West Indies fast bowler Kemar Roach suffered a hamstring injury while playing for Fertilizer in the County Championship. The West Indies announced the squad for the first Test against Bangladesh, leaving him out as he did not fully recover from the injury. The West Indies Cricket Board (CWI) said on social media today that Roach had been included in the first Test squad after passing a fitness test. The first Test starts today at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in Antigua.
A statement from West Indies Cricket (CWI) on Twitter said: “The veteran fast bowler has passed the fitness test and has been added to the squad as the 13th player. Roach has fully recovered from the injury, the statement said. West Indies coach Phil Simmons is happy to have Roach back in the squad. He is always an inspiration for the youth.
Roach has the highest number of wickets in Tests among current West Indies cricketers. The right-arm pacer has taken 242 wickets in 61 Tests. He made his Test debut in 2009 against Bangladesh in Kingston. Roach is also the best bowler in the West Indies in the ICC Test bowler rankings. The big bad news for Bangladesh is that Roach is the most successful bowler in Tests at Sir Vivian Richards Stadium. No one has taken more wickets in this match than Roach who took 43 wickets in that match.
Roach’s career-best bowling in Tests is also against Bangladesh. In that series in 2009, Roach took 6 wickets for 48 runs in Bangladesh’s first innings in Grenada. Roach took 5 wickets for 6 runs in Bangladesh’s first innings in the 2016 Test at the Viv Richards Stadium. Bangladesh were all out for 43 runs in that innings.
Roach last played for the West Indies in March. He took 4 wickets in England’s two innings.