Ramdin axed?

Wicketkeeper reacts bitterly to being told he’s been dropped

It appears there will be a major shake-up in the West Indies Test squad for the imminent four-match series against India that starts on July 21 in Antigua.

Former captain and incumbent wicketkeeper Denesh Ramdin has taken to social media to reveal that he has been axed from the West Indies Test team.

Denesh Ramdin (left) says he has been dumped from the Test side by the selectors.
Denesh Ramdin (left) says he has been dumped from the Test side by the selectors.

But the often combative Ramdin did not stop there. He went on to take a swipe at the West Indies cricket Board’s newly appointed chairman of selectors Courtney Browne, ridiculing the career of the former Barbados and West Indies wicketkeeper.

According to the 31-year-old Trinidadian, who has played 74 Tests for the West Indies, Browne indicated to him that he would not be selected against India as his Test average of 25.87 was simply not good enough.

“What a rainy day, lil heads up for shotta80 fans wouldn’t be playing in Test series vs India. New chairman says my average isn’t good,” Ramdin posted on his Twitter account.

Ramdin made his Test debut against Sri Lanka in 2005 and has so far made 2 898 runs with 166 the highest of his four Test centuries to go along with 15 half-centuries. While his ability behind the stumps has never been questioned, he has palpably under-performed in front of them during his 11 years in the side.

But in his tweets today, Ramdin compared his career for the West Indies with that of Browne’s.

“Life goes on man God is great. What I haven’t done in my test career is drop any batsman to score a double hundred vs WI,” Ramdin said.

Ramdin was making reference to Browne’s now infamous Test debut against Australia in 1995 at Sabina Park, Jamaica. With the series tied 1-1 and West Indies having not lost a series for 15 years, Browne dropped a simple chance offered by Steve Waugh on 40. Waugh went on to score 200, West Indies lost the match, the series, the Frank Worrell trophy, their Test match dominance, and have been in the Test doldrums since then.

But Ramdin wasn’t quite finished with his attack on the new chairman of selectors. He compared his batting average to that of Browne who played 20 Tests between 1995 and 2005, scored 387 runs at an average of 16.12 with one half-century in 30 innings.

“Man who’s telling my average is bad with 25.87 but his is 16 telling me about batting an has never scored international hundred shameless,” Ramdin tweeted.

In addition to his Waugh blunder, Browne’s Test career was unfortunately associated with a number of costly gaffes.

In the 1996 World Cup match against India in Gwalior, the hosts were chasing 174 for victory. They lost Ajay Jadeja and Navjot Sidhu within the first five overs. Then with India 32 for 2, Browne dropped a simple catch off Sachin Tendulkar who went on to score 70 and India won the game.

In the first Test of the 2005 series against South Africa at Bourda, Guyana, South Africa were made to follow on after double centuries by Wavell Hinds and Shivnarine Chanderpaul. They had to score 355 to make the hosts bat again. With South Africa 85 for 2, Jacques Kallis was dropped by Browne on 22 and went on to make an unbeaten 109 and South Africa drew the match. The visitors would go on to win the series 2-0.

Again in the 2005 home series against Pakistan, West Indies won the first Test in Barbados. Then in the second Test in Jamaica, with Pakistan on 113 for 3, Browne dropped Inzamam ul-Haq on nought. He went on to score 117 and West Indies lost the match and the series was drawn.

In his tweets today Ramdin referred to West Indies’ most recent Test series against Australia, suggesting he was being dropped despite making runs. His last Test was in January 2016. In that match he scored 62 as the West Indies made 330 all out in a match that ended as a draw.

“Last two innings over 60 vs Australia down under but not good enough to play anymore,” Ramdin tweeted.

This is not the first time Ramdin has reacted belligerently to former players who have shone the spotlight on his performances or lack thereof.

After making a century against England in the third Test at Edgbaston in 2012, he whipped a piece of paper from his pockets that was aimed at Sir Vivian Richards and stated: “Yea, Viv, talk nah”.

The Antiguan great had criticized Ramdin’s lack of productivity for the team, noting his performances had deteriorated in a “big way”. Sir Viv likened Ramdin’s century and his reaction to a football team losing a game 5-0 and scoring a goal in the 90th minute.

Attempts today to contact Browne for comment were unsuccessful. The official West Indies squad is expected to be named within days.

India will open their tour with a two-day game against the West Indies Cricket Board President’s XI at Warner Park in Basseterre, St Kitts on July 9 and 10 followed by a three-day warm-up fixture at the same venue from July 14 to 16.

Source: Sachin Clarke

6 Responses to Ramdin axed?

  1. Nathaniel Samuels July 7, 2016 at 12:38 am

    If Ramdin has been dropped, that will be an injustice. His performance behind the sticks has been good and while he has an average of only 25.87, it is not his fault that he is batting as high as he does for the team. We simply lack another batsman who will score runs. We seem to have a problem with players who reach their 30’s but experience is gained through time and if we continue to play too many youngsters in one team we will not progress too far in the rankings.
    Browne seems to have a problem with wicketkeepers and we can well remember how as Chairman of the Barbados selectors, he ditched young Patrick Browne who was honing in on the Chairman’s record. I wonder if Ramdin is likewise a victim!
    However Ramdin’s petty outbursts are not what we should expect and here is another area that the Board, WIPA and the non-union players need to develop when a player thinks that he has been hard done by. Instead of this constant airing of dirty linen in the public domain, we need to have some sort of arbitration. Lord, help West Indies cricket.

  2. Alex Alleyne July 7, 2016 at 6:29 am

    Very good move. he should have been drop from the time he “dis” Sir VIV, now he is at Browne. RAM, you no longer has a job behind or in front of the stumps for WI.

  3. BoboTheClown July 7, 2016 at 2:30 pm

    It is all good to drop Ramdin at this time,but who will replace him readily?I don’t see a whole lot of wicket keeping talent anywhere in the West Indies at the moment. may be one of the youngsters should have been brought on board during the Indian visit and give a game here and there to see what they have.The two most likely seems to be Pooran ,and or Dowrich. The neither of which has shown that they are capable of scoring a lot of runs and offering first class wicket keeping skills in a test format. We’ll just have to see what this current bunch of selectors have up their sleeves.

  4. harry turnover July 7, 2016 at 6:38 pm

    Bobo you have to be a real clown to suggest POORan whose performance in the last game can be summed up by removing 2 unnecessary letters from his name.
    The two front runners would have to be Dowrich (Tests )and Devon Thomas (one days)
    Hope is also a RECOGNISED keeper having kept wicket at the Under 19 level.
    All three of those together with Bramble of Guyana are COMPETENT keepers .Don’t know why you decide to join the queue in saying who would replace him.
    Who is Ramdin though ?? Ramdin has dropped catches,miss stumped,concede byes and look shabby behind the stumps.

  5. harry turnover July 7, 2016 at 6:56 pm

    Ramdin is just CHILDISH and needs to return to Couva and be given a diet of breast milk and growena.
    He is getting on as though the wicketkeeping job belongs to he.
    74 tests and av.25.87 and he thinks that is good and swiping at Browne not knowing that his demise was decided upon a long time BEFORE Browne became chairman.
    I wonder if he knows that fellow trini Phil Simmons has a test av.of 22.26 and in swiping at Browne ,he is also embarrassing Simmons whose average is less than Kraigg,Johnson,Bravo,Samuels,Blackwood,Carlos and Holder to name a few.

  6. harry turnover July 7, 2016 at 7:44 pm

    Ramdin… da shouda leh ya go ever since…..ya en SH8 when de gully out..ya en see that nabody en want ya now.Ya days DONE !!
    You are in the ZOUKS lineup,but Sammy will NOT pick you as their first choice keeper as long as he has Fletcher and Charles at his disposal.
    Talk bout dat now.Instead of Browne phoning he should have met you in person and take out a piece of paper from his back pocket and tell you that your average is NOT good enough and ya can’t get pick again.


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