Ramdin, Pol­lard axed from ODI team

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS -

ST JOHN’S, An­tigua (CMC): WICK­ET­KEEPER DENESH Ramdin’s 12-year in­ter­na­tional ca­reer was dan­gling by a thread af­ter he and all­rounder Kieron Pol­lard were axed from the one-day in­ter­na­tional (ODI) squad for next month’s Tri-Na­tions Se­ries in Zim­babwe.

Nei­ther Trinida­dian was named in the 15-man squad an­nounced yes­ter­day by the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) for the tour which runs from Novem­ber 12-27 and also fea­tures Sri Lanka.

Both play­ers have paid the price for poor form dur­ing the 3-0 drub­bing by Pak­istan in the re­cent three-match ODI se­ries in the United Arab Emi­rates.

Pol­lard’s form was per­haps the most glar­ing, as the right-han­der man­aged just 42 runs from three in­nings at an av­er­age of 14 and pro­duced pre­cious lit­tle with the ball.

More strik­ing, how­ever, was Pol­lard’s lack­lus­tre ap­proach with the bat, which prompted Pak­istani bowl­ing leg­end Waqar You­nis to call for his drop­ping ahead of the fi­nal ODI.

Pol­lard was only re­called to the West Indies ODI squad for last June’s TriNa­tions Se­ries in the Caribbean – in­volv­ing Aus­tralia and South Africa – fol­low­ing a near two-year pe­riod of ex­ile.


He marked his re­turn with a match­win­ning un­beaten half-cen­tury against South Africa in Guyana, en route to av­er­ag­ing 41 in the se­ries as West Indies reached the fi­nal.

The 31-year-old Ramdin, mean­while, may feel hard done by es­pe­cially af­ter scores of 37 and 34 in the last two ODIs against Pak­istan.

While he man­aged just 79 runs in the se­ries, only Mar­lon Sa­muels (116), Dar­ren Bravo (90) and Kraigg Brath­waite (85) scored more, in what was a poor show­ing over­all by the Windies bats­men.

Dur­ing the Tri-Na­tions Se­ries in June, Ramdin scored nearly 200 runs, in­clud­ing a scin­til­lat­ing 91 against Aus­tralia in Bridgetown and 40 against the same side a few days later in a los­ing ef­fort in the fi­nal.

Ramdin’s sack­ing from the ODI side comes four months af­ter he was also dropped from the Test squad and just over a year af­ter he was re­moved as Test cap­tain and it leaves his in­ter­na­tional ca­reer at the cross­roads.

He is not cur­rently a mem­ber of the Twenty20 set-up.

SQUAD: Jason Holder (cap­tain), Sulie­man Benn, Car­los Brath­waite, Kraigg Brath­waite, Dar­ren Bravo, Jonathan Carter, John­son Charles, Shan­non Gabriel, Shai Hope, Alzarri Joseph, Evin Lewis, Su­nil Narine, Ash­ley Nurse, Rov­man Pow­ell, Mar­lon Sa­muels.



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