Ramdin named in West Indies A one-day squad
Denesh Ramdin, the Trinidad and Tobago wicketkeeper who was cut from the West Indies contract list earlier this year, has been named to the West Indies A one-day squad that will play three games against Pakistan A starting on November 9.
"This is an opportunity for Denesh to regain some confidence and form even as he helps to develop younger players by imparting knowledge gained while playing for the West Indies senior team," Clyde Butts, the chairman of the WICB selection committee, said.
Ramdin lost his central contract following "less than favourable" performances over the past year, prompting the T&T board to arrange for him to work under the supervision of former West Indies opening batsman Gordon Greenidge. Ramdin has averaged 15.75 in Tests during 2010, a tick over seven runs below his career average.
In addition to Ramdin, 20-year old Nevis opener Kieran Powell, who has played two ODIs, finds a place, as does Antigua fast bowler Gavin Tonge, who has played one Test and five ODIs. However, Jonathan Foo who was named in the T20 squad, misses out.
"In selecting the team it was to ensure that players who can go on to play immediately for the West Indies team in case of injury to any player on the West Indies squad have cricket under their belt," Butts said. "It was also with a view to the development of young players who show potential for the future, and finally ensuring that players who have done well in regional competitions are exposed to higher level competition."
Pakistan A's tour of the West Indies began on November 3, and consists of two Twenty20s, three one-day matches and two four-day games.
West Indies A one-day squad: David Bernard Jr (capt), Jason Holder, Devendra Bishoo, Jonathan Carter, Rajindra Chandrika, Johnson Charles, Kirk Edwards, Andre Fletcher (wk), Nikita Miler, Kieran Powell, Denesh Ramdin (wk), Ravi Rampaul, Gavin Tonge