Russell was named in the 14-member squad for the first and second T20 match to be played in the US subject to him passing a fitness assessment before the series. But, the all-rounder himself informed the interim selection panel of his unavailability for the upcoming series after he experienced some discomfort while playing in the GT20 tournament in Canada.
Reacting to the news, the interim head coach of the West Indies, Floyd Reifer said: “It is not easy to the fill the shoes of someone like Andre Russell, who has dominated T20 cricket all over the world and helped the West Indies win the ICC T20 World Cup on two occasions."
Cricket West Indies interim selection panel has included right-handed batsman, Jason Mohammed in the squad in place of Andre Russell for the first and second matches of the three-match Twenty20 International series.
“We welcome Jason Mohammed into the squad for the first two T20 matches here in Florida. He is a player with a lot of experience in all three formats and has done well for Trinidad & Tobago as well as for Guyana Amazon Warriors, we believe Jason is capable of good performances and we back him to perform at this level and win games as well.” " added Floyd Reifer.
West Indies and India will play the first T20 on August 3 followed by second and third T20 on August 4 and August 6, 2019, in Florida.
West Indies squad for the first two T20Is: Carlos Brathwaite (captain), Anthony Bramble, John Campbell, Sheldon Cottrell, Shimron Hetmyer, Evin Lewis, Sunil Narine, Keemo Paul, Khary Pierre, Kieron Pollard, Nicholas Pooran, Rovman Powell, Jason Mohammed, and Oshane Thomas
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