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Ignatius Byers Aaron Collymore (backing) sizing up a delivery from Kemar Roach on Tuesday evening, while other members of the Scotiabank Kiddy Cricket Programme look on.


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Roach on the road to recovery


Barbados and 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 pitch. 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 single ball. 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 Programme. 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. Im still recovering 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. Its 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 hopefully I can be fully fit to perform for Barbados and the West Indies again. Its up to them to select me, so I am making myself available for the end of this month, he said. (MP)

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