“My career afforded me the opportunity to see the world, make friends from different cultures and still be able to appreciate where I came from.”
He will, however, continue to play franchise cricket, Ramdin said. He hasn’t found a team at the upcoming edition of the CPL, though, despite having represented Guyana Amazon Warriors, St Kitts and Nevis Patriots and Trinbago Knight Riders from 2013 to 2021. He has also played for Multan Sultans at the PSL, in 2017 and 2018.
Ramdin, who played 74 Tests, 139 ODIs and 71 T20Is, started out in Test cricket, making his debut against Sri Lanka in Colombo in July 2005. His ODI debut, against India, followed later on the tour in a tri-series involving the three teams.
He played a part in West Indies’ T20 World Cup triumphs in 2012 and 2016. In the first, he hardly got a chance to bat in seven matches, but effected six dismissals behind the stumps. In the second, he was unimpressive in front of the wickets, with 36 runs in four innings – in six games – at a strike rate 69.23, and had three dismissals behind the stumps.
More recently, Ramdin fell off the radar of the national selectors. His last Test and ODI appearances were back in 2016.
Ramdin was named West Indies’ Test captain in 2014, taking over from Daren Sammy, who had retired from the format. Overall, Ramdin led his country in 17 matches – 13 Tests, three T20Is and an ODI – before being removed in September 2015, when Jason Holder replaced him at the helm.
The results were mixed. West Indies won four of those 13 Tests, all at home against New Zealand, Bangladesh [two] and England, but lost seven, including five at home. West Indies won the only ODI he led in, while it was one win and two losses in T20Is.