Sarwan uncertain why he was left out

Veteran West Indies batsman Ramnaresh Sarwan said he has been getting “mixed signals” from the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) selectors about why he was left out of the Windies squad for the upcoming tour to Sri Lanka.

“One time is my attitude, the next time is my fitness,” Sarwan told Stabroek News in Guyana.

“I am getting mixed signals. I have been working on my fitness so I don’t know what they (selectors) are using and I have always been committed to West Indies and Guyana’s cricket,” he said.

The WICB did not offer Sarwan a central contract in September, on fitness grounds, and he was not picked as part of the touring side for the same reason.

West Indies coach Ottis Gibson called it a tough decision, but one that needed to be made.

Sarwan, who averages more than 40 in both Tests and ODIs said getting injured is a natural hazard of any sporting career. He was disappointed not to be part of the tour, but not surprised.

“My goal at this time is to commit myself to cricket in Guyana,” he said.

He captained Guyana in the recent WICB regional one-day tournament, averaging 21.33 with one half-century in three matches. Guyana was knocked out of the league stage, after winning just one of the games.

Sarwan said he has no plans of retiring from international cricket.