Keemo Paul ruled out of first Test against India

West Indies have received a major blow ahead of their two Test series against India as all-rounder Keemo Paul has been ruled out of the first Test in Antigua.

Windies add Keemo Paul

Cricket West Indies’ interim selection committee on Wednesday (local time) announced Miguel Cummins as the replacement for injured Paul. The 21-year old has been suffering from his left ankle strain and will continue rehabilitation.

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The 28-year old Cummins made his debut three years ago against India. He claimed a career best 6/48 in the second innings of the second match of that series. 

Coach Floyd Reifer said, “With Keemo ruled out for this match, it’s good to have someone with Miguel’s quality back in the squad, as he brings experience to the team.

“Watching him in the last ‘A’ Team series against India ‘A’ and the training sessions, his lengths have improved. He is a very hard worker and a wicket-taker. I’m sure if given the opportunity to play, he will make a valuable contribution in our bid to win this series,” he added.

The match is going to be the start of the ICC World Test Championship for both India and West Indies.

In the series, each team can earn 60 points for a win or 20 points for a draw.

West Indies are yet to win a Test series against India since 2002.

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