Former West Indies star batsman Ramnaresh Sarwan has quit abruptly as a men’s senior selector just five months into his two-and- a- half-time-year term, leaving Cricket West Indies scrambling to find a replacement.
The former West Indies captain, who also sat on the youth selection panels, was appointed last January and was expected to serve in the role until June 24 but CWI said yesterday he had resigned his post “due to personal reasons.”
Robert Haynes, the current chief men’s youth selector, will be the interim replacement for Sarwan until CWI completes the search for a permanent candidate.
Prior to joining the CWI panel, the 41-year old Sarwan was chairman of the Guyana’s Cricket Board senior selection committee, a role he subsequently quit to avoid any conflict of interests.
Along with men’s chairman of selectors Desmond Haynes and head coach Phil Simmons, Sarwan was expected to oversee selection of squads for key tournaments like the 2022 and 2024 Twenty20 World Cups and next year’s 50- over World Cup.
Under the new panel’s watch, West Indies beat England 1-0 in a three-Test series in the Caribbean last March and Darwin’s last involvement would have come in choosing the One-Day International squads for the ongoing tour of the Netherlands and upcoming series against Pakistan.
CWI said it would proceed quickly with filling the vacant post.