West Indies news April 20, 2014

Roach escapes from nasty crash


West Indies fast bowler Kemar Roach has escaped serious injury following a car accident early on Saturday morning in his native Barbados.

Roach, 25, crashed his BMW sedan after losing control due to slippery road conditions at traffic lights near Wanstead Drive, just outside Bridgetown. According to local reports, the car flipped several times before landing in the 3Ws Park, approximately half a mile from the 3Ws Oval.

Two wheels of the vehicle were broken off and the airbags deployed reports stated. Roach sustained a head wound but appeared coherent as he was taken by ambulance from the scene.

Roach took to Twitter a few hours later after the accident to reveal to follows that he was recovering and in good health. "Sorry To Scare My Friends, Family And Fans But I'm Straight! Thanks For The Love! #BlessUp."

Inspector David Welch confirmed that police responded to the incident but divulged that further details could not be given since the investigating officers were still gathering information.

Roach has played 23 Tests and 61 One-Day Internationals but has not appeared up for West Indies in nearly a year because of injury.

Renaldo Matadeen is a sportswriter and social media manager for ESPN Caribbean. @RenaldoMatadeen

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  • Gaurav on April 22, 2014, 19:26 GMT

    Reminded me about Runako Morton. RIP Runako!

  • CRIC on April 22, 2014, 17:40 GMT


    Whilst Taylor has certainly put himspelf back in the minds of the selectors - or should have done with some incisive spells earlier this season, Daren Powell is not one you should be expecting to see again in West Indies colours - he is over 36 years old now and hasn't played first class cricket since the summer of 2010. Time for new blood in the fast bowling ranks - and, new life in the pitches too...

    If Beaton and Jordan are given time, West Indies will have two genuinely rapid young fast bowlers in the not too distant future. And, Roach...patently :-)

  • Alphy on April 22, 2014, 13:32 GMT

    Guys, get in Jerome Taylor, quality quick. where is Darrren Powell

  • Dummy on April 21, 2014, 12:49 GMT

    Wl could definitely use tht kind of speed on the pitch right nw .i guess it's just his nature

  • Prasanna on April 21, 2014, 9:16 GMT

    I wonder why on earth ( other than on race tracks ) would we be required to drive so fast to take a gamble on our lives !! Are we professional racers ? No !! What point would we try to prove !!

  • rob on April 21, 2014, 8:54 GMT

    I've done a fair bit of driving, some on the race track. I tell you folks, it's not that easy to flip a late model BMW. With all the state of the art handling those things have, you need to be doing some serious speed or have some very, very bad luck. Even a blown tire at 100 mph is not usually a huge problem if you're paying attention.

    Anyway, it's great news he's not badly hurt. He's an exciting bowling but maybe not such an accomplished driver.

  • Aditya on April 21, 2014, 5:47 GMT

    God's grace! what's happening in West Indies? Runako Morton was not so lucky and faced an untimely sad death. Please guys, drive safely. All around the world, there are lots of people who love you - please don't do this. Praying for your quick and safe recovery.

  • Taimor on April 20, 2014, 22:14 GMT

    Thank god he is fine!! Really hopeful of looking him back in the WI side soon.

  • CRIC on April 20, 2014, 21:34 GMT

    Thank God that the young man was able to walk away. Already, one promising bowler - Tevin Robertson from Trinidad+Tobago, was taken earlier this year following a dreadful accident. Such a sad loss. I pray that these boys take care out on the roads.

  • Muhammad on April 20, 2014, 20:51 GMT

    Hope for his quick recovery. He is genuinely a good and pacy bowler and his services are being missed dearly by WI.

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