Cricket West Indies (CWI) on Thursday recruited fast bowler Kemar Roach for the first Test against Bangladesh at Sir Vivian Richards Stadium.
The 33-year-old passed a fitness test and cut in as the 13th player on the squad ahead of the commencement of the Test series. Roach has fully recovered from an injury received while playing for Surrey in the English County Championship, according to the CWI.
Roach is the highest-ranked West Indian bowler in the ICC rankings and the West Indies’ leading current Test wicket-taker. He brings a plethora of knowledge and skill to the bowling attack, with a remarkable record of 242 wickets in 72 Test matches at 27 runs per wicket, and he is also the highest wicket-taker at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium with 43 wickets, according to a release from the CWI on Wednesday.
Roach’s career-high numbers of 6-48 against Bangladesh occurred in 2009, while his best figures at the venue were 5-8 against Bangladesh in 2018.
“It’s fantastic that he (Roach) is fit for the Test match. He’s always an inspiration to our younger guys, and he’s ready to go. With 250 wickets on the horizon, we’re pleased with what he brings to the table not only on the field but also in the dressing room. I’m pleased he’s fit and looking forward to watching him get out there and do what he does so well,” West Indies head coach Phil Simmons was quoted in the release as saying.
BAN vs WI Test Series
The first match of the Test series will get underway on 16th June while the series will conclude on 29th June. The series will be different for Bangladesh as it will be played from Duke ball which none of the present Bangladeshi pacers have used. Also, both teams would look to win as this series is very important looking at the WTC table.