[www.inewsguyana.com] – West Indies speedster Kemar Roach is eyeing a return from injury against the touring Black Caps next month.
The 25 – year – old has not played international cricket in nearly a year after being sidelined with a shoulder injury that required surgery last November. He had been picked for the tour of India that same month but was forced to return home without playing a game.
Roach said he had worked hard to regain fitness and hoped to force his way into the West Indies squad for the three-Test series against New Zealand bowling off June 8 in Jamaica.
“I have really missed playing. Seven months out of cricket is a long time and now I am at the point where I can play again, I want to be able to represent Maple, Barbados and West Indies,” Roach told the Barbados Cricket Association website.
“I am very confident that once I get some more sessions in and some strength work, I will be raring to go for the first Test against New Zealand, if selected.”
Last Saturday, Roach had his first taste of competitive cricket in seven months when he turned out for domestic club side Maple, in the BCA’s Twenty20 Championship.
He bowled with pace to snare one for ten, from four consecutive overs.Roach, who has played 23 Tests and 61 One-Day Internationals, said he had undergone rehabilitation work with West Indies head coach Ottis Gibson, former West Indies all-rounder Vasbert Drakes – who is a BCA coach – along with ex-Windies seamer Corey Collymore.