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Foot injury rules Sarwan out of ODI series

Osman Samiuddin in Karachi

December 1, 2006

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Adding injury to insult - Ramnaresh Sarwan's tour has been cut short © Getty Images

Ramnaresh Sarwan, the West Indies vice-captain, has been ruled out of the five-match ODI series against Pakistan due of a foot injury, sustained during the final day's play of the Test series against Pakistan.

Sarwan was batting on 35 when he was struck on the right foot by a vicious, swinging yorker from Umar Gul during the 32nd over the West Indian second innings in the morning session. He immediately fell to the ground, in visible pain. After a few minutes treatment, he was carried off the field by trainers. He was taken to a local hospital for X-rays, which confirmed a small hairline fracture in his right instep. He will fly back to the West Indies before the ODI series.

Sarwan was recalled for this match after being dropped for the second Test in Multan because of poor form. In the first innings, he had been bowled for a duck by Gul, from another reverse-swinging yorker.

Sarwan is a vital member of the West Indies ODI side and widely regarded as one of the most accomplished ODI batsmen in world cricket. Though his form during the DLF Cup in Malaysia and the Champions Trophy in India was patchy, he averages over 44 from 115 matches.

Osman Samiuddin is Pakistan editor of Cricinfo

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