Young Windies pacer Kemar Roach who has not played a Test match for past 18 months has been recalled to the team for his side’s three-Test tour of England starting next month.
“Kemar’s return is welcomed as he was one of the best fast bowlers in Tests in the recent past for us. He may not be bowling as quickly as before, but still possesses that skill we all knew he had, plus his experience adds greater depth to the attack,” said Courtney Browne, the chairman of Cricket West Indies’ (CWI) selection panel.
Apart from Roach who has played 37 Tests, taking 122 wickets at an average of 30.23, uncapped opening batsman Kyle Hope and left-handed all-rounder Raymon Reifer were also included in the 15-man squad.
But Darren Bravo has not been able to find a place in the team, despite his recent apology for calling Cricket West Indies president Dave Cameron a “big idiot” in a tweet following disagreement over his playing contract late last year.
The three-Test series against England opens at Edgbaston, with the maiden day-night Test in the country. That is followed by games at Headingley and Lord’s
SQUAD : Jason Holder (captain), Kraigg Braithwaite (vice-captain), Devendra Bishoo, Jermaine Blackwood, Roston Chase, Miguel Cummins, Shane Dowrich, Shannon Gabriel, Shimron Hetmyer, Kyle Hope, Shai Hope, Alzarri Joseph, Kieran Powell, Raymon Reifer, Kemar Roach
– Nazmus Sajid Chowdhury, Contributor, bdcrictime.com.