Prior to the 2023 County Championship season, West Indies bowler Kemar Roach returned to English side Surrey. Roach joined Surrey for the first time during the 2021 season and participated in their championship campaign the previous year. With 25 wickets at an outstanding average of 26.34 from seven matches, he played a significant role.
When the West Indies toured Australia for a Test series in November and December 2022, the 34-year-old fast was a member of the team but struggled to have any effect, taking just one wicket in two innings. The second Test did not include him. He did, however, have a successful season with Surrey the previous year, and the team’s new head coach, Gareth Batty, welcomed the speedster back, adding that his knowledge will be valuable in the locker room.
“We’re looking forward to welcoming Kemar back to Surrey. He brings great ability and work ethic, and his experience plays an important role in the dressing room. Kemar has already shown what he can do in his time at the club so far and we’re excited to have him joining us again this year,” Batty said in an official statement.
Roach can play in Surrey’s first home game at The Oval against Hampshire on April 13 after being available for the team’s opening game against Lancashire on April 6 at Old Trafford. Additionally, he is anticipated to be available for Kent’s first game on May 18 and two home derby games against Middlesex beginning on May 11.
Roach, who recently reached 250 wickets in Tests, said that he can’t wait to join Surrey and get back out on the pitch. “I really enjoy playing for Surrey and winning the title last year was incredible to be a part of. It’s such a talented and exciting group of players and I can’t wait to get back out on the pitch representing the club,” Roach said.