Out-of-favour West Indies batsman Ramnaresh Sarwan has started his effort to make a possible return to the regional side.
Sarwan, who has not played for the West Indies for more than a year, was named among a 14-man Guyana squad to compete in the Caribbean Twenty20 which starts next month.
The team is to be captained by recent West Indies selectee and West Indies ‘A’ skipper Veerasammy Permaul.
Sarwan’s estrangement from the West Indies team came after coach Ottis Gibson criticised the poor performances of “senior players” in the side following the 2011 World Cup in India.
The Guyanese right-hander later took up a contract with English county Leicestershire where he criticised Gibson and indicated his disinterest in playing for the regional side again. He also took the WICB to court via the West Indies Players Association and won a significant monetary settlement at arbitration.
But Sarwan has since had a change of heart on his future and has made overtures to chief selector Clyde Butts indicating his availability to play for the West Indies in all three formats of the game.
The Guyana 14-man squad, which was selected following a series of trial matches last week, was accepted by the West Indies Cricket Board earlier this week.
This comes after Guyana’s participation in the January 6-20 tournament in Trinidad and St Lucia was put in doubt when the GCB failed to submit their team list for the competition by the November 22nd deadline date.
When Guyana did not submit a squad, the WICB directors instructed the Board’s management to make another request to the GCB to provide a Guyana team, and to set today’s date as the new deadline.
Explaining why the GCB failed to submit a squad by November 22nd, GCB secretary Anand Sanasie said that the GCB were being cautious and were seeking legal advice because of the ongoing conflict between the GCB and the Guyana government, which began in December last year when the latter dissolved the GCB due to a dispute over its July 2011 elections.
Guyana’s sports minister Dr Frank Anthony appointed an Interim Management Committee headed by ex-West Indies captain Clive Lloyd to run cricket in Guyana. But the WICB maintained its position that it recognised the GCB as the sole governing body responsible for the administration, management and development of cricket in Guyana.
Guyana T20 Squad – Veerasammy Permaul (captain), Christopher Barnwell (vice captain), Ronsford Beaton, Devendra Bishoo, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Derwin Christian, Royston Crandon, Narsingh Deonarine, Jonathan Foo, Trevon Griffith, Steven Jacobs, Leon Johnson, Rajiv Ivan, Ramnaresh Sarwan. (WG/windiescricket)††