West Indies in India 2013-14 November 9, 2013

Roach sent home with shoulder injury

ESPNcricinfo staff

Kemar Roach, the West Indies fast bowler, has been ruled out of the remainder of the tour of India because of a shoulder injury. Shannon Gabriel will join the squad as his replacement ahead of the second Test in Mumbai, which begins on November 14.

Roach did not play the first Test in Kolkata either because of his injury, and will miss the limited-overs leg of the tour as well. "We're sad to announce that Kemar has to return home to the Caribbean and will not have an opportunity on this tour, where we felt he could have made a major difference," West Indies head coach, Ottis Gibson, said.

CJ Clark, the West Indies physiotherapist, said the injury was rather uncommon among cricketers. "Kemar has not made the expected recovery from the shoulder injury that kept him out of the first Test," Clark said. "He is returning to the Caribbean for ongoing management and subsequent physical rehabilitation."

Roach is currently the highest ranked Test bowler for West Indies at No. 14. He has taken 85 wickets at 27.71 in 23 Tests.

West Indies currently trail India 1-0 in the series after they lost the first Test in Kolkata by an innings and 51 runs. The defeat was wrapped up inside of three days. The second Test of the series will be Sachin Tendulkar's 200th and final Test, while Shivnarine Chanderpaul, the West Indies batsman, will be playing his 150th match.

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  • Android on November 13, 2013, 5:57 GMT

    wish you all the best in your recovery.

  • Tajal on November 11, 2013, 20:33 GMT

    Shannon Gabriel? I last remembered him spraying the ball all over the place in a game, basically costing his team the victory. I do think that Sunil Narine could've done something in india, he's an intelligently skilled spinner. Not sure how Permaul is seen as BETTER than Narine. Our fast bowlers definitely need help. I dnt have much confidence in Tino Best as I believe he is too erratic. Cotterell is new, I see nothing special about him so far. Sammy needs to perform, I don't care what people think about him, he just needs to perform NOW because he's hurting the team. Our best bowlers are always injured and these new ones really need to prove themselves. Someone needs to learn to swing the ball

  • Hildreth on November 11, 2013, 8:29 GMT

    The WI selectors have basically stifled the development of young talent in the region because of their continued policy of RECYCLING players. As a result very promising fast bowlers like Johnson, Richardson and Cummins aren't getting opportunities to prove that they are as capable or even better than those they keep recycling through tests, T20's and ODI's. The selectors seem to be stuck in mud with a very small group of seamers: Roach, Rampaul, Best, Gabriel and only recently recruited Holder who are rotated to play all three formats of the game. Historically all these bowlers( not inclusive of Holder) are injury prone. So the selectors constantly have to adopt stop-gap measures to manage the situation that they created by their unwise selection policies. The SOLUTION ? Use the ODI format to debut young promising bowlers to the INTERNATIONAL ARENA. This is the perfect platform for them to DISPLAY AND IMPROVE their skills and also serves as a great recruiting ground for test cricket.

  • o on November 10, 2013, 15:26 GMT

    West Indies selectors are ridiculous they specialise in killing of young talent, how is playign young inexpereinced fast bowlers in India or even on debut (Cottrell) going to help them with confidence in Test cricket or in Narine's case May in wetEngland when even Swanna was gettign nothing out the pitch ? In India you need bowlers that can keep it tight as there is nothing much in the trakcs you need bowlers like Rampaul and Santokie than can actually keep it tight especially when you already have Best and Cotrell out there ! then you need your best spinners that can actually cause batsman problems Shillingford/narine both spin it both ways so will always be dangerous especially bowling together without the batsman havin option to hide and get let off leash v Sammy. If W.I want a left arm spinner Miller is only choice a better bowler and he can also bat to help out this weak batting side Permaul just looks like a lamb lead to slaughter with bat and ball same as Sammy.

  • Aakash on November 10, 2013, 11:34 GMT

    Shame about Roach, but Cummins, Narine, Rampaul, Taylor, Miller (as an allrounder) are all better bowlers than the ones that played the 1st test (except Shillingford). Hell you can even give Russell and Santokie a go over Sammy and Cotterell!

  • alfred on November 10, 2013, 11:34 GMT

    @ David Ingram.... Taylor has a poor bowling average of over 35, an even more mediocre strike rate of 10 overs per wicket, and in 49 innings of bowling, he only has 82 wkts... maybe that's why he's not playing. if he's the best fast bowler in the Caribbean, then wi should play an all spin attack.

  • alfred on November 10, 2013, 11:02 GMT

    nikki miller averaged 49 with the bat, and 23 with the ball against india A in a 3 test series recently, he also took 13 wickets (more than any other wi bowler in that series)... why is he not playing????? not to mention india A had a strong team that included the likes of sehwag, gambir, yuvraj and pujara.

  • harvey on November 10, 2013, 10:44 GMT

    Yeah, bring another bang it into the dead indian track bowler like Best. That really makes sense, apart from which, he too cannot sustain his pace for long spells like Cotterel. The Indian fat men defeated us with swing, and they send for a hit the deck bowler who is very erratic. I'm trying to be positive here but..What da. ...?

  • Carl on November 10, 2013, 10:04 GMT

    Lets hope for a speedy recovery for Roachy - sorely needed. The only true world class bowler Windies have right now. Promising speedster Miguel Cummins was surely considered but Shannon Gabriel has been chosen instead. I agree that Nikita Miller should have been i the squad - personally, I'd have him over any other WI spinner right now, but again, the selectors have deemed otherwise. The series with India will likely end 2-0, a sharp contrast to recent test exploits by the tourists. A re-think is required, urgently. Head to NZ with new leadership - yes, Sammy must step down now his time has come (a decent rebuilding job that was never going to take the West Indies all the way back to the top). The pack of young quicks need to be looked after - Roachy can't do it on his own (especially when injured). Cummins, Cottrell, Holder, Johnson, Gabriel and even Beaton eventually...the cupboard is hardly bare, so use the ingredients