Sarwan is surprise casualty

Ramnaresh Sarwan, Jerome Taylor and
Denesh Ramdin have been demoted from the West Indies contract list while Kieron
Pollard and Adrian Barath have been promoted to full deals. The fitness of
Sarwan, a former captain, and Narsingh Deonarine was “deemed unsatisfactory” by
the selectors while Taylor, the fast bowler, was not helped by his limited
availability following a back injury.

Sarwan, who was most recently
affected by a hamstring problem, has not played a Test since 2009 and he has
appeared in four ODIs and seven Twenty20s this year. He has a top score of 100
not out against Ireland but he was less effective when facing the better teams.
Taylor was sent home from the tour of Australia late last year with back stress
fractures and has made only nine limited-overs appearances since then.

The wicket-keeper Ramdin and Travis
Dowlin, the batsman who has played six Tests, were cut from the list due to
poor form. “Ramdin and Dowlin’s performances over the past year have been less
than favourable in the view of the selection committee,” a board spokesman

There was better news for Pollard,
Barath, Darren Bravo, Shane Shillingford, Nikita Miller and Nelon Pascal, who
were given their first central contracts. Pollard has become an international
star for his big hitting and medium pace in the limited-overs arenas while
Barath, 20, showed his potential with a Test century on debut against Australia
last year.

The players have until 10 September
to accept the offers. Those outside the contract list are still able to
represent West Indies.

Central contracts: Chris Gayle,
Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Sulieman Benn, Dwayne Bravo, Darren Sammy, Kemar Roach,
Brendan Nash, Adrian Barath, Darren Bravo, Shane Shillingford, Kieron Pollard, Nikita
Miller, Devon Smith, Ravi Rampaul, Nelon Pascal.

Development contracts Kirk Edwards,
Andre Russell, David Bernard Jr., Gavin Tonge, Andre Fletcher, Chadwick Walton,
Devendra Bishoo, Assad Fudadin, Imran Khan, and Kevin Stoute.

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