West Indies domestic news December 10, 2011

Guyana board to take disciplinary action against Sarwan

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The Guyana Cricket Board has said it will take disciplinary action against Ramnaresh Sarwan, the Guyana and West Indies batsman, after Sarwan publicly criticised the board for not picking him in Guyana's squad for the Caribbean T20. A GCB release said Sarwan had telephoned Guyana's chairman of selectors Reyon Griffith on December 4, the day the squad was announced, and "engaged in behaviour now attracting the attention of the Guyana Police Force."

The board had said the selectors had not picked Sarwan because they were not sure he would be fit to play, but Sarwan had said "that is total c**p" and that he had informed the president of the board and Griffith that he had recovered from the injury that kept him out of West Indies' tours of Bangladesh and India. The board, however, have said it had asked Sarwan to submit a medical report proving his fitness and only received a document on December 5, a day after the 14-man squad for the Caribbean T20 had been selected.

The board also questioned whether the document Sarwan had submitted could be considered a medical report since it was submitted by a personal trainer and not a doctor.

"This 'document' originated from Mr. Forrest Nelson, a personal trainer who has a degree as a physical therapy assistant (PTA)," a GCB release said. "The presentation of this document as a medical report by an assistant physical therapist is viewed as unethical and possibly illegal."

Sarwan had said he had informed the board of his fitness personally and when they asked him to provide evidence he had "got the experts who treated me to send an e-mail to me which I forwarded to the GCB on the status of my injury."

The GCB said Sarwan had contacted the board on November 12 and said he would be fit by December 2. The board, however, pointed to the fact that Sarwan had spent time in Canada, where temperatures are sub-zero at this time of year, rather than playing in the local T20 tournament in Guyana that was used to pick the Caribbean T20 squad.

"The GCB received communication from Mr Sarwan on November 12 indicating he was confident he would be injury free by December2; this was passed on to the chairman of selectors," the release said. "The Carib/Pepsi 20/20 Big Smash competition was designed to provide opportunities and preparation for cricketers, and at no time was Mr. Sarwan ineligible to play. Mr Sarwan's suggestion that he is working on 'match fitness' in Canada during the winter is baffling."

Sarwan had said the board were being inconsistent in using his non-participation in the local T20 tournament as a reason for leaving him out of the Caribbean T20, since he had not played in Guyana's local 50-over tournament either yet had was picked in the Guyana squad for the WICB's 50-over event.

"The behaviour of Mr Sarwan subsequent to his non-selection to the Guyana team and his continued attempts to influence the selection process and abuse to executive members has caused grave concern at the Guyana Cricket Board and we are in the process of instituting disciplinary measures," the GCB release said.

Guyana will go into the Caribbean T20 with Ravindranauth Seeram, the former Guyana captain, as head coach. Seeram had been replaced by former Guyana team-mate Mark Harper for this year's regional first-class championship and Regional Super50 tournament. The GCB appoints coaches on a tournament-by-tournament basis and given Seeram's success in the July 2010 Caribbean T20, which Guyana won, they have re-appointed him for the 2011-12 event.

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  • kriketluva on December 13, 2011, 19:55 GMT

    Excellently put Yocasi. We did no better when the big guns were in the team and certainly no worse now that they are not. Chanderpaul is the only exception here and he prepares thoroughly.

  • on December 13, 2011, 16:55 GMT

    The Guyana Board and the West indian board are equally inane. Have they heard of the right to free speech and to criticism? They are behaving as autocrats. Players have rights and the right to be heard is one of them. They are not slaves toiling for "massa' and who "must be seen but not heard". Sarwan has a case. The Board disputes this. Let there be a hearing to determine the facts or is the Board afraid that it's mishandling will be revealed. Remember the treatment of Chandrapaul by the WI Board. Both players and the Board are there to serve the country and cricket. Sarwan has done much for himself and for cricket and has much more to offer. Put the siiliness aside and let the game begin.

  • yocasi on December 12, 2011, 22:20 GMT

    Some of the people who post here must be off their rockers! I would like Rocky Fernandes to tell us how many matches have these "match winners" won for Windies thru the course of their careers. You guys must be afflicted with an early dose of Alzheimers the way you carry on as if Windies was a winning team with Gayle, Sarwan & Co. With all those so-called big guns, the only thing that separated us from Bangladesh was a comma. Those dudes failed us not only through lack of consistent performance, but also by their ill-disciplined approach towards training, fitness and management. I hope WICB won't yield to the egos of those underachievers and their chorus boys.

  • Shiv_16 on December 12, 2011, 19:02 GMT

    Yet another dispute between a cricket board in the WI and a quality player. It seems that the WICB and other cricket boards in the region are determined to doom WI cricket to failure. When would these administration woes stop? The fans don't watch cricket to see the cricket administrators discipline cricketers, we watch cricket to see our boys perform and make us proud. The fact is, Sarwan is a high quality batsman and should be encouraged to play as much cricket as possible in order to work his way back into the WI team. The cricket boards in the West Indies need to stop this senseless policy of ruling with an iron fist; they are a major reason for the problems plaguing West Indies cricket.

  • on December 12, 2011, 3:35 GMT

    very bad very sad for the weak jugememt guyana selector and the no experence WICB that is screwing up WI cricket ,they all need to be replace.

  • Lord_Dravid on December 11, 2011, 18:03 GMT

    as an indian fan i use to love watching sarwan gayle and chanderpaul play against india..get rid of the west indies cricket board management then surely they will all play again..its a shame that their cricket board cant deal with petty issues they have against their players properly.

  • on December 11, 2011, 11:02 GMT

    Although possibly not totally blameless, this is a shocking way to treat a quality player.

  • chandau on December 11, 2011, 9:22 GMT

    After the way the WI have been hammered into oblivion in India, the great pacies of yester year may be cringing in pain. Still the board seems to be hell bent on leaving players out than getting them in. I would have made Ganga captain going by the way he has lead the Trini team in T20 alone. If Sammy can find a place in the WI XI so can Ganga definitely. SAmmy wont be even in the first 20 squad of Sri lanka players!!! Hitting a couple of sixes when the match is lost does not make him an allrounder or International class :)

  • on December 11, 2011, 8:37 GMT

    Whats going on withWest Indies Board? Gayle and Sarwan both are match winners who shoukd be playing for West Indies. I am Indian but a big fan of Gayle. Disappointed to see him out of squad. I think even if you add all the 11 in current west indian team they cant match the skills of Gayle.

  • MaduraL on December 11, 2011, 6:58 GMT

    This is not a good news for WI, Sarwan should be in their team, all the bad decision of the management let WI into this bad position in their cricket they still have good team who can beat any team in the world My team WI Chris Gayle ( Captain) Chandrapaul Sarwan Dwayne Bravo Marlon Samuwells Pollard Dinesh Ramdin (wk) Sulaiman Benn Kumar Roach Fiedel edwards Jerom Taylor I think this team can defeat any team. Why management not giving chances Leave your comments

  • kriketluva on December 13, 2011, 19:55 GMT

    Excellently put Yocasi. We did no better when the big guns were in the team and certainly no worse now that they are not. Chanderpaul is the only exception here and he prepares thoroughly.

  • on December 13, 2011, 16:55 GMT

    The Guyana Board and the West indian board are equally inane. Have they heard of the right to free speech and to criticism? They are behaving as autocrats. Players have rights and the right to be heard is one of them. They are not slaves toiling for "massa' and who "must be seen but not heard". Sarwan has a case. The Board disputes this. Let there be a hearing to determine the facts or is the Board afraid that it's mishandling will be revealed. Remember the treatment of Chandrapaul by the WI Board. Both players and the Board are there to serve the country and cricket. Sarwan has done much for himself and for cricket and has much more to offer. Put the siiliness aside and let the game begin.

  • yocasi on December 12, 2011, 22:20 GMT

    Some of the people who post here must be off their rockers! I would like Rocky Fernandes to tell us how many matches have these "match winners" won for Windies thru the course of their careers. You guys must be afflicted with an early dose of Alzheimers the way you carry on as if Windies was a winning team with Gayle, Sarwan & Co. With all those so-called big guns, the only thing that separated us from Bangladesh was a comma. Those dudes failed us not only through lack of consistent performance, but also by their ill-disciplined approach towards training, fitness and management. I hope WICB won't yield to the egos of those underachievers and their chorus boys.

  • Shiv_16 on December 12, 2011, 19:02 GMT

    Yet another dispute between a cricket board in the WI and a quality player. It seems that the WICB and other cricket boards in the region are determined to doom WI cricket to failure. When would these administration woes stop? The fans don't watch cricket to see the cricket administrators discipline cricketers, we watch cricket to see our boys perform and make us proud. The fact is, Sarwan is a high quality batsman and should be encouraged to play as much cricket as possible in order to work his way back into the WI team. The cricket boards in the West Indies need to stop this senseless policy of ruling with an iron fist; they are a major reason for the problems plaguing West Indies cricket.

  • on December 12, 2011, 3:35 GMT

    very bad very sad for the weak jugememt guyana selector and the no experence WICB that is screwing up WI cricket ,they all need to be replace.

  • Lord_Dravid on December 11, 2011, 18:03 GMT

    as an indian fan i use to love watching sarwan gayle and chanderpaul play against india..get rid of the west indies cricket board management then surely they will all play again..its a shame that their cricket board cant deal with petty issues they have against their players properly.

  • on December 11, 2011, 11:02 GMT

    Although possibly not totally blameless, this is a shocking way to treat a quality player.

  • chandau on December 11, 2011, 9:22 GMT

    After the way the WI have been hammered into oblivion in India, the great pacies of yester year may be cringing in pain. Still the board seems to be hell bent on leaving players out than getting them in. I would have made Ganga captain going by the way he has lead the Trini team in T20 alone. If Sammy can find a place in the WI XI so can Ganga definitely. SAmmy wont be even in the first 20 squad of Sri lanka players!!! Hitting a couple of sixes when the match is lost does not make him an allrounder or International class :)

  • on December 11, 2011, 8:37 GMT

    Whats going on withWest Indies Board? Gayle and Sarwan both are match winners who shoukd be playing for West Indies. I am Indian but a big fan of Gayle. Disappointed to see him out of squad. I think even if you add all the 11 in current west indian team they cant match the skills of Gayle.

  • MaduraL on December 11, 2011, 6:58 GMT

    This is not a good news for WI, Sarwan should be in their team, all the bad decision of the management let WI into this bad position in their cricket they still have good team who can beat any team in the world My team WI Chris Gayle ( Captain) Chandrapaul Sarwan Dwayne Bravo Marlon Samuwells Pollard Dinesh Ramdin (wk) Sulaiman Benn Kumar Roach Fiedel edwards Jerom Taylor I think this team can defeat any team. Why management not giving chances Leave your comments

  • on December 11, 2011, 5:30 GMT

    He should be The Captain ..he is a Great Player

  • on December 11, 2011, 3:17 GMT

    Sad to see Sarwan being treated like this.Windies need some solidity in their test batting lineup and Sarwan has always been a dependable man.Would love to see him back soon.

  • on December 11, 2011, 3:09 GMT

    ego of board and shot temper of Players is main problem

  • PACERONE on December 11, 2011, 2:41 GMT

    It is a disgrace that we will never know the full truth about what happens between these respective boards and players. One thing is sure that these boards have no interest in looking after injured players.These players are given instructions and some are fit enough to play for other teams,but not for either their country or W.I. It would appear to me that senior players like Gayle Taylor Sarwan and Bravo who were injured playing are been discarded as a way for saving paying these senior player like they should be payed. What has Reon King done for W.I cricket? These failures at playing the game are now in-charge.This can only lead to a deterioration of W.I. cricket.WICB now has the local boards following their lead. What a blooming pity. Sarwan should just move to another territory...maybe even Canada and make buckets of runs against Guyana who has no bowling.

  • OopsIsaiditagain on December 11, 2011, 2:02 GMT

    I am going to send in an application to join the Windies. Looks like they don't need any good players to play for their country. I stand a good a chance ;)

  • on December 10, 2011, 22:36 GMT

    looks like 2012 might be the do or die of some players unless a miracle happens next year.....gayle have a question mark.....now sarwan.......still bugging over how the board has treated daren ganga

  • sajjodaalman on December 10, 2011, 22:24 GMT

    sarwan was our match winner for so long, esp after lara retired. its such a shame to see him being treated like this, first by west indies and now by guyana board

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  • sajjodaalman on December 10, 2011, 22:24 GMT

    sarwan was our match winner for so long, esp after lara retired. its such a shame to see him being treated like this, first by west indies and now by guyana board

  • on December 10, 2011, 22:36 GMT

    looks like 2012 might be the do or die of some players unless a miracle happens next year.....gayle have a question mark.....now sarwan.......still bugging over how the board has treated daren ganga

  • OopsIsaiditagain on December 11, 2011, 2:02 GMT

    I am going to send in an application to join the Windies. Looks like they don't need any good players to play for their country. I stand a good a chance ;)

  • PACERONE on December 11, 2011, 2:41 GMT

    It is a disgrace that we will never know the full truth about what happens between these respective boards and players. One thing is sure that these boards have no interest in looking after injured players.These players are given instructions and some are fit enough to play for other teams,but not for either their country or W.I. It would appear to me that senior players like Gayle Taylor Sarwan and Bravo who were injured playing are been discarded as a way for saving paying these senior player like they should be payed. What has Reon King done for W.I cricket? These failures at playing the game are now in-charge.This can only lead to a deterioration of W.I. cricket.WICB now has the local boards following their lead. What a blooming pity. Sarwan should just move to another territory...maybe even Canada and make buckets of runs against Guyana who has no bowling.

  • on December 11, 2011, 3:09 GMT

    ego of board and shot temper of Players is main problem

  • on December 11, 2011, 3:17 GMT

    Sad to see Sarwan being treated like this.Windies need some solidity in their test batting lineup and Sarwan has always been a dependable man.Would love to see him back soon.

  • on December 11, 2011, 5:30 GMT

    He should be The Captain ..he is a Great Player

  • MaduraL on December 11, 2011, 6:58 GMT

    This is not a good news for WI, Sarwan should be in their team, all the bad decision of the management let WI into this bad position in their cricket they still have good team who can beat any team in the world My team WI Chris Gayle ( Captain) Chandrapaul Sarwan Dwayne Bravo Marlon Samuwells Pollard Dinesh Ramdin (wk) Sulaiman Benn Kumar Roach Fiedel edwards Jerom Taylor I think this team can defeat any team. Why management not giving chances Leave your comments

  • on December 11, 2011, 8:37 GMT

    Whats going on withWest Indies Board? Gayle and Sarwan both are match winners who shoukd be playing for West Indies. I am Indian but a big fan of Gayle. Disappointed to see him out of squad. I think even if you add all the 11 in current west indian team they cant match the skills of Gayle.

  • chandau on December 11, 2011, 9:22 GMT

    After the way the WI have been hammered into oblivion in India, the great pacies of yester year may be cringing in pain. Still the board seems to be hell bent on leaving players out than getting them in. I would have made Ganga captain going by the way he has lead the Trini team in T20 alone. If Sammy can find a place in the WI XI so can Ganga definitely. SAmmy wont be even in the first 20 squad of Sri lanka players!!! Hitting a couple of sixes when the match is lost does not make him an allrounder or International class :)