Windies duo ruled out

Barath and Baugh to miss World Cup

Last Updated: 18/02/11 2:47pm

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Barath: World Cup dream ended by hamstring injury

Barath: World Cup dream ended by hamstring injury

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West Indies have been forced to make two late changes to their World Cup squad after opener Adrian Barath and wicketkeeper Carlton Baugh were deemed unfit.

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Both players are suffering from hamstring problems and the West Indies Cricket Board have called up Kirk Edwards and Devon Thomas as replacements, pending International Cricket Council approval.

Barbados batsman Edwards is uncapped at international level, while Leewards Islands wicketkeeper Thomas played two ODIs in 2009.

"The West Indies Cricket Board confirms that Carlton Baugh and Adrian Barath have sustained hamstring injuries," a statement on the board's website read.

"Medical specialists have determined that in both cases the players will not be able to resume training for two to three weeks.

"The WICB, through the team manager, is therefore making an application to the ICC technical committee for Baugh and Barath to be replaced in the West Indies World Cup squad."

West Indies open their World Cup campaign against South Africa in New Delhi on February 24.

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Meanwhile, captain Darren Sammy is confident the slow bowlers he has at his disposal will be good enough to make an impact on the subcontinent.

Sammy has two left-armers - Sulieman Benn and Nikita Miller - in the 15-man squad, as well as the off-breaks of former skipper Chris Gayle.

"Spin will be effective during the tournament," said the Windies skipper.

"Benn bowled well against the Sri Lankans and is an asset. He has been taking wickets and that is always a good sign for your spinner.

"Miller was outstanding when he got the opportunity against the Kenyans (in their first warm-up match). Miller is also one of our better fielders and offers a lot to the team.

"Gayle has done a good job in all forms of the game for us as well and we can call on him to deliver with his off-breaks in this tournament as well."

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