Ramdin pressure

Former West Indies vice-captain
Deryck Murray has defended under-fire wicketkeeper/batsman Denesh Ramdin, whose
position in the regional squad is under threat.

Ramdin, 25, has been consistent
with the gloves but batted poorly recently.

West Indies selectors named three other
wicketkeepers – Carlton Baugh, Chadwick Walton and Devon Thomas – in a 29-man
provisional squad last week, sparking speculation that Ramdin’s position could
soon be over.

But Murray, a wicketkeeper who
played 62 Tests between 1963 and 1980, said: “I would not read too much
into the selections other than those things, which is a natural thing in
cricket.

“I think it’s a good thing. He
wouldn’t be an isolated player, doing his own things all the time. It should
help him to improve.”

Ramdin averages 23 from 39 Tests
and a miserable 19 from 76 One-Day Internationals, but his most recent form has
been particularly worrying.

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