November 15, 2002

Hooper to miss Bangladesh tour

West Indies captain Carl Hooper will miss the upcoming tour of Bangladesh that starts on November 26.

Hooper has been nursing a knee injury for the past few months that was confirmed and diagnosed by the team's medical advisor, Dr. Akshai Mansingh, with the help of a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan shortly after West Indies' arrival in India.

"Although the injury has been providing Carl with ongoing discomfort and cause for concern, it has been successfully managed so far on tour," remarked West Indies manager Ricky Skerritt.

"Carl 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," added Skerritt.

A highly recommended specialist in Australia will be carry out the procedure on Hooper's knee.

"I have assured Carl 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.

A replacement as captain for Hooper will be named next week when the selection panel considers the players for the Bangladesh leg of the team's Asian tour.