Prior to the first Test match against Bangladesh on Thursday in Antigua, the West Indies added experienced speed bowler Kemar Roach to their team.
Roach had suffered an injury while playing for Surrey County Cricket and was unsure if he would be able to participate in the two-match Test series against Bangladesh, which is also part of the World Test Championship 2021-2023.
For the Bangladesh Tests, Kemar Roach has been added to the West Indies’ 13-man Test team
Cricket West Indies stated on the eve of the first Test that Roach had passed a fitness examination and had been added to their team as the 13th player for the two Tests against Bangladesh.
Roach is the greatest wicket-taker for West Indies among active players in the traditional format of cricket, with 242 Test scalps in 71 games. The speed quartet of the West Indies bowling assault might include Roach, Alzarri Joseph, Jayden Seales, and Kyle Mayers.
Kemar Roach is a constant source of encouragement for our younger players: Simmons, Phil
Roach has the charisma to motivate the younger members of the West Indies team, according to head coach Phil Simmons, and his inclusion is a significant boost for the team.
“It’s fantastic that he (Roach) is fit enough for the Test match.” He’s always a source of encouragement for our younger players, and he’s ready to go. We’re pleased with what he brings to the table, not just on the field but also in the dressing room, as we approach 250 wickets. “I’m pleased he’s back in shape, and I’m excited to see him out there doing what he does so well,” Simmons said.
West Indies are presently ranked sixth in the ICC WTC 2021-2023 points table, with just two victories each over Pakistan and England, as well as three losses and two draws. The West Indies have a 35.71 percent victory rate.
The first Test between the West Indies and Bangladesh will take place at Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in Antigua on Thursday (June 16).