Hooper to miss Carib Beer semi-final
Stabroek News
March 19, 2003

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Guyana and West Indies skipper Carl Hooper will miss Guyana's semi-final match of the Carib Beer International Challenge tournament.

According to a Guyana Cricket Board release , the GCB "has received a report of a medical examination by Dr. Michael Kitchener in Australia which advises that Hooper is experiencing soreness and swelling of both knees. The doctor has administered an injection and ordered rest," the release stated.

The release added that Hooper will leave Australia later this week and is scheduled to arrive in Guyana on Sunday.

According to the release, the West Indies captain had been advised by the team physiotherapist to rest for two weeks after the conclusion of the preliminary round of the World Cup competition.

Meanwhile the West Indies Cricket Board has re-scheduled the outstanding fixture between West Indies "B" and India "A" in the Carib Beer 2003 Cricket Series, as well as the semi-finals and final.

The first round match between West Indies "B" and India "A" that had been postponed because of the visitors' late arrival in the Caribbean will now be played at Kensington Oval, starting on Friday.

"The WICB did not feel it was fair for India "A" to forfeit the points for missing the first round match and, now that they have a chance to make it in to the semi-finals for the Carib Beer International Challenge Trophy, we had to shift our dates around," remarked Michael Hall, the Chief Cricket Development Officer of the WICB.

The staging of the West Indies "B"/India "A" fixture means that the semi-finals and final of the Carib Beer International Challenge will be delayed by one week. The semi-finals will now start on March 28 and the final on April 4.

Meanwhile, the WICB has confirmed that Mervyn Jones and Dalton Holder will umpire the West Indies "B"/India "A" fixture with Halley Moore, the reserve umpire.

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