Chinelle Henry, the 24-year old West Indies women allrounder, is being treated for concussion and will therefore play no further part in the ongoing ODI series with India.
At the height of an incredibly thrilling game on Friday, Henry threw herself after the ball on the edge of the boundary and struck her head on the advertising boards. She was immediately taken out of the game as the ICC’s concussion sub role took effect for the first time in women’s cricket. But her effort saved two runs, in a match that went down to the very last ball, and resulted in a one-run victory for the Caribbean side.
A Cricket West Indies press release on Sunday said Henry will be unavailable for a minimum of seven days. Opening batter Hayley Matthews will take her place from the third ODI of the series, having served out an eight-match suspension for an undisclosed infraction. She hasn’t played any international cricket since June after being pulled from West Indies’ previous series against Australia.
Also, uncapped seamer Caneisha Isaac has been called up to replace injured opener Britney Cooper for the remaining two ODIs against India. Cooper, who did not play the first ODI, suffered a bruised shin after being struck with a ball, the CWI media release said.
Isaac has represented Trinidad & Tobago in the CWI’s women’s championship and T20 Blaze in 2017 and 2019. “Isaac is a young medium pacer and a live wire on the field who impressed during the recent pre-series camp,” Ann Browne-John, CWI’s lead selector for women and girls, said. “She will join the group of young medium pacers being groomed in the thrust to continue the development of young players.”
The last two ODIs are also scheduled to be played at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in North Sound, following which the teams will be playing five T20Is at Gros Islet and Providence.