West Indies v Pakistan, 4th ODI, Barbados April 30, 2011

Sarwan recalled to one-day squad

ESPNcricinfo staff

Ramnaresh Sarwan has been recalled to the West Indies squad for the fourth one-day international against Pakistan. Sarwan had been one of three senior batsmen dropped following the World Cup, but after some insipid batting which has seen West Indies fall 3-0 behind in the five-match series the selectors have decided experience is required. The squad for the final one-dayer has not yet been announced.

Sarwan replaces opener Devon Smith, who has had a nightmare of a series, falling lbw to Mohammad Hafeez's offspin three times, but he is most likely to slot into the middle order which has struggled in the three games to date. Marlon Samuels, who has returned to international cricket, and Kirk Edwards have both laboured against Pakistan's spin bowling and brought scoring to a standstill.

Sarwan, who has played 166 one-day internationals, scored 155 runs at 25.83 during the World Cup, and along with Chris Gayle and Shivnarine Chanderpaul, who is currently involved in a war of words with the WICB, was left out after Ottis Gibson, the coach, criticised the performances of senior players.

His return will appease officials in Guyana, Sarwan's home country, who had been angered by his and Chanderpaul's snub. The final one-day international of the series, and the first Test, will be played at Providence. However, due to West Indies' domestic season having finished, Sarwan hasn't had any chance to find form in the middle.

Despite having already lost the series there are no further changes to the squad for the fourth match. There were a few bright spots during the third match in Barbados as Ravi Rampaul and Devendra Bishoo almost pulled the game around for West Indies with some impressive bowling. However, the home side just haven't been able to score enough runs. Sarwan will hope to change that.

Squad: Darren Sammy (capt), Dwayne Bravo, Carlton Baugh (wk), Devendra Bishoo, Darren Bravo, Kirk Edwards, Anthony Martin, Ravi Rampaul, Kemar Roach, Andre Russell, Ramnaresh Sarwan, Marlon Samuels, Lendl Simmons

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  • Dummy4 on May 3, 2011, 20:55 GMT

    The entire WICB board needs to be remove, How cud you groom a young team when there is now experience for them to learn from. There shud be a mixture of experience player and young talent.....WICB pls get ur action together....19,000,000 plus ppl are depending on you.

  • Shelly on May 3, 2011, 4:26 GMT

    I am very upset that Sarwan played today. They are using him. Guyana should get out of the WI team and form their own under the leadership of the great Chanderpaul.

  • Narine on May 2, 2011, 15:26 GMT

    It is unfortunate that after the series is lost then you bring in Sarwan, the wicketkeeper with the most runs and most dismissals is Dinesh Ramdin from the 4 day tournament, the selectors are very poor in picking the best team possible, Samuels, Sammy and Baugh will continue to fail and as a result the WI team.

  • Big on May 2, 2011, 14:22 GMT

    @Pushpa Ranjan Wijesinghe, You used Sarwans's abbreviated name SARS which generally stands for Severe acute respiratory syndrome or SARS. You had me scared there for a second.

  • Dummy4 on May 2, 2011, 13:38 GMT

    Captain by default, yes! The experiment is broke! What the hell is taking them so long to fix it?

  • Fawad on May 2, 2011, 12:37 GMT

    Someone should fire the entire WI management. Who made Ottis Gibson coach? Who made Darren Sammy Captain. Seems like WI team currently playing Pak cannot even beat the Canadian team. What a joke. Stop hiding the good talent and play the right players. Stop being biased and keep forcing the same set to failed batsmen and bowlers. Darren sammy cannot bat nor bowl and shouldnt even make the WI team. It should be Gayle, Chanderpaul, Sarwan, Simmons, D Bravo, Nash, Ramdin, Roach, Bishoo, Taylor, Edwards. Try this team and see the difference. BUT Ottis and the selectors someone think a bunch a old players who were failures should get a chance now. Is this a joke and slap in the face to WI cricket. Change the management fast or fans will NOT follow WI anymore.

  • Karan on May 2, 2011, 8:55 GMT

    Hopefully this will put some pressure on him to perform. At least now he hasn't really got any guarantee of a place, and if he raises his game in response, this may allow him to remain as something more than dead weight. Otherwise, it's better to have somebody not scoring high and learning something than someone doing the same for a couple of years before their retirement. It probably makes sense to drop Smith for now, and let him regain his bearings, as he's not a bad player, but the repeated dismissals in the same manner could become psychologically harmful, and one doesn't want a Cullinan-Warne relationship developing.

  • charlie on May 2, 2011, 8:05 GMT

    Sammy became captain by default and therefore we should give him a chance to do his best . I f we had better players his job would have been made easier .Let's pick the best players irrespective of his region of origin and not by quota . Give them a fair chance with as much help as need , that includes , physical and psychological development .

  • prabu on May 2, 2011, 6:07 GMT

    drop sammy, and make a new captain. Find a keeper who is a hard hitter. get back the senior players and add the youngsters to them, get a bowling coach: walsh, get a batting coach: lara. make the piches like in 80's and 90's so WI can be first dangeros in home soil

  • Dummy4 on May 2, 2011, 5:25 GMT

    What I saw of Sarwan and Chanderpaul in WC, he looked nothing else except a spent forces. Its time to move on and bite the bullet. Bilateral series are best way to groom some young talent who then can be readied to perform under tournament situations. Gayle has lots to give it to the WI cricket but for his seemingly unapproachable prima donna attitude.

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