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Viv's son joins Windies squad

The Caribbean legend's son, Mali, joins the team as temporary cover for a warm-up match against England A.

cricket Updated: Jun 21, 2007 16:04 IST

Caribbean legend Viv Richards' son Mali, an all-rounder, has joined the West Indies team as temporary cover for Thursday's warm-up match against England A.

Mali is one of the three cricketers who have been asked to join the visiting squad along with pacer Esaun Crandon and batsman Kirk Edwards.

Earlier, pace duo of Andrew Richardson and Ruel Brathwaite have joined the squad on Wednesday.

West Indies is grappling with injury problems and pacer Corey Collymore has already been ruled out of Wednesday's match against England A.

Another pacer, Ravi Rampaul, underwent a fitness test on Wednesday after which he was advised to skip the match to fully recover from the groin injury he had sustained during a warm-up match.

In all, West Indies brought in seven players as cover for the solitary warm up game against Worcester and the list also includes Jerome Taylor and Sylvester Joseph.

23-year-old Mali is a middle-order batsman who doubles up as a seamer. Unlike his father, he is a left-handed batsman, who raised promise with a century for Antigua under-15 and then his 319 against Combined Virgin Islands.

He also played for Gloucestershire second XI and Oxford UCCE with limited success.