Roach is hopeful

Rising West Indies fast bowling ace Kemar Roach is among eight players from the Caribbean who will find out shortly if they have been successful in securing berths in the Indian Premier League auction later this month.

The 21-year-old, who drew attention with his searing pace following his first tour Down Under, joined Carlton Baugh Jr, Tino Best, Daren Ganga, Wavell Hinds, Kieron Pollard, Lendl Simmons and Ramnaresh Sarwan in registering for the 19 January event ahead of the upcoming season of the lucrative Twenty20 tournament.

Trinidad and Tobago players Simmons, Pollard and Ganga all showcased their skills in last October’s Twenty20 Champions League when they helped propel the twin-island republic to the final of the world club tournament.

Best and Hinds, meanwhile, previously played in the rival Indian Cricket League and will be hoping for a chance to shine in what has become international cricket’s premier multi-million dollar T20 tournament.

West Indies captain Chris Gayle, Fidel Edwards, Dwayne Bravo, and Dwayne Smith are all expected to compete in the 2010 championship, having already secured contracts.

Currently, Gayle, Bravo and Smith are all doing battle in the T20 Big Bash while Edwards is injured.