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Ramdin playing for keeps

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Ramdin playing for keeps

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DHAKA?– Recalled wicketkeeper Denesh Ramdin will be seeking to secure a permanent place in the West Indies team during the month-long tour of Bangladesh.
“I’m really looking forward to the One-Day Internationals (ODIs) and the Test series and I am focused on taking all the chances I get,” he said.
“I just came over from representing Trinidad and Tobago in the Champions League in India so I would say I am somewhat used to the conditions and types of surfaces we will be playing on.”
Ramdin was speaking after a practice session on the eve of the tour opening tune-up match against the Bangladesh Cricket Board XI at the Shaheb Osman Ali Stadium in Futallah.
“I was out of the team mainly because I wasn’t getting enough runs, so I went back and worked hard on my batting and also tried to maintain my keeping standards.
“I got some runs in the domestic four-day tournament and managed to get a recall.
“There were some areas which needed attention, so I assessed my game and made some changes. Hopefully, I will see the benefit of those changes,”
The 26-year-old keeper was out of the side for over a year but fought his way back into the squad and has been selected for both the limited-overs and Test sections of the tour.
The Windies will play the hosts in a one-off T20 International and three ODIs next week.
“Everyone knows this is not going to be an easy series. They [Bangladeshis] play well at home,” Ramdin said.
He said conditions in Bangladesh have changed quite a bit since he led the Windies Under-19 team to the Youth World Cup final.
“But we can still expect the pitches to favour the spinners. It would be good to get some pitches which would offer bounce and carry because we have some good fast bowlers in our team, but we will play hard, tough cricket on whatever surfaces are prepared for us.” (EZS/PR)