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Jason Mohammed included in place of injured Andre Russell for India T20Is
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Jason Mohammed included in place of injured Andre Russell for India T20Is

Andre Russell has been replaced by Jason Mohammed for the West Indies' first two T20 internationals against India in Florida this weekend.

Russell's knee injury, which ruled him out of the World Cup, has flared up again as he continued to experience discomfort during the ongoing Global T20 tournament in Canada.

His replacement Mohammed last played a game for the West Indies way back in July last year against Bangladesh.

The 32-year-old, who has captained his national side in the past as well, has been rewarded for a productive first-class season with Trinidad & Tobago.

"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," interim head coach Floyd Reifer said.

"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."

The West Indies begin their campaign against India on Saturday with the second T20I game scheduled the next day.

The two teams will then travel to Guyana to participate in the final match of the series.

The T20 contests will be followed by three ODIs and two Tests that count towards the calculation of the recently inaugurated World Test Championship.