Worcestershire sign Kemar Roach to replace Saeed Ajmal

Worcestershire CCC has signed West Indian paceman Kemar Roach for the end of the 2011 season.

Roach will replace Worcestershire CCC’s current overseas international Saeed Ajmal, who is returning to his national side to participate in a training camp prior to Pakistan’s tour of Zimbabwe.

Roach said, “I am delighted to sign for Worcestershire CCC and to be able to play county cricket for the first time.”

“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,said, “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.”

Ajmal claimed 36 wickets for the county across all forms of cricket. He currently stands as the Club’s highest wicket taker in List A cricket during the 2011 season, taking 11 wickets.

Regarding Ajmal’s departure Rhodes said, :We’ve enjoyed Saeed’s involvement with the team and he’s been a model professional both on and off the field.”

“We’d like to thank Saeed for the time he has spent with us, and also for his help in guiding and inspiring some of our younger bowlers.”

“Obviously we were disappointed that he’s had to leave us early but in the hectic international schedule we recognise that international cricket comes first.”

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