Jermaine Lannaman, Gleaner Writer
Leg-spinner Odean Brown will miss Jamaica's upcoming regional Super50 campaign. The 31-year-old, who has been a leading member of the Jamaica team for the past decade, will miss out due to a knee injury, which requires surgery.
The injury acted up during a recent training session with the national Super50 and four-day training squad at Sabina Park.
"He (Brown) has been complaining for a while now about his knee and the doctors have advised that surgery is the best thing to do," said national coach Junior Bennett.
"He has a floating bone inside his knee, which whenever he bowls causes discomfort and the hope is that with this operation it will be rectified."
Brown, who represented West Indies 'A' on numerous occasions, has been one of Jamaica's top bowlers for close to a decade.
Oftentimes operating in tandem with spin partner Nikita Miller, Brown was instrumental in Jamaica putting claim to a record fifth-straight hold on the regional title last year.
He has represented the country in 62 first-class matches, has taken 240 wickets at an average of 22.28, and was scheduled to undergo the required surgery yesterday evening.
To be spearheaded by head of the West Indies medical panel, Dr Akshai Mansingh, the operation was slated for the University Hospital of the West Indies.
According to Bennett, the surgery is expected to rule Brown out for up to six weeks, which effectively excludes the spinner from the limited overs Super50 tournament, which is scheduled to get under way on January 30 in Trinidad and Tobago.
"The surgery should rule him out for about four to six weeks, which means that he will definitely miss the one-day tournament," Bennett said.
"He could, however, make a return for the first-class tournament, which does not start until February 22.
"It's just a matter of getting the operation done and once successful, to begin the process of rehabilitation."
Bennett, also underpinned his optimism on the nature of the scheduled surgery.
"It will be a keyhole operation and not the traditional knife opening and big scar-leaving operation," he said. "So we are, therefore, hoping for the best."
Jamaica will be seeking to reclaim the Super50 and Four-day crowns after surrendering both to the Windward Islands and Barbados, respectively, earlier this year.