Bravo ruled out of World Cup due to knee injury

Updated: Feb 25, 2011, 23:28 PM IST

New Delhi: West Indies on Friday suffered a huge set back with all-rounder Dwayne Bravo ruled out of the World Cup because of a knee injury that he suffered during their opening group B match against South Africa.

"Bravo has suffered a cartilage damage in his left knee. MRI was done today and results confirm the injury. He will need minimum four weeks time to recover and is ruled out of the World Cup," West Indies Philip Spooner said.

Spooner said Bravo would return home and a replacement for the 27-year-old allrounder would be named after ICC approval.

Bravo had slipped on his follow through when he went across the pitch trying to stop the ball after South African captain Graeme Smith punched it towards mid on in the 14th over during their match at the Feroze Shah Kotla stadium on Thursday.

He had bowled just 2.1 overs and was taken off from the field immediately and Kieron Pollard completed the over. West Indies had lost the match by seven-wicket.

It is a fresh blow for the West Indies team, which is already grappling with injuries after their opener Adrian Barath and wicketkeeper Carlton Baugh were ruled out of the World Cup before the start of the mega event.