Ramnaresh Sarwan, the West Indies
batsman, has said he has been getting mixed signals from the selectors about
why he was left out of the West Indies squad for the tour to Sri Lanka.
“One time it is my attitude, the
next time is my fitness,” Sarwan said. “I have been working on my fitness so I
don’t know what the selectors are using and I have always been committed to
West Indies and Guyana’s cricket.”
The West Indies Cricket Board did
not offer Sarwan, 30, a central contract last month, ostensibly on fitness
grounds, and he was not picked as part of the touring side for the same reason.
West Indies coach Otis Gibson called it a tough decision, but one that needed
to be made.
Sarwan, who averages over 40 in
both Tests and ODIs, said getting injured is a natural hazard of any sporting
career. He was disappointed not to be part of the tour, but not surprised. “My
goal at this time is to commit myself to cricket in Guyana.”
On the subject of Chris Gayle and
Dwayne Bravo turning down their central contracts, Sarwan said the two are
mature enough to make their own decisions, and that “it is their right to sign
or not sign.” He believes the new West Indies captain, Darren Sammy, is a good
leader and wished him success on the Sri Lankan tour.
Sarwan captained Guyana
in the West Indies board regional one-day tournament, averaging 21.33 with one
half-century, in three games. Guyana were knocked out in the league stage,
after winning just one of their games. He said he had no plans of retiring from
international cricket and that “everything will fall back into its right