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West Indies fast bowler, Kemar
Roach, is just about ready to don
the colours of the high-profile
teams raring to get back out on the
After being forced to withdraw
from the West Indies tour of India
last year due to a shoulder injury,
Roach has been biding his time at
home in Barbados.
Making his last appearance for
the Brisbane Heat in the Champions
League T20 in September last year,
Roach had to bow out of the
November tour before bowling a
Touted to spearhead the pace
attack for the Windies in the sub-
con-tinent, Roach was on a plane
back home ahead of the start of the
second Test match in Mumbai.
Taking some time out on Tuesday
evening, Roach paid a visit to his
alma mater, Ignatius Byer Primary,
to drop morsels of wisdom and
encouragement on the youngsters
in the Scotiabank Kiddy Cricket Pro-
Himself a product of the initiative,
Roach was the first member to move
on to play for the West Indies.
Speaking to The Barbados Advocate
during his visit, Roach explained
that he was recovering from his
injury and decided to make the most
of his downtime by giving something
back to his old school.
"I had a surgery on my shoulder.
I had a broken bone and that was
repaired in November. I m still recov-
ering and will be soon back to full
fitness, so it is good to come out
and get out with the kids and have
some fun for a little bit. It s been a
while," he said.
Noting that he had been healing
well, Roach said that he would be
making himself available for selection
as soon as he was ready to roll again.
"The recovery has been going well.
I have been doing all of my fitness
stuff, all of my therapy. I have been
in the gym pretty heavy for the last
two weeks. It feels good and hope-
fully I can be fully fit to perform for
Barbados and the West Indies again.
It s up to them to select me, so I am
making myself available for the end
of this month," he said.
ST JOHN'S---Coach of the Lee-
ward Islands cricket team, Rid-
ley Jacobs, is not so much con-
cerned about winning as he is
about teaching his young talents
to play good cricket.
The former West Indies wick-
etkeeper/batsman made the dis-
closure following the Leeward s
72-run victory over CCC in their
first round Regional Four-Day
match at Warner Park in St Kitts
As his team prepares to battle
powerhouse Jamaica in their next
fixture slated to start on March
7 at the same venue, Jacobs said
it s not all about winning.
"The result will speak for itself.
We just want to continue improv-
ing on our skills and play good
cricket but once we do that, at
the end of the day we are com-
fortable with the results," he said.
"We are trying to get climatised
because I have never really played
in that situation where the ball
does a lot in the evening or even
training in the evenings. So it s
an opportunity for us to really
learn and try to improve and do
well on Friday."
The former national and Lee-
ward Islands player also high-
lighted the efforts of a number
of Antiguan players, including
young Hayden Walsh Jr, Gavin
Tonge and Mali Richards in the
team s recent victory.
"He bowled a few bad balls
but I think that he bowled a lot
of wicket-taking balls that really
caused us to be victorious at the
end of the day," he said.
"These guys just need people
around them who really want
them to get the best out of them-
selves, and I think that these play-
ers are very comfortable now and
they are willing to really work
extremely hard to get good
"When we got Mali back into
the trials, he scored a hundred.
We were very impressed with the
way he batted and we just hope
that he can continue on that path.
He is batting good and he is a
team-player, which are the kind
of players you want within the
team set-up," Jacobs added.
Walsh Jr bagged four wickets
for 81 runs while Tonge had three
for 44 in the 72-run victory.
KINGSTON---Jerome Taylor and John
Campbell have declared that the team is
going into tomorrow s game against the
Leeward Islands with one thing in mind,
and that is to get maximum points.
The fast bowler strongly believes that
his team has a good chance of defeating
"The team is very upbeat and looking
to go into the game and taking maximum
points. It is four days of long and hard
cricket and so we are not underestimating
any one, but we are taking nothing less
than a victory," Taylor told the Jamaica
Observer yesterday, moments before depart-
ing Sabina Park en route to St Kitts.
Taylor said that he was pleased with his
form, but that the team needs to fire in all
"From time to time our strength have
been in the bowling, but there are times
when the batters come good and the bowl-
ing don t click, and so as a team we need
to be consistent in every area.
"I am pleased with the way I am bowling
and I hope that it stays and I know that
it will improve more," he said.
Opening batsman John Campbell also
said that the team is on a high and he wants
to contribute more to the team.
"The team is bowling and batting good
and so we are confident of a victory against
the Leewards, who are a good team, but
once we apply ourselves and play as a team,
then I don t see why we should not come
out with maximum points.
"The first game I scored a half-century
batting for more than four hours and I want
to improve on that. I want to bat as long
as possible, take as much time to get in
and set myself to get a good score. Once
I get a good start I can capitalise on that
and make a good contribution to the team,"
Guardian Media Limited has acquired the
cricket radio broadcasting rights to the West
Indies home series for the next six years, fol-
lowing recent successful negotiations between
the Trinidad-based media group and Ten
Cricket in India.
Regional cricket fans can now be assured of
radio coverage in their respective markets,
beginning with the 2014 home series. This
acquisition marks a major milestone for the
region and cricket in general. With maximum
coverage for the series, Guardian Media expects
wider interest in the game, since all radio sta-
tions in each island will now have an equal
opportunity to bid for the broadcast rights of
these matches across the region. Radio rights
have been a source of contention across the
Caribbean over the recent past, however cricket
fans can now rest assured that this is a thing
of the past.
Fans now have live commentary of England s
tour to the West Indies, starting with the 50-
over and T20 matches. Later this year fans will
also have access to New Zealand and
Bangladesh when they compete.
CEO of Ten Cricket Rajesh Sethi expressed
his delighted in having this long term rela-
tionship with the Guardian Media Limited.
According to him: "West Indies cricket has
always produced great players and their con-
tribution to the cricketing world has been
According to Sethi :"This deal means listeners
in the Caribbean will enjoy world class unin-
terrupted commentary something he sees as
great news for fans of the game."
Kemar Roach on the
road to recovery Ridley Jacobs.
Taylor going for maximum
points against Leewards
Guardian Media acquires cricket rights
Jamaican fastbowler Jerome Taylor
wins an lbw appeal against Ireland's Tim
Murtagh, in the Nagico Super50 match
at the Queen's Park Oval, Port-of-Spain
in February. PHOTO: WICB MEDIA
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