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Senior pacer Kemar Roach returns as West Indies announce ODI squad for India tour

St John's, Antigua and Barbuda: The West Indies handed a recall to experienced seam bowler Kemar Roach on Wednesday as they named their squad for a one-day international series in India next month.

The 33-year-old Roach has taken 365 international wickets, including 124 in ODIs, but has not played a one-day game since 2019.

The Caribbean outfit will take on India in three games, all part of the 2023 World Cup Super League, in Ahmedabad on 16, 18, and 20 February.

File image of senior West Indies pacer Kemar Roach. AP

File image of senior West Indies pacer Kemar Roach. AP

"Kemar Roach is one of our leading fast bowlers and we believe we need bowlers up front to get early wickets, and Kemar, with an economy rate of five, is certainly good enough to play," said West Indies lead selector Desmond Haynes.

There were also recalls for batsman Nkrumah Bonner, whose last of three ODI caps came last January, and opener Brandon King.

Bonner has become a regular in the Test side, but has featured little in white-ball international cricket.

"Over the last few years, Nkrumah Bonner's cricket has come on leaps and bounds and we believe he should be given an opportunity to play in the 50-over format," said Haynes.

India named their squad earlier Wednesday, with captain Rohit Sharma fit enough to return from injury.

West Indies squad:

Kieron Pollard (capt), Fabian Allen, Nkrumah Bonner, Darren Bravo, Shamarh Brooks, Jason Holder, Shai Hope, Akeal Hosein, Alzarri Joseph, Brandon King, Nicholas Pooran, Kemar Roach, Romario Shepherd, Odean Smith, Hayden Walsh Jr

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Updated Date: January 27, 2022 11:13:44 IST

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