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Ramdin to skipper Red Force
Former West Indies captain Denesh Ramdin is set to take over as captain of the T&T Red Force team in the upcoming regional PCL season.
Ramdin, who fell out of favour with the West Indies selectors, remains the best wicketkeeper in the Caribbean and his experience as a leader is seen as a tremendous asset going into the tournament. The PCL begins in earnest on October 26, with the T&T Red Force coming up against the Barbados Pride at Kensington Oval in Barbados.
Ramdin takes over the reigns from all rounder Marlon Richards, who led the team towards the back end of last season. The Red Force won their final two matches against Barbados and Leeward Islands to move from bottom place to an eventual fourth.
A number of top senior players will miss the PCL because of T20 commitments in various countries across the world, so the thinking of the board is that Ramdin will be able to mould the young team, given the fact that he has led T&T from the Under-15 level.
The 32-year-old wicketkeeper/batsman has played 140 First Class matches, scoring 5952 runs at an average of 29.03. He has scored 12 centuries and 27 half centuries. The national selectors picked the team over the weekend and the T&T Cricket Board (TTCB) is expected to release the name of the players later this week.
On Thursday, the players will play a warm-up match under lights at the Brian Lara Cricket Academy in Tarouba. The four-day encounter will end on Sunday and the team will fly out on Monday to Barbados.
The Red Force outfit will have a day/night encounter at home during the season and this is expected to be played at the Brian Lara Cricket Academy, so the board has decided to use there for the warm-up game.
This season, the T&T Red Force team will be entering into competition with a management in place, as Kelvin Williams is now the head coach and he will have a new skipper in Ramdin.