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Gabriel to replace injured Roach, Pollard out of ODIs

November 10, 2013 11:56 IST

The struggling West Indies cricket team has been dealt a couple of injury blows in its ongoing tour of India with pacer Kemar Roach ruled out of the remainder of the trip and all-rounder Kieron Pollard rendered unavailable for the ODI series.

Kemar RoachRoach has been ruled out of the second and final Test along with the One-dayers due to a shoulder injury, while Pollard has been rested from the ODIs due to an undisclosed niggle.

West Indies team physiotherapist CJ Clark said Roach's injury 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.

Shannon Gabriel has been selected to replace his fellow fast bowler and is expected to arrive in India in time for consideration for selection in the second Test which opens on Thursday at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.

The 25-year-old Roach has been a bright spark in the West Indies attack over the last three years.

He 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 against in the series, following an innings and 51-run defeat inside three days in the first Test that ended on Friday at EdenGardens in Kolkata.

The second Test is also expected to be a grand affair given that the city is home for India's batting icon Sachin Tendulkar, who will be playing his 200th and final Test.

The match will also mark the 150th Test for veteran West Indies left-handed batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul.

Meanwhile, in the 15-member One-day squad chosen for the three-match series starting November 21, Kieran Powell, Veerasammy Permaul and Narsingh Deonarine have been recalled.

Powell, Permaul and Deonarine last played for West Indies in the ODIs against Zimbabwe and were not a part of the squad for the Champions Trophy.

In the previous series between India and West Indies in India, the visitors lost 1-4.

West Indies ODI Squad: Dwayne Bravo (capt), 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, Lendl Simmons.

Image: Kemar Roach

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