West Indies captain Ramnaresh Sarwan will play no further part in the tour of England after damaging his shoulder in the second Test at Headingley.
Sarwan took over the captaincy from Brian Lara after the World Cup
The 26-year-old will return to the Caribbean after he injured his right acromioclavicular joint diving on the boundary during England's innings.
"It will take six weeks to heal and he will not be able to take any further part," team manager Mike Findlay said.
A decision on Sarwan's replacement will be announced on Wednesday.
Sarwan was leading the team for only the second time in Tests, having officially replaced Brian Lara as captain after the disappointing World Cup campaign in which the hosts failed to reach the semi-finals.
"I am very disappointed that I would not be able to continue on tour but I have spoken with the players and wished them well for the remainder of the Test series and the one-day matches," he said.
"I have confidence that the boys will be able to rebound after the defeat at Headingley and give a better account of themselves and the team as a whole."
Daren Ganga took charge of the team after Sarwan was injured on the opening day of the Headingley Test, and a decision on the captaincy for the rest of the tour is also expected shortly.
With Sarwan unable to bat at Headingley, West Indies lost by an innings and 283 runs - the biggest defeat in their 79-year Test history.
West Indies have two further Tests in June, two Twenty20 internationals, and three 50-over internationals before flying back to the Caribbean in early July.
Marlon Samuels, who scored 51 against England in the World Cup, could be called into the squad if a replacement is needed.
Ryan Hinds - understood to be playing for Rochdale in the Central Lancashire League - and even the officially retired Lara are other options.