(born October 15, 1984 in Preysal
, Trinidad and Tobago
) is a West Indian cricketer
. He is the first quick bowler of Indian descent to represent West Indies
at international level, playing Test
, One Day Internationals
and Twenty20 Internationals
. Capable of decent pace and accuracy from a simple, smooth bowling action, Rampaul has been identified, along with Jerome Taylor
, as a potential leader of the West Indies bowling attack in the years to come.
Rampaul played youth cricket for West Indies and Trinidad and Tobago, playing at the World Under-15 Challenge in England in 2000
, and at the 2002 Under-19 World Cup, before breaking the record wicket tally in the regional youth tournament in West Indies after taking 45 wickets in five matches during the 2002 tournament. The following season, he took 27 wickets, as Trinidad and Tobago won their first youth title since 1987. By that time, however, he had also made his first class debut, playing three Busta Cup
matches for Trinidad and Tobago during the 2001–02 season
and taking six wickets.
After playing six further matches during the 2002–03 season
, and taking 18 wickets, with only Marlon Black
taking more for Trinidad and Tobago
that season, Rampaul was selected for West Indies......