Roach out, Gabriel in
Kemar Roach out. Shannon Gabriel in.
Roach, 25, has been ruled out of the remainder of the West Indies’ tour of India due to a shoulder injury and is returning home.
West Indies team physiotherapist C.J. Clark said it was an injury which is uncommon among cricketers.
“Kemar has not made the expected recovery from the shoulder injury that kept him out of the first Test and he is returning to the Caribbean for ongoing management and subsequent physical rehabilitation,” said Clark.
Gabriel, who is two months older than Roach, is expected to arrive in India in time for consideration for selection in the second Test which starts on Thursday at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.
Roach has taken 85 wickets at 27.71 runs apiece in 23 Tests and has risen in the ICC Test bowling rankings to become the only West Indian in the Top 20 at 14th.
“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,” said West Indies head coach Ottis Gibson.
West Indies trail 0-1 in the series, following an innings and 51-run defeat inside three days in the first Test at Eden Gardens that ended on Friday.
The second Test is also expected to be a grand affair in Mumbai, the home city of India’s batting megastar Sachin Tendulkar, who will be playing his 200th and final Test.
The match will also mark the 150th Test for durable West Indies left-handed batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul.
Meanwhile, the West Indies Cricket Board has named a 15-member squad for the three-match One-day International (ODI) series in India. Surprisingly, there is no room for dynamic all-rounder Andre Russell and economical left-arm spinner Nikita Miller. Russell has a strike rate of 119 and a highest score of 92 not out, while Miller has the experience of 39 ODIs and an economy rate of just 4.62. (MK)
The squad: Dwayne Bravo (captain), Tino Best, Darren Bravo, Johnson Charles, Narsingh Deonarine, Chris Gayle, Jason Holder, Sunil Narine, Veerasammy Permaul, Kieran Powell, Denesh Ramdin, Ravi Rampaul, Darren Sammy, Marlon Samuels and Lendl Simmons.