West Indies in New Zealand 2013-14 January 11, 2014

Injured Rampaul to return home

ESPNcricinfo staff

West Indies fast bowler Ravi Rampaul will miss the two T20s against New Zealand due to a thumb injury and will return home. Rampaul picked up the injury during a training session before the fourth ODI in Nelson and didn't play the two remaining ODIs.

"Ravi has sustained a fracture and we are looking to allow optimal healing rather than pushing an early return," said West Indies physiotherapist CJ Clark. "He will return home to allow the fracture time to heal and will commence fitness training in preparation for the Regional Super50 Tournament, starting later this month in Trinidad."

There will be no replacement for Rampaul in the T20 squad, which has now been reduced to 14. He is the latest West Indies player to join the injury list that includes Darren Sammy and Marlon Samuels. Chris Gayle and Kieron Pollard were ruled out before the tour began.

The injury prone Rampaul made a return to the ODI squad during the tour of India, following an ankle injury. He didn't figure in the Test squad in New Zealand but played the ODIs in Auckland and Queenstown.

The first T20 gets underway in Auckland on Saturday.

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  • timothy on January 13, 2014, 21:32 GMT

    Poor fella! I have never seen a cricketer who gets injured more often than Rampaul. And did you notice that 99% of the time the injuries occur while touring overseas with about half the tour still to go? Long, all-expenses paid trip for only half the work. Rich fella!

  • Dummy4 on January 12, 2014, 18:01 GMT

    The management and coaches need to be replaced before any reversal in fortunes can happen.The odd victory must not be seen as a sign that things are turning around,but rather a brief reminder of how things can be if the system was functional.Changing and chopping players would be ineffective until the entire structure of W.I. cricket is revamped.

  • Dummy4 on January 12, 2014, 2:25 GMT

    Its funny how all the IPL WI cricketers are getting "injured". This is the kind of thing the coaches have to deal with. Im willing to bet that they are all trying to stay fit so that they wont get hurt before the IPL auction.

  • Android on January 12, 2014, 2:05 GMT

    Rampant eating too much roti and curry!

  • Amila on January 11, 2014, 13:09 GMT

    This is just a joke. There cannot possibly be any authenticity to these injuries. How is it that more than half of the national team (Gayle, Pollard, Sammy, Roach, Rampaul, Samuels) be injured. Apparently Rampaul got injured as he got hit by a delivery from Narine (Who must be moonlighting as a lightning quick bowler). These fellows must be getting ready for the IPL.

  • Carl on January 11, 2014, 9:08 GMT

    As you can patently see in the image above - Rampaul scarcely can be regarded as an "athlete". His fitness concerns have always been an issue. A pity, as he SHOULD have become a decent part of the West Indies attack.

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