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Ramnaresh Sarwan recalled for World Cup

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January 19, 2011

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West Indies have recalled batsman Ramnaresh Sarwan for the 2011 World Cup, after he had been left out of the national team's rain-marred tour of Sri Lanka last year. Sarwan last represented West Indies in the ODI series at home against South Africa in May and June last year and was subsequently dropped due to fitness issues and indifferent form on the domestic circuit. The World Cup team will be led by Darren Sammy and also includes fast-bowling allrounder Andre Russell, who is yet to make his ODI debut.

Sammy took over the reins from Chris Gayle last year. Gayle, Dwayne Bravo and Kieron Pollard, three players who turned down contracts with the West Indies Cricket Board, all feature in the squad following their participation in the WICB one-day tournament last year; as per WICB regulations, participation in domestic tournaments is a criteria for selection into the national team for the corresponding format.

Nikita Miller and Sulieman Benn are the two specialist spinners, both left-arm orthodox, while Russell, Kemar Roach and Ravi Rampaul make up the pace options. Carlton Baugh was preferred over Denesh Ramdin as wicketkeeper. Baugh has not played an ODI for West Indies since November 2008, but impressed with a half-century in the second Test in Sri Lanka.

Sarwan hasn't played Tests in more than a year, and was not offered a WICB contract last year. In the WICB one-day tournament, he averaged 21.33 in three games with one-half-century for Guyana and his team was knocked out in the league stage. However, he has an excellent ODI record in India, where West Indies play five of their six group games. He has played 15 matches there with an average of 57.30 and five half-centuries.

"The Selection Committee deliberated extensively over the selection of this most important World Cup squad and while choosing some players was straightforward we believe that we have come up with a good mix of players who will be able to do well in the Asian conditions," Clyde Butts, the WICB's chairman of selectors, said. "We have some of the most experienced ODI cricketers on the international stage along with the effervescence and freshness of some quality young players who we are confident can not only contribute to the team but win matches."

In the lead-up to the tournament, West Indies play three ODIs in Sri Lanka - a series rescheduled after the one-day leg of the December 2010 series was cancelled due to excessive rain.

West Indies squad: Darren Sammy (capt), Chris Gayle, Dwayne Bravo, Darren Bravo, Kieron Pollard, Ramnaresh Sarwan, Devon Smith, Sulieman Benn, Nikita Miller, Carlton Baugh (wk), Andre Rusell, Ravi Rampaul, Kemar Roach, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Adrian Barath.

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Comments: 156 
Posted by   on (January 22, 2011, 19:10 GMT)

MY SQUARDS FOR THE INDIA/ PAKISTAN TOUR LEAVING OUT ALL UNCOMMITTED PLAYERS AND CHOOSING PLAYERS ON PERFORMANCE MERIT AND LEADERSHIP. ALL TEAMS ARE IN BATTING ORDER (20/20 SQUARD) 1.LINDEL SIMMONS, 2.DWAYNE SMITH, 3.DARREN BRAVO, 4.MARLON SAMUELS, 5.RAMNAMESH SARWAN, 6.ANDRE FLETCHER (WK), 7.DARREN SAMMY (CPT), 8.DAVID BERNARD JR, 9. SULIMAN BENN, 10.NELSON PASCAL, 11.KISHIMIR SANTOKE, 12.JOHNSON CHARLES, 13.WILLIAM PERKINS, 14.SAMUEL BARDREE (0NE DAY SQUARD) 1.SHIV CHANDERPAUL, 2.ADRIAN BARATH, 3.DARREN BRAVO, 4.RAMNAMESH SAWAN, 5. MARLON SAMUELS, 6.BRENDON NASH, 7.CARLTON BAUGH (WK), 8.DARREN SAMMY (CPT), 9.MIKITA MILLER, 10. JEROME TAYLOR, 11. KISHIMIR SANTOKE, 12.DEVON SMITHS, 13.RYAN HINES, 14.TINO BEST (TEST SQUARD) 1.ADRIAN BARATH, 2.DEVON SMITH, 3.DARREN BRAVO, 4.RAMNAMESH SARWAN, 5.SHIV CHANDERPAUL, 6.BRENDON NASH, 7.DANISH RAMDIN (WK), 8.DARREN SAMMY (CPT), 9.SULIMAN BENN, 10.KEMAR ROACH, 11.FIDEL EDWARDS, 12.JEROME TAYLOR, 13.MARLON SAMUELS, 14.NIKITA MILLER.

Posted by   on (January 22, 2011, 18:15 GMT)

WINDIES HAVE SORTED THEIR WORLD CUP SQUARD SO NO MORE CRITIC AS THEY WONT CHANGE ANYTHING UNLESS INJURY PREVAILS, GOOD LUCK WINDIES. NOW WE ARE LOOKING TO PICK OUR DIGICEL SERIES TEAMS FOR LATER IN THE YEAR AS WE HOST INDIA AND PARKISTAN AND THIS TIME EVERY PLAYER WILL BE LOOKED UP AND CHOSEN ON FITNESS. I PERSONALLY WOULD REALLY WISH THAT THE WICB WOULD RELEASE GAYLE, BRAVO AND POLLARD OFF THEIR DUTIES AND ANY OTHER WHO WISHES TO NEGLECT WEST INDIES CRICKET FOR THE CHANCE TO CASH INFECT IN OTHER LEAGUES AS IT IS NOT HELPING THE DEVELOPMENT OF OUR CRICKET AND NOT SETTING THE YOUNGER PLAYERS ANY EXAMPLE. FUTHERMORE WEST INDIES IS IN THE ERA NOW WHERE THEY HAVE LOTS OF QUALITY PLAYERS COMING THROUGH THE RANKS AND PUTTING A TEAM TOGETHER TO GET RESULTS SHOULD BE VERY EASY. I HAVE PICKED MY SIDES FOR THE INDIA, PAKISTAN SERIES USING PLAYERS WHO PERFORMED DURING THE PAST WICB TOURNAMENTS AND ALSO LEAVING OUT ALL NON-COMMITTED PLAYERS FROM THE TEAM. RESULT ON ANOTHER COMMENT POST.

Posted by   on (January 22, 2011, 17:50 GMT)

SOME HYPOCRETES DOSE'NT WANT TO SEE DARREN SAMMY AS CAPTAIN OR RAVI RAMPAUL, DEVON SMITH, CARLTON BAUGH AND ANDRE RUSSEL IN THE WEST INDIES WORLD CUP TEAM AND IF THAT IS SO LET US FACE SOME FACTS. FIRST OF ALL GAYLE,BRAVO AND POLLARD SHOULD NOT EVEN BE CONSIDERED TO TOUR WITH THE TEAM EFFECTEIVE NOW AS WE HAVE SEEN WHERE THEIR HEARTS ARE. SAMUELS BRILLIANT PLAYER IN ANY FORM OF THE GAME BUT IT'S HIS FAULT HE GOT BANNED AND NOW HAVE TO REALLY WORK HARD TO GET BACK IN AND WIN THE SELECTORS HEART. TAYLOR AND EDWARDS MAYBE BEST WE HAVE GOT BUT HAVE WE NOT BEEN FOLLOWING THE RESULTS OF THEIR RECOVERY LATELY. SIMMONS, DWAYNE SMITH, NASH AND KIRK EDWARDS BRILLIANT LADS LOOK VERY PROMISING BUT HAVE TO KEEP FIGHTING AND KEEP BELIEVING WHEN OPPORTUNITY COMES MUST SEAL IT. RAMDIN, RAMDIN, RAMDIN, NEED SOME BENCH TIME TO GET HIM SORTED GOOD MOVE WICB. YOU SEE NAMES DONT BRING YOU RESULTS THESE DAY ITS DEDICATION COMMITMENT AND BELIEF WICB FINALLY STARTS SEEING THE LIGHT. GO WINDIES GO !!!!!

Posted by   on (January 22, 2011, 17:12 GMT)

Every caribbean person have an opinion when it comes to cricket in the region, which is good as it shows we are intrested in are side performing well. Now the caribbean is a huge place and is made up of a number of islands and everyone wants to see their fellow countryman being selected on the squard. What angers me is the amount of crap some people write about certain players in the team when they dont like them. When it comes to tallent, at present all west indies players are 16 onzes 1 pound they all are the same. They all have good days and they all have bad days no one stands out which means who ever the selectors pick to represent us we should shut up and give our support. Any of the 15 players the wicb have selected can win us a game on their day and even though we have our favourites that dosent give us the right to tongue lash some players. So if we are true west indian fans, we would keep shut, wear our colours and wish the team all the best for this world cup. GO WINDIES

Posted by h4haseeb on (January 22, 2011, 16:16 GMT)

with the return of Sarwan, West Indies have the fire power to chase big totals, but i think bowling remains to be their worry, dont understand why they r not producing fast men

Posted by   on (January 22, 2011, 10:21 GMT)

NIKITA,BENN,DEVON SMITH ,RAVI RAMPAUL? AND WHERE ARE TONGE ,JEROME TAYLOR, AND SELECTION OF BOUGH SURPRISES ME?

Posted by popahwheely on (January 21, 2011, 23:44 GMT)

Good squad but none of these players are guaranteed to perform well in every game. Chanders on his last days, Sars gotta focus and stay at the crease longer, Gayle is a hit or miss, even though he has been carrying the team for these past years, Dwayne Bravo has run out of steam and dont show signs of getting back hot, lets see in the SL odi's, Pollard is not an international cricketer only domestic. Nash should have been in the squad. Devon Smith earned his place. Samuels, Taylor, Edwards might be back later this year if they improve, deal with it. Time for the youngsters to show up. These are some of the best players in the caribbean, Russell, Young Bravo, and Barath aside its an experienced side for a world cup. My XI Gayle, Barath, Young Bravo, Sars, Shiv, Baugh, Sammy, Benn, Miller, Russell, Roach. Windies dont have a fixed XI so there will be alot of mixing around. My prediction is they going home early.

Posted by Nicholas_Clarke on (January 21, 2011, 21:37 GMT)

For those of you opposing Pollard's inclusion, consider that he's taken 30 wickets in 30 ODIs @ 27.76. His econ is a bit high (5.33) but it's still a better record than most of our specialist bowlers. While he's underperformed with the bat, it's only a matter of time before he finds his feet and when that does happen he will be a major force to contend with.

Posted by Metman on (January 21, 2011, 20:20 GMT)

@Lazytrini ! Man,you have perfected the art of writing nonsense !Samuel,based on cricketing performances should be in the WI team,full stop!Smith has been a failure agree,Pollard also,has been a monumental failure,?and he has been selected!comment on that big man!Pollard has no quality,and will ALWAYS be a failure at int'l level, so too will be Rampaul ,and Dwayne Bravo is fast approaching that level.Simmons is a better bet than Barath,and he should be the keeper too!May I ask who is the best keeper?Did'nt the best keeper dropped catch/catches against Canada ?and how come he was following instructions from the Canadian keeper on when to swipe?Sarwan's fitness is not the problem,it's his attitude when batting.WI bowling is weak,the best being Benn,but he can be quite miserable at times.Roach can be a handfull,but as I often say,he has to be more aggessive.Russell,quite enthusiastic,but will be taken to the cleaners early.Bravo's bowling has gone downhill,and Pollard bowls donkey drops.

Posted by   on (January 21, 2011, 18:28 GMT)

we all know that Marlon is a good cricketer but for God sake he caused his own down fall and i wish him well and hope he get back on the WI team soon but he was never included in the 30man provisional team and why can't we all learn to rally around our new capt. he is young and energetic and one of the best fielder/catcher on the team in any position so we need to encourage him and wish him well as I know he is capable of proving all his critics wrong. I am a resident of the USVI and it's sad to hear west indians asking for bravo to be capt. when we all know that he Gayle and Pollard are'nt even committed to WI cricket they all insulted the WI board by rejecting their contract but regardless of that I still want to wish the team well in the world cup and hope saewan will be able to stay fit throught the entire rornament. All the best WI.and Darren Sammy.

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