We conclude our Position Review series with a look at some of the competition’s wicket keepers. These players are particularly useful in the daily fantasy game because of the high numbers of catches that tend to come their way. Which one will you pick?
Johnson Charles (St.Lucia Zouks)
Price: $16.5 million
Charles is one of two internationally capped players who could fill the wicket-keeper role for the St.Lucia Zouk’s squad (Andre Fletcher being the other). He also brings added value as a batsman, having at times filled the role of Chris Gayle’s opening partner in one day internationall cricket.
He appeared twice for the West Indies during the 2015 World Cup campaign, scoring a half century against the UAE. He also made two half centuries in nine innings during last year’s competition.
Dinesh Ramdin (Guyana Amazon Warriors)
Ramdin has been on the international seen for almost a decade, having established himself as the West Indies number one wicket keeper as a twenty year old. He is a relatively safe pair of hands behind the stumps, and should pick up plenty of catches while keeping to the likes of Lasith Malinga, Sunil Narine and Brad Hodge.
Where Ramdin may fall down in this competition is with the bat. While undoubtedly a talented batsman, he is not best suited to this format as he lacks the power to clear the ropes with any consistency. In total, he has hit just 34 sixes in 130 first class T20 games.
Kamran Akmal (Trinidad and Tobago Red Steel)
Price: $10.9 million
A seasoned competitor with over 250 international appearances to his name, Akmal is no longer the number one option for Pakistan behind the stumps, but he remains a dangerous batsman in this format.
In the likes of Dwayne Bravo and Samuel Badree, Trinidad possess one of the most formidable bowling attacks in the competition, and Akmal is also likely to have plenty of opportunities to rack up points for catches and dismissals.
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Chadwick Walton (Jamaica Tallawahs)
Price: $9.7 million
Walton’s excellent wicket keeping has been enough to see him called up into the West Indies squad in all three formats. Unfortunately, once he got there, his batting was found to be seriously wanting. Jamaica’s ‘keeper averages less than 4.5 with the bat in his nine international innings with a high score of 17.
He has been somewhat better in domestic T20, averaging a six and 22.18 per innings. He also performed well with the bat in the CPL last year, scoring 266 runs at an average of 26.6. Hopefully, he brings that form rather than his international pedigree to this year’s tournament.