Injured Windies captain Hooper to skip Bangla tour

Published: Friday, November 15, 2002, 18:53 [IST]
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New Delhi: West Indies captain Carl Hooper will not tour Bangladesh at the conclusion of the current One-day series in India due to a knee injury, team officials said on Friday.

Hooper missed Tuesday's third One-day International against India at Rajkot because of the injury sustained soon after the West Indies arrived in India last month. Hopper will sit out the two Tests and three one-day internationals the team plays in Bangladesh in late November and December. "Although the injury has been providing Hooper with ongoing discomfort and cause for concern, it has been successfully managed so far on tour," team manager Ricky Skerritt said in the statement. "Hooper has now decided to undergo the required corrective surgery at the end of November so that he will be fully recovered by the start of our pre-World Cup camp in January," Skerritt said. A specialist in Australia will carry out the procedure, the statement said. "I've assured Hooper of the full support of the West Indies Cricket Board and told him that we all look forward to his complete recovery and return to the team," Skerritt said. The absence of the experienced Hooper will come as a blow to the West Indies, which is already without star batsman Brian Lara due to a mystery illness sustained during the Champions Trophy in Sri Lanka in September. A new West Indian captain for the Bangladesh tour, which starts on November 26, will be named next week when the selectors meet to pick the squad.

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