West Indies news September 4, 2010

Sarwan not surprised by WICB's contract snub

Cricinfo staff

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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  • Kenn 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.

  • Dummy4 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.

  • Mary 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.

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

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

  • Dummy4 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).

  • Howard 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.

  • Dummy4 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.

  • Dummy4 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.

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

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

  • ricky 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?

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