Lendl Simmons, West Indies opening batsman is ruled out of the tour to India due to a back injury. Simmons will have to return to Trinidad & Tobago where he will have to undertake rehabilitation. The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) confirmed it later this morning.

Lendl Simmons did not play the first two matches against India to because of same reasons. With no backup opener at disposal, Dwayne Bravo opened the innings in the first match while Darren Bravo in the second. He only played one practice game against India A. It is expected that the WICB will announce replacement for injured Simmons in the coming days before the 4th ODI.

Simmons is not included in the Test matches. However he was a regular component in the West Indies side from the last couple of years.

The five match ODI series between India and West Indies, which is now reduced to 4 after the 3rd ODI was cancelled due to a cyclone, is equalled at 1-1.