West Indies in Bangladesh 2012-13 November 25, 2012

Best out of ODIs with hamstring injury

ESPNcricinfo staff

West Indies fast bowler Tino Best has been ruled out of the upcoming ODI series and the one-off Twenty20 against Bangladesh because of a hamstring injury. Jason Holder, an uncapped Barbados fast bowler, has been named as a replacement for Best.

West Indies team physiotherapist CJ Clark said Best's injury was a "Grade 1 lateral hamstring strain".

"Though being able to bowl in the second innings with pain-killing injections, he [Best] will need to return home to Barbados for ongoing treatment and rehabilitation," Clark said. "It is expected that he will be back to full fitness for the Caribbean Twenty20 tournament in January."

Best was a key performer in West Indies' 2-0 victory in the Test series. He took six wickets in Mirpur, including 5 for 24 in the second innings, and 6 for 40 in the second innings of the Khulna Test. He had been troubled by his hamstring on the first day of the second Test and bowled only ten overs in Bangladesh's first innings. Best returned to bowl in the second innings, though, and despite his hamstring trouble he blew Bangladesh away to set up a ten-wicket win.

West Indies coach Ottis Gibson said it was important to the team that Best regained his fitness for assignments next year. "It is unfortunate that Tino will be leaving, after he came back and bowled so well in the second innings of this game," Gibson said. "There is a lot of cricket coming up next year and it will be important for us that he gets himself ready for that cricket."

Best's replacement, Holder, has played 16 first-class matches and is expected to join the squad on Monday. "The selectors have started this policy of looking at giving some of our young players an opportunity at international level to see what they can do," Gibson said. "Jason has done very well with the A-Team, so it's a good opportunity for him to come here and get into the environment to see what it is like, and experience the work ethic required to be successful at this level."

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  • Dummy4 on November 26, 2012, 22:19 GMT

    Once again, congrats to my team...Narine isn't a test bowler, shillingford and the new spinner from guyana would do better together...keeping an eye on the up coming test against Australia to see if west indies gonna finally lose me as a fan....

  • Dummy4 on November 26, 2012, 14:04 GMT

    This is a Biased comment. Glad for Jason as he is a fellow old scholar of the St. Michael School, as was Paterson Thompson - anybody remember him? Just want to wish Jason the best of luck on the tour. Also agree that Rampaul could have been rested for Johnson or Gabriel. I think Holder's ability with the bat makes the difference.

    On another matter when will skilled and exoerienced bowlers like Odean Brown, Bishoo, Benn, Miller be provided the opportunity to make further contributions to WI cricket? Do we have a performance standard for our ODI & T20 batsmen, Pollard is now VC with Bravo out, is his place that secure after his recent performances for WI

  • ricardo on November 25, 2012, 14:59 GMT

    y jason holder? WI selectors just keep on selecting players on the merit that they are young. it ridiculous thinking. it extremely unfortunate that players who have consistently done well on the local circuit are overlooked or picked at some point and then thrown away like yesterdays garbage without being given a fair change. y was shillingford overlooked for permaul? because he is young? youth cannot be the only criteria! They need experience...yes give them experience on the local market before they come into international cricket and do something good for a couple a matches and then discarded cause they lack internal quality or.... become older :)

  • Earl on November 25, 2012, 12:58 GMT

    Both Johnson and Holder should of been selected.Rampaul should be given a rest.We should not wear down our test bowlers especially when capable replacements are available.Holder and Johnson did well against India A which was a good batting side.Johnson left arm would be a change for opposing batsmen.

  • Dummy4 on November 25, 2012, 11:54 GMT

    Congrats to the West Indies on their tour victories thus far. Bangladesh may be considered as a "minnow" team but in my humble opinion they only become minnows when they get "excited" and lose wickets cheaply.

    At the end of the day, WI is rebuilding and a victory is a victory, especially when it's as convincing as the two test victories were.

    I love my team (win, lose or draw) and I rally around them! Good luck to Sammy and the boys in the up-coming games.

  • Dummy4 on November 25, 2012, 7:19 GMT

    Would have love to see Delorn Johnson but happy for Jason Holder

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