WI suffer Barath, Baugh blow ahead of World Cup

New Delhi: Barely less than a week before they kick off their World Cup campaign, former champions West Indies became the latest team to be hit by injury curse when opener Adrian Barath and wicket-keeper Carlton Baugh were on Friday ruled out of the mega-event starting Saturday in Dhaka.

The Caribbean duo thus brought to 10 the number of players forced to withdraw due to injuries ahead of cricket’s showpiece event.

“Medical specialists have determined that in both cases the players will not be able to resume training for two to three weeks,” the West Indies Cricket Board said in a

Both the players were suffering from hamstring injuries and had scans yesterday to assess the graveness of their problems.

Baugh was forced to cut short his 29-run innings against Sri Lanka in losing cause during West Indies’ second warm-up match at Colombo while the exciting 20-year-old Barath was forced to stay indoors during both their preparatory ties.

The West Indies have named uncapped Barbados batsman Kirk Edwards and Antigua wicket-keeper Devon Thomas as the replacement for the two and are awaiting International Cricket Council’s approval to incorporate the players in the mix before their opening fixture against South Africa here on February 24.

So far, ICC has already approved eight replacement players for various teams participating in the World Cup.