West Indies domestic news December 7, 2011

Sarwan slams Guyana Cricket Board

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Ramnaresh Sarwan, the West Indies batsman, has hit out at the Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) for leaving him out of its team for next month's Caribbean Twenty20 Championship.

Guyana announced their 14-man squad on December 6 and the board said in a statement that Sarwan had not been selected because they were not certain he would be fit to play. Sarwan, however, said he had personally kept the board updated on his recovery

"First of all, I would like to make it crystal clear that I have recovered from my injury and I am working on my match fitness," Sarwan told the Caribbean Media Corporation. "In regards to the board being unsure about my recent injury, I say that is total c**p.

"I had spoken to the president of the board [Ramsey Ali] and informed him about the status of my injury, I had also spoken to the chairman of selectors, Mr. Reyon Griffith, and so from that point of view they were well informed."

The injury had forced Sarwan to miss West Indies' tour of Bangladesh and India, and he has not played competitive cricket for almost five months. In addition to Sarwan's injury issues, the GCB said that he had not played in the domestic T20 tournament that was used to pick the Caribbean T20 squad.

Sarwan, who is currently in Canada, accused the GCB of being inconsistent with their selection policy, since he had not played the domestic tournament leading up to the Super50 one-day series back in October either.

"When I was named in the 14 to represent Guyana in the 50-over tournament, I also did not play in the inter-county competition which was used to pick that team," Sarwan said. "Everyone knew how hard I worked with the trainers and everybody in Guyana and how much I wanted to play in the 50-over competition. I am wondering why we couldn't go through the same process?

"I got the experts who treated me to send an e-mail to me which I forwarded to the GCB on the status of my injury. I think it's important for them (GCB) to release that letter to the public so they can see the latest update on my injury."

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  • on December 10, 2011, 16:43 GMT

    time to look for new job

  • on December 10, 2011, 0:01 GMT

    Guyana need to drop Dowlin n get sum fast n good batsman to open the batting n sum really good bowlers

  • on December 9, 2011, 14:04 GMT

    I hate to think that Sarwan is done, but it appears that way. He seems to have gotten on the wrong side of the establishment and quite frankly at the same time his production has waned.

    It would be very difficult to see where he would fit in to the present West Indies team. He is a reminder of our worst times, this team shows promise of better times.

  • lugujaga on December 9, 2011, 1:23 GMT

    SARS BOY IT LOOK LIKE THEY WANT TO FRUSTRATE YOU TO MAKE YOU QUIT W.I. CRICKET;BUT MY ADVICE TO YOU, IS, JUST STICK AND STAY IF YOU REALY LOVE W.I. CRICKET AND STILL THINK YOU CAN CONTRIBUTE . TAKE A LEAF OUT OF YOUR BOY CHANDERS BOOK.WHAT YOU HAVE TO REMEMBER IS THAT ALL THE DIFFERENT BOARDS IN THE WEST INDIES ARE JUST AN EXTENSION OF THE W.I.C.B. THEY ALL SING FROM THE SAME OUTDATED HYMBOOK AND WILL DO THE DIRTY WORK FOR THE W.I.C.B. MAYBE ITS TIME YOU START TO SERIOUSLY LOOK AT YOUR OPTIONS.A LOT OF YOUR COUNTRY MEN TRY THE CANADA AND USA CRICKET SWITCH : AND YOU ARE A LOT BETTER THAN ALL OF THEM SO THAT COULD BE A CHOICE FOR YOU.WHAT I AS ONE OF YOUR FANS WANT TO KNOW THOUGH ,IS HOW COME YOU ARE SO INJURY PRONED.TRY WORK HARD ON YOUR FITNESS AND GET SOME GOOD RUNS UNDER YOUR BELT AGAIN AND THE IDIOTS AND THEM IN THE GUYANA CRICKET BOARD OR THE W.I.C.B. WONT BE ABLE TO KEEP YOU DOWN TOO LONG. THE TEAM CAN USE SOME EXPERIENCE PLAYERS AS WE SPEAK. THE W.I.C.B. IS KILLING W.I. CRICKET

  • on December 9, 2011, 0:14 GMT

    @Shawn. No problem. Let him attend to his nightclub. We have young players who dont own any businesses in Canada who are willing to play for us.

  • on December 8, 2011, 22:15 GMT

    @degiant: Sarwan is part owner of a nightclub in Toronto, and we have many indoor cricket facilities in the city.

  • blackie on December 8, 2011, 12:02 GMT

    Sarwan really should start looking for work elsewhere. He has been a good player for Windies but it is clear that Windies cricket management is determined to rid itself of all the players who have been playing over the last 5-10 years. Management and coaches want to work with young players because our senior players have not been bringing results at all. The older players havent done themselves any favours either by allowing Ramnarine and WIPA to encourage them in repeated 'industrial action' at times when their results were far from satisfactory.

  • Ronsars on December 8, 2011, 4:00 GMT

    Agreed Sars was not at his best of late but GCB should have given clear reasoning as why they had left him out of contention than telling that they weren't aware of his fitness level while Ronnie claims he had mailed them...Come on GCB he is a talented and experienced player give him chance to prove that he still has it in him by allowing him to play

  • degiant on December 8, 2011, 3:08 GMT

    Not a fan of any cricket board in the WI. from Berbice to Guyana to WI, because those guys only have their own interest at heart and not the hard core supporters. With that said Sarwan needs to put his house in order. He is what we call an old car that always breaks down. Even if he is fit and he said not match fit, what is he doing in Canada which is cold this time of the year, so no cricket. Sarwan needs to prove that he is fit and not for us to continue taking his word which do not appears to be right because like I said he is always breaking down. GCB do not need to get back into the team Sarwan does and he needs to work twice as hard because his body is older and will take longer to get fit, but if he wants to be a frequent flyer then he has just flown away his chances.

  • BigBatNewYork on December 8, 2011, 0:50 GMT

    Sars don't complain!! Your days are over from what I here, you haven't made big runs in a while. Stay in Canada they need help with Cricket anyway . Or Come to the US they need players and the pay is good you can probably be a captain again here. You must look at your alternatives right away I am sure you will not make back the WI Team especially if GCB even didn't pick you. GOOD Luck, hope you can prove all the critics wrong. Your best bet is come to the US they are recruiting.

  • on December 10, 2011, 16:43 GMT

    time to look for new job

  • on December 10, 2011, 0:01 GMT

    Guyana need to drop Dowlin n get sum fast n good batsman to open the batting n sum really good bowlers

  • on December 9, 2011, 14:04 GMT

    I hate to think that Sarwan is done, but it appears that way. He seems to have gotten on the wrong side of the establishment and quite frankly at the same time his production has waned.

    It would be very difficult to see where he would fit in to the present West Indies team. He is a reminder of our worst times, this team shows promise of better times.

  • lugujaga on December 9, 2011, 1:23 GMT

    SARS BOY IT LOOK LIKE THEY WANT TO FRUSTRATE YOU TO MAKE YOU QUIT W.I. CRICKET;BUT MY ADVICE TO YOU, IS, JUST STICK AND STAY IF YOU REALY LOVE W.I. CRICKET AND STILL THINK YOU CAN CONTRIBUTE . TAKE A LEAF OUT OF YOUR BOY CHANDERS BOOK.WHAT YOU HAVE TO REMEMBER IS THAT ALL THE DIFFERENT BOARDS IN THE WEST INDIES ARE JUST AN EXTENSION OF THE W.I.C.B. THEY ALL SING FROM THE SAME OUTDATED HYMBOOK AND WILL DO THE DIRTY WORK FOR THE W.I.C.B. MAYBE ITS TIME YOU START TO SERIOUSLY LOOK AT YOUR OPTIONS.A LOT OF YOUR COUNTRY MEN TRY THE CANADA AND USA CRICKET SWITCH : AND YOU ARE A LOT BETTER THAN ALL OF THEM SO THAT COULD BE A CHOICE FOR YOU.WHAT I AS ONE OF YOUR FANS WANT TO KNOW THOUGH ,IS HOW COME YOU ARE SO INJURY PRONED.TRY WORK HARD ON YOUR FITNESS AND GET SOME GOOD RUNS UNDER YOUR BELT AGAIN AND THE IDIOTS AND THEM IN THE GUYANA CRICKET BOARD OR THE W.I.C.B. WONT BE ABLE TO KEEP YOU DOWN TOO LONG. THE TEAM CAN USE SOME EXPERIENCE PLAYERS AS WE SPEAK. THE W.I.C.B. IS KILLING W.I. CRICKET

  • on December 9, 2011, 0:14 GMT

    @Shawn. No problem. Let him attend to his nightclub. We have young players who dont own any businesses in Canada who are willing to play for us.

  • on December 8, 2011, 22:15 GMT

    @degiant: Sarwan is part owner of a nightclub in Toronto, and we have many indoor cricket facilities in the city.

  • blackie on December 8, 2011, 12:02 GMT

    Sarwan really should start looking for work elsewhere. He has been a good player for Windies but it is clear that Windies cricket management is determined to rid itself of all the players who have been playing over the last 5-10 years. Management and coaches want to work with young players because our senior players have not been bringing results at all. The older players havent done themselves any favours either by allowing Ramnarine and WIPA to encourage them in repeated 'industrial action' at times when their results were far from satisfactory.

  • Ronsars on December 8, 2011, 4:00 GMT

    Agreed Sars was not at his best of late but GCB should have given clear reasoning as why they had left him out of contention than telling that they weren't aware of his fitness level while Ronnie claims he had mailed them...Come on GCB he is a talented and experienced player give him chance to prove that he still has it in him by allowing him to play

  • degiant on December 8, 2011, 3:08 GMT

    Not a fan of any cricket board in the WI. from Berbice to Guyana to WI, because those guys only have their own interest at heart and not the hard core supporters. With that said Sarwan needs to put his house in order. He is what we call an old car that always breaks down. Even if he is fit and he said not match fit, what is he doing in Canada which is cold this time of the year, so no cricket. Sarwan needs to prove that he is fit and not for us to continue taking his word which do not appears to be right because like I said he is always breaking down. GCB do not need to get back into the team Sarwan does and he needs to work twice as hard because his body is older and will take longer to get fit, but if he wants to be a frequent flyer then he has just flown away his chances.

  • BigBatNewYork on December 8, 2011, 0:50 GMT

    Sars don't complain!! Your days are over from what I here, you haven't made big runs in a while. Stay in Canada they need help with Cricket anyway . Or Come to the US they need players and the pay is good you can probably be a captain again here. You must look at your alternatives right away I am sure you will not make back the WI Team especially if GCB even didn't pick you. GOOD Luck, hope you can prove all the critics wrong. Your best bet is come to the US they are recruiting.

  • yocasi on December 8, 2011, 0:28 GMT

    Why don't Windies fans stop crying over these prima donnas like Sarwan & Gayle? At present, I can't see which player these two dudes can displace from Windies team. Good thing is that it looks like WICB has finally decided to back its appointed coach so he can work with the players who are committed to the cause. A team with supposedly less talented men than the old brigade is doing reasonably ok, compared to 2 years back. Good job, Gibson & Co. We don't need more than one man-crab in the hole.

  • on December 7, 2011, 23:18 GMT

    I had once supported SAR for WI captaincy, but that was some time back. I know his record. I know his talent. What I don't known is his commitment to WI cricket. That's my problem with SARS. And by the way do we have a place for him on any present WI team? Where? And to replace whom. Don't tell me Sammy nor Samuels. My team is doing fine without the BIG names.

  • on December 7, 2011, 22:03 GMT

    this is ridiculous. ramnaresh sarwan should be back in west indies team , but guyana is not even picking him???

  • on December 7, 2011, 19:17 GMT

    How is Sarwan working on his match fitness? As far as I know you need to play matches to work on match fitness, not go to the gym. Why not make yourself available for the warm up games. And by the way what is he doing in Canada? The last time he was not selected on a WI team his words were "Oh well. I'm off to Miami" with a broad grin on his face. These guys want to call selectors and inform them of their availability and then expect to walk back into the team, no questions asked. In recent years WI players with their own agendas are putting all the blame on the WICB and they are getting the support of the WI public. Look at the recent developments with Dywane Bravo. Sarwan's problem was the WICB. Now it is the GuyanaCB. Prove your fitness to us or you don't play. We are the paying public and we demand more commitment.

  • on December 7, 2011, 19:14 GMT

    Like i have said before there needs to be a systematic approach to problems like these.... when a Edwards, Darren, Narine, Simmonds becomes popular and full of confidence and is in high demeand for IPL what will WICB do ? go for younger players? This is no way to reward Sarwan for all he has done for WI cricket.

  • satspeare on December 7, 2011, 18:30 GMT

    Sarwan is right - this is C R A P!!! He is one of few batsmen available to West Indies with a higher than 40 batting average in test. How are we to build with mostly young batsmen with first class averages of mid 30's and leave out of the conversation all the experience players with "decent" averages. If these younger players haven't performed better at first class, how are they going to fair better in test without the "support" of a few seniors? WICB and the local boards need to learn how to "manage" all players - both seniors and younger ones too. STOP this bullying man. Bring back Chris, Sarwan, Taylor. This is real madness!!

  • cricchic on December 7, 2011, 17:56 GMT

    It seems to me that bad communication exist between players and board at all level..Although players have been communicating with board about injuries..there is obviously some mix up..Sars has been working to fix his injury..I am not sure about his fitness..but to all fairness he deserve a pick after signalling to the GCB that he is injury free..

  • couchpundit on December 7, 2011, 15:50 GMT

    Definitely very bad influence is going on in WICB, they need to understand that the players are not there slave.

  • Metman on December 7, 2011, 14:41 GMT

    Finally the GCB has seen through Sarwan !and to think that he still feels that he has everbody fooled !Gayle,Sarwan and Dwayne Bravo should NEVER EVER play for the WI again.Pollard ,the less talented,continues to use his head in the correct way !Sarwan,seeing that he is in Miami,should make arrangements to fly over to Hollywood,where his acting skills could be better utilised......they are useless on the cricket field !

  • on December 7, 2011, 14:24 GMT

    exactly ronnie !!!! we love you and hope u come back as captain

  • Hendersun on December 7, 2011, 14:08 GMT

    Sars has not been performing at his best in recent times and he should be able to see beyond all question that the "glory days" are now over and will not return unless he puts in some marvellous works that would inspire the confidence of the Caribbean people 9including selectors) in his abilities once again.

  • RealWI on December 7, 2011, 13:25 GMT

    This is the reason why Sarwan could never be a great player. This guys want to show up when he feel like and get selected, no question ask. Finally, GCB is doing what it should have been done years ago, everyone not on duty with the WI team should go through the same selection process. Sarwan spend most of his time in Florida and Canada when is he working on his game? TIME TO MOVE ON.

  • on December 7, 2011, 12:30 GMT

    no sars, no shiv, no gale, no bishoo, who watching cricket den. we dont pay to de selectors,wicb or gibson face.we need our seniors bak now

  • bobagorof on December 7, 2011, 12:26 GMT

    It looks like the WICB isn't the only board that has trouble keeping in touch with its players. It's a bit hard for someone to play the domestic competition if they are out injured or playing internationally. Sarwan is a quality batsman, though his Twetny20 record isn't outstanding. Guyana should be trying to get him on the park, not keep him off it, as long as he is in form. If his form didn't warrant selection, why not say so?

  • WICric101 on December 7, 2011, 12:25 GMT

    What is going on with Sarwan? What is going on with GCB? What is going on here?

  • on December 7, 2011, 12:22 GMT

    Your faith as well as Gayle and (Chiv - to some extent) is sealed.

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  • on December 7, 2011, 12:22 GMT

    Your faith as well as Gayle and (Chiv - to some extent) is sealed.

  • WICric101 on December 7, 2011, 12:25 GMT

    What is going on with Sarwan? What is going on with GCB? What is going on here?

  • bobagorof on December 7, 2011, 12:26 GMT

    It looks like the WICB isn't the only board that has trouble keeping in touch with its players. It's a bit hard for someone to play the domestic competition if they are out injured or playing internationally. Sarwan is a quality batsman, though his Twetny20 record isn't outstanding. Guyana should be trying to get him on the park, not keep him off it, as long as he is in form. If his form didn't warrant selection, why not say so?

  • on December 7, 2011, 12:30 GMT

    no sars, no shiv, no gale, no bishoo, who watching cricket den. we dont pay to de selectors,wicb or gibson face.we need our seniors bak now

  • RealWI on December 7, 2011, 13:25 GMT

    This is the reason why Sarwan could never be a great player. This guys want to show up when he feel like and get selected, no question ask. Finally, GCB is doing what it should have been done years ago, everyone not on duty with the WI team should go through the same selection process. Sarwan spend most of his time in Florida and Canada when is he working on his game? TIME TO MOVE ON.

  • Hendersun on December 7, 2011, 14:08 GMT

    Sars has not been performing at his best in recent times and he should be able to see beyond all question that the "glory days" are now over and will not return unless he puts in some marvellous works that would inspire the confidence of the Caribbean people 9including selectors) in his abilities once again.

  • on December 7, 2011, 14:24 GMT

    exactly ronnie !!!! we love you and hope u come back as captain

  • Metman on December 7, 2011, 14:41 GMT

    Finally the GCB has seen through Sarwan !and to think that he still feels that he has everbody fooled !Gayle,Sarwan and Dwayne Bravo should NEVER EVER play for the WI again.Pollard ,the less talented,continues to use his head in the correct way !Sarwan,seeing that he is in Miami,should make arrangements to fly over to Hollywood,where his acting skills could be better utilised......they are useless on the cricket field !

  • couchpundit on December 7, 2011, 15:50 GMT

    Definitely very bad influence is going on in WICB, they need to understand that the players are not there slave.

  • cricchic on December 7, 2011, 17:56 GMT

    It seems to me that bad communication exist between players and board at all level..Although players have been communicating with board about injuries..there is obviously some mix up..Sars has been working to fix his injury..I am not sure about his fitness..but to all fairness he deserve a pick after signalling to the GCB that he is injury free..