Toe Injury Forces West Indies’ Shamar Joseph Out of ILT20

West Indies’ Test hero, Shamar Joseph, faces an IPL setback due to a toe injury sustained at the Gabba. Despite the injury, Joseph reaffirms his commitment to playing for the West Indies in Test cricket.

West Indies pace bowler, Shamar Joseph, has been ruled out of the Indian Premier League (IPL) due to a toe injury sustained during the Gabba Test against Australia.

Originally set to join the Dubai Capitals for the IPL after the Test series, Joseph’s plans have been derailed due to the toe injury. The 24-year-old will now return home for recovery before shifting his focus to the Pakistan Super League (PSL), where he was signed by Peshawar Zalmi as a replacement for Gus Atkinson.

Shamar Joseph suffered the injury on the third day of the Gabba Test when he was struck on the toe by a Mitchell Starc yorker. While initially suspected to have a toe fracture, he was cleared of it on the fourth day of the Test.

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Despite battling excruciating pain, Joseph delivered a spell for the ages on the fourth day, capturing remarkable figures of 7 for 68, inspiring West Indies to a historic eight-run win – their first on Australian soil since 1997.

Expressing his commitment to Test cricket for the West Indies, Joseph stated, “I will always be here to play Test cricket for the West Indies. There will be times when T20 might come around, and Test cricket will be there… but I will always be available to play for the West Indies no matter how much money comes towards me.”

The toe injury, though sidelining him from the IPL, has not dampened Joseph’s dedication to representing West Indies, emphasizing the significance of national duty over lucrative T20 league offers.

-IANS