Root out of World Twenty20

  • Last Updated: March 10 2014, 18:20 GMT

Injured England batsman Joe Root will miss the ICC World Twenty20 and will be replaced by Ian Bell.

Joe Root: Broken thumb rules him out of the World Twenty20
Joe Root: Broken thumb rules him out of the World Twenty20

The England and Wales Cricket Board confirmed on Monday that Root, who broke his thumb batting against West Indies in last week's one-day international series victory in Antigua, will not recover in time to travel to Bangladesh.

The decision was made following a consultation with a specialist on Monday, after Root flew home from England's ongoing tour of the Caribbean.

England have requested Bell, who replaced Root in their squad against the Windies, be officially added to their World Twenty20 15-man roster - and the International Cricket Council has granted approval.

There is no date yet for 23-year-old Root to return to cricket, with the start of the new English season less than a month away.

Writing about his absence, the Yorkshire star said on Twitter: "Bitterly disappointed I'm unable to make the World Cup! Want to wish the boys the best of luck and have every confidence in the whole squad.''

The preliminary stages of the World Twenty20 tournament get under way on Sunday with England's first game against New Zealand taking place on March 22.

South Africa, Sri Lanka and a yet-to-be-decided qualifier from the competition's first stage are also in England's group.

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