Players can’t be forced to play for country over franchise: Ramdin

Windies wicket-keeper batsman feels the absence of big players like Chris Gayle, and Andre Russell has made themselves weak against the strong Indian side. However, he admitted that players can’t be forced to play for country cover franchise.

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The problem between the Windies Cricket Board and the senior players seems to never end and as a result of that, the Caribbeans are failing to put up a show against the men in blue in the T20I series.

Ramdin believes the current players are good enough to be taken by a team in another part of the world, but blames the senior players who didn’t took part in the series for the 2-0 loss so far in the T20I series.

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“It’s all about putting food on your table. The players are good enough to be taken by a team in another part of the world, then I can’t stop a player who’s out there to improve. But yes, it’s difficult to build a team given the current scenario when you look at our World T20 players. They’re in demand all over the world, so yes, we’re suffering in that aspect. Our senior players did not turn up for the tour, and that’s one of the reasons why we’re 2-0 down in this series.”

Windies are the current T20 champions and Ramdin is disappointed for failing to perform like the champions.

“We’re disappointed. We’re the T20 champs, and we played our first game at Eden Gardens, where we were expecting to do well,” Ramdin said. “But we didn’t adapt as well as we should. We didn’t string any partnerships either. T20 banks on momentum and partnerships, and we couldn’t do that. A lot of T20 cricket is about momentum and we haven’t been able to build on it.”

Windies will play the 3rd and the last match of the tour tonight where they will search for a consolation win against the in form India.

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