Sarwan: We can redeem ourselves

West Indies middle-order batsman
Ramnaresh Sarwan can’t wait for his home territory to host the opening ceremony
and games of the ICC World Twenty20 2010.

He said: “I think it’s great
for the Guyanese people but most of all it’s great for all West Indians

“We had the ICC Cricket World Cup
here in 2007 which we didn’t do well as a team and this time round we have a
chance to redeem ourselves.

“As a team I think we are
excited about the Twenty20 format because it is one we’ve been doing well in
the last couple of years – we reached the semi finals in ICC World Twenty20 in
England last year -and we will be backed by good crowds who turn out for
Twenty20. I hope in Guyana it will be really good as they’re big cricket

“I’m sure the whole country
will be looking forward to it and for me personally I can’t wait to be playing
at home in Guyana. Fans can expect a typical West Indian atmosphere, a lot of
music, a lot of partying.”

Sarwan, 29, comes from Essequibo.
Looking ahead to his group and the fact that the side will meet Associate
qualifier Ireland first up, he is not complacent.

“I don’t think you can take
anyone lightly in this sort of format it’s all about what team turns up to play
on that day. It can depend simply on one bowler or one batsman playing
brilliantly and that wins a game so you can take anyone for granted, especially
Ireland as an associate.”

The competition starts on 30 April
and sees the 10 Full Members of the International Council, along with
qualifiers Ireland and Affiliate side Afghanistan participate in the tournament
across Guyana, St Lucia and Barbados, while the women’s event is taking place
on St. Kitts.

Sarwan is also looking forward to
the key West Indies players pulling their weight.

“We’ve got Chris Gayle who is
dominant at all levels and is crucial to our team along with the likes of
Kieron Pollard and Daren Sammy are also important players in the side.

“I think we will all have to
chip in and Jerome Taylor will be fit but I think it is all about us playing
well as a team – if we do that then we stand a good chance.”

Surrey have confirmed they are
lining up Brian Lara for an ambassadorial role as well as to play for them in this
season’s Friends Provident T20.

The county is still negotiating
with Lara about a surprise return to playing after two years in retirement but
they hope to use him to promote their community work in and around Lambeth,
south London where there is the largest Caribbean community in the UK.

If Lara is able to make a
successful playing comeback more than two years after he played his last
first-class match for Trinidad and Tobago and three years on from his international
retirement, it may help him secure a lucrative contract with an IPL franchise
next year.