ST. JOHN’S, Antigua, Mon. April 30, 2007 – Days after he touted his availability for the post, Guyanese-born cricketer, Ramnaresh Ronnie Sarwan, has been promoted from vice-captain to skipper of the beleaguered squad.
Sarwan, was yesterday confirmed by the West Indies Cricket Board as the new leader of the pack and will replace Trinidad’s Brian Lara, who recently called it quits.
The 27-year-old, Wakenaam, Essequibo, born Sarwan is the seventh Guyanese to captain the team. The others were Maurius `Pacheco’ Fernandes, Rohan Bholalall Kanhai, Clive Hubert Lloyd, Alvin Isaac Kallicharran, Carl Llewellyn Hooper and Shivnarine Chanderpaul.
His probationary captaincy comes at a time when the team has sunk into deep morass on the international cricket scene and failed to qualify on their home turf for the semi-finals of the just concluded 2007 Cricket World Cup tournament. Sarwan is set to meet with selectors to pick the squad for the England tour, which begins on May 12 with a three day game against Somerset at Taunton. The first test begins on April 17 at Lords.
Sarwan made his first-class debut for Guyana at age 16 and his Test debut in 2000 against Pakistan at age 19. He became Lara’s vice-captain in March 2003. He has played in 65 test matches, scoring at an average of 40 runs per innings with 9 centuries and 26 fifties. Sarwan is also a part-time bowler having mastered the leg-break and taken 23 wickets with best bowling figures of 4/37. He wears a bandana under his helmet whilst batting. (Copyright Hardbeatnews.com)