Rampaul went on to say that he was once told by a West Indies selector that the factor working behind him not being picked for the national squad had more to do with how he looked on tv than how he bowled © Getty Images
Rampaul went on to say that he was once told by a West Indies selector that the factor working behind him not being picked for the national squad had more to do with how he looked on tv than how he bowled © Getty Images

After being sidelined for a considerable time, Ravi Rampaul spoke up openly about his experience with West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) and playing for the team. Rampaul went on to say that he was once told by a West Indies selector that the factor working behind him not being picked for the national squad had more to do with how he looked on tv than how he bowled. He also put forward more reasons behind his moving to Surrey to play as a Kolpak cricketer there. The cricketer, who was not included in West Indies’ ICC World T20 2016 squad, has started off the county season exceptionally well, bagging two 5-fors already. READ: Ravi Rampaul signs 2-year deal with Surrey

Talking to Cricbuzz, Rampaul said, “At that time (August 2015), I was very interested in playing Test cricket. However, after West Indies aborted the tour in India in 2014, my retainer contract was taken away and I was left out of the 30-man squad for the 50-over World Cup. I was being less and less selected by the West Indies. In fact, I was not selected for that entire year. All of that played a big part of my decision to go Kolpak with Surrey. Cricket is my profession and I had to take the opportunities that came along.”

Rampaul added that despite being declared as a field-fit player by Caribbean physio Ronald Rogers, he was looked upon as fat and unfit. “Everyone is entitled to their own opinion. I have heard that (he is too fat) a lot throughout my career. I train and practice as much as I can because, as I said before, cricket is all that I have. Every time I played for West Indies and any other team, I always give 100%. I was told once by a selector that it’s not how I bowl but how I look on television – (that) was the reason I was not selected,” said the player.

The bowler concluded saying that even if there is a change in the selection committee, he will pursue his career as a Kolpak cricketer only. “I won’t give it up (his Kolpak status). My family and I, we are well taken care of in England, and it’s good knowing that I have a two-year contract rather than guessing when next I would be selected for the West Indies. It’s comforting and secure and its already showing in my game,” he concluded.