Andre Russell out of India series after injury flare up

Injury-plagued all-rounder Andre Russell has been forced out of the three-match Twenty20 International series against India following a flare up of his troublesome left knee.

The 31-year-old informed selectors he would be unavailable for the series after experiencing discomfort while at the ongoing Global T20 Canada in Toronto, where he featured in one match for Vancouver Knights without bowling or batting.

Russell will now be replaced by batsman Jason Mohammed who last played a T20 International 16 months ago when he led a second string side on a three-match tour of Pakistan.

“We welcome Jason Mohammed into the squad for the first two T20 matches here in Florida. He is a player with lots of experience in all three formats and – having done well for Trinidad & Tobago as well as Guyana Amazon Warriors,” said West Indies head coach, Floyd Reifer.

“It is not easy to fill the shoes of someone like Andre Russell, who has dominated T20 cricket all over the world and helped West Indies win the ICC T20 World Cup on two occasions.

“We believe Jason is capable of good performances and we back him to perform at this level and win games as well.”

Mohammed, 32, is a slightly strange choice as replacement, averaging 18 from nine T20Is, with a highest score of 23 not out. He managed only 198 runs at an average of 24 with a single half-century in the Caribbean Premier League last season.