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Former West Indies wicket-keepers question move to drop Ramdin

Former West Indies wicket-keepers question move to drop Ramdin
Ramdin had an ordinary run of form in 2015 where he scored 379 runs from 10 matches at an average of 19.94 but in his last two innings against Australia, he scored two fifties.
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Former West Indies wicket-keeping greats Jackie Hendricks, Deryck Murray and Jeff Dujon have questioned the move of the selectors to drop Denesh Ramdin for the upcoming Test series against India.

Recently, Ramdin took to Twitter to reveal that he will not be a part of the Test series against India as was intimated to him by the chairman of selectors Courtney Browne.

Ramdin then followed it up with a series of tweets lashing out at Browne, who recently replaced Clive Lloyd as the chairman of selectors.

Dujon, who was a part of the West Indies team between 1981 and 1991, reasoned that Ramdin’s experience was something the team will need against India despite concerns over his batting average.

“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 told Cricbuzz.

“Considering how experienced an opposition India is, his experience and his value as a good player versus spin are still key.

“He is the best-equipped keeper-batsman right now in West Indies, the batting and balancing of the team has 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.”

Deryck Murray, who served West Indies cricket as the wicket-keeper between 1963 and 1980, expressed his disappointment over Ramdin’s exclusion.

Murray feels that a wicket-keeper should first be picked for his ability and skills to keep wickets, especially in Test cricket.

“If this is true, I’m very disappointed and confused,” said Murray.

“(It) brings into the question what really is the selection policy and their understanding of the importance and role of a wicket-keeper.

“Call me old fashioned, but I maintain the belief long after my playing days that you always pick your best keeper first - even more so in Test cricket.

“All other factors regarding batting ability or otherwise is secondary.”

According to Murray, Ramdin’s struggles with the bat are due to him batting in a position he is not accustomed to.

“You asking him to bat in positions that specialist batsmen should be in and when he struggles - you drop him because he not making runs?” queried Murray.

“I hope to hear a clear explanation from the selectors on this, however, such things are usually not forthcoming from WICB, but that’s another story.”

In the majority of his career, Ramdin has played at number seven but off late, he has been coming in to bat at the sixth spot.

Hendricks, who played for West Indies between 1962 and 1969 feels that the teams selected so far are not balanced enough which has forced Ramdin to shuffle in the batting order.

“I’ve been a little bit at sea at what the selectors are doing for a fair while now”, noted Hendricks, the West Indies keeper during the 1960s.

“The teams are so unbalanced, which is forcing Ramdin to bat out of position.

“So if the issue is not with his wicket-keeping, the selectors need to focus more on the top-order batsmen who aren’t scoring runs consistently.”

Ramdin had an ordinary run of form in 2015 where he scored 379 runs from 10 matches at an average of 19.94 but in his last two innings against Australia, he scored two fifties.

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