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Denesh Ramdin, a Trinidadian whose forefathers came from India between 1845 and 1917 to work on sugar and cocoa plantations, has been named the captain of the West Indies cricket team that will face England in a series of one-day games starting here on Sunday.

Ramdin, the incumbent vice-captain, is a noted wicketkeeper and batsman. The 23-year-old takes over the captaincy from Chris Gayle who is nursing a hamstring injury.

Ramdin is the first Trinidadian of Indian origin and the fourth person from the Indian diaspora in the West Indies to get the prized position. Others were Rohan Kanhai, Alvin Kallicharan and Shivanarine Chanderpaul - all from Guyana.

On being declared the new skipper, Ramdin, a former West Indies Youth Under 19 captain, said: "I will do my utmost to ensure that the West indies comes up on top in these matches."

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