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“He is returning to the Caribbean for ongoing management and subsequent physical rehabilitation”
West Indies pace bowler Kemar Roach has been ruled out of the ongoing India tour after being sent home due to a shoulder injury.
Roach did not play in the first Test match in Kolkata, which the West Indies lost by a huge margin of an innings and 51 runs.
Shannon Gabriel has been named as Roach’s replacement ahead of the second Test, which will be India batsman Sachin Tendulkar’s 200th and final Test before he announces his retirement from international cricket.
The second Test gets underway on November 14 in Tendulkar’s hometown of Mumbai.
“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.
West Indies physiotherapist CJ Clark added that Roach’s injury was extremely 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.”
Meanwhile, it was also revealed that all-rounder Kieron Pollard has been ruled out of the three-match ODI series against India due to an injury.