Gibson and the rest of the national team will be hoping that Roach is back in action in no time at all
West Indies pace bowler Kemar Roach has been ruled out of the upcoming Bangladesh series after sustaining a hamstring injury.
Roach will be replaced by Fidel Edwards, who will travel with the rest of the team to Bangladesh for two Test matches, five ODIs and a one-off Twenty20 International.
Roach sustained his injury while playing in a club match for Barbados three weeks ago and the West Indies physiotherapist CJ Clark stated that the pace bowler had a right medial hamstring tendon tear.
“Kemar has not recovered adequately from the injury to join the squad for the tour, he has commenced rehabilitation and will undergo further assessment. He is expected to return to action in three to four weeks time,” Clark said.
Roach has been the West Indies’ most successful bowler so far this year with 39 wickets under his belt at an average of 22.25.
National coach Ottis Gibson noted that Roach’s injury was a big “blow” for the entire team.
“It’s a blow for us, 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.
Gibson also mentioned that Edwards, whose last Test match for the team came against England at the beginning of the summer, was an excellent replacement for Roach.
“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, 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,” Gibson added.