West Indies in England 2012 May 21, 2012

They hurt me mentally - Sarwan

ESPNcricinfo staff

Ramnaresh Sarwan, the West Indies batsman who has not played for his country since June 2011, has turned on the national team's coaching set up for his continued non-selection.

Sarwan, 31, has scored 5,842 Test runs at 40.01 and captained West Indies in two Tests in England in 2007 but was overlooked for this tour and instead signed for Leicestershire where he has been in form with two centuries and two half-centuries and has captained the side while Matthew Hoggard has been injured.

"The coach said some negative stuff that hurt me mentally and emotionally," Sarwan told BBC Sport. "Mentally I was broken down, not from the stress of playing, it's just certain individuals have drained me mentally. It took a toll on my confidence and the way I play. Everything went away."

Sarwan lost his central contract in 2010 with an "extremely indifferent attitude and sporadic approach towards fitness" cited as the reason. He played four more Tests, scoring 83 runs before being dropped. He is now pleased to be out of the West Indies set-up. "I'm away from all those problems, my mind is at ease and I have had nothing to worry about, no coach to say any negative things," he said. "At one point I didn't know which was my back foot and which was my front foot. Now I'm much better, more precise with my movements, everything crystal clear in my head."

"I never spoke about this because I was caught up in a shell and I used to not come out of my house for up to three days. My dad was the one to inspire me to start back playing. I was going to stop because they were getting the better of me but when I saw him break down emotionally that inspired me."

Sarwan returned to county cricket with Leicestershire, after scoring 442 runs at 31.57 for Gloucestershire in 2005. His comeback has been a success, with a century in his second match against Derbyshire and scores of 117 and 98 against Essex - form that has prompted many to call for his return to international cricket.

But even if he was offered the chance of a recall, Sarwan said he wouldn't walk out on Leicestershire. "I owe them because they've invested in me," he said. "I'm big on principle and when I was in the dust being kicked by my own people I was given an opportunity by this club and I will not forsake that or betray anyone. I don't want to find myself in a situation where I was two years ago, where I couldn't have fun. My happiness is utmost and the most important thing to me. I want to stay focused and forget about what has gone before."

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  • Dummy4 on May 24, 2012, 21:28 GMT

    Thats not a very good coach if he says negative things about you, he has a right to stay with Leicestershire because they had faith in him unlike the coach and west indies selectors that has too much pride to bring back gayle. Gayle, Bharath, Bravo, Sarwan, Chanderpaul, Ramdin, Roach, Taylor, Narine would be a pretty good team

  • Dummy4 on May 24, 2012, 16:11 GMT

    ...Ottis Gibson is the new Greg Chappell...

  • subramanyam on May 24, 2012, 8:18 GMT

    it is very sad to see that a player like sarwan had been treated by the west indies he should have been given confidence to play for the wesst indies as he is a class player with good temparament especially for test cricket

  • Dummy4 on May 24, 2012, 1:14 GMT

    windies are not managing their crisis period well!!! sarwan shud have been playing sarwan gayle shud be in the windies squad!! which can beat this england team!!!

  • Muthuvel on May 23, 2012, 23:00 GMT

    good now then its set, England can have Sarwan, India will take Gayle. :)

  • Dummy4 on May 23, 2012, 21:54 GMT

    Given the issues facing WI cricket the recruitment of a PROVEN Head Coach is critical. OG, a bowling coach, is out of his depth. If it were not for the efforts of Chanderpal (a player whom OG was pushing out of the door) OG's track record as WI Head Coach would be have been a disaster.

    Common WICB - recruit a PROVEN world class Head Coach.

  • Dummy4 on May 23, 2012, 13:58 GMT

    With all this going on with the West Indies team. Does anyone know how to actually get rid of the WICB? - seriously! Or are they tenured for life? How is it that they can exclude a player for non-performance but they ( The WICB and selectors) dont get the same treatment for their incompetence? Forget all the talking and do the necessary thing - Get rid of the current WICB pleeeaasseee

  • Andrew on May 23, 2012, 12:25 GMT

    @JG2704 on (May 23 2012, 08:17 AM GMT) - yep, will be hard to bring them back, although (from memory) - Gayle didn't say he hated test cricket, just that he didn't care for it - slight difference (point being NOT passionate about it). Hard to bring them back - but if coaching was easy, everybody would be doing it! LOL! BTW - my 2nd post didn't come thru (doh!).

  • joseph on May 23, 2012, 10:16 GMT

    Gayle, Bharath, Sarvan, Bravo, Chanderpaul, Samuels, Ramdin, Sammy, Roach, Edwards, Narine a good looking team

  • Adrian on May 23, 2012, 9:32 GMT

    Sarwan should be in the team. He is the 2nd best WI batsman, behind only Chanderpaul, and ahead of Gayle. It is pure insanity to leave him out because of what amounts to petty squabbling and utter stupidity.

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