India vs West Indies 1st Test: Keemo Paul ruled out, Miguel Cummins named replacement
Keemo Paul is out of the opening Test against India. © AFP

Hosts West Indies will be without the services of their allrounder Keemo Paul for the opening Test of the series against India, which starts later today in Antigua.

Paul is suffering from an ankle injury and has been replaced by pacer Miguel Cummins. He will stay in Antigua for rehabilitation, Cricket West Indies announced on Wednesday.

The 21-year-old bowling allrounder made his Test debut against England earlier this year. In three Tests, Paul has scored 96 runs and taken six wickets.


He recently played all the three T20Is against India, but only got a solitary chance in the ODIs.

Right-arm pacer Cummins has played 13 Tests, from which he has 27 wickets. He made his Test against Test debut against India in the second Test of the series in 2016. In the third game, the 28-year-old bagged nine wickets, three in the first innings and six in the second.

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Cummins has endured tough times with the ball since then and has only added 18 wickets in 11 Tests. He recently played two unofficial Tests against India A, returning six wickets.

Cummins is unlikely to get a place in the playing XI, with Jason Holder, Shannon Gabriel and Kemar Roach set to lead the pace attack in the opening Test. West Indies might opt for two spin-bowling allrounders in Roston Chase and the uncapped Rahkeem Cornwall.