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Good move to include youth, says Ramdin


Good move to include youth, says Ramdin

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ABU DHABI – Veteran wicketkeeper Denesh Ramdin says the infusion of youth in the West Indies One-Day International team is great for the long-term development of the side.

The Trinidadian was speaking after arriving in the United Arab Emirates as part of the squad which will take on Pakistan in a three-match series starting Friday at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium.

West Indies selectors have included the uncapped trio of openers Kraigg Brathwaite and Evin Lewis and fast bowler Alzarri Joseph in the 15-man squad, which is led by Jason Holder.

“It is very important that you use these youngsters and that they learn as much as possible quickly and gain that experience for the next four, five years going forward,” Ramdin said here Monday.

“Young Evin Lewis is in the set-up as well, Kraigg Brathwaite is going to make his debut, hopefully, in the 50-overs format. It augurs well for them playing both formats,” Ramdin said.

“I think the future looks good. It’s all about hard work and how badly a player wants it,” he added.

Ramdin said it was important West Indies performed well and built on their recent success.

“It’s a very important series for us. We did well in the Caribbean in the Tri-Nations Series, so we’re going to take a lot of positives out of that series there and put it into this series,” Ramdin pointed out.

“A couple guys got some centuries in that series for us and bowlers did well – Shannon Gabriel was outstanding in that series. Sunil Narine should do well in these conditions so backed up with good batting and fielding, we should do well here.”

The wicketkeeper, who has been dropped from both the Test and T20 side, said while he was looking forward to good batting strips in Sharjah and Abu Dhabi where the ODI series will be contested, it was more important for the team to be physically prepared to cope with demanding conditions.

“I think they are going to be some good batting wickets. Something that will play a key part is the heat so we need to conserve that energy, rest when we can, take in a lot of fluids and put in some hard work when we are not playing so we can be prepared for those hard days when they come.” (CMC)