West Indies batsman Ramnaresh Sarwan has been dropped for the third and final Test against India in Dominica, which begins on Wednesday. Kieran Powell, a 21-year-old batsman from Leeward Islands, has been named as his replacement.
Sarwan, 31, has struggled since his return to the Test squad after a year out for the series against Pakistan in May. He managed only 54 runs in four innings against Pakistan, and his form nose-dived further in the series against India, in which he scored only 29 runs over the first two Tests.
Sarwan seemed to have been informed of his axing soon after the second Test in Barbados ended in a draw. An hour after bad light ensured a draw, he tweeted: “Wishing the guys all the best in Dominica! Miami here I come.”
His replacement, Powell, played two one-dayers for West Indies in 2009, when the entire first-choice team pulled out of a home series against Bangladesh and the Champions Trophy in South Africa due to a contract dispute. He was among the first batch of players to train at the Sagicor High Performance Centre after it was established in 2010. He has played 23 first-class matches since his debut in 2008 and averages 38.91.
West Indies are trailing 0-1 in the series against India and need to win in Dominica, which will host its first ever Test.
Squad: Adrian Barath, Lendl Simmons, Darren Bravo, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Marlon Samuels, Carlton Baugh (wk), Darren Sammy (capt), Fidel Edwards, Ravi Rampaul, Devendra Bishoo, Kirk Edwards, Kemar Roach, Kieron Powell