Johnson Charles replaces injured Bravo

Cricket with Dalchand Bissoon

Johnson Charles – steps in for West Indies.
Johnson Charles – steps in for West Indies.

West Indies middle-order batsman Darren Bravo has been ruled out of the World Cup Squad due to a hamstring injury.

Bravo suffered the injury during the West Indies match against Pakistan in New Zealand. He was ruled out of the Zimbabwe and South Africa matches and was expected to play against defending champions India tomorrow (March 6) but team management said Bravo’s injury was taking longer than expected to recover.

West Indies Cricket Board selectors named Windward Islands batsman Johnson Charles as a replacement.

The 26-year-old attacking opening batsman from St. Lucia made his ODI debut for the West Indies against Australia at Kingstown in March 2012 and last played against New Zealand at Hamilton in January 2014.

He has played in 30 ODIs scoring 869 runs with two centuries and two half-centuries at an average of 28.96.

The West Indies have two more World Cup matches. They play India tomorrow in Perth, Australia, and on Sunday, March 15, they take on last-place United Arab Emirates in Napier, New Zealand.

The first quarter-final is scheduled to be played on Wednesday, March 18, at Sydney Cricket Ground in Australia.

At the end of the 26th match yesterday (March 4) the points standings were:

Pool A – New Zealand 8 points; Sri Lanka 6; Australia 5; Bangladesh 3; England 2; Afghanistan  2 and Scotland 0.

Pool B – India 6; South Africa 6; West Indies 4; Pakistan 4; Ireland 4; Zimbabwe 2 and United Arab Emirates 0.