County news January 20, 2013

Leicestershire seek clarity from Sarwan

ESPNcricinfo staff

Leicestershire have had their plans for the new season shaken up by Ramnaresh Sarwan's recall to the West Indies squad and they will seek to clarify his availability.

Sarwan had seemingly turned his back on West Indies, claiming he had been "mentally and emotionally" hurt by the coaching staff, when he signed a two-year extension to his stay at Grace Road which began last summer. He was then appointed captain of the County Championship side for 2013 in place of Matthew Hoggard.

But he was recalled to the West Indies squad for the one-day series against Australia which begins on February 1, suggesting Sarwan could be part of West Indies' future series against Zimbabwe in March and India and Sri Lanka following the Champions Trophy.

"We will be making contact with Ramnaresh to see where this might lead to," Leicestershire head coach Phil Whitticase said. "At this moment, the question of how it might affect us during the season is a bit unanswerable.

"We are really pleased for him because we know that he has been striving to play for the West Indies again. He still has that passion and drive and we want all our players to play at the highest level. From our point of view, it does leave us a bit vulnerable and looking to come up with a Plan B."

Sarwan had an excellent summer for Leicestershire, helping them avoided consecutive wooden spoons in the Championship with 941 runs at 40.91. He also struck two centuries in the CB40.

But he will now add to his 173 ODIs in which he has scored 5,644 runs at 43.41. Although he has endured a poor run of recent form in the Caribbean T20 with a highest score of 19 in seven matches for Guyana.

Comments have now been closed for this article

  • SirViv1973 on January 20, 2013, 22:33 GMT

    I can't see Sarwan turning his back on WI after he was recalled for the ODIs in oz and you can't blame him, this is probably his last chance to get back in to the international fold. It has left Leicestershire in an awkward position though. if the comeback goes well he could even make it back in to the test side which could see him miss most of the summer as WI have commitments from late May through until early Aug. If he just plays in the ODI side it may be workable but he would still miss a fair chunk of the campaign, but on the other hand he could be dropped when Samuels has recovered and end up being available for the whole summer. Its a tough one for the foxes, at this stage I would at least have a look at other options to skipper the team.

  • SirViv1973 on January 20, 2013, 22:33 GMT

    I can't see Sarwan turning his back on WI after he was recalled for the ODIs in oz and you can't blame him, this is probably his last chance to get back in to the international fold. It has left Leicestershire in an awkward position though. if the comeback goes well he could even make it back in to the test side which could see him miss most of the summer as WI have commitments from late May through until early Aug. If he just plays in the ODI side it may be workable but he would still miss a fair chunk of the campaign, but on the other hand he could be dropped when Samuels has recovered and end up being available for the whole summer. Its a tough one for the foxes, at this stage I would at least have a look at other options to skipper the team.

  • SirViv1973 on January 20, 2013, 22:33 GMT

    I can't see Sarwan turning his back on WI after he was recalled for the ODIs in oz and you can't blame him, this is probably his last chance to get back in to the international fold. It has left Leicestershire in an awkward position though. if the comeback goes well he could even make it back in to the test side which could see him miss most of the summer as WI have commitments from late May through until early Aug. If he just plays in the ODI side it may be workable but he would still miss a fair chunk of the campaign, but on the other hand he could be dropped when Samuels has recovered and end up being available for the whole summer. Its a tough one for the foxes, at this stage I would at least have a look at other options to skipper the team.