Kemar Roach last bowled with the red ball in the first Test against Bangladesh in July at Antigua where he took five wickets in the first innings. @ AFP
Kemar Roach last bowled with the red ball in the first Test against Bangladesh in July at Antigua where he took five wickets in the first innings. @ AFP

Experienced pacer Kemar Roach will not feature in the West Indies squad for their warm match against the Board President’s XI in Vadodara that begins on September 29. According to a report in ESPNCricinfo, Roach will return home following the death of his grandmother and will return only after her funeral.

India will host West Indies for two Tests, five ODIs and three Twenty20 Internationals with the first Test in Rajkot beginning on October 4.

Roach, who last bowled with the red ball in the first Test against Bangladesh in July at Antigua where he took five wickets in the first innings, will go into the Rajkot Test without any formal match practice.

Roach, 30, is the most experienced among the five Windies five fast bowlers in the squad. He has played 48 Tests, while Shannon Gabriel and Jason Holder have played 37 and 34 Tests respectively. The other two paces – Keemo Paul has just played one Test, while Sherman Lewis, who replaced the injured Alzarri Joseph, is yet to make his debut.