Ramdin says Bangladesh series will be challenging

Denesh Ramdin said he worked hard on his batting technique after he was dropped from the national team Getty Images

Dhaka: Oct 7, 2011

After coach Ottis Gibson and captain Darren Sammy, now wicketkeeper Denesh Ramdin says the West Indies’ tour of Bangladesh can be challenging.

Ramdin joined the West Indies team after playing in the Champions League Twenty20 in India, where his team Trinidad & Tobago (T&T) narrowly failed to reach the semi-finals.

Ramdin, who has played 42 Tests, 81 One-day and 22 Twenty20 Internationals for the West Indies, also reckoned that the time spent in India will serve him well since he was accustomed to the typical sub-continental conditions the Caribbean side may encounter.

“I’m really looking forward to the One-Day Internationals and the Tests, and I am focussed on taking all the chances I get,” he said.

“I just came over from representing T&T in the Champions League in India so I would say I am somewhat used to the conditions and the surfaces we will be playing on.”

He, however, said the West Indies team as a whole had a very short time to prepare for the tour and coping with the conditions here will be the biggest challenge.

“Everyone knows this is not going to be an easy series for us,” said Ramdin.

“They (Bangladeshis) play well at home; so we have to make sure our preparation is spot-on, making maximum use of whatever warm-up opportunities we get.

“Conditions here have changed quite a bit since I was here as captain in the under-19 World Cup, but we can still expect the pitches to favour the spinners,” he said.

“It would be good to get pitches with bounce and carry because we have some good fast bowlers in our team, but we will play hard, tough cricket on whatever surface we get.”

Ramdin, who has staged a comeback to the team, said he lost his place because of poor batting form.

“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,” he said.

“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.”

West Indies play a Twenty20 and three One-day Internationals, along with two Tests against Bangladesh on the trip. They will be hoping to avenge an embarrassing home series defeat to the Bengal Tigers when the two sides met in the Caribbean two years ago. At that time several leading players, including Ramdin, protested over the terms and conditions of their contracts. (IANS)