by Dyon Ravello
Guyana’s fortune has dipped of late, coincidentally with Ramnaresh Sarwan’s fitness dilemma. Sarwan has reportedly struggled against fitness starting with the advent of world cup winning coach Otis Gibson. In 2010 Sarwan’s was unable to complete the tour of Sri Lanka before returning for the 2011 World Cup. Following a poor showing at the World Cup. Sarwan criticized Gibson’s tactic with regards to the way he bats.
Chris Gayle supported his fellow teammate stating that the Coach was affecting Sarwan mentally. On return to the Caribbean in 2011 Sarwan featured in two Tests before being dropped. Sars low came later that year when he was not selected for Guyana at the Regional Super-50 tournament. The absence of the talismanic batsman has dented Guyana’s fortunes, across all formats.
In the without former captain, Guyana were able to ride on the successes of middle order batsmen Assad Fudadin and Narsingh Deonarine. Both Deonarine and Fudadin were rewarded with senior team call ups in 2012 as Guyana failed to feature in a top two finish in regional competitions, dating back to January 2011.
Meanwhile Sarwan who continues to feel the cold shoulder of the WICB selections, signed a two year deal with English county Leistershire. Sars excelled with his side this past season even as the Windies’ tour of England was marred by poor batsmanship. Following the end of the county season Sarwan contacted the WICB expressing his commitment to the regional team across all formats.
West Indies, have selected a 15 man touring party to visit Bangladesh, beginning November 3rd with Sarwan not among those listed. Sarwan will have to wait till Caribbean T20 in January 2013 before he can reassure the selectors of his quality and commitment. Surely Guyana should be buoyed by the return of Ronnie with Regional 4-day and Super 50 soon to follow Caribbean T20.