Nagamootoo hurt in Mishap, out of third Test too

Published: Saturday, April 27, 2002, 16:23 [IST]
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Georgetown (Guyana): West Indies spin bowler Mahendra Nagamootoo was on Friday injured in a road accident in his native Guyana and flew to Trinidad for precautionary medical treatment, according to president of the Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) Chetram Singh. Singh has already notified the Antigua-based West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) that Nagamootoo would not be available for the Third Test match against India to be played in Barbados from next Tuesday. The accident occurred late on Thursday night when a mini-bus in which the cricketer was travelling ran off the road as it swerved to avoid a cow, causing him to sustain cuts to his face and bruises to other parts of the body. "He is conscious and I don't think it's that serious but then again you don't know internal things (injuries). There are some cuts on his face which required about 15 stitches," Singh said. The GCB president said the absence of Nagamootoo from the third Test match due to the accident would be "a great loss" because the cricketer is the "best spinner in the Caribbean at the moment". Nagamootoo was unable to play in the second Test match due to a hamstring injury, and observers said his absence might have contributed to the West Indies losing that game to the touring team in Trinidad.

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