension. Given his previous record, Cummins played his international Test debut match three years ago against India where he gave his career-best performance, taking 6 wickets for 48 runs in the second inning of the second match.
“Watching him in the last A-Team series against India A and the training sessions his lengths have improved. He’s a very hard worker and a wicket-taker. I’m sure, if, given the opportunity to play, he will make a valuable contribution in our bid to win this series,” the interim coach further added.