London: West Indies all-rounder Andre Russell has been ruled out of Cricket World Cup 2019 due to an injury to his left knee on Monday.Andre Russell will be replaced by Sunil Ambris, a 26-year-old batsman, who has played 6 ODIs and averages 105.33, ICC said in a statement.
Ambris has 1 hundred and 1 fifty to his name in the 50-over format and played recently in Tri-series that also featured Bangladesh. Andre Russell played only 4 matches and took five wickets in the ongoing World Cup but visibly struggled with a knee problem.
West Indies currently sit eighth in the CWC19 standing but still have an outside chance of making it to the semi-finals depending on other results going their way. They need three wins from their final three matches to remain in contention for a semi-final spot.
ICC approves Ambris as replacement for Russell
The International Cricket Council has confirmed that the Event Technical Committee of the ICC Men's Cricket World Cup 2019 has approved Sunil Ambris as a replacement player for Andre Russell in the West Indies squad for the remainder of the tournament.
All-rounder Russell has been ruled out of further participation in the event due to an injury to his left knee. Twenty six-year-old Ambris, a top-order batsman, has played six Tests and six ODIs for the West Indies.
The replacement of a player requires the approval of the Event Technical Committee before the replacement player can be officially added to the squad.
The Event Technical Committee of the ICC Men's Cricket World Cup 2019 consists of Geoff Allardice (ICC, ETC chairman), Campbell Jamieson (ICC representative), Steve Elworthy (CWC representative), Alan Fordham (host representative), Harsha Bhogle and Kumar Sangakkara (both independent representatives).(UNI)