LONDON (Sporting Alert) — West Indies will be without wicket-keeper Denesh Ramdin for the remaining two Group B matches at the ICC Champions Trophy, including the upcoming on at the Kennington Oval.
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Ramdin, who was fined 100% of his match fees and suspended for two games, for breaching the Code of Conduct after claiming he took a catch off Misbah-ul-Haq, which turned out to be false during the West Indies opening game against Pakistan.
He has decided not to appeal his punishment, which means that he will miss the matches against India on Tuesday and South Africa.
“This is regarded as a serious offence as it is the responsibility of all players to act in the spirit of the game,” ICC match referee Chris Broad said.
“I hope Mr Ramdin has learnt his lesson from this incident and that we will not see such behaviour by him or any player in the future.”
After their struggles against Pakistan, despite the win, the Caribbean side will need to regroup quickly to take on an India side looking to seal an early semi-final spot.
West Indies will be banking on its flashing batsmen Dwayne Bravo, Chris Gayle, Kieron Pollard and Marlon Samuels to lead from the front with both bat and ball, in addition to entertaining their supporters.
“That’s the one thing you will get when you come to the stadium to watch West Indies play, you will be entertained,” Windies head coach Ottis Gibson said.
“There was a time not long ago where we entertained you and ended up on the wrong side of the result, and we’re hoping to change that.
“We saw against Pakistan a very close, entertaining match – low scoring but very entertaining – and we actually got the right result. We’re looking to do the same again.”
Seamer Kemar Roach, who was very impressive in the opening game when taking three early wickets and spinner Sunil Narine, who also dominated with the ball, will again look to bowl their team to victory.
Meanwhile, India, who have their own set of hard hitting batsmen, will be paying close attention to the hard hitting opener Gayle, who believe is always a factor.
“Gayle factor, it will always be there. He is one of those individuals that have a big impact on the game,” India captain MS Dhoni said.
“It’s always good to get them out early. Our fast bowlers will have a fair chance in that they’ll have two new balls to get him out. Overcast condition may be a bit of help from the wicket.
“Yeah, it will be an interesting game because what’s important is to realize if you don’t get batsmen like Chris Gayle out, most likely he’ll take you out of the game.”
India: MS Dhoni*†, R Ashwin, S Dhawan, RA Jadeja, KD Karthik†, V Kohli, B Kumar, A Mishra, IK Pathan, SK Raina, I Sharma, RG Sharma, M Vijay, R Vinay Kumar, UT Yadav
West IndiesDJ Bravo*, D Ramdin†, TL Best, DM Bravo, J Charles, CH Gayle, JO Holder, SP Narine, KA Pollard, R Rampaul, KAJ Roach, DJG Sammy, MN Samuels, RR Sarwan, DS Smith
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