West Indies in Bangladesh 2012-13 October 31, 2012

Kemar Roach to miss Bangladesh Tests

ESPNcricinfo staff

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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  • Dummy4 on November 3, 2012, 15:04 GMT

    Bangladesh has a chance now. West Indies may win this but not easily be real you're not that great. Over-Confidence gets you nowhere. Although Bangladesh may have beaten the West Indies B team in the Caribbean 3 years ago even though it still included players like Darren Sammy and Tino Best, it just shows how close Bangladesh really are and progressing only a matter of time I should say before they unleash themselves.

  • Dummy4 on November 2, 2012, 19:22 GMT

    It will be a tight series without him{Roach} but we still have Sammy Best and the others so it will be an interesting series without him

  • Dummy4 on November 2, 2012, 19:19 GMT

    For me, Kemar Roach is a big blow for us, but that wont be able to stop our bowling, we still have Sammy Best Narine and newcomer Permaul so it should an interesting series without Kemar Roach

  • ricardo on November 1, 2012, 15:33 GMT

    @inot classic! dwl lol...@scottyg yeah i agree with your side. dwayne should be in the side. but based one who they have already in the squad my starting 11 would read: 1.Gayle 2.K Powell 3.Darren Bravo 4.M Samuels 5.Chanderpaul 6. Deonarine 7.Ramdin 8.Sammy 9.Rampaul 10.Narine 11.Best

  • Mil on November 1, 2012, 14:32 GMT

    Roach would not be missed. Sammy will open the bowling. He is a test bowler against Bangladesh. I would go further and drop Gayle. Open the batting with Sammy to give him a chance to improve his batting. In between,he can also take over wicket keeping duties from Ramdin too. He has already learned to spin the coin and tell the fielders to scatter so we look for ways to find some use for Sammy in this team.

  • Muhammad Rakibul on November 1, 2012, 12:46 GMT

    Big blow for Caribbeans. He's currently their best fast bowler in Test. He had a very good record against BD when BD visited WI in 2009. He could b highest wicket taker in Test this year but injury ruled him out 4m the race.

  • Julien on November 1, 2012, 12:34 GMT

    @Dreamscrapper guess u didnt pay much attention when banglesh won that series cause u would of notice that WI main players were on strike! the only ting i c ban being competitve is in T-20 game

  • Farhan on November 1, 2012, 12:28 GMT

    I dont get it, Why some WI fan complain about Sammy so much. He is the best captain WI had in a decade. He brought they team together, won test matches and I think he was even man of the match against Pakistan test. WI wont T20WC under his leadership too. Seriously people need to stop complaining about Sammy because that man has done has done enough as a captain and player to be in team

  • Dummy4 on November 1, 2012, 7:25 GMT

    My XI 1.Gayle 2.K Powell 3.K Edwards 4.Darren Bravo 5.M Samuels 6.Chanderpaul 7.Ramdin 8.Sammy 9.Rampaul 10.Narine 11.Best

  • Scott on November 1, 2012, 6:39 GMT

    west indies should bring dwayne bravo back into the test side if he is fit to bowl- this would allow them to play sammy but also have 4 seamers in the side. My ideal side would be 1- gayle 2-powell 3-samuels 4-darren bravo 5- chanderpaul 6- dwayne bravo 7- sammy 8-randim 9- narine 10-rampaul 11-best also, why is fidel edwards always brought back- test av. of 40 over 50 tests- the stats don't lie over that many games. better to bring in johnson. and where is shannon gabriel

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