Romario Shepherd has been named as Dwayne Bravo’s substitution in West Indies’ T20 squad for their forthcoming tour of New Zealand. Bravo endured a groin injury while playing for Chennai Super Kings in the progressing Indian Premier League (IPL) which thusly managed him out of the competition.
“I was really looking forward to the tour of New Zealand as it has been so many months since I last wore maroon in Sri Lanka back in March and we are all so excited about building towards defending our T20 World Cup next year,” Bravo said.
“Unfortunately, the injury I sustained on Saturday playing for CSK has not only ruled me out of the IPL but also the tour. I’m making arrangements to return to Trinidad over the next few days where I will continue my rehab and treatment. I’m fully committed to representing the West Indies and I just need to get myself stronger again,” Bravo added.
Shepherd has played a few of T20Is having made his presentation early this year. He was essential for the Guyana Amazon Warriors team that arrived at the semifinal of the Caribbean Premier League, picking six wickets at an economy of 7.31.
“This is a great opportunity for me, and I want to take it with both hands. I was in the team before, last year and earlier this year, so I have a good feel of the game at this level. I’ve been training hard and working at all areas of my game so I’m ready,” Shepherd said.
West Indies are planned to play three T20Is and two Tests in New Zealand. The T20 series will be played first and it begins on November 27.
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