Former players puzzled by Ramdin axing


A trio of former West Indies' wicketkeepers have been stupefied by the exclusion of Dinesh Ramdin from the West Indies team to face India.

Jeff Dujon, Deryck Murray and Jackie Hendricks have all expressed suprise and disappointment that the incumbent keeper has apparently been axed.

The squad has yet to be announced but Ramdin revealed in a series of angry tweets that he had been dropped prompting the former players to chime in.

81 Test veteran Dujon told Cricbuzz: "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,"

Double ICC World Cup winner, Murray had this to say: "If this is true, I'm very disappointed and confused. (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,

"Recently, the CPL game that the Trinbago Knight riders were playing, Umar Akmal, a makeshift keeper, missed a stumping from Sunil Narine to dismiss Chris Gayle before he scored a hundred. How do you equate that moment when a wicket-keeper makes such a blunder against how much runs you want from him when batting?

Dujon was quick to point out that the imbalanced nature of the West Indies team, that has skewed Ramdin's batting stats: "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."

Hendricks placed a massive question mark on the selection policies, saying: "I've been a little bit at sea at what the selectors are doing for a fair while now.

"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."

Murray also highlighted his position in the batting order: "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?

"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."