Thursday, September 2, 2010

Snubbed Sarwan told to 'shape up'

Ramnaresh Sarwan
Sarwan, 30, has not played a Test in 2010 because of ongoing fitness problems

West Indies batsman Ramnaresh Sarwan has been told by national selectors to get in shape after failing to earn a central contract for the coming year.

In a statement they blame the 30-year-old's "extremely indifferent attitude and sporadic approach towards fitness".

Denesh Ramdin and Jerome Taylor were other notable absentees from the list of 15 players handed the retainers.

Chief selector Clyde Butts said that the absence of a contract did not have a direct impact on team selection.

Injuries have kept Sarwan, who has a test average of 41.73, out of action in Test matches throughout this year.

"Ramnaresh's less than satisfactory and fluctuating fitness levels have directly contributed to multiple injuries thereby causing him to be unavailable for selection to the West Indies team," the statement, released on Thursday, added.

The message is that it is not business as usual

Windies chief selector Clyde Butts

"He is a world-class batsman and our view is that had he been in better shape over the years he would have had even more runs."

Sarwan, who is from Guyana, has not yet commented.

Neither has Jamaican pace bowler Jerome Taylor, about whom the WICB stated it was "disappointed" because of his "lack of commitment to his own rehabilitation following injuries sustained in Australia in 2009 and in the ICC World Twenty20 2010".

Butts believes that the action of the board is intended to send a warning to the players, such as Sarwan, Taylor and the Trinidadian wicketkeeper Ramdin.

"The message is that it is not business as usual," he said.

"The board has taken a stand where we want to see the players improve in their standards, including their fitness."

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