8 Jan 2014

Sammy out of T20 series against Black Caps

12:45 pm on 8 January 2014

The West Indies regular Twenty20 cricket captain Darren Sammy has been ruled out of the Twenty20 series against New Zealand.

Sammy is still bothered by a hamstring injury he sustained prior to the start of the third One-day International.

His place in the squad will be filled by left-arm spinner Nikita Miller and ODI captain Dwayne Bravo will lead the side in his absence.

The joining T20 players - Samuel Badree, Andre Fletcher and Andre Russell - arrived in New Zealand on Monday.

Russell will be considered for selection for the final ODI against the Black Caps in Hamilton tomorrow.

Neither Chris Gayle nor Kieron Pollard was considered for selection to the T20I squad due to injury.

Gayle continues his recovery from a hamstring injury sustained during the tour of India last November, and Pollard continues his rehabilitation following a knee injury around the same time.

The first T20 international is in Auckland on Saturday with the second in Wellington next Wednesday.