To an already struggling West Indies side, the misfortune continues. The mighty all-rounder Andre Russell has been ruled out of 2019 ICC Men's Cricket World Cup as a result of an injury. 31-year old Russell was visibly struggling and yet his dedication didn’t stop him from pushing himself. In the four games he played, Russell took five wickets and scored just scored 36 runs.
West Indies requested ICC to call the 26-year-old batsman, Sunil Ambris as a replacement to an injured Russell. The same has been approved and confirmed by the Event Technical Committee of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019 for the remainder of the tournament. Ambris will join the Caribbean side in preparation for the match against India at Old Trafford, on Thursday 27 June.
International Cricket Council has confirmed that the Event Technical Committee of the World Cup has approved Ambris as a replacement player for Russell. 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 World Cup consists of ICC, ETC chairman Geoff Allardice, ICC representative Campbell Jamieson, CWC representative Steve Elworthy, host representative Alan Fordham, Harsha Bhogle and Kumar Sangakkara, both independent representatives.
Ambris comes with a batting average 105.33 from the six ODIs he has played. He has one ODI century to his name which came against Ireland in the recent Tri-series that also featured Bangladesh.
West Indies currently sit eighth in the CWC19 standing, and depending on other results going their way, three wins are required from their final three matches to remain in contention for a semi-final spot. The road ahead doesn’t look that easy for the West Indies side as their remainder of the matches are with India (with zero losses in the tournament till now), Pakistan (with a newly gained momentum after defeating South Africa) and an unpredictable Afghanistan.