West Indies replace batsman Simmons with spinner Miller

Dharamsala: The West Indies on Thursday replaced injured batsman Lendl Simmons with left-arm spinner Nikita Miller for the remainder of the ODI series against India. “There were chances that Simmons will recover from back injury but we realised that he had to be flown back home for further treatment. Nikita is on his way from Sri Lanka to replace Simmons,” said West Indies team manager Richie Richardson ahead of the fourth ODI here today.

Talking about West Indies’ chances in the series, tied at 1-1 after they gifted the win to India in Delhi, Richardson said the ‘boys’ were in positive frame of mind. “We were good for eighty overs and lost our way in the next 20. We need to think about the positives than the negatives and continue the way we have been playing. The guys are upbeat and looking forward to the game. Hope conditions here will favour us and we will have a very exciting and successful match,” he said.

The West Indies skipped practice after arriving late in the afternoon today for the second-ever ODI at the HPCA Stadium.

“We just arrived here so practice was not possible. We left the day for some recovery exercises. It is a beautiful venue, the facility is very nice. It made me feel like that I wanted to play cricket again. Hopefully the wicket will provide an exciting match,” said Richardson, a former West Indies captain.

He refused to comment on the controversy regarding the players’ payment dispute with WIPA.

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