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October 30, 2012
West Indies batsman Ramnaresh Sarwan has resigned from the board of the West Indies Players' Association (WIPA). Dave Kissoon, the attorney who had presided over the recent court cases concerning player contracts and a disputed memorandum of understanding involving WIPA and the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB), also resigned as director.
The Jamaica Gleaner reported, quoting sources, that Sarwan may have resigned as WIPA executive to patch up with the WICB and ultimately make his way back into the national team.
"Both Ramnaresh and Dave have in their own ways contributed to WIPA's progress. We certainly wish Ramnaresh all the very best in his future cricket career as we are certain that he still has a great deal to contribute to West Indies cricket," WIPA stated in a release.
Sarwan, who last played for West Indies in June 2011, had last month won his case against the WICB over comments made about his fitness and was awarded $161,000 in damages. Sarwan had lodged the appeal, in conjunction with WIPA, in March 2011 for unfairly questioning in public his fitness and attitude. This, he said, effectively cost him not only a central contract for the 2010-11 season but also damaged his "reputation as a professional cricketer" and "sullied his career as an international cricketer."
Earlier this summer Sarwan, who had a successful county season with Leicestershire even as West Indies were being beaten on their England tour, had said how he had been "mentally broken down by certain individuals", while blaming the coaching set-up for his non-selection.
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