Stafanie Taylor has been ruled out of the series with a knee injury. © Getty Images

In a huge blow for West Indies, Stafanie Taylor has been ruled out of the remainder of the ongoing five-match T20I series against India with a knee injury. Taylor, who missed the first T20I on Saturday (November 9) has been advised two weeks of rest by the team physiotherapist, Matthew Parchment, having suffered a Grade I medial collateral ligament sprain.

The West Indies skipper sustained the injury during her knock of 79 in the third and final ODI against India at the Sir Vivan Richards Stadium in Antigua on Wednesday (November 6). Cherry-Ann Fraser, the allrounder from Guyana, has been announced as Taylor’s replacement for the remaining matches. 

“It is very disappointing to lose Stafanie at this crucial time and she will no doubt be missed but her health and recovery are of utmost importance,” said Ann Browne-John, chief of Cricket West Indies’ women’s and girls selection panel. “We have the ICC T20 World Cup in a few months and it is critical that Stafanie gets the time to recover and return to full fitness.”

“Cherry-Ann Fraser is a young Guyanese all-rounder who was in the last camp and we were impressed by her performance. Therefore having her join the team now will get her that experience to further her development.”

Anisa Mohammed, the veteran off-spinner and vice-captain of the team, will continue to lead West Indies through the series. Shemaine Campbelle, the wicket-keeper, has been named vice-captain.

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