Red-ball cricket holds special place in West Indies hearts, says Kemar Roach

West Indies bowler Kemar Roach emphasizes the enduring significance of Test cricket in the region, despite the growing allure of T20 leagues and franchise cricket.

West Indies fast bowler Kemar Roach, boasting 267 wickets in 145 Test innings, remains deeply committed to Test cricket, considering it as the core of West Indies cricket despite the growing allure of T20 leagues and franchise cricket. Roach, in the latter stages of his career, expressed his love for the red-ball format, reminiscing about legendary West Indian cricketers like Joel Garner, Malcolm Marshall, Curtly Ambrose, and Courtney Walsh. Despite the prevalence of T20 leagues, Roach emphasized his desire to be part of the esteemed tradition of West Indies cricket legends.

Roach, who played his last T20 franchise game in 2018, including a stint with Brisbane Heat in the BBL, highlighted the different times he grew up in, focusing on Test cricket. He acknowledged the distractions posed by lucrative franchise leagues but stressed that Test cricket remains at the heart of West Indian cricketers. Roach believes the red-ball format resonates deeply with young talents in the Caribbean, and discussions around maintaining this passion for Test cricket will continue to be crucial.

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“The franchises are a big distraction, but guys still want to relish red-ball cricket,” Roach added. “Test cricket is still at the hearts of West Indian cricketers at home. It’s about providing support around it and keeping those guys interested in red-ball cricket. While discussions will be had, West Indian players take Tests very seriously and are proud to be part of the red-ball team for the West Indies.”

-IANS