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Injured Sarwan to return home

A shoulder injury will prevent the West Indies skipper from playing in the remainder of his side's tour of England.

cricket Updated: May 30, 2007 15:51 IST

A shoulder injury will prevent West Indies captain Ramnaresh Sarwan from participating in the remainder of his side's tour of England.

Sarwan was hurt when he fell heavily while attempting to stop a drive from England batsman Paul Collingwood on Friday, the opening day of the second Test at Headingley.

"Unfortunately Sarwan's injury will take approximately six weeks to heal and as a result he will not be able to take any further part in this tour," team manager Mike Findlay said. "The selectors are in discussions and a replacement for Sarwan is being sought and as soon as a decision is reached we will make an announcement on who the player is."

Daren Ganga took over the captaincy in Sarwan's absence and the West Indies batted one short as it fell to a record Test defeat of an innings and 283 runs on Monday.

"I have confidence that the boys will be able to rebound after the defeat at Headingley and give a better account of themselves and the team as a whole," Sarwan said.

Sarwan will return to the Caribbean on Wednesday for treatment. Sarwan took over the captaincy from the now-retired Brian Lara in the first test at Lord's, which was a rain-affected draw. The third test starts June 7 at Old Trafford, Manchester, and the fourth and final test is at Chester-le-Street in Durham starting June 15.

The West Indies will also play two Twenty20 matches and three one-day internationals against England.