It is with much interest that I have read the list of 10 players that will be contracted by the Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) for the upcoming regional franchise tournament. Surprisingly former Guyana and West Indies captain Ramnaresh Sarwan was omitted even though it was stated that he can still be bought by his country.
This is already an ominous signal though to exclude him, despite his vast experience, proven track record and his desire still, to represent the West Indies. The current Chairman of the WI selection panel Clive Lloyd has brought a breath of fresh air to the thinking policy of West Indies cricket and his faith in the ability of Marlon Samuels is a master stroke. (Samuels has been recalled to the WI team for the tour of India).
I am of the firm opinion that the same thinking will apply to Sarwan in the near future because his talent is superior to most of the existing WI players and he will be critical towards the team’s success. Therefore I am indeed surprised that the GCB is confident enough of the initial thought of playing without him since he may be bought by another franchise.
The best that the GCB and Guyana could have done for Sarwan was to rebuild his confidence and to give him every opportunity to revitalize his career in tandem with most of his native team mates. It will be interesting enough if the GCB has another shot at claiming him. But if so, will it affect Sarwan’s confidence, given the thought process of the GCB?
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