West Indies news July 31, 2014

Back injury forces Sarwan home

ESPNcricinfo staff

Leicestershire captain Ramnaresh Sarwan has returned home to the West Indies to receive treatment for an ongoing back injury.

Sarwan had featured in just five championship matches because of his back problem, and his place in the team as an overseas player will now be taken by the former New Zealand allrounder Scott Styris.

"I am naturally very disappointed to have had my season cut short at Grace Road," Sarwan said. "It has been a frustrating time not being out in the middle with the lads and I want to wish all the players and the coaching staff the best of luck.

"I am confident that this time to recuperate and undergo my rehab will give me the best possible chance of representing the West Indies in next year's World Cup and I have my eyes set on returning to county cricket in 2015."

In Sarwan's absence, Styris is likely to lead the team in their Royal London Cup clash against Essex. Styris had been signed by the team earlier in the year for the NatWest T20 Blast.

"It's a massive shame that Sarwan's injury has restricted his performances for us this year," Phil Whitticase, Leicestershire's director of cricket, said. "Ronnie is a high class player and we would like to wish him all the best in his rehab as he looks to fulfil his dream of playing for West Indies again."

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  • Stanley A on August 4, 2014, 15:14 GMT

    I do not know what the WICB see that I do not or what some people see that I do not. I still have faith in Sarwan. I still believe he is a better batsman and cricketer than more than half of the current WI test batsmen. The WICB has done it again. Sarwan is just another one on the long list of WI cricketers that have been ruined by some of the indiscretions of the WICB. Why has the WICB had this destructive penchant to bring ruination to some cricketers whom it was their duty to nurture and develop to a point. The disrespect the board has disseminated toward some WI cricketers is legendary. But if they could treat the incomparable Sir Garfield Sobers the way they did back in the 1970s, they are capable of anything. Sarwan can still contribute to this WI team whose birthright seems to be just one failure after another. Bring him back.

  • CRIC on July 31, 2014, 17:58 GMT

    Sarwan has never taken due care of his body. If he had, then it is quite possible he would have gone down as one of the greats. Instead, he will be remembered as another who wasted his talent.

  • Steve on July 31, 2014, 12:45 GMT

    Sarwan seems to have fallen out of WI plans altogether. He isn't even playing in CPL this year. Wasn't he bid by any of the 6 teams or he chose to skip it?

  • Dummy4 on July 31, 2014, 12:04 GMT

    Good Luck anf keep focused, Ronnie.

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