West Indies news September 4, 2010

Sarwan not surprised by WICB's contract snub

Cricinfo staff
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Ramnaresh Sarwan, the West Indies batsman, has said that he wasn't surprised at being dropped from the WICB's list of contracted players and that the disappointment would not affect his focus in leading Guyana's Champions League Twenty20 campaign in South Africa.

Sarwan said he had been expecting the setback. "I knew for about three weeks now and even before that I was reading between the lines," he told CMC. "I am disappointed that it seems I am most times singled out for special attention by the board. At times I get the impression that some people believe that I deliberately get injured and that could be more frustrating than the injury. I continue to be fully committed to representing the West Indies and at this point I am fitter than I was a year ago."

Sarwan's immediate assignment, is to captain Guyana in the financially-lucrative Champions League, which begins on September 10. "My focus is on ensuring our team represents Guyana and the entire region in the best possible way in South Africa," he said. "We have a job to do in South Africa and me not getting a contract is not a distraction. They (WICB) made their decision and they must have their reasons."

The WICB announced its list of contracted players on August 31 and later released a statement backing the selection committee's decision to cut Sarwan. "The team management, selection committee and the WICB are concerned about Sarwan's extremely indifferent attitude and sporadic approach towards fitness, particularly in recent years," read the statement. It also said that contracts had not been awarded to fast bowler Jerome Taylor and batsman Narsingh Deonarine because of their fitness issues.

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  • WindiesGT on September 9, 2010, 23:45 GMT

    I hate to say it but it definitely looks like racism. Sarwan remains one of if not the best on the present WI team with ave. of over 40 in both versions. First he was groomed for the captaincy then he was not even given the chance to prove it. No one wants to be injured then by denying him a contract what will that do for his moral and giving a hundred persent now? if he is having problems with fitness etc. its the board and management etc. to be blamed. Anyway all the best to the Guyana team in SA make Guyana and the West Indies proud.

  • on September 9, 2010, 17:42 GMT

    The WI Board needs to get their act together by setting their house in order first.That is the WICB and WIPA before setting standards on a fragile and demorolised team.They would continue to fail.The passion for cricket in our region cannot afford this.Clive Lloyd and Sir Viv are watching the legacy that was attained is being trampled on that unit the region.

  • APositron on September 9, 2010, 12:45 GMT

    I don'toften agree with the WICB, however, when representing West Indies, a player should be willing to forego the odd party for the sake of fitness and to inspire the inexperienced team members. Here's wishing the Guyana Team and Sarwan every success in S.A. and may the experience turn Sarwan into a truly great captain.

  • Zioncricket on September 7, 2010, 15:19 GMT

    Funny, Sarwan is one of a few batsmen who is dependable

  • on September 6, 2010, 17:22 GMT

    Injuries are not caused deliberately by a player, and whenever a cricketer is injured, he needs time to recover. Unfortunately Sarwan had been injured a lot last yr, but it's not his fault because injuries are not predicatable. Even if someone is extremely fit, it doesn't mean they can't be injured.

    It's funny how the WICB would declare his fitness as "unsatisfactory", and try to convince others that laziness caused him to get injured.

    Sarwan's injury from last year was caused b4 the aussie's series while he was doing his job! " Sarwan had to be assisted from Allan Border Field after being struck down by a back injury during a fielding drill...Windies media manager Philip Spooner said the classy No.3 batsman fell awkwardly "

    Does a lazy person perform drills before the game & has the stamina to bat for long period of time and score centuries? If he's not fit, how can he maintain an avg above 42 in both ODIs & Tests and the "fit" batsmen in WI can't?? (except Shiv ofcourse).

  • Zioncricket on September 6, 2010, 16:45 GMT

    Westindies cricket has fallen to an all time low due to 3 main reasons 1. WICB has failed to put a winning team on the field 2. WIPA and WICB contract disputes has killed the spirit of the game 3. 20/20 cricket, although entertaining has ruined the the core of the game In addition to the three main reasons, the players have lost sight of their purpose when representing the WestIndies- grit, determination, pride and heart. they should all be paid at the end of the season...based on performace, with preset benchmarks as the guiding principal to include lucrative bonus structures superior to 20/20 contracts. There also should be at least three cricket academys in teh Caribbean which is funded by WICB and Govts of the region to ensure that we build West Indies cricket for the future.

  • on September 6, 2010, 7:37 GMT

    If you want to be paid like a international cricketer, you need to work and prepare like an international cricketer, great call WICB.

  • on September 6, 2010, 1:39 GMT

    Cricket is a game for fit athletes. It is not like baseball. Every player on the field must do a lot of running, diving, catching for an entire day at times, if fielding. Fitness is critical. Our players must now consider weight training and endurance training as a key part of their fitness regimen. The days of the big bellied, overweight cricketer who just hid in the slips and never played outfield or had to run to the boundary is over. Except for fast bowlers who may develop back injuries due to faulty bowling action batsmen and spinners should very seldom experience, hamstring strains and exhaustion as a result of playing games.

  • polleyhs on September 5, 2010, 10:34 GMT

    sarwan a good player from westindies.i think dis time will be formidable for dis team

  • crabman144 on September 5, 2010, 3:01 GMT

    I have to agree with svg27rivers. What is mind numbing is that folks in the caribbean keep calling for Ganga to lead the team. These people cannot be serious, what is his test average?

  • WindiesGT on September 9, 2010, 23:45 GMT

    I hate to say it but it definitely looks like racism. Sarwan remains one of if not the best on the present WI team with ave. of over 40 in both versions. First he was groomed for the captaincy then he was not even given the chance to prove it. No one wants to be injured then by denying him a contract what will that do for his moral and giving a hundred persent now? if he is having problems with fitness etc. its the board and management etc. to be blamed. Anyway all the best to the Guyana team in SA make Guyana and the West Indies proud.

  • on September 9, 2010, 17:42 GMT

    The WI Board needs to get their act together by setting their house in order first.That is the WICB and WIPA before setting standards on a fragile and demorolised team.They would continue to fail.The passion for cricket in our region cannot afford this.Clive Lloyd and Sir Viv are watching the legacy that was attained is being trampled on that unit the region.

  • APositron on September 9, 2010, 12:45 GMT

    I don'toften agree with the WICB, however, when representing West Indies, a player should be willing to forego the odd party for the sake of fitness and to inspire the inexperienced team members. Here's wishing the Guyana Team and Sarwan every success in S.A. and may the experience turn Sarwan into a truly great captain.

  • Zioncricket on September 7, 2010, 15:19 GMT

    Funny, Sarwan is one of a few batsmen who is dependable

  • on September 6, 2010, 17:22 GMT

    Injuries are not caused deliberately by a player, and whenever a cricketer is injured, he needs time to recover. Unfortunately Sarwan had been injured a lot last yr, but it's not his fault because injuries are not predicatable. Even if someone is extremely fit, it doesn't mean they can't be injured.

    It's funny how the WICB would declare his fitness as "unsatisfactory", and try to convince others that laziness caused him to get injured.

    Sarwan's injury from last year was caused b4 the aussie's series while he was doing his job! " Sarwan had to be assisted from Allan Border Field after being struck down by a back injury during a fielding drill...Windies media manager Philip Spooner said the classy No.3 batsman fell awkwardly "

    Does a lazy person perform drills before the game & has the stamina to bat for long period of time and score centuries? If he's not fit, how can he maintain an avg above 42 in both ODIs & Tests and the "fit" batsmen in WI can't?? (except Shiv ofcourse).

  • Zioncricket on September 6, 2010, 16:45 GMT

    Westindies cricket has fallen to an all time low due to 3 main reasons 1. WICB has failed to put a winning team on the field 2. WIPA and WICB contract disputes has killed the spirit of the game 3. 20/20 cricket, although entertaining has ruined the the core of the game In addition to the three main reasons, the players have lost sight of their purpose when representing the WestIndies- grit, determination, pride and heart. they should all be paid at the end of the season...based on performace, with preset benchmarks as the guiding principal to include lucrative bonus structures superior to 20/20 contracts. There also should be at least three cricket academys in teh Caribbean which is funded by WICB and Govts of the region to ensure that we build West Indies cricket for the future.

  • on September 6, 2010, 7:37 GMT

    If you want to be paid like a international cricketer, you need to work and prepare like an international cricketer, great call WICB.

  • on September 6, 2010, 1:39 GMT

    Cricket is a game for fit athletes. It is not like baseball. Every player on the field must do a lot of running, diving, catching for an entire day at times, if fielding. Fitness is critical. Our players must now consider weight training and endurance training as a key part of their fitness regimen. The days of the big bellied, overweight cricketer who just hid in the slips and never played outfield or had to run to the boundary is over. Except for fast bowlers who may develop back injuries due to faulty bowling action batsmen and spinners should very seldom experience, hamstring strains and exhaustion as a result of playing games.

  • polleyhs on September 5, 2010, 10:34 GMT

    sarwan a good player from westindies.i think dis time will be formidable for dis team

  • crabman144 on September 5, 2010, 3:01 GMT

    I have to agree with svg27rivers. What is mind numbing is that folks in the caribbean keep calling for Ganga to lead the team. These people cannot be serious, what is his test average?

  • afterhours on September 5, 2010, 1:06 GMT

    Yea you are right the Indians get different treatment that African players Just look at some of them Faoud Bacchus,Ramdin, Ganga and Rampaul just to name a few. Look at how long those players played for and look at their averages, you can say extra poor. All am saying, it has nothing to do with race I can go through a list of over Twenty African Players who get treated really bad selectors some of them played one or two matches some none at all. So please stop making everything about race. The problem with the Players They are not willing to put in the extra time. Look at Chanderpaul everyone knows how hard he works thats why he's the only one that gets results.

  • Bissoon on September 5, 2010, 1:04 GMT

    The WICB is a joke. They are always creating problems before a tour and blaming it on the WIPA. This board should know by now that everyone is aware of the old spiteful ways that they behaves. I could say a lot about the boards negative approach, but will leave it to the peple who is as biased to continue with their comments. I always pay to see West Indies Cricket. but since this biasness continues. I will not contribute, just for the sake of watching the West Indies play. There are other countries to watch and enjoy. Thank you.

  • AyrtonS on September 5, 2010, 0:43 GMT

    Partyman, at least he has never ran away from his wicket because of the fierce pace bowling of the Austrailians.

  • on September 4, 2010, 21:39 GMT

    Sarwan should have an attitude...... was tutored to captain West Indies! Got hurt and lost his captaincy ......You earn respect by showing respect! The board has no respect for him,look at our captain now,a bully who has no respect for his players or the board! the players don't want to play for him. Jamaica brought him back to earth,by not giving him the national team captaincy.Sarwan lost all confidence in the WICB,I do hope he is right in his fitness status and he comes back in the West Indies team and bring back some sort of respect to West Indian Cricket.

  • on September 4, 2010, 20:38 GMT

    west indies cricket is a joke .with or without sarwan the team is rubbish. the board didnt offer pollard a contract last year and then was disappointed when he snubbed them for money cricket instead of `A` team selection. frankly, these days i prefer to watch any other test team playing against each other than this pathetic bunch ,and this coming from a man who used to sacrifice sleeping time for Windies cricket.

  • kriketluva on September 4, 2010, 17:28 GMT

    Sarwan seems to think that he is still a school boy. He refuses to grow up. He has taken his opportunities for granted. Maybe he will learn a lesson from this improve himself. He says the board singles him out for special attention. I believe he singles himself out by his patent lack of effort or commitment. He is rightly excluded from a central contract.

  • crabman144 on September 4, 2010, 17:11 GMT

    That is called stretching the quadriceps. Stretching is a key step in preventing injuries. It is sad that one could pass judgment on basis of a photograph posted by the media. Sarwan, has been out of form and I think he knows it hence his acceptance of not receiving a central contract. He will feature in the regional side again because with him being lazy or injured, he is one of the top batsmen in the region. Good luck to the Guyana in the T20 Airtel Championship.

  • TAJY on September 4, 2010, 15:25 GMT

    There's always bickering between the players and the administration. No-one wants to take responsibility for their shortcomings. Sarwan is trying to make it look like he has been victimised by the Board, 'special treatment' he says. All I know is that as an international sports player you must be at a certain level of fitness (hell, you should be an athlete) to stay in the team. Sarwan has been injured too often, and he must be dropped, simple as that. Whats the sense in investing in a player who can't stay on the field? Sarwan does not look fit, he does not move like a fit person on the field, and he's often injured so obviously he's not fit. His plight that he's fitter now than last year holds no water, he had major injuries the past years so of course he's 'fitter' but not 'fit'. His last stanza should've been his only comment, instead of making it look like the Board is against him. Sarwan is our best batsman in my opinion, but he has to stay on the field

  • on September 4, 2010, 13:52 GMT

    hey partyman.....u can get a photo of everu cricketer in such pose i assume....u cant blame..a player jst by lokin at such photos...

  • AyrtonS on September 4, 2010, 13:18 GMT

    Say what you like!! the West Indian cricketers of east Indian decent has always been measured by a different yard stick from the ones of African. All you need to do is check the history on Rohan Kanhai, Alvin Kallicharran, Sarwan and numerous others from both Guyana and Trinidad.

  • lugujaga on September 4, 2010, 13:16 GMT

    Sarwan is one of the best players in the West Indies I do not believe that he will get hurt on purpose , so for him to be dropped due to a lack of fitness is a joke. THE WICB would have a point if he was not able to play any cricket at all, but that's not the case .THE selectors that WICB have, if you put their averages together you will get about 31, Sarwan average is 47 in test and 43 in ODI yet these are the people incharge of picking the West Indies team; no wonder west indies cricket is in the pitts for so long. The WICB shuold stop fighting the players and pick the best team to give the west indies cricket team the best possible chance of competing.May god help the West Indies in this bad situation.

  • Partyman on September 4, 2010, 11:40 GMT

    Must give it to the Staff for their sense of humour. Apt choice of picture to depict his laziness!!! For years rumours have circulated about his laziness and this picture says it all. How lazy can you get than being photographed lying down on the pretense of warm up!! Awesome!

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  • Partyman on September 4, 2010, 11:40 GMT

    Must give it to the Staff for their sense of humour. Apt choice of picture to depict his laziness!!! For years rumours have circulated about his laziness and this picture says it all. How lazy can you get than being photographed lying down on the pretense of warm up!! Awesome!

  • lugujaga on September 4, 2010, 13:16 GMT

    Sarwan is one of the best players in the West Indies I do not believe that he will get hurt on purpose , so for him to be dropped due to a lack of fitness is a joke. THE WICB would have a point if he was not able to play any cricket at all, but that's not the case .THE selectors that WICB have, if you put their averages together you will get about 31, Sarwan average is 47 in test and 43 in ODI yet these are the people incharge of picking the West Indies team; no wonder west indies cricket is in the pitts for so long. The WICB shuold stop fighting the players and pick the best team to give the west indies cricket team the best possible chance of competing.May god help the West Indies in this bad situation.

  • AyrtonS on September 4, 2010, 13:18 GMT

    Say what you like!! the West Indian cricketers of east Indian decent has always been measured by a different yard stick from the ones of African. All you need to do is check the history on Rohan Kanhai, Alvin Kallicharran, Sarwan and numerous others from both Guyana and Trinidad.

  • on September 4, 2010, 13:52 GMT

    hey partyman.....u can get a photo of everu cricketer in such pose i assume....u cant blame..a player jst by lokin at such photos...

  • TAJY on September 4, 2010, 15:25 GMT

    There's always bickering between the players and the administration. No-one wants to take responsibility for their shortcomings. Sarwan is trying to make it look like he has been victimised by the Board, 'special treatment' he says. All I know is that as an international sports player you must be at a certain level of fitness (hell, you should be an athlete) to stay in the team. Sarwan has been injured too often, and he must be dropped, simple as that. Whats the sense in investing in a player who can't stay on the field? Sarwan does not look fit, he does not move like a fit person on the field, and he's often injured so obviously he's not fit. His plight that he's fitter now than last year holds no water, he had major injuries the past years so of course he's 'fitter' but not 'fit'. His last stanza should've been his only comment, instead of making it look like the Board is against him. Sarwan is our best batsman in my opinion, but he has to stay on the field

  • crabman144 on September 4, 2010, 17:11 GMT

    That is called stretching the quadriceps. Stretching is a key step in preventing injuries. It is sad that one could pass judgment on basis of a photograph posted by the media. Sarwan, has been out of form and I think he knows it hence his acceptance of not receiving a central contract. He will feature in the regional side again because with him being lazy or injured, he is one of the top batsmen in the region. Good luck to the Guyana in the T20 Airtel Championship.

  • kriketluva on September 4, 2010, 17:28 GMT

    Sarwan seems to think that he is still a school boy. He refuses to grow up. He has taken his opportunities for granted. Maybe he will learn a lesson from this improve himself. He says the board singles him out for special attention. I believe he singles himself out by his patent lack of effort or commitment. He is rightly excluded from a central contract.

  • on September 4, 2010, 20:38 GMT

    west indies cricket is a joke .with or without sarwan the team is rubbish. the board didnt offer pollard a contract last year and then was disappointed when he snubbed them for money cricket instead of `A` team selection. frankly, these days i prefer to watch any other test team playing against each other than this pathetic bunch ,and this coming from a man who used to sacrifice sleeping time for Windies cricket.

  • on September 4, 2010, 21:39 GMT

    Sarwan should have an attitude...... was tutored to captain West Indies! Got hurt and lost his captaincy ......You earn respect by showing respect! The board has no respect for him,look at our captain now,a bully who has no respect for his players or the board! the players don't want to play for him. Jamaica brought him back to earth,by not giving him the national team captaincy.Sarwan lost all confidence in the WICB,I do hope he is right in his fitness status and he comes back in the West Indies team and bring back some sort of respect to West Indian Cricket.

  • AyrtonS on September 5, 2010, 0:43 GMT

    Partyman, at least he has never ran away from his wicket because of the fierce pace bowling of the Austrailians.