Sarwan named in Windies squad

Discarded middle-order batsman Ramnaresh Sarwan has been named in a 30-man West Indies squad to prepare for next year’s Cricket World Cup in Asia.

The 30-year-old right-hander, a veteran of 83 Tests and 156 One-Day Internationals, will be joined by wicket keeper Denish Ramdin, who was also snubbed for the recent Asian trip and removed from the retainer contract.

Sarwan, however, a shocking omission earlier this year, now seems poised to find his way back into the West Indies team.

He last played for West Indies in May in the second One-Day International against South Africa, during their tour of the Caribbean.

In his only serious cricket since then, he managed just 64 runs from three innings in the WICB One-Day Championship in Jamaica, with top score of 63 in one inning against the Leeward Islands.

Ramdin played for West Indies “A” against Pakistan “A” in November with little success and he got a highest score of an unbeaten 43 in his total of 60 runs during the regional one-day tournament.

Carlton Baugh, who replaced him on the Sri Lanka tour, has been included in the 30-man squad along with Devon Thomas, who was his assistant.

The squad will be trimmed to 15 by Jan. 19 for the Feb. 19 to April 2 tournaments in Bangladesh, India and Sri Lanka.

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