A BATTING WITH BIMAL BREAKING REPORT: Ramnaresh Sarwan angered at West Indies coaches for exile from national team

Sarwan has vowed to stay loyal to Leicestershire

Former West Indies batsman Ramnaresh Sarwan, has expressed his anger at “certain individuals” within the West Indies coaching lineup for his absence from the national team.

Sarwan, who used to be a prolific top order batsman for the West Indies, has a brilliant and respectable average of over 40 in Test matches, but has not represented his country since July last year.

Currently, many analysts of the game feel as if the top order batsman are the key weakness of the West Indies team, and they suggest that by having more veterans within the team, it would be a huge help for the upcoming younger talents in the squad.

While the West Indies top order collapsed in both innings against England in the first Test at Lord’s, Sarwan was playing county cricket for Leicestershire, where he made 117 and 98 against Essex.

Sarwan, like Chris Gayle, had been exiled from the national team due to a heated dispute with the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB).

However, even though Gayle is within arm’s reach of an international return, Sarwan still appears to be nowhere near ready to make amends.

Sarwan, who is currently 31, stated that in September 2010, the selectors told him to improve his fitness after he was not offered a central contract.

Speaking exclusively to the BBC, Sarwan said: “(The coach) said some negative stuff that hurt me mentally and emotionally, mentally I was broken down, not from the stress of playing, it’s just certain individuals have drained me mentally. It took a toll on my confidence and the way I play. Everything went away.”

However, the West Indies have noted that Sarwan’s poor attitude towards his fitness was the key reason why he was not offered a central contract.

Sarwan, has admitted that he used to feel defeated and even thought of quitting at one point.

“I never spoke about this because I was caught up in a shell and I used to not come out of my house for up to three days. My dad was the one to inspire me to start back playing. I was going to stop because they were getting the better of me but when I saw him break down emotionally that inspired me,” he said.

Sawwan, has expressed his gratefulness towards Leicestershire for signing him, and also noted that he would remain loyal to the county by not breaking his contract to play for the West Indies in their current tour of England.

“I’m thankful to (Leicestershire) for giving me the opportunity, I need to play a full season to find my feet and I owe (Leicestershire) because they’ve invested in me,” he said.

“I’m big on principle and when I was in the dust being kicked by my own people I was given an opportunity by this club and I will not forsake that or betray anyone,” he added.

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