The West Indies’ problems have not stopped yet. A string of injuries with started with Kemar Roach earlier this month in the test series against England, hasn’t ceased as the latest victim Darren Bravo was ruled out and sent home. The Windies however, have chosen not to call for a replacement.
In the massive 114 run defeat they suffered in the first ODI against England, it was clear that Bravo was struggling even as he walked up to the crease. The new updated ICC regulations don’t allow a runner, and Bravo could barely run after he managed to score 8 runs at the end of the match.
Kemar Roach and Shannon Gabriel suffered shin and back injuties in the test series. A returning Chris Gayle didn’t start off as planned when he stresses his left leg too much in a warm-up match against Middlesex at Lord’s. He was ruled out right before the ODI against England started. Bravo was the second West Indies player in the same match to suffer an injury after Russell injured his shoulder after twisting too quickly to take a second run, early in his innings.
The Windies now hope Chris Gayle gets better and returns for the second match today, the 19th of June, to strengthen his team’s shaky batting line-up. West Indies physio CJ Clark has asked for a scan to see if there could be more problems with the big hitter. If anything shows up, Gayle won’t be allowed to play and the boys from the Caribbean will be in a heap of trouble.