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Dropping Sarwan was tough decision - Gibson

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October 21, 2010

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Ramnaresh Sarwan drives off the back foot, Queensland v West Indians, Allan Border Field, Brisbane, 1st day, November 18, 2009
Ottis Gibson: "Ramnaresh Sarwan still has a lot more to contributions to make to West Indies cricket" © Getty Images
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West Indies coach Ottis Gibson has said that leaving Ramnaresh Sarwan out of the Test team was a tough decision but one that needed to be made in the interests of the touring squad in Sri Lanka. Fitness issues and indifferent form have kept Sarwan out of the side in 2010, but Gibson said he still has a lot to offer the team.

"It came down to whether we can continue to take Sarwan on tour and then have one of our best players not available to us for selection all the time," Gibson said. "The decision was taken to give him more time to get fit. I still think he's got a lot more contributions to make to West Indies cricket and that gives him the opportunity to do the things he knows he needs to do to not just get fit, but stay fit to make those contributions."

Gibson backed the "strong decisions" made by the selectors in picking a new-look squad, with Chris Gayle and Dwayne Bravo stripped of their leadership roles following their refusal to sign WICB's central contracts. Darren Sammy took over as captain from Gayle, while Brendan Nash was named vice-captain.

"The selectors have picked a team in trying to chart the way forward for the West Indies in the coming years," Gibson said. "We are in the decision-making business and West Indies cricket, from where it sits currently, needs strong decisions and those are the decisions the selectors have taken. It's an exciting time for Darren and Brendan but also for some of the young guys who have been picked."

The squad includes the uncapped pair of fast bowler Andre Russell and wicketkeeper Devon Thomas, who was picked in place of Denesh Ramdin. Gibson was confident that both the team and the new players stood to benefit from their presence on a potentially tough tour of Sri Lanka.

"Thomas' selection comes at the back of a very good stint at the Sagicor High Performance Center in Barbados," Gibson said. "He has had rave reviews when they went on tour in Canada. The thinking of the selectors is that the subcontinent is a tough place to tour, and if you're going on a tour like that you need to have cover in specialist positions so therefore the view of taking two keepers [Carlton Baugh is also in the side] is exactly that.

"When I see Andre Russell, he excites me. He is a big, tall fellow and he has got some pace. We took the decision to take him along and it will give me an opportunity to work with him and introduce him into the international arena that way."

Gibson also reposed faith in the inexperienced leadership pair that will take charge of the side. Sammy has played only eight Tests since his debut in 2007, while the Australia-born batsman, Nash, has featured in 15.

"Darren Sammy as a cricketer and as a leader always plays with passion. Hopefully when he leads, he continues to lead in that way. What we don't want is for him to get the job and change the way he is. I said to him already that he must be his own man and make sure that we, as management, will take as much stress off him so he can do his job.

"Brendan Nash, since he's been here, has been very professional," Gibson said. "Growing up in Australia, he's got a steely Australia attitude, meticulous with his preparation. That's what I see of Nash and that's what I hope he brings to his role as the vice-captain of the team - to lead in that regard, continue to show the younger players in the team in that way."

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Posted by   on (October 23, 2010, 18:28 GMT)

OUR SELECTOR ARE VERY HAPPY FOR THIS SERIES AGAINST AUSTRAILLA BUT MY POINT IS HERE THAT BCCI SHOULD GIVE TO PLAYER PERFORMENCE BONUS FOR MAKING 100,50, AND FOR TAKING 5 AND MORE WICKETS AND FOR TAKING 2 AND MORE CATCHES AND SAVING RUNS WHILE FIELDING ON THE OTHER HAND BCCI SHOULD PUNISH FOR THEM FOR NOT PERFORMING IN THE MATCH FOR EXAMPLE DROPING CATCH,MISFIELDING, OUT FOR DUCK AND SPEND MORE TIME AT CREASE PLAYED MORE BALLS BUT SCORED LESS (THIS IS ACCORDING MATCH SITUATION) AND DISMISSED RUNOUT HIS PARTNER AND RUNOUT HIMSELF ETC

Posted by   on (October 23, 2010, 18:17 GMT)

I AM VERY MUCH HAPPY THAT WINDIES SELECTOR TOOK HARD STEP TO NEW CAPTION BECAUSE I OBSERVE CRISE GAYLE ALWAYS PLAY FAST AND DISMISSED EARLIAR ON MANY OCCASION ,HE SHOULD UNDERSTOOD HIS POSTION AND ALSO SELECTOR SIDELINE SARWAN IT IS ALSO A ALARMING SIGNAL FOR OTHER SENIOR PLAYERS LIKE CHANDERPAL,GAYLE AND JUNIOR PLAYERS SO IF YOU WILL NOT PERFOME THEN THERE IS NO PLACE FOR YOU IN TEAM

Posted by   on (October 23, 2010, 17:29 GMT)

all of west indies best performance has been with sarwan included. when they won champions trophy in 2004 he got player of the tournament. when they chased that record 418 aganst aus, he got a century. he captained them to the final of 2006 champions trophy and lara was captain in the final and they lost. he is a match winner. and anyway dnt they realize most world class batsmen peak when they get to about age 30 or 31? check ponting dravid, sangakkara kallis, laxman and many others. they were always good but when they got to their early 30s they became amazing. even tendulkar and lara improved when they were in their 30s.

Posted by Metman on (October 23, 2010, 12:50 GMT)

@kricketluva! well said !Sarwan needs to grow up.He, however,should never play for Guyana and by extension the WI again!Remember how he sulked when Chanders was made capt.of Guyana.He sulked until he got back the captaincy!Sarwan was WI skipper until he was" overthrown",by Chris Gayle and the Board.He was again offered the job when things were not going well with Gayle and the Board,and he refused,and I totally agree with him,however,since then,he has just been going through the motions,doing that much and no more,simply to maintain his place on the team.I cannot understand how some people can still be calling for Ganga and Ramdin ,both well known and established failures,and rejoicing that Gayle has been relieved of the captaincy,because he has been a failure at that.If the WI were looking and thinking ahead,then Simmons should have included in place of Baugh.Selectors,you watch the match btwn Jca and Bdos yesterday,were you impressed or embarrassed by Baugh's performance?

Posted by abner564 on (October 23, 2010, 3:08 GMT)

Mr. Gibson know's all but too well on why Sarwan is not on this touring squad....it's because Sarwan does't have work as hard as he did to make West Indies Squad...why? Because Sarwan is one of most gifted West Indian Batsmen today....he's second best batsman in the west indies and Mr. Gibson is worried about quote on quote his fitness and a big chupz to that....Mr. Gibson just does not like Sarwan....then he bring up Sarwan fielding ability is it any worse in the field as Gayle who you never run faster than a turtle....Mr. Gibson do the west indies a favor and resign and tell us why you dislike Sarwan so much we are all waiting to hear...

Posted by   on (October 22, 2010, 22:07 GMT)

I am a true WI fan and so when it comes to player selection issues I try not to be partial. If any fair minded WI fan is serious, R.Sarwnan in test cricket has not been as consistent as everyone in the caribbean expected him to be, especially in the last couple of years. Ok, he is not in the squad, the only thing I can say is come back better. Force the selectors to pick you not by the non selection of other but by your outstandng performances. I am not going to condem the whole squad, something had to be done about Ramdin. I am a fan of the guy. Keeping is head and shoulders above anyone in the region but he has been given an extended run and his battng in test cricket just seemed to go nowhere. D.Smith I think is being unfairly targeted. He toured wih the A team and did well. That's what the A team is for. Some of us might remember Damian Martyn.(Aus) Avg. cricketer who later on blossomed. Give the guy a chance. And so caller fearsome SL spinners are again a delusion.

Posted by   on (October 22, 2010, 17:49 GMT)

i believe discarding a player like ramdin is a mistake, he has been underperforming yes, but why not get a specialist to work with him. this is why our cricket is backward. the domestic tournament is a joke. why do u think our players prefer to go play elsewhere, come WIBC get serious. and get your strongest team forward. get specialist batting coaches and bowling coaches. the high performance centre is a joke to, because it has d same standard as d domestic competiiton. our selecting committee need to comeint the future and get out of the yester year mentality. Gayle should be dropped if they talking about underperforming aswell 91 good innings in every 20 is not good enough)

Posted by robinmaha on (October 22, 2010, 14:34 GMT)

We shall wait to see what kind of coach Gibson is. If he is as good a coach as he was a WI player, then heaven help this mediocre team. Even if he is hired as bowling coach only that would signal the state of WI cricket, much less head coach. Is he going to do the coaching for batting also, coaching Gayle, Shiv, Bravo, Nash, Barath, and others? Good gracious! No wonder he has to tow the Board's line the way he does. That's the way for players to keep their places and staff to get and hold on to positions. Independent minded guys like Sarwan do not have a place in this scheme especially if they recognize WIPA. How could a region allow the head of the Board, the Chief Executive, and the captain to be of the same nationality? Conflict of interest? Nepotism? Caribbean integration? No! probably more of national integration this time!

Posted by rumcork69 on (October 22, 2010, 10:15 GMT)

I support the decsion taken by the West Indies Cricket board and this has not happen since the late 90's. The captiancy should go to someone you is committed and has a winning attitude. Sammy does have not the averages but inthe West Indies cricket who does? (except chanders). Sarwan needed to be dropped about a two years ago. WI can't keep picking the same team and hoping to turn things around when their attitudes don't change. Chris Gayle thank you for efforts as WI captain and hope the few senior players back Sammy. T&T cricket showed the passion players in WI have for the game and what passion can achieve. So ii we lose the series, just bear in mind it is a step in the right direction, by rewarding commitment and giving other people a chance. SO SAMMY YOU HAVE MY SUPPORT!! GOOD LUCK can't wait for the series to start.

Posted by   on (October 22, 2010, 4:36 GMT)

It was a tough decision to drop Sarwan,but an easy one to include Devon Smith!! Gibson.....how much test you played in? You couldn't make the West Indian team regularly! Who are your batsmen?Who will bat # 3?After 2 overs,usually the West Indies # 3 batsman is at the crease!Samuels would have been a better choice! No Sarwan,Deonarine or Morton,is this a team? A test team! Way to go WICB, This will get more fans in the stands and generate more interest in West Indies cricket......Who are these Comics on the Board anyways!!

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