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 Sarwans 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
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&Ts 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
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 dont agree.
The Boards 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.