FOLLY: West Indies batsman Denesh Ramdin reacts as he reaches his century during the fourth day of the third Test against England at Edgbaston in Birmingham, England, on Sunday. –Photo: AP

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Ramdin's mistake

T&T coach, chairman of selectors react to player's gesture

By Roger Seepersad

New Trinidad and Tobago coach and technical director David Williams was both surprised and disappointed with West Indies wicketkeeper Denesh Ramdin's actions after he scored his second Test century against England on the fourth day of the third Test at Edgbaston on Sunday.

T&T Cricket Board chairman of selectors Dudnath Ramkessoon also was not impressed.

Ramdin, the T&T captain, who made 107 not out, celebrated his milestone by pulling out a piece of paper with the words "Yeah Viv Talk Nah", written on it.

Ramdin's action was in response to criticism levelled at him by former West Indies captain Sir Vivian Richards, who is now a cricket commentator, during the second Test at Trent Bridge.

Yesterday, Ramdin was fined 20 per cent of his match fee by the International Cricket Council (ICC) for the incident because of "conduct contrary to the spirit of the game".

Williams, who worked with Ramdin during his stint as assistant coach with the West Indies team and as coach of the national team, labeled Ramdin's actions as a "mistake".

"I was very surprised. I know in 2009 when he made that 166 (against England at Kensington Oval) he did pull a note out and it was thanking people for the support. When I saw it (piece of paper) come out of his pocket (on Sunday), I thought it was the same thing. But when I read it, I said: 'No Denesh, no.' That's taking it a little bit overboard," said Williams.

"I guess he was extremely disappointed maybe about the comment that was made. But, even so, those guys have a job to do and they are doing their job. You have a job to do...you just go and do your job. So I was a little disappointed, yes but humans make mistakes and Denesh, I think that was a mistake," Williams added.

Ramkessoon was also disappointed at Ramdin's action and chalked it up to "youthful exuberance".

"He (Ramdin) was deeply hurt by what Viv said, but the manner in which he responded, I don't think was the right one," said Ramkessoon.

He added: "I think Viv himself was a bit premature in judging Ramdin, but that is his right as a commentator. I think the best way for Ramdin to respond was to bat and make a hundred without pulling out any documents from his pocket.

"At the end of the day, he would have recognised that it was not the right thing to do and an apology will come forward from Denesh and it will certainly not happen again in the future."

Ramkessoon added: "It is done now but I think it brought out the hurt in him...It was a reaction to being hurt and I don't think it was the right one. I don't think it was a responsible reaction."

The chairman of selectors also pointed out that Ramdin has demonstrated leadership qualities which is one of the reasons he was named as T&T captain in place of Daren Ganga late last year.

Ramkessoon also believes that Ramdin would have learned from his mistake and will be better equipped to deal with similar situations in the future.

"It is an indiscretion and once it is corrected and once he apologises, I am certain it is something he will not do in the future and will not encourage others to do," Ramkessoon concluded.

—With reporting by Garth Wattley

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