West Indies v Australia, 3rd Test, Roseau April 22, 2012

Fudadin looks to build Test career

ESPNcricinfo staff

Assad Fudadin, the 26 year-old Guyanese left-hand batsman who is part of the West Indies squad for the third Test against Australia in Roseau, has said he is looking forward to experiencing Test cricket.

"I am feeling relaxed and confident at the moment," Fudadin said. "Everyone has welcomed me into the team. I knew some of the others from before -- I played with Shiv [Chanderpaul] and Narsingh [Deonarine] in Guyana. I also played with others in the youth teams and the West Indies A Team. It's just a matter of fitting in and doing what is required."

Fudadin made his first-class debut in 2004 and his selection has come after a strong showing in this season's Regional 4-day tournament where he ended up as the second highest run-getter. He scored 576 runs that came at an average of 48 including two centuries.

"I was watching the (Test) series very closely before I was selected and you could see the determination and the commitment by the players in the team. I'm happy to come into that kind of environment.

"It is every boy's dream, once he starts playing cricket, to play at the highest level and I am closer to my dream. But the dream doesn't end there. I'm looking to take every opportunity I get and make the most of it and build a career from there."

Fudadin started playing cricket at a young age although his primary interest had been athletics. He excelled in sprints and jumps and wanted to represent Guyana in track and field events. However, in his early teens, he switched his attention to cricket.

"Some people told me I had 'it' in me and could go places if I put in the work. I followed the good advice. Two years later, I was in the Guyana Under-15 team and that year I was in the West Indies team which played in the [Under-15] World Cup in England.

"I progressed through the ranks playing at the Under-19 level for the West Indies but I did not have the success that I was looking for. I kept working hard and I'm happy that the selectors have put their faith in me."

Edited by Devashish Fuloria

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  • Dummy4 on April 25, 2012, 1:56 GMT

    Gayle, Edwards, Sarwan, Darren Bravo, C'Paul, Dwayne Bravo, Deonaraine, Andre Russel, Ramdhin, Naraine, Roach and Edwards

  • Zahid on April 24, 2012, 19:30 GMT

    Has anyone seen this? The west indian first class cricket is dominated by spinners only. Top wicket-takers are all spinners. Check: http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/records/bowling/most_wickets_career.html?id=7015;type=tournament

  • Dummy4 on April 23, 2012, 13:46 GMT

    1-3 batting need big time improvement. Bravo in sarwan out at number 3.so far sarwan is being miss.need two opening batsmen for west Indies.a well deserve chance for the fud

  • Dummy4 on April 23, 2012, 12:52 GMT

    @Godfrey Peters. Samuals scored 800+ runs in the regional series before he was recalled to the WI team. Fudadin has scored 500+ this season. Can you rational this in the context of the technique needed for test cricket?

  • Basil on April 23, 2012, 11:05 GMT

    Can he open? Powell and Braithwaite are not the answer and Barath is better suited down the order. WI should have taken a punt on Dwayne Smith as well....can't do any worse and adds a descent bowling option.

  • Andrew on April 23, 2012, 1:55 GMT

    @Godfrey Pieters - when I first looked him up the other day, I have to admit I was underwhelmed, then noticed his two tons were this season. I am prepared to accept that run-scoring is not easy in the WIndies, with the evidence being the test series rpo's & the fact that the leading runscorers in the FC comp are by & large sub 40 averages for the season. I agree 100% with the "Give the young man a break" comment. I think the WIndies are short TWO top shelf openers (assuming Gayle never plays Tests for the WIndies again, & Barath does NOT deliver on promise), & a middle order batsmen. The WI seem to have spin options well covered with Shillingford, Narine, Bishoo & Benn, possibly could do for more pace options. WI will be much better if Sammy can get his Test bating ave to the mid 20s & bowl a bit more often. Also need to sort the wicket keeping position out. If your keeper doesn't ave of 30 with the bat - he needs to be superb behind the stumps, Baugh doesn't seem to be either!

  • Dummy4 on April 23, 2012, 0:18 GMT

    Totally agree with u Ras10.

  • Dummy4 on April 22, 2012, 23:50 GMT

    Don't let us talk about mediocre cricketers please. Besides Shiv, all the present WI batters have 1st class avgs in the 30s, including Darren. So don't go down that road. Fudadin has passed this year's regional exams(batting), many presently in the team haven't. Give the young man a break. We r searching for batters, maybe some one will come thru.

  • Dummy4 on April 22, 2012, 22:31 GMT

    Agree with Ras10 and Godfrey Pieters. WI needs batsmen who can bowl and bowlers who can bat. All of the top seven teams above WI has this combination. It makes life easier for the captain as he can use anyone any time during the game. Cricket has advanced and there is a lot of cricket playing world wide. So many countries are involved in the game today. The only way WI cna be competitive and stay competitive is to prepare their players through the school to be come versatile in both ball and bat equally. It will take some time but they will get there. There are alot of talent out there but the selectors has to do a better job choosing the right team. Assad is an experience player, if given the opportunity, I think he will do welll. He is out to prove a point that he belongs there. Not too sure of his ability to open the batting as yet but I am not counting that out either.

  • Dave on April 22, 2012, 18:37 GMT

    Tomorrow's XI needs to be,1. Barrath, 2.Powell/Brathwaite, 3.Bravo, 4.Chanderpaul, 5.Deonarine, 6.Fudadin, 7.Sammy, 8.Baugh, 9.Rampaul, 10.Shillingford, 11. Roach

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