Sarwan close to return

West Indies captain Ramnaresh Sarwan expects to return to action soon after three months out with a shoulder injury.

He said at a press conference in Barbados: “The recovery has been coming along pretty well, and I am about 90 per cent recovered. I will probably start playing in the next two weeks or so. Club cricket will be going on in Guyana, so I am really looking forward to that opportunity to start back playing.”

The press conference was also to launch the Digicel youth coaching clinics at the Cave Hill campus of the University of the West Indies.

The next major tournament for the West Indies is the inaugural Twenty20 World Cup in South Africa in September. Sarwan wants the West Indies Cricket Board to organise a training camp prior to the team’s departure. He said at the press conference: “I have not played too many Twenty20 matches, but it is another opportunity for us to make our mark on the World stage. Chris (Gayle) and the rest of the guys played it very, very well in England, so I think it is going to be an exciting tournament and everyone is looking forward to it.’

He told reporters: “What would be great is if the WICB can stage a camp, where we can play a few games before we leave. I am thinking something like four or five games in a 10 to 15 day period, so that it would give us a feel what we have to do. It would also help some of the other guys that have never played this type of cricket before a feel what Twenty20 is all about, and I will talk to the WICB, but it is something I would love to see happen.”

Sarwan has already had success in this type of cricket having captained Guyana in winning the inaugural Stanford Twenty20 Cup last year.

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