With just a couple of days to the commencement of the World Cup 2011, the West Indies have incurred a double blow. Opening batsman Adrian Bharat and wicketkeeper Carlton Baugh have contracted serious hamstring starins which puts them out of action for the next three to four weeks, effectively ending their World Cup bid.
Batsman Kirk Edwards and wicketkeeper Devon Thomas have been called up, but can join the team in the subcontinent only after the WICB gets approval from the ICC's technical committee.
Baught picked up the injury during his cameo against Sri Lanka in their warm-up match on Tuesday and had to retire out on 29. Darren Bravo covered for him as gloveman during Sri Lanka's chase. Meanwhile, Barath did not play in that game at all. Later, both underwent scans, and the West Indies media spokesperson stataed that their case didn't look promising.
In some good news for the side however, Kieron Pollard, who sat out of both the warm-up games due to a side strain, has been declared fit.
West Indies currently possess the resources in their squad to manage until replacements arrive. Darren Bravo can double up behind the stumps while Devon Smioth can stand in for Barath as opener.
The West Indies arrive in India to play their opening game against South Africa in Delhi on February 24. Their next three games are against Netherlands, Bangladesh and Ireland, before the potentially tougher group encounters with England and India, on March 17 and 20.