Champions Trophy 2004 August 27, 2004

Sammy replaces Lawson for Champions Trophy

Wisden Cricinfo staff

Darren Sammy: back in the fold © Getty Images

The Jamaican fast bowler Jermaine Lawson has dropped out of the West Indian squad for the Champions Trophy. Lawson, 22, has a newly diagnosed stress fracture of the lower back, and will be out of action for at least six weeks. Darren Sammy has been called up as a replacement.

Sammy, 20, is the first international cricketer to emerge from the Caribbean island of St Lucia. He made his one-day debut during the recent NatWest Series in England, although there wasn't actually any play in the match for which he was chosen - the heavens opened after the toss was made in the match against New Zealand at the Rose Bowl, and no play was possible. But the ICC ruled that the match counted in the records, as the toss had taken place.