PORT OF SPAIN – West Indies wicketkeeper Denesh Ramdin has again accused the Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board (TTCB) of axing him as national captain because of his role in the abandoned tour of India, and says their actions are a breach of his rights.
Though the TTCB rejected the player’s initial allegations in a statement earlier this week, Ramdin reiterated on Thursday that he had been told that he would not be appointed captain because he did not “demonstrate proper leadership” in the West Indies players’ controversial decision to withdraw their services after the fourth One-Day International over a contract and pay row with their union, WIPA. The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) then called off the tour, with the fifth ODI, one T20 and three Tests remaining.
“On Monday, November 3, 2014, I attended a meeting with the Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board. At that meeting, I was told that since I did not demonstrate proper leadership in relation to the tour in India, I would be relieved of the captaincy and would be replaced by Rayad Emrit,” Ramdin stated.
“I understood this to be a punishment contrary to the undertaking given by the WICB at the meeting on Friday, October 31.
“I am also advised that this action is a breach of my rights having regard to the fact that the task force appointed by the WICB has not made any findings and has made no findings of misconduct against me.”
The cancellation of the tour left the WICB facing a damages claim from the Indian Cricket Board of nearly US$42 million.
At a recent high-level meeting chaired by St Vincent Prime Minister Dr Ralph Gonsalves, Ramdin said the WICB had given the assurance that none of the players involved in the abandoned tour would face recrimination.
Further, the board announced it would set up a task force to investigate the reasons behind the abandoned tour.
Ramdin said the TTCB’s actions were a violation of these agreements, and claimed he had been even barred from attending a recent national team practice session.
“I feel compelled to state that on my return from India I was restricted from attendance at a practice session with the Trinidad and Tobago team on Thursday, October 30,” he said in the statement.
“Although I felt hurt and embarrassed, I knew that I should remain committed to my responsibilities.”
Ramdin said he also remained fully dedicated to Trinidad and Tobago and West Indies cricket. (CMC)