Roach to play for Surrey in English County Championship

London, England, March 4 - ( - West Indies fast bowler Kemar Roach is to join Surrey for their first seven County Championship fixtures.

Roach, a 32-year-old Barbadian, is expected to join the county at the end of the Test series against Sri Lanka after April 2.

Subject to Covid-19 restrictions and quarantine, he could make his debut at Gloucestershire on April 8.

Roach's only previous stint in county cricket came in 2011 when he played four first-class matches for Worcestershire, taking 14 wickets.

"I'm absolutely thrilled to be joining Surrey for the early part of the summer," he said. "Two grounds I wanted to play at as a kid were the two Ovals, Kensington and The Oval, home of Surrey.

"When Alec Stewart showed an interest in me, I had no hesitation in saying yes to him. The club has a strong squad with a nice balance of youth and experience."

Right-armer Roach is expected to return to the Caribbean at the end of May after Surrey's match with Middlesex for a scheduled international programme.

He has taken 205 wickets in 61 Tests since his debut against Bangladesh in 2009.

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