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West Indies to miss Bravo performance

The West Indies will be without Darren Bravo, their stylish left-hander, for Thursday's penultimate one-day international against India.

The West Indies will be without the powerful presence of Darren Bravo in Thursday's Test against India.
The West Indies will be without the powerful presence of Darren Bravo in Thursday's Test against India.

Darren Bravo, the in-form West Indies batsman, has been ruled out of Thursday's penultimate one-day international against India with a hamstring problem.

The stylish left-hander retired hurt when on 26 during the third ODI in Ahmedabad on Monday, which the tourists won to stay afloat in the series 2-1.

"Darren Bravo is out for the next game," Darren Sammy, the West Indies captain, said on the eve of the fourth ODI in Indore, adding that he was confident other players would step up to bridge the gap.

"Like we showed when Shiv [Shivnarine Chanderpaul] missed a Test [in Mumbai], young [Kieran] Powell came in and took responsibility," Sammy said.

Powell made the most of his opportunity and hit a solid 81 in the first innings of the final Test in Mumbai, which ended in a thrilling tie with both sides on level scores.

Bravo, 22, scored consecutive hundreds in Kolkata and Mumbai during the Test series and has been the most consistent batsman for the West Indies on the tour.

"Yes, we will miss Bravo in the line-up. But it gives an opportunity for someone else to come out and make a name for himself," Sammy said. "Our team is definitely improving, when we miss guys, the guys come in and perform."

Chennai will host the final match of the series on Sunday.

Elsewhere, Sri Lanka's national cricket team members will next week receive a portion of the eight months of back wages they are owed, the sports minister said.

Mahindanda Aluthgamage told the country's parliament on Tuesday that 65 per cent of the contract payments owed to the cricketers will be made when Sri Lanka Cricket receives US$1.8 million (Dh6.6m) from the International Cricket Council for co-hosting the World Cup with India and Bangladesh earlier this year.

The Federation of International Cricketers' Association said last month that Sri Lanka owes its cricketers $6m in contract payments and match fees since the World Cup ended in April. Sri Lanka Cricket, once the richest sports body in the country, has run up a debt of $69m mainly because it constructed two new cricket grounds and renovated a third for the World Cup.

Bangladesh police are investigating whether a car carrying two umpires had stones thrown at it in Chittagong after Pakistan beat Bangladesh in their one-day international series finale. Mesbahuddin Serniabat, the security chief of the Bangladesh Cricket Board, said Wednesday that police were checking whether the rear window of the car was smashed accidentally or deliberately on Tuesday.

Serniabat said the car was taking the South African umpire Johan Cloete and the Bangladeshi official Enamul Haque to their hotel after the match, which Pakistan won by 58 runs to sweep the series 3-0. Fans at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium were unhappy with Cloete declaring Bangladesh all-rounder Farhad Reza out lbw for 21. Replays on the stadium's giant screen showed Reza got his bat to the ball.

Serniabat said: "The incident is not a big one. It's true a stone hit the window of the car. Maybe this was not intentional."