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October 31, 2012
Kemar Roach, the West Indies fast bowler, has been ruled out of the Test series in Bangladesh in November because of a knee injury. Fidel Edwards has been chosen as the replacement and will join the squad before it leaves the Caribbean on November 3.
Roach sustained the injury during a club match in Barbados three weeks ago and West Indies physiotherapist CJ Clark said it was a right medial hamstring tendon tear.
"Kemar has not recovered adequately from the injury to join the squad for the tour," Clark said. "He has commenced rehabilitation and will undergo further assessment. He is expected to return to action in three to four weeks time."
Roach took 39 wickets at an average of 22.25 in seven Tests this year and was West Indies' most successful bowler. "It's a blow for us," West Indies coach Ottis Gibson said. "He's [Roach] been an outstanding Test bowler for us in the last 12 months. He's got a lot of wickets for us.
"The news is not all bad. It's not a major, major injury. He has started his rehab already, so hopefully, he can recover within the next three weeks and, perhaps, make the one-day series, which means he will get some cricket before the end of the year.
"It's a difficult situation. He reckons he feels OK sometimes, and other times, if he gets his knee in the wrong position, he feels it, and the pain is so severe, he can't do anything for a while. These things happen in sport."
Gibson said Edwards was an able replacement for Roach. Edwards' last Test series was in England this summer and he was left out of the home Tests against New Zealand in August.
"Fidel was a member of the squad that played in the recent ICC World Twenty20 tournament and he has been bowling [in club cricket in Barbados], so his bowling fitness will be right up there at its peak," Gibson said. "Along with Ravi Rampaul and Tino Best, we feel confident that they will all be able to do a good job for us in the Tests, whichever combination is selected."
West Indies play Bangladesh in two Tests, beginning on November 13 in Mirpur and on November 21 in Khulna. The Tests will be followed by five ODIs and a Twenty20 international.
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