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Kemar Roach joins Worcestershire’s relegation fight

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Barbadian cricketer, Kemar Roach, is to join Worcestershire. The deal, which mirrors Nottinghamshire’s purchase of West Indian, Darren Bravo, in many ways, will keep Roach in the West Midlands until the end of the season. Roach says that he is “delighted” to play for Worcestershire.

“Growing up in Barbados, every young cricketer aspired to play for the West Indies and to play county cricket”, Roach said. “Many of my heroes […] spent time in the county game, and I view it as a huge challenge.” The 23-year-old counts Brian Lara and gigantic bowler, Curtly Ambrose, among his idols.

Roach will replace Saeed Ajmal in the Worcestershire team; the Pakistani is currently preparing for his country’s clash with Zimbabwe. Ajmal was Worcestershire’s ‘secret weapon’, prior to his premature departure, taking 36 wickets across all competitions.

Despite his young age, Roach has already made an impression on cricket fans. He has taken 40 wickets in Test matches, and 87 wickets in domestic games. The youngster has a bowling average of 29.90. He made his debut for the West Indies just two years ago, against Bangladesh. Those following the online cricket betting will be wondering what sort of impact he’ll have.

Steve Rhodes, Worcestershire’s director of cricket, referred to Roach’s imminent arrival as “a huge plus” for the team.

The Pears are currently battling relegation from the County Championship, alongside Yorkshire and Hampshire. Worcestershire is second bottom, with just two wins from ten games. However, the club has two matches in hand over Yorkshire, Nottinghamshire, and three other cricket teams. Steve Rhodes referred to the club’s predicament as a “dogfight”. The Betfair Michael Vaughan Tips suggest things could be close.

Kemar Roach is hopeful that his “stint” in the Worcestershire team will be the “start of a long relationship” with the Midlands club.