‘Dropped’ Ramdin called up by Knight Riders
PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC):
West Indies wicketkeeper Denesh Ramdin has been called up by the Trinbago Knight Riders for the remainder of the Caribbean Premier League (CPL), after allegedly being excluded from the West Indies squad for the upcoming Test series against India.
The 31-year-old Ramdin is a replacement for Barbadian fast bowler Javon Searles, who has been ruled out of the tournament with a shoulder injury.
Ramdin had been originally expected to replace fast bowler Fidel Edwards in the St Lucia Zouks squad following the recent Tri-Nations Series, but, according to CPL organisers, picked up an injury and was forced to opt out.
"Having now recovered, he is eligible once again to be a replacement player," a CPL statement said yesterday.
Earlier this week, Ramdin announced in a Twitter rant that he had been axed from the Windies squad for the four-Test series against India starting July 21 in St John's.
The Trinidadian said he had been told by new chairman of selectors, Courtney Browne, that his average was not good enough.
Selectors, however, are yet to announce a squad for the series which runs until August 22, and overlaps with the ongoing CPL, which wraps up August 7.
Ramdin has played 74 Tests and 136 one-day internationals, and has also featured in 58 Twenty20 internationals.