Could return to domestic cricket soon July 21, 2007

Sarwan on the verge of full fitness

Cricinfo staff

Sarwan's team-mates look on after he injured his shoulder on the boundary edge during the second Test against England at Headingley © Getty Images

Ramnaresh Sarwan is on the verge of recovering from a shoulder injury sustained during the tour to England. Sarwan damaged his right shoulder while attempting to stop a boundary during the 2nd Test at Headingley, after which he returned home.

"It's coming along pretty well. It's about 90 per cent now," Sarwan told The Nation News. "I've been doing some weights and a bit of throwing. I've been impressed with the way things have been going so far."

Sarwan's rehabilitation process includes running, cycling, icing and heating. While he has slight pain when he does push-ups, he has been told it would go within a week, paving his way for a return to domestic cricket.

"It's frustrating to get injured on such a frequent basis, but it's very important that you try and stay mentally strong. You are playing sport and these things do happen. It helps you to become stronger."

Sarwan suffered a small hairline fracture in his right foot during a Test match in Pakistan last year and had to miss the five-match ODI series. He also missed this year's Carib Beer series after he had injured his hand while batting for Guyana.

The Twenty20 World Championship in South Africa will see Sarwan's return to international cricket. "It would be great if the West Indies Cricket Board - and even if Digicel can take part a bit - to actually have a camp where we can have a couple of games before we go off, probably four or five games.

"If we have a ten-day camp or a 15-day camp, it would be good to have a few games to give the guys a feel of what Twenty20 is about."