West Indies news November 18, 2011

Ramdin appointed Trinidad and Tobago captain

ESPNcricinfo staff

Denesh Ramdin, the West Indies wicketkeeper, has taken over from Daren Ganga as captain of the Trinidad and Tobago team for the 2011-12 domestic season in the Caribbean. Ganga led the side for nine years and received much praise for his leadership, before stepping down earlier this month. Ramdin's appointment was announced via a media release issued by the T&T cricket board.

Ramdin, currently in India on tour with West Indies, made his first-class debut in 2003-04 and has since played 42 Tests and 84 ODIs. At one point, he was vice-captain of the West Indies team but lost his place in the side; the first-choice wicketkeeper in Tests now is Carlton Baugh. He made a return to the national squad for the tour of Bangladesh earlier this year, and even led West Indies in the first ODI in the absence of Darren Sammy.

"Ramdin has a wide range of experience and is a very calm character. He has been training in the captaincy role at the youth level over the years, and he is well poised to take the baton and run with it," Dudnath Ramkessoon, the chairman of national selectors and the Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board, was quoted as saying in the Trinidad and Tobago Express.

"Ramdin has been a key member in the [T&T] team over the years. He has been around for a while and he has grown with some of the players. They will play as a unit. He will have the support of the players and of the management staff."

Ramdin and the rest of the members of the T&T squad who are currently in India are expected to return to the Caribbean in mid-December, and prepare for the Caribbean Twenty20 that starts on January 9.

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