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Denesh Ramdin was not axed from West Indies ODI squad, claims source

895   //    03 Aug 2015, 13:26 IST
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Denesh Ramdin’s knock of 169 against Bangladesh in 2014 is the highest score by a West Indies wicket-keeper in ODIs

Port of Spain (Trinidad), Aug 3  Contrary to reports, experienced wicketkeeper Denesh Ramdin was not dropped from the West Indies cricket team for the proposed tour of Zimbabwe. The 30-year-old Test captain was picked in the squad which was due to play a tri-nation series with the hosts and Pakistan, a source claimed.

The tournament was subsequently cancelled after Pakistan withdrew from the originally proposed dates of August 20 to September 3. The matches were to be played in Harare and Bulawayo, CMC reported.

"Ramdin was picked in the squad. He was and still is the No.1 wicketkeeper in West Indies and will continue to play a key role in the one-day team with young captain Jason Holder at the helm," said the source.

"Yes, there was much discussion surrounding several members of the squad and the future of West Indies one-day cricket, for what was to be a crucial period. But to say that Ramdin was omitted is simply not true."

With the tour of Zimbabwe off, the West Indies' next international assignment will be a full tour of Sri Lanka where they will play all three formats. The Windies last toured Sri Lanka in 2010-2011 where they drew the Test series and lost the One-Day International series.

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