Sunday, February 18, 2018

Ramdin in dark over captaincy

Rumors have been swirling around that the West Indies selectors are contemplating the appointment of Trinidad and Tobago skipper Denesh Ramdin to captain the West Indies in the upcoming home series against New Zealand, however the T&T wicketkeeper said he has not been contacted by the regional selectors about it.

“Nobody has contacted me. Everybody has been calling me today (yesterday) but I don’t know anything about that,” Ramdin told the Express yesterday.

Ramdin did say however that he would relish the opportunity to lead the regional Test team.

“It will obviously be a great honour to captain the Test team. I have captained Trinidad and Tobago and I think I did a decent job. We (T&T) have been successful in the shorter format of the game,” said Ramdin.

The 29-year-old wicketkeeper also noted that he didn’t really have his eye on the captaincy, rather he has been focusing on improving his own game and cementing his place in the team.

“I did not have any plans about becoming captain. I was just playing my role as vice-captain and enjoying my cricket, my game with both bat and gloves. Over the last 12 months I have been batting really well and I just want to keep putting in that hard work in the nets and spending time out there in the middle and putting runs on the board,” he added.

Ramdin’s hard work paid off in New Zealand when the wicketkeeper scored 107 in the third Test against New Zealand in Hamilton as the Windies lost that three-match series 2-0.

He will most likely be the first-choice keeper for the three-Test home series against the Kiwis which bowls off next month.

After 2-0 result, West Indies skipper Darren Sammy conceded that careers could be on the line 

“There are tough decisions to be made by the coach and the director of cricket, some careers are on the line, could be mine as well, you never know. We cannot continue like this. In any organisation, you need to show graft and commitment. The coach keeps saying if we do the same thing, don’t expect a different result,” Sammy said after the New Zealand Test series.

The West Indies have already made changes to the leadership one-day side with Dwayne Bravo taking over the captaincy from Sammy last year.

The West Indies Cricket Board directors were supposed to discuss the West Indies captaincy as well as other issues during a teleconference yesterday.