West Indies in England 2012 May 21, 2012

They hurt me mentally - Sarwan

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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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  • POSTED BY 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

  • POSTED BY on | May 24, 2012, 16:11 GMT

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

  • POSTED BY sonti 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

  • POSTED BY 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!!!

  • POSTED BY Vilander on | May 23, 2012, 23:00 GMT

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

  • POSTED BY 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.

  • POSTED BY 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

  • POSTED BY Meety 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!).

  • POSTED BY joseyesu on | May 23, 2012, 10:16 GMT

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

  • POSTED BY Ozcricketwriter 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.

  • POSTED BY 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

  • POSTED BY on | May 24, 2012, 16:11 GMT

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

  • POSTED BY sonti 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

  • POSTED BY 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!!!

  • POSTED BY Vilander on | May 23, 2012, 23:00 GMT

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

  • POSTED BY 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.

  • POSTED BY 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

  • POSTED BY Meety 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!).

  • POSTED BY joseyesu on | May 23, 2012, 10:16 GMT

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

  • POSTED BY Ozcricketwriter 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.

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | May 23, 2012, 8:17 GMT

    @Meety on (May 23 2012, 00:46 AM GMT) Agree with your every word , but the thing is trying to pusruade these players back in might be a different kettle - esp Gayle who has said before that he hates test cricket.

  • POSTED BY Meety on | May 23, 2012, 0:46 GMT

    @JG2704 - IMO, as an outsider, I would say OG is very professional & is trying to close the gap between semi amateur approaches (WI of the last 10 to 15 yrs), & benchmark sides like England. I would say there is a big difference between the type of mindsets OG has to deal with, mainly in the fact that the WI are NOT a country, but an amalgam of small nations. With that in tough times, I would say petty squabbling is rife (board & slection levels). To change the culture, I think he has had to take a hard line, his captain is singing from the same hym sheet, & so I think the players currently in the TEAM WI dressing room are focussed. Other players like Sarwan & Gayle, have had issues, & their motivation is questionable. All I was suggesting, was that for OG to really step up to the plate he should actively try & integrate those players who are on the "outside" atm, (not to say he already hasn't tried). That to me is the real skill of being a great coach. TBC

  • POSTED BY Patchmaster on | May 22, 2012, 23:33 GMT

    Sarwin was partying in the stands after get whipped on the pitch. Not a great look, I agree with what Windies management did, there comes a point where you have to say enough is enough. Same with Gayle.

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | May 22, 2012, 21:21 GMT

    @Meety on (May 21 2012, 23:59 PM GMT) I had to check this as I thought my memory might be playing tricks on me , but OG was bowling coach at Eng for a while - in fact up til 2010 unless Wiki are lying. Being that our pace attack has served us so well , I'm wondering if OG actually had a very positive influence on our players - there was certainly no probs with the Eng bowlers I heard about and I think he left on very good terms with team Eng.Obviously people can change but I just wonder if he is being made a scapegoat for players who maybe don't particularly want to play for their country?

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | May 22, 2012, 21:06 GMT

    @Chris Sun on (May 22 2012, 00:45 AM GMT) pre this series Darren B was averaging more than Gayle and Bravo wants to play test cricket

  • POSTED BY cricketdebator on | May 22, 2012, 20:57 GMT

    A few years ago in Jamaica, West indies lost a Test Match to England in a most embarassing fashion, and shortly after the match ended, while some of us fans were trying to get over the hurt and embarrassment of the defeat, two members of the WI team (GAYLE and SARWAM) were in one of the stands partying as if WI had won. JUST IMAGINE!!! Anyway, dispite everything, I would not totally exclude either of them from the reckoning, but if they should ever return to the WI team, I hope they do so with a completely new and different attitude, and be prepared to accept and fit in with the team's current work ethics.

  • POSTED BY essky on | May 22, 2012, 19:54 GMT

    June 2nd-3rd WI v Leicestershire. Can't wait.

  • POSTED BY Tage1987 on | May 22, 2012, 19:46 GMT

    What are you ppl saying that Sars cant handle criticim well. You forget that this is the same guy that got hit on the head, was rushed to the hospital and came back to take the game to a close finish. It thats not determination then i dont know what is.

  • POSTED BY on | May 22, 2012, 19:43 GMT

    Sarwan was also critical of bennette King . Seem like Sarwan Can't work with anyone .

  • POSTED BY riverlime on | May 22, 2012, 19:22 GMT

    Sars needs to love cricket again. He should therefore be allowed to play with Leicestershire for the remainder of the English season, since they were the only ones with faith in him. IF, and only if, He offers his services to WICB, then they should contract him for the winter. He is too good a player to abandon by the wayside, just because of politricks.

  • POSTED BY sunnyboypuni on | May 22, 2012, 18:30 GMT

    ICC should not approve tours by WI unless they field the best players such as Gayle, sarwan,Bravo, Taylor, Shiv, Narine .England, Australia,India, Pakistan,Sri Lanka and South Africa should all say no to these sub-standard selection led by Sammy and coach Gibbson.

  • POSTED BY on | May 22, 2012, 17:59 GMT

    @ RightArmSuperFast: Hahaha! Well said mate! Really summed up the whole bloody situation here!

  • POSTED BY Riderstorm on | May 22, 2012, 17:10 GMT

    Not taking sides, its better off if Sarwan stays out of the team. Sarwan will be happier being away from people who do not value him for what he is, a good batsman who could've held WI middle order together with a nurturing he never got from WI.WI, on the other hand will be happier with their own men. WI, are turning up decent performances and could start winning matches if they could mend issues with its players.

  • POSTED BY on | May 22, 2012, 16:53 GMT

    Sarwan, Gayle, Pollard, Bravo. That's half a world class team right there. Half a worldclass team paying tin pot league or pitch 'n' putt T20. The WI board should be ashamed of themselves. Reminds me of Illingworths reign over England 20 years ago - running through the dressing room destroying confidence of a team that shoul dhave done far better (Hick, Ramprakash, Caddick, Tufnell, Lewis all underperformed) Man management is crucial, and that means taking every player on their playing and character merits. It doesn't take skill manager to manage 11 "yes men" - but it does take a skilled manager to bring the very best from 11 disparate mind and skill sets. Illingworth was bad at it. The WI board of today is bad at it. As an England fan I'd LOVE WI to be a great team again. Cricket really misses the great WI teams. The Brazil of cricket

  • POSTED BY jibbajibbi on | May 22, 2012, 16:22 GMT

    To all who is "fed up" with what these players are saying needs to consider some more things before saying such. Lets look at Gayle. This man has been promoted to captain his national side (Jamaica) and was victorious, nonetheless the Jamaican cricket board was criticised by the WICB for allowing that to occur. CHanderpaul was in a similar situation until he threatened to sue. Now Sarwan came out of the light and reveal this information. Yes you should be able to take criticism by to what extent can you take it. Have you never yelled at someone for annoying you? THat's a form of criticism. The problem lies within the WICB and coaching staffs. They are capable of making themselves look good while they taunt these players. Remember the letter of request Gayle sent concerning his selection to the WI ODI team? wasn't that something to just answer yes or no? But that wasn't the answer given. There is alot more in the dark of the WICB and we the general public will never know.

  • POSTED BY TriniJay on | May 22, 2012, 16:19 GMT

    We need Sarwan in the side, he's a class player. He adds experience and stability to the top of the order which we have lacked recently (well for 20 years)

    The WICB need to resolve their differemces with so many different players so we can name our best team available on a consistent basis.

  • POSTED BY on | May 22, 2012, 15:45 GMT

    Instead of criticizing Sarwan, Gayle and Bravo, there needs to be a more critical look at WICB, the present team coach and selectors who are prolonging with the mediocrity of Darren Sammy as Captain. A chain is as strong as its weakest link and presently, Sammy is that link.

  • POSTED BY ross1235 on | May 22, 2012, 14:34 GMT

    Sarwan is inconsistent. While he is a good player and can make runs. Like past experiences he will have a good performance while no in the West Indies team. They will pick him for the WI team and then his performance will go downhill. Also, I think if he focused more on playing the game instead of being soft and complaining about feelings and all this stuff he would be a better player and they would actually pick him. Kudos to him for saying that even if WI picked him he would still play for his club team, at least he's getting to play.

  • POSTED BY on | May 22, 2012, 14:28 GMT

    @VivGilchrist. Do you know the first words that came out of Sarwan's mouth in a post match television interview the last time it was announced that he was not going to be selected for the next WI game...... "MIAMI HERE I COME"...... What does that tell you about him.

  • POSTED BY Jelanichem on | May 22, 2012, 14:18 GMT

    A coach and captain's job is not just to build team unity and working ethics. Its about getting the best out of individuals with various personalities and from various back grounds. It is clear to me that Gibson's management of people skills is very poor. His attitude seems to be my way or the highway. I believe he needs to watch Fire in Babylon and listen how the players who played under Clive Lloyd talked about him. How he was able to build the unit he built and lead, with so many greats playing cohesively as a team. Our best players should be playing. It is a management problem, why this is not so. It does not require a genius to figure that out. A great leader or leadership team would have been able to bring the best out of the best, not having them ostracized or their confidence destroyed. Sarwan has just confirmed what Gayle have already said of Gibson. Gayle however had to apologize to Gibson for speaking the truth, before he could be considered for selection again.

  • POSTED BY essky on | May 22, 2012, 14:15 GMT

    So many negative comments. How many of these played sport at a high enough level to understand the importance of confidence. The importance of man management cannot be under estimated, a good manager gives each player what he needs to bring out the best in him. Some need nurturing, some need harsh criticism, some need a push, and a good manager knows that, manages his players individually and also manages the team as an entity. Sarwan needed to be nurtured, his confidence was low, and instead of upping his confidence, it was completely destroyed. Shiv is different he was confident and stood up, so the bullies backed down. Sarwan is not bitter he just answered the questions asked, he didn't attack the coach but what he said showed clearly that Otis Gibson is not a good man manager, therefore he is not a good manger. Peter is not Paul, and Sars is not Shiv.

  • POSTED BY RightArmLightningFast on | May 22, 2012, 14:11 GMT

    @ Michael Hollyfield - if the west indies set up is not capable of managing quality players like Sarwan and Gayle, then maybe the bottom of the test rankings is the ideal place for them.

  • POSTED BY CodedSteve on | May 22, 2012, 13:35 GMT

    awww, poor Sarwan. Don't listen to the nasty men

  • POSTED BY CricketMaan on | May 22, 2012, 13:29 GMT

    Gosh..imagine what SRT has undergone in 22 yrs, expectations from public, players, himself etc. That goes same to Ricky, Kallis, Grame Smith etc..and even Andrew Strauss who hit a good 100..if you dont have mental ability and maturity then you better play county..

  • POSTED BY Green_and_Gold on | May 22, 2012, 13:21 GMT

    A big part of managing the team is to manage the players. Im amazed at all the people who object to Sawan and say that he cant take critisism - its a coaches job to bring the best out of thier players, identify weak areas and work on solutions to overcome them. If a player leaves feeling the way that Sawan has then i would like to look at the coaching methods used. At the end of the day its about results and here you have a player who is showing form at county level saying that he doesnt want to be part of the national team. With all the issues with the international WI players over the recent years I would want to take a look at the whole set up. To be clear - im not blaming anyone im saying that with all the issues it needs to be looked at.

  • POSTED BY Dashgar on | May 22, 2012, 13:01 GMT

    To those criticising Otis Gibson: When was it a bad thing that a coach made senior players accountable for their performance and effort? If Sarwan did the work required of an international player he'd still be in the team and he'd be loving the team culture that's been built. The big pity of West Indies cricket is that so many of the senior players have tried to reject the increased expectations placed on them in regards to effort in training and fitness. "extremely indifferent attitude and sporadic approach towards fitness" is close to the worst thing a professional athlete can be accused of. By all reports it is true and the West Indies will be better off without these sorts of players in the long run.

  • POSTED BY on | May 22, 2012, 12:59 GMT

    Another article which tells about the current state of West Indies cricket.Very sad to see this

  • POSTED BY larathegreatone on | May 22, 2012, 12:54 GMT

    Ronnie was always a great player who never came to the party, much like most of the new guys on the team now. look at Bharath the 100 vs aus was good but nothing has happened after. the first class season in the wi needs to be done over with a proper format, teams should be picked on merit and performance not on performances that happened 2 and 3 years ago, at the same time how can you pick a world beating team when our first class teams get bowled out of under 100 each time by average spinners, batsmen cant score 100's, bowlers don't know how to bowl fast and straight or just maintain a proper line and lenght. so what do we do....well i guess just delude ourselves in thinking were turning the corner and accept a defeat after defeat .

  • POSTED BY king_kenie on | May 22, 2012, 12:40 GMT

    Sarwan had gone overboard with some very ridiculous attitudes in the recent pass. I saw his behavior towards the Guyana coach at one practice session and thought that he had gotten too big for the game. A lot of guys in the Guyana team share my sentiment. He cannot demand honor and respect when he is unwilling to give it to others. I suggest that he evaluate the part he played in his own shunning him before he start pointing fingers. For what its worth I heard Gibson saying the same things about Narsingh... and where is he now? Grow up Sars! Better yet, give respect and you will get respect.

  • POSTED BY cloudmess on | May 22, 2012, 12:27 GMT

    Sarwan and Gayle are undoubtedly class players, but the truth is that the WI have looked a side with more backbone in their absence. How successful have the WI been with Sarwan and Gayle during the last decade? It's hardly a glittering record. 8 wins out of 80 matches. No wonder Gibson & co are trying to change things. Perhaps Sarwan needed a kick of the backside from the WI board. As did Gayle, whose 'too cool for school' attitude the last time he toured England was a disgraceful example from an international captain. When Australia were slowly building their world-beating teams in the late 80s, and early 90s, they did not hesitate to retire talented players prematurely if they felt they had wrong attitude, like Greg Ritchie and Dean Jones.

  • POSTED BY blackie on | May 22, 2012, 11:51 GMT

    Funny how when Sarwan and co were putting fans and the WIBC under pressure with their WIPA- inspired industrial actions including strikes and demands for more of this and that (all the while losing matches in 3 days etc) that we took that pressure. But now a bit of pressure from the coach has him not knowing his back foot from his front. Funny how life changes for the weakminded. Stay with Leicestershire if that makes you happy buddy. West indies cricket is a place for strong minded men who want to restore Windies to the top not for superstars who just want to get rich for doing little.

  • POSTED BY SouthPaw on | May 22, 2012, 11:17 GMT

    Ramnaresh Sarwan, the West Indian equivalent of Mahela Jayawardene - how can the WI board be so blind? They have fantastic talent like Sunil Narine, Sarwan & Gayle playing carnival cricket while their "national" team gets a hiding from everyone!

    Ostrich syndrome?

  • POSTED BY on | May 22, 2012, 10:42 GMT

    If he cannot take criticisms then maybe he is not mentally capable of staying at the highest level. Maybe county cricket is his ideal place.

  • POSTED BY on | May 22, 2012, 10:37 GMT

    Im fed up of hearing calls for the likes of bravo (dj), gayle, narine etc. Bravo and gayle have not played five first class matches between them in the last year. Besides these guys have been with WI for a long time. how did ppl get the idea that they are suddenly the solution to all our problems. Narine on the other has had the whole of WI (board, players, supporters) at his call and choose IPL instead of a certain test series against AUS and ENG.

  • POSTED BY on | May 22, 2012, 10:25 GMT

    Sarwan and Gayle needs to get back. Please forget all the differences and play for the good of WI cricket and its future. Hope to get Jerome Taylor back as well at some point of time in the future.

  • POSTED BY VivGilchrist on | May 22, 2012, 10:13 GMT

    I've read this all again and I still can't help but conclude that my 5 yr old daughter has more resolve than Sarwan. You would think by the age of 31, one would be able to take on criticism, no matter how 'harsh', objectively look at themselves, and apply where needed. Gibson is not the first coach to say he was lazy. Rather than honestly look at himself, he throws his skirt over his head and runs off sobbing. Prima Donna. I would've loved to have seen Sarwan playing under Ian Chappell....

  • POSTED BY on | May 22, 2012, 8:13 GMT

    Bring Narine, Gayle back from IPL and Sarwan from Lest and I am sure WI can give a hiding to the POMs

  • POSTED BY on | May 22, 2012, 7:52 GMT

    how can they waste telanted man like Sarwan . Very sad

  • POSTED BY buncers on | May 22, 2012, 7:22 GMT

    People will always say there are 2 sides to this story, but if you consider that the board (and coach) tried to do the same to Chanderpaul, only to have to retract it when he threatened to sue. Where would they be without Chanders.

    On a side note. How could the WI go into this match without a spinner when Otis (the coach) know English conditions so well. Look at how well Narine is performing in the IPL - they need to use him before his "mystery" gets worked out.

  • POSTED BY on | May 22, 2012, 7:14 GMT

    Ramnaresh Sarwan had been a regular in the WI squad for along time.How come that he was not able attain a position, where a coach or a selector couldn't taunt him.And that too to the depressing extent. Playing for a national team ,one should be strong enough to face adversities.

  • POSTED BY on | May 22, 2012, 6:56 GMT

    Hopefully he can take the positives out of this ie coming back stronger mentally, captaining Leistershire when required, scoring heaps of runs. He is only 31 and should be in line to regain the captaincy of WI. He's got to take a page out of of Worrell's book here and come back as a good leader of men

  • POSTED BY veerakannadiga on | May 22, 2012, 6:46 GMT

    During the tours of India, Sarwan & Chanders, were feared by us Indians, more than we feared Lara.What a mess they have made of this excellent cricketer. Hope some things in the WICB changes for the good. They are not using the services of world class players like Sarwan, Gayle, Sunil naraine etc..As an Indian, I would very much like to see WI dominate world cricket as they used to do. God Bless Us All. AMEN.

  • POSTED BY Lmaotsetung on | May 22, 2012, 6:38 GMT

    Sarwan is told to shape up or ship out and he goes crying to mommy. Samit Patel is told to do the same and he goes to Australia at his own expense and shaped up. Sri Lanka Cricket board just as messy as the West Indies, players not getting paid for months, yet you do not see players revolt and they keep on playing and put on good performances making final of CB series, drawing with Eng at home 1-1. West Indies on the other hand saw player revolt, boycott Bangladesh/Zim test series, refusal of central contracts so they can play full season of IPL, etc. There are always 2 side to a coin....so for all those blaming WICB, open your eyes and look at the other side of the coin...they are just as much to blame.

  • POSTED BY shooting on | May 22, 2012, 6:36 GMT

    If his form can warrant a selection, there is no reason why he shouldn't be picked.

  • POSTED BY ham1990 on | May 22, 2012, 6:23 GMT

    Sarwan rarely delivered consistency, yet he still currently stands as one of the best WI batsmen around. There seems to be as many problems in the WI management as there are in SL Cricket. Such a shame, guys like Sarwan and Nash should be playing in this tour.

  • POSTED BY yorkslanka on | May 22, 2012, 6:19 GMT

    people are missing the point, this is a simple case of respect- or rather the lack of it from the WICB towards an individual who has served his country..this is very similar to whats happening to my own team Sri Lanka, where small men in big offices are on a power trip and sacrificing the country's cricket so that they can make a name for themselves..Do people think its such a coincidence that half of the WI team chose IPL over their country? I say well done to Sarwan to stickng to his principles and I hope he continues to do well for his county..

  • POSTED BY jonesy2 on | May 22, 2012, 4:47 GMT

    i weep for windies cricket. they were a better side with more talented players than england but they just didnt have the mental capacity to win and all this nonsense with not having their best players is just a joke. i feel for the older generation windies fans.

  • POSTED BY on | May 22, 2012, 4:20 GMT

    sarwan is a great guy i too breakdown reading dis article....how can nyone do dis 2 a world class player.dey tried 2 mock him,nd they tried 2 do evrything 2 bring down his confidence........guys in cricket confidence is a big thing when u urself dnt hve confidence in u hw can u perform.......so sad ram would love 2 see u back in westindies side.............great batsmen of great temperment bt short of confidence due 2 their contrymen

  • POSTED BY on | May 22, 2012, 3:59 GMT

    Sarwan lends stability to the middle order which windies need badly. However he must realise that he has to be fit, commited and inspirational to youngsters if he wishes to don windies cap again. Gayle , narine and Dwayne Smith can select themselves to the team, but there are behind the curtain issues which we dont know. Sammy in my opinion is not captain stuff.WI need to plan for the future and must get their act correct.

  • POSTED BY on | May 22, 2012, 3:52 GMT

    I think given the state of westindies they need a few good batsman at the top of the batting order .The new guys are not performing. They need GAYLE and SARWAN at the top . They need naraine to bowl . This will provide some teeth to the westindies. They need to have faith in the set up and move on with the game. The best 11 should be picked and not the worst 11 trying to be best 11.

  • POSTED BY rayinto on | May 22, 2012, 3:49 GMT

    Sarwan we know has proven to be a world class batsman. What management qualification does Gibson have? Let us not also forget the CEO Hilaire who wants a star team without stars. It's about time we get rid of these "leaders" of west indies cricket whose theories have no logic.

  • POSTED BY AzyS on | May 22, 2012, 3:26 GMT

    the west indies team is simply exciting and is one of the best but i dont know if it is the selectors or the players or the administrators who are in the wrong to keep selecting the wrong team. just imagine a team including gayle,sarwan,pollard,dwayne bravo and smith,darren bravo,sunil narine,fidel edwards,kemar roach,chanderpaul,marlon samuels,adrian barath,kirk edwards,ravi rampaul,shane shilingford,carlton baugh,dinesh ramdin,brendan nash,sammy,andre russel and others.just select them and give them contracts and encourage them and you will have a winning combination pretty soon.also keep sending the west indies A & under-19 teams on regular tours to create a feeder line to the national team.C'mon Maaan u Guys R Winners.

  • POSTED BY vannoj on | May 22, 2012, 2:28 GMT

    It has been noted that a lot of comments are negative about Sarwan's utterance. One that could not be fully understood is that playing in English county cricket lowers the standard of play for international cricketers. But was it not the same County cricket set up that all the great WI cricketers of the past played in? And were not the same players that formed the foundation for the all conquering Windies teams in the past? Please readers, make a list of the star players in the past who never played in English County cricket. Or maybe there may be no list when you think of it. And is't it the English standard that has now produced the No 1 test team in the world? Please think before you write( Mr. Tommyhawk), people are reading.

  • POSTED BY on | May 22, 2012, 2:24 GMT

    Come on folks you have to be joking. Is there a problem with Sarwan? Maybe. But there's been "problems" with virtually every player they have. Even Chanderpaul was treated poorly at some stage. From the time they sacked Courtney Walsh, there has been this constant malaise. Theres a common denominator - their players would rather play IPL than test cricket, what does that say?

    Someone commented "can you imagine viv richards uttering these words". Well i ask a different question - can you imagine a bloke who could barely get a game for the west indies in his prime like Gibson speaking to Sir Viv Richards like this? Not a chance. Sarwan is not in Vivs class but he has achieved far more in a maroon cap than gibson or anyone else bar Chanderpaul and maybe Gayle in the post Lara era.

  • POSTED BY on | May 22, 2012, 2:18 GMT

    We all are different in our own way. Its not crime to be different if you are on the legit side like Sarwan. Good to see you are happy now Sarwan.

  • POSTED BY on | May 22, 2012, 1:54 GMT

    One player who was asked to retire is now accepted as the batting backbone of the side. It can be assumed that if Sarwan comes into his own at last a re-call is not out of the question. Let us not rush to judgment. We will see.

  • POSTED BY on | May 22, 2012, 0:45 GMT

    And yet guys like Darren Bravo and Kirk Edwards have not yet fully established themselves against top sides, but selectors continue to keep faith in them even if they are not in form. Guys like Gayle and Sarwan who are older, experienced and wiser could make a huge difference.

  • POSTED BY waughjunior on | May 22, 2012, 0:27 GMT

    I agree with VivGilchrists comments.What a shame i thought Sarwan was tougher then that.

  • POSTED BY on | May 22, 2012, 0:02 GMT

    How can Sarwan be unfit and Aveage 40.01 in Test Cricket? We have nuff respect 4 u Sarwan.

  • POSTED BY Meety on | May 21, 2012, 23:59 GMT

    IMO - the secret to being a great coach is purely in the man management. Anybody can sit down & talk tactics, but to get the best out of the players is the real skill. Whilst I think the Gibson/Sammy partnership has made some great strides forward, (I believe results will come for the WIndies), the Sarwan saga is probably the biggest negative, given the Gayle saga is more a WICB thing. Sarwan should be in the side, & he should be integrated in the team culture, (does NOT mean special license to be lazy). Compared to the current top 3, it could be argued had Sarwan been in the side the extra 60 to 70 runs he MAY of scored - could of been enough for the WIndies to pull off an upset, (that is total conjecture, but arguable). @Nadeem1976 - he still averages over 40 in test cricket, so I would say he is worth more of current investment than say Samuels (ave 30 - despite his fine 80+).

  • POSTED BY on | May 21, 2012, 23:37 GMT

    Except for Shiv, I can select a WI 11 to give the current side a run for their money... Anyone care to add their 11; please post.

  • POSTED BY on | May 21, 2012, 22:45 GMT

    some people are very sensitive sounds like very harsh coaching yea I don't think that would have worked on me either I wonder if there was a lot of shouting?

  • POSTED BY on | May 21, 2012, 22:25 GMT

    Why is everyone hatin on Sarwan me and my mates have discussed this and agree Sarwan deserves his place esp when powell is failing at the top order. He has W.Indies highest score at 291 higher than strauss's high score and chanderpauls and well as many other top, world renowned batsmen. W.Indies need to sort their priotrities right theyve got gayle on side finally but failed to get narine to play for country instead of an indian team. W.Indies are at fault not Sarwan!

  • POSTED BY VivGilchrist on | May 21, 2012, 22:22 GMT

    I can't believe how much respect I have just lost for Sarwan reading this article. How can someone with such brittle mental strength hope to succeed in international sport? Imagine S.Waugh, Viv Richards, or Richard Hadlee uttering these words - well, they wouldn't.... they were men.

  • POSTED BY nafzak on | May 21, 2012, 22:06 GMT

    Best thing to happen to Sars is playing county cricket in England. By nd of this year, Otis will be gone and Sars, Gayle and Nash would be back.

  • POSTED BY on | May 21, 2012, 22:01 GMT

    When asked by the ENG commentator who he would like to c take Sammy place, MIKE HOLDING said Sarwan. Some folks do make u smile. Most of the negative comments directed at Sarwan r justified. Sarwan is a guy with an attitude & Gibson is a disciplinarian. Gibson spent yrs in the county cricket arena & knows about discipline. Further, for a WI to be named ENG bowling coach has to account for something. The team wanted firm handling & Gibson is providing that. Shape up or ship out. Sarwan decided out, where he is more comfortable. As I said, a man's happiness is paramount.

  • POSTED BY on | May 21, 2012, 21:50 GMT

    Just imagine Sarwan trying to get into the English setup. County cricket is just about right for him. No pressure there, which he obviously thrives upon!

  • POSTED BY the_voice_of_reason on | May 21, 2012, 21:17 GMT

    For all his talent, Ramnaresh Sarwan has underachieved massively in Test cricket; a batting average of barely 40 when most top players average over 50 is far from world-beating. He was a serviceable change bowler in his younger days, taking fourteen wickets in 2004 but has hardly turned his arm over since then, taking three wickets at over 120 apiece, which suggests a lack of application. As captain he was hardly inspirational.

    There's no doubt the coach's comments hurt him deeply, but there are those who would regard that sort of comment as a wake-up call, driving them to prove the coach wrong. I have to wonder what benefit the dressing room will gain from a brief return for a sulking ball of resentment approaching the age of 32, whose recent Test performances were feeble. Rather than bringing back a player who appears past it at top level, it might be better to keep blooding youngsters who are keen to play for the West Indies.

  • POSTED BY tommyhawk on | May 21, 2012, 21:09 GMT

    Sarwan sounds so childish. In all of this, however, I notice that the coach has remained diplomatically quiet instead of badmouthing the same clique that has been badmouthing him and West Indies cricket. I suppose Sarwan will feel comfortable in a county or domestic setup because the standards are lower. That's not Test cricket where you have to dig deep. Even before Gibson came on the scene Sarwan was always breaking down. He needs to learn to be a man.

    It is very noteworthy to me that these ungrateful people could only bash West Indies cricket and management after the same West Indies cricket and selectors made them millionaires. I'm glad they have to wuk their tail off now for their new Massas.

  • POSTED BY Nadeem1976 on | May 21, 2012, 20:02 GMT

    I know Sarwan is good batsman but WI gave him too many chances for 10 years. Did he became a better batsman . I say No. On the other hand Chanderpaul has average over 50 in test cricket now. Do Sarwan has more talent than Chanders , Yes but did he utilize his talent No. Why to complain when you play test cricket for 10 years and have average of 40 and being dropped.

    WI is right here, he is dropped because of his attitude towards fitness and not scoring big runs. He played WC in 2011 did he score. No. So how many chances and years he needs from WI selectors. Enough is enough. It's time to move on.

  • POSTED BY vj3478 on | May 21, 2012, 19:58 GMT

    every body says Gayle - Gibson/Sammy saga ended. But I feel its just the beginning!

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | May 21, 2012, 19:46 GMT

    I like very much what he says in his gratitude to Leics. Others could learn a thing or 2 from his loyalty. I actually think he would be a bigger plus to team WI than any of the IPL guys and that includes Gayle.

  • POSTED BY aclarity on | May 21, 2012, 19:45 GMT

    Excuse is the easiest thing to make. Pre 2008 Sarwan was an excellent batsman. After getting hit, he began to run away from pace. He did that in the previous series against Australia in the West Indies and against Sharma in 2011. The video tapes are there. Persons should be selected on objective factors not on glorious memories of the past otherwise Sobers, Lara and Holding will be still playing. Many see Edwars as our strike bowler. Tell me if a young man were bowling at 83mph and got 9 wickets in 6 test would he be on the team. That's Fidel Edwards record in his last six tests. Keep picking him and expect the best because memories matter most.

  • POSTED BY bennybow on | May 21, 2012, 19:45 GMT

    "The coach said some negative stuff that hurt me mentally and emotionally,"

    I've been a senior manager in business for many years. If one of my people said that, I'd consider myself totally incompetent

    What does Otis Gibson know about coaching a team? Anyone ....?

  • POSTED BY mrhamilton on | May 21, 2012, 19:36 GMT

    Rally windies thats a great post

  • POSTED BY mrhamilton on | May 21, 2012, 19:32 GMT

    michael holding who is clamouring for sarwan to be the new captain doesnt watch much windies cricket these days, he hadnt even seen gabriel play, and he obviously dont know , leaving the controversy regarding his attitude aside, sarwans performances for windies summer were appalling. Shiv was also in poor form yet sammy & his boys pushes pak and India hard last summer in the windies. So what if sarwan has scored some runs against b teams in england, he didnt make a difference from 2000-2011 right now id only let him compete 4 the contentious no 6 position with samuels, pollard, nash and any youngster such as edwards who should be put at 6 after gayle returns

  • POSTED BY nafzak on | May 21, 2012, 19:01 GMT

    Gale had hinted at this b4... that they messed Sars up mentally. Gibson & co used fitness as an xcuse to get Sars & others out. He (Gibson) had them lifting weights so much that Shiv complained that in ODI WC his arms hurt when he lifted his bat. Sars was on a tear to be player of the year a couple of years ago, until the players strike (because on no contracts). B/desh ended up winning against a 4th string WI team. Sars was peaking as a batsman. Since then WI have proved that what's missing more than anything else, is the experience that Sars and Gayle could provide. Cricket is what binds us W/Indians & Sars & Gayle - one East Indian and the other African comraderie on and off the field was a delight to all of us for who longed for unity among all races. I hope Shiv, Gayle, Sars and Nash continue to prove Gibson & the WICB wrong.

  • POSTED BY kumarms_2000 on | May 21, 2012, 18:58 GMT

    West Indies is a Fallen Giant and will remain as a fallen. They are happy with their mediocre performances. They should look back to what and how they did coach and manage in 70s and 80s star studded teams. It is not the first time they faced the problem of managing stars like Gayle. There are plenty of good players and a bad management. Their current practices may produce ( if ever) a good team by year 3000.. Sammy and Party will fight till them with gibberish talk i have been hearing for the past 5 years atleast

  • POSTED BY on | May 21, 2012, 18:45 GMT

    i am glad alot of players could start expressing and talking out about things that happens behind the scenes good sarwan and if you decide to never come back then great i hope england could adopt you as there own who knows maybe you could be playing for them someday west indies board and management

  • POSTED BY on | May 21, 2012, 18:35 GMT

    After Hooper retirement, Brian Lara, Sarwan took WI to a decent level. WI should hurt Sarwan. They did't find a great player like Sarwan in todays WI Team. They have some very local people like sammy, and other batsman. I bet if Sarwan comes to the team he will guide WI to a decent score all the matches and better man to help Chanderpaul. Take his little guys WI TEam

  • POSTED BY on | May 21, 2012, 18:30 GMT

    he was a class player but the WICB not do well with him.they are giving lot of chances to KOA Powell,KA Edwards but they always fail.i don't know why they not given chance to sarwan and samy i don't like him as captain..bcoz he have no place in playing 11

  • POSTED BY KingOwl on | May 21, 2012, 18:14 GMT

    Not sure who is right and who is wrong, the coach or the players involved. But the fact is that it is the administrator's duty to ensure that things run smoothly. When it does not, the main culprits are the managers of cricket in the WI.

  • POSTED BY on | May 21, 2012, 18:00 GMT

    This is why west indies cricket fail not the players but the people in charge thanks for coming out sarwan those guys time will soon come. there current top order aint even ready for bush cricket.

  • POSTED BY Macca01 on | May 21, 2012, 18:00 GMT

    It's all about people skills. If you are a coach you must try and get the best from your players even when they failed.. That's why Sarwan lost his confidence. Stress can be a major factor in changes in attitude and that would count for allegation regarding Sarwan's fitness level.

  • POSTED BY Randy_Wilson on | May 21, 2012, 17:54 GMT

    sarwan was my future Captain but i Disagree with him about this. Sarwan is Class no doubt. But he perform very Badly lately Just look at this Gayle, DS smith, Sarwan, Chanderpaul, yet West Indies cannot Win a Match?

    Sarwan brought this to himself. Sarwan was given a Chance Even When de Coach critics him after the World Cup, Sarwan should of hit back the Coach with a great performance Against Pakistan, and i think he got one match against India before the WI Selectors Drop him and put in K Edwards, Since K Edward Made his Debut This first Test Match against England was the first time he ever Failed at the number 3rd Position. K Edward also avg about 41-45 in Test Cricket.

    For me If i had to pick my Squad for West Indies, in Test Sarwan would be my choice for number 3 No Doubt. But we can hate what WI put out there, and said Sarwan should of play for WI to Win, THEY never won with him , Last 30 TEST matches , WI won only 2 (not counting BAD or ZIM), in that 30 WI best team played 19.

  • POSTED BY Mayfield on | May 21, 2012, 17:53 GMT

    I really don't know what to say about Sarwan. All I can say is that Sarwan needs to work on his mental toughness. Yes, the coach or manager can have a negative effect on an individual, but you have to dig deep and fight back. Prove the coach wrong by getting in shape physically and mentally, and come back strong. I am sure if aSarwan does this, he can only get respect from the said coach. Sometimes you have to stand and fight and show your true worth. As the great Bob Marley said in one of his songs, the hotter the battle, the sweeter the victory. Sarwan, like the other players is very talented. He has to fight to prove his critics wrong, in the end the victory will be sweeter. Regain your rightfull place in the team Sarwan and assume the captaincy.

  • POSTED BY on | May 21, 2012, 17:51 GMT

    Well u got it from the horse's mouth so to speak. A person's happiness is paramount. U must enjoy what u r doing & if u no longer have fun in doing it u should move on. Definitely sounds like the end of the road as far as test cricket is concern. All the best SARS.

  • POSTED BY on | May 21, 2012, 17:34 GMT

    Out of all what sarwan has done for West Indies team it is emotional to me by the the way he has been treated! Once upon a time every youngster wanted to be like sarwan...As recent as 3 years ago he was one out of 2 batsmen that west indies depended on. One love Sarwan! Hope for the best for you and wish to see you captain the West Indies side sometime.

  • POSTED BY on | May 21, 2012, 17:26 GMT

    WICB, Otis Gibson and Daren Sammy have been allowed to behave as if the sport belongs to them in the Caribbean... What a shame of not having quality players like Sarwan, Taylor, Nash and Gayle because of the folly of a few... I looking to see how long will this stupidity last... Keep embarrassing them with solid performances players!

  • POSTED BY on | May 21, 2012, 17:23 GMT

    There are two sides to every story and some would say, three: one side, the other side and then the truth which probably lies somewhere between Gibson's and Sarwan's comments. Sarwan is soft and emotionally fragile. He comes across as a teenager who has had his feelings hurt and doesn't know how to handle it. In my view, like a man, he should have politely and respectfully told the Coach where to go and let his bat do the talking on the field of play. Instead, he goes into a shell like a turtle under attack. Even our first foreign coach Bennett King said that Sars was lazy, indifferent and often looked for an excuse not to train. If Sars hasn't changed his attitude toward fitness, he couldn't make it in the present WI setup. I've always admired Sars' talent, but at the Test level, he has never maximized it under 4-5 different coaches and captains. His average of barely 40.00 attests to this. He's your classic underachiever. Sars should just play out his career in County cricket/IPL.

  • POSTED BY on | May 21, 2012, 17:23 GMT

    Sarwan is still a class player,I always voice my concern about his omission from the West Indies team,but I did not know he was not happy with certain things.He is definitely right now to sign for the english county.Be happy Ronnie this is the way to success.

  • POSTED BY on | May 21, 2012, 17:22 GMT

    Does any player have anything good to say about Gibson with the exception of Sammy (I scratch your back, you scratch mine) ? Gibson drove Gayle out of the team, pressured Chanders to retire, and now Sarwan is speaking out. Seems to me the Head Coach is a very insecure man if he cannot deal with challenges from strong minded and proven world class players. The WI Team is presently filled with young, inexperienced, and under talented players who will ask "how high" when Gibson says jump. AND TO TOP IT ALL OFF GIBSON IS AN UNPROVEN HEAD COACH. GIBSON DID NOT BRING TO THE WI A PROVEN TRACK RECORD AS A HEAD COACH.

  • POSTED BY on | May 21, 2012, 17:11 GMT

    i am glad alot of players could start expressing and talking out about things that happens behind the scenes good sarwan and if you decide to never come back then great i hope england could adopt you as there own who knows maybe you could be playing for them someday west indies board and management

  • POSTED BY on | May 21, 2012, 17:05 GMT

    if gayle & sarwan would have been treated properly WI would have been a team to reckon with!

  • POSTED BY wnwn on | May 21, 2012, 16:49 GMT

    The West Indies have some excellent players and have the potential to be a very good team. Gayle and Sarwan are still miles better than what they have at the moment. A test team of Gayle, Barath, Sarwan, Bravo, Chanderpaul, Samuels, Ramdin, Narine, Roach, Edwards and Rampaul would be a match for anyone. Although Sammy is a great leader he is not worthy of his place in the test team as a batsman or bowler.

  • POSTED BY on | May 21, 2012, 16:48 GMT

    it has been fair to say that windies management hasn't got the most out of ramnaresh sarwan. Every team has guys who have the nonchalant attitude towards fitness, and the key is to put your arm around their shoulders, and get it done, at the end of the day, its about what a player can do, not what a player can't. Brendan Nash was another bloke whose tenacity impressed me and Windies dropped him after a bad series against Pakistan. To be honest, most of the Windies batsmen struggled in that series against Ajmal and the left arm spinner, don't remember his name. windies selectors should know that ajmal and co. have troubled the best of the best, the england batsmen were dismal against them, but nash is a quality batsmen, and he deserves to be there alongwith sarwan in the test team. This is my windies XI- Gayle, Barath, Sarwan, Samuels, Chanderpaul, Ramdin, Sammy, Roach, Rampaul, Gabrielle, Edwards.

  • POSTED BY pr3m on | May 21, 2012, 16:41 GMT

    I believe that we sit here and make judgement, but the truth has been that in the last decade and a half, the WI has been one of the most consistently disappointing and under performing team in the world. With the likes of Gayle, Sarwan and Chanderpaul, they had nothing to show in the results column, except a brief innings of class from either one of the three.

    If Otis wanted a clean slate so he could harbor a new culture and work ethic, getting the old cogs out was the only way. Sure a young side can benefit from older statesmen in the side, but they can also adopt the culture of an era bygone, and turn lazy and careless.

    When speaking of Gayle's return, Sammy was vigilant enough to point out that he too will have to integrate himself within the prevalent culture of hard work and never say die attitude to be a part of the side. This is most important, trying your hardest till the last run has been scored. They might not be as talented, but attitude works wonders.

  • POSTED BY PACERONE on | May 21, 2012, 16:36 GMT

    Do not worry Sarwan,..you have lots of fans still.I check how you are doing and I am very pleased.Some fans will forget that you have showed more dedication to W.I cricket than most.You were taken to a hospital and you returned to try and help the team win..you had a police escort to get you to the ground.Gayle played with a heart problem and never complained.WICB is doing such a good job that they cannot find sponsors for the local tournament.Enjoy your cricket and we will see you playing when changes are made at the top.

  • POSTED BY Kshatriya_descendant on | May 21, 2012, 16:26 GMT

    Sarwan is class whats wrong with the WICB first Gayle now Sarwan. keep scoring big for Leicestershire, best of luck!!

  • POSTED BY on | May 21, 2012, 16:14 GMT

    Sounds like retirement to me. Good for you that you are happy playing where you are Sars....will never forget the days of you being dubbed the finisher in ODIs, no one can perform every time they play so maximize your remaining time and enjoy the cricket most importantly!

  • POSTED BY Reagos on | May 21, 2012, 16:07 GMT

    Ronnie is a class act. I could only dream of having him, Gayle, Chanders, Narine in one test team. But this dream will not be for long, the tiger's road may come to an end around the next two corners or so.

  • POSTED BY on | May 21, 2012, 16:07 GMT

    WOW. I LOVE YOUR COMMITMENT Sarwan. Very few people can be committed that way. The WI board seems sure to have lot of problems. Be it with Gayle or Sarwan. Time for ICC to step in

  • POSTED BY DuttyK on | May 21, 2012, 16:06 GMT

    He's doing well. I'd say forget about the headaches in the WI organization. As much as i'd like to see him return and play for WI if he's not happy and will have an affect on his form then do what u must elsewhere. Get back to the IPL and join your peers. Have your fun and make your money there or county cricket. Cheers!

  • POSTED BY Windies89 on | May 21, 2012, 16:05 GMT

    This is the legacy of Gibson, trying to drive all of the senior players out of the team, leaving all the inexperience at the top order. WI having been putting up a strong fight recently, yes, but the low top order scoring is the biggest problem for WI. An additional 100 runs from the top 3 from both innings would have set a really competitive score for Eng to chase.

  • POSTED BY on | May 21, 2012, 16:04 GMT

    i agree with u sars, wi management and courching staff is to be blamed for your non selection. there is no other number 3 batsman in wi to take your place and u still have a lot to offer along with chris gale.

  • POSTED BY Dashgar on | May 21, 2012, 15:56 GMT

    This is a sad story but I think there comes a time where players need to be accountable. I'm sure Sarwan has received some tough treatment but he has also produced some very poor performances. Part of being a professional is dealing with different personalities and Sarwan has clearly had troubles with Windies coaches. Blame can be put on both sides of this conflict but going forward I think west indies must stick with their current practices. They have a young improving team and if Sarwan doesn't want to be a part of it then so be it. Another player will have to pick up the slack.

  • POSTED BY AlbertEinstein on | May 21, 2012, 15:56 GMT

    So sad to see such a talented batsman being given rough treatment by his own board. It was the momentum created by his century that inspired West Indies to chase the world record 4th innings target. As a genuine cricket fan I always admired his style and foot movement, its a shame that I wouldn't see much of that anytime soon.

  • POSTED BY BabyRocko on | May 21, 2012, 15:44 GMT

    Glad to hear that Sarwan is in a better place. It seems that the WI are cutting their nose off to spite their face these days. In such a time that the current staff has been in place, a good number of the premier players for the WI have left the set up or been asked to leave. The team choices and exclusions seem more to be of a personal nature that that of one that should come from professional origins.

    In the end, a player should consider country but first and foremost consider their own wellbeing and benefit. Especially when country seemingly turns their back on the player regardless of their contribution.

    Play on Sarwan and continue to do well!

  • POSTED BY on | May 21, 2012, 15:35 GMT

    This is a really sad story. While I admire the progress made by the WI team in discipline, attitude and fighting spirit, I am crest-fallen to see how we have failed in player management.

    It seems we just cant get all the facets together. I do hope we can sort things out soon.

  • POSTED BY on | May 21, 2012, 15:35 GMT

    Sarwan is a quality batsmen West Indies need an in form Sarwan but the politics seem to hurting the West Indies chances of building on some improvements of late. In some respect I agree with the captain and coaches nobady is bigger than the team approach but they also need to learn about man management some players get fired up from a rollicking others need reassurance. It sounds like Sarwan will not ever play for the West Indies again which is a shame really as with a bit more quality in the batting and they could turn the corner in my opinion.

  • POSTED BY DaveMorton on | May 21, 2012, 15:27 GMT

    Another forgotten man is Brendan Nash, now with Kent. I have seen him twice this season (against Yorkshire) and both times he has looked a million dollars. Better than Sarwan, to be honest, who struggled in admittedly arctic weather at Scarborough.

  • POSTED BY SLfan on | May 21, 2012, 15:24 GMT

    Sounds like a sensitive guy this Sarwan is...At the beginning of his career, he was a wonderful batsmen to watch and as a Sri Lankan I can not forget the 2003 world cup match where he played a 'gem' of an inning against us. However we were able to win it at the end, thanks to a bouncer sent by Dilhara :P His famous reply to Mcgrath is another 'classic' from this talented player and I wish him good luck for his future cricket !

  • POSTED BY Erebus26 on | May 21, 2012, 15:19 GMT

    The first paragraph of the article is a bit misleading really. From the interview its quite clear that Sarwan isn't ready to come back into the Windies set-up just yet as some of the wounds caused by the coaching staff haven't healed. He also seems to be focused and enjoying his cricket at Leicestershire and doesn't want to betray them. I can see the argument from both sides - Sarwan's fitness has been a concern in the past and was dropped last year when he was in poor form, but on the other hand it is clear that Ronnie faced unnecessary pressure from the coaching set-up which affected both his game and his confidence. I can't fault Gibson for clearing the slate and wanting to start afresh but they way he has dealt with some of the senior pro's leaves a lot to be desired in my book.

  • POSTED BY phendel on | May 21, 2012, 15:17 GMT

    sounds a bit like the same sentiments from Nash.....& we could expect more from players like Taylor, Benn sometime maybe in the future......no one likes WICB & thats known around the cricketing world......they're holding back a team which already has the greatest expectations and the some of the greatest history in cricket.....they're not going to be the greatest team in the world anymore but it seems no one is going to be that ever again with #1 rankings changing ever so often.....we just want the best team out there giving us the best chance to win.....is that too much to ask?????

  • POSTED BY on | May 21, 2012, 15:17 GMT

    Another cricketing hero being made scapegoat!One of the best batmen in the world!

  • POSTED BY wrenx on | May 21, 2012, 15:17 GMT

    Good on you Ramnaresh, plying your trade once more and performing so admirably. Seriously proved the WI establishment wrong on this one, seeing how desperate they are for a fluent stroke maker right now. Leicestershire are reaping the benefits of the Windies administrative and coaching failures of the past years, and it's good to see some loyalty from him

  • POSTED BY Rally_Windies on | May 21, 2012, 15:16 GMT

    again, we see the coach overstepping his competency giving batting lessons ....

    the WI is bowling well, but batting is extremely poor ......

    Gayle, CHander, Sarwan , did well but they are only half a batting unit, the other half always let us down.

    Now we have, Chanders, Bravo, (Samuels or Doenarine) ...

    again, we have 1/2 a batting unit .....

    if the selectors play both Smaules and Doenarine, and send chadners to open with Gayel, pick Bravo, and Sarawan ....

    lets see what the batting average of the top 6 would be? 40, 50, 50,40, 30,30 ...keeper 20, Sammy 20 .....

    isn't that good enough to beat anybody with a good bowling attack with Roach and tow other bowlers?

  • POSTED BY on | May 21, 2012, 15:15 GMT

    Sarwan we the fans will welcome you back with open arms because your record speak for it self.

  • POSTED BY on | May 21, 2012, 15:11 GMT

    OH MY GOODNESS I WAS HOPING FOR YOU AND GAYLE'S RETURN, NOW OTIS IS GOING TO HAVE THE REST OF YOUR CAREER FOR DINNER. UNLESS YOU GET AN IPL CONTRACT AND HIT WITH A SARWANSTORM THEN WEST INDIES COACH AND BOARD WILL REALIZE YOU GUYS ARE THE MAIN STAY OF WI CRICKET. THATS OFR THE CENTURY IN ANTIGUA TO BREAK THE WORLD RECORD AGAINST AUSTRALIA. STILL REMAINS ONE OF YOUR MOST SPECIAL INNINGS TO ME.

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  • POSTED BY on | May 21, 2012, 15:11 GMT

    OH MY GOODNESS I WAS HOPING FOR YOU AND GAYLE'S RETURN, NOW OTIS IS GOING TO HAVE THE REST OF YOUR CAREER FOR DINNER. UNLESS YOU GET AN IPL CONTRACT AND HIT WITH A SARWANSTORM THEN WEST INDIES COACH AND BOARD WILL REALIZE YOU GUYS ARE THE MAIN STAY OF WI CRICKET. THATS OFR THE CENTURY IN ANTIGUA TO BREAK THE WORLD RECORD AGAINST AUSTRALIA. STILL REMAINS ONE OF YOUR MOST SPECIAL INNINGS TO ME.

  • POSTED BY on | May 21, 2012, 15:15 GMT

    Sarwan we the fans will welcome you back with open arms because your record speak for it self.

  • POSTED BY Rally_Windies on | May 21, 2012, 15:16 GMT

    again, we see the coach overstepping his competency giving batting lessons ....

    the WI is bowling well, but batting is extremely poor ......

    Gayle, CHander, Sarwan , did well but they are only half a batting unit, the other half always let us down.

    Now we have, Chanders, Bravo, (Samuels or Doenarine) ...

    again, we have 1/2 a batting unit .....

    if the selectors play both Smaules and Doenarine, and send chadners to open with Gayel, pick Bravo, and Sarawan ....

    lets see what the batting average of the top 6 would be? 40, 50, 50,40, 30,30 ...keeper 20, Sammy 20 .....

    isn't that good enough to beat anybody with a good bowling attack with Roach and tow other bowlers?

  • POSTED BY wrenx on | May 21, 2012, 15:17 GMT

    Good on you Ramnaresh, plying your trade once more and performing so admirably. Seriously proved the WI establishment wrong on this one, seeing how desperate they are for a fluent stroke maker right now. Leicestershire are reaping the benefits of the Windies administrative and coaching failures of the past years, and it's good to see some loyalty from him

  • POSTED BY on | May 21, 2012, 15:17 GMT

    Another cricketing hero being made scapegoat!One of the best batmen in the world!

  • POSTED BY phendel on | May 21, 2012, 15:17 GMT

    sounds a bit like the same sentiments from Nash.....& we could expect more from players like Taylor, Benn sometime maybe in the future......no one likes WICB & thats known around the cricketing world......they're holding back a team which already has the greatest expectations and the some of the greatest history in cricket.....they're not going to be the greatest team in the world anymore but it seems no one is going to be that ever again with #1 rankings changing ever so often.....we just want the best team out there giving us the best chance to win.....is that too much to ask?????

  • POSTED BY Erebus26 on | May 21, 2012, 15:19 GMT

    The first paragraph of the article is a bit misleading really. From the interview its quite clear that Sarwan isn't ready to come back into the Windies set-up just yet as some of the wounds caused by the coaching staff haven't healed. He also seems to be focused and enjoying his cricket at Leicestershire and doesn't want to betray them. I can see the argument from both sides - Sarwan's fitness has been a concern in the past and was dropped last year when he was in poor form, but on the other hand it is clear that Ronnie faced unnecessary pressure from the coaching set-up which affected both his game and his confidence. I can't fault Gibson for clearing the slate and wanting to start afresh but they way he has dealt with some of the senior pro's leaves a lot to be desired in my book.

  • POSTED BY SLfan on | May 21, 2012, 15:24 GMT

    Sounds like a sensitive guy this Sarwan is...At the beginning of his career, he was a wonderful batsmen to watch and as a Sri Lankan I can not forget the 2003 world cup match where he played a 'gem' of an inning against us. However we were able to win it at the end, thanks to a bouncer sent by Dilhara :P His famous reply to Mcgrath is another 'classic' from this talented player and I wish him good luck for his future cricket !

  • POSTED BY DaveMorton on | May 21, 2012, 15:27 GMT

    Another forgotten man is Brendan Nash, now with Kent. I have seen him twice this season (against Yorkshire) and both times he has looked a million dollars. Better than Sarwan, to be honest, who struggled in admittedly arctic weather at Scarborough.

  • POSTED BY on | May 21, 2012, 15:35 GMT

    Sarwan is a quality batsmen West Indies need an in form Sarwan but the politics seem to hurting the West Indies chances of building on some improvements of late. In some respect I agree with the captain and coaches nobady is bigger than the team approach but they also need to learn about man management some players get fired up from a rollicking others need reassurance. It sounds like Sarwan will not ever play for the West Indies again which is a shame really as with a bit more quality in the batting and they could turn the corner in my opinion.