Colombo: West Indies batting star Brian Lara has been ruled out of next month's tour of India due to an illness, his team's manager said on Thursday. "Brian Lara will miss the team's forthcoming tour of India through illness," Ricky Skerritt said. The West Indian batsman was hospitalised for 'suspected hepatitis' after scoring 111 against Kenya in a league match of the ongoing Champions Trophy One-day tournament on Tuesday.
"Brian has been advised by medical specialists that he will miss the West Indies immediate cricketing commitments," Skerritt said. "That will obviously rule him out of the Indian tour and I have advised the West Indies selectors that a replacement will be needed." The West Indies will tour India next month to play three Tests and seven One-day Internationals. The opening Test starts in Mumbai on October 9. Lara has so far scored 7,572 runs in 90 Tests with 18 centuries and 7,549 in 203 One- day Internationals, with 15 hundreds. His previous tour of the island ended in an elbow injury last year, eventually keeping him out of international cricket for nearly four months. Lara suffered the injury after colliding with Sri Lankan fielder Marvan Atapattu while going for a single in a triangular series, also involving Zimbabwe.