Wednesday 19th April, 2006

 

WICB to name Sarwan captain

 
 
 
 
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Ramnaresh Sarwan

BY VINODE MAMCHAN

GUYANESE middle order batsman Ramnaresh Sarwan is the preferred choice of the selectors to lead the West Indies cricket team for the upcoming visits by Zimbabwe and India to the Caribbean.

A source close to the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) said yesterday that Sarwan’s name was given to the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) and it is only a matter of time before Sarwan is announced as the man to lead the embattled team.

Recent reports suggested that former skipper and champion batsman Brian Lara would be given a third chance in charge of the team. However the source said Lara was not interested.

The selectors, headed by T&T’s Michael Joey Carew, Gordon Greenidge, Clyde Butts and Bennett King were unanimous in their choice, although the selectors originally discussed the possibility of giving Lara his third chance to lead the team.

Sarwan was vice-captain to Shivnarine Chanderpaul on the recent tour to New Zealand and also served as deputy to Lara when he was in charge last year.

The source also dismissed a report in the Barbados Sunday Sun newpaper that indicated the Board had rejected Sarwan. “Some people are mis-informed. The board had two candidates and at this point in time they have agreed to go with Sarwan.”

Contacted yesterday Carew told G-Sport that the selectors’ choice was with the West Indies Cricket Board and they have no further part to play in the matter.

“Probably within a week the Board will reveal their choice. We have done our work and given them our candidate and it is up to them to ratify our choice, or inform us if they don’t agree.”

The Board’s delay in naming the candidate was due to the fact that some members thought Lara might have accepted the job on an interim basis.

The international season in the Caribbean gets underway on April 29, with the West Indies cricket team coming up against Zimbabwe in the first of seven one day international matches at the Antigua Recreation ground (ARG).

Following this series, India comes to the region and opens their tour with a one day international against the home team on May 18. They will play five one day internationals and four Test matches.

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