Right Now In The West Indies
Although the West Indies Cricket Board is yet to announce its squad to play against the touring Indian team currently in the Caribbean, early indications are there will be a new wicket-keeper for the four Test-match series starting later this month.
According to Ramdin, the newly appointed selection panel’s Chairman and former West Indies player Courtney Browne has told him that his average is not good enough and also asked him to participate in West Indies’ premier four-day competition in order to regain his position in the team.
Ramdin’s tweet has elicited widespread criticisms and comments from both cricket fans and pundits locally and internationally.
“While I can vaguely understand the explanations by selectors regarding his average, especially when comparing it to other keepers around the world, but in the current context of the West Indies team, his exclusion, at this time, doesn’t make sense,” Dujon, reportedly told cricbuzz.com.
Jeff Dujon, a former gloves-man who averaged 31.94 in 81 Tests as part of the legendary West Indies 1980s team added, “Considering how experienced an opposition India is, his experience and his value as a good player versus spin are still key.”
Furthermore, said Dujon, “he is the best-equipped keeper-batsman right now in West Indies, the batting and balancing of the team have been weakened for a long time by them placing him to bat too high in Tests.”
“So to drop (him) before this series, you are in effect making the batting line-up more brittle. (I) don’t know if the new chairman is trying to make some statement, but it’s clearly not wise,” he continued.
In the meantime, renowned former West Indies wicketkeepers, Deryck Murray, and Jackie Hendricks, have both expressed their disappointment at the news of Denesh Ramdin’s exclusion from the West Indies Test squad for the upcoming home series against India.
Both men have expressed the view that Ramdin has been judged rather harshly given the fact that his first responsibility is to keep well and then support the batting order.
They also argued that holding Ramdin at a higher batting standard when the front-line batsmen who are not doing their job is a difficult ask.
Furthermore, they posited that Ramdin has been forced to bat out of position many times to prop up the batting because of the failure of the batsmen at the top of the innings.
The three former West Indies wicket-keepers have argued that although Ramdin’s batting average is not great, it ought to be viewed within the context of his primary responsibility – keeping, his shifting up and down the batting order, and the performance of the front-line batters.
At the same time, Ramdin has reportedly told the press that he is eager to prove himself and make a comeback into the Test side. “I’m pretty disappointed with it; any player would be disappointed. That was said to me that I have to get back in the four-day regional set up and score runs again,” he said.
Carol Maye, Readers Bureau, Fellow
Edited by Jesus Chan
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