Worcestershire Sign Roach To Replace Ajmal
Worcestershire have signed West Indian fast bowler Kemar Roach to replace Pakistan off-spinner Saeed Ajmal as their overseas player for the remainder of the season.
Ajmal will be playing for Pakistan when they tour Zimbabwe and leaves for a training camp ahead of Roach's arrival at New Road.
Roach has 40 Test wickets at 29.90 and opened the bowling during the West Indies' recent home series against India and Pakistan.
"I am delighted to sign for Worcestershire CCC and to be able to play county cricket for the first time," Roach said.
"Growing up in Barbados, every young cricketer aspired to play for the West Indies and to play county cricket. Many of my heroes like Lara, Walsh and Ambrose spent time in the county game and I view it as a huge challenge.
"Even though I am only going to be joining for a short period, I believe this stint gives me the chance to make an impact on the club and on county cricket and hopefully be the start of a long relationship with Worcestershire CCC."
Director of Cricket, Steve Rhodes, added: "To have one of the fastest bowlers in the world in our team for the last few games of the season can only be a huge plus factor. Albeit a short stint, I know that Kemar is determined to make an impact on the county scene."
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