Sarwan appeals for support to take Windies forward

Published: Sunday, May 6, 2007, 23:53 [IST]
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Barbados:West Indies captain Ramnaresh Sarwan has appealed for better understanding between the Board officials and the players in the larger interest of Caribbean cricket.

The newly appointed skipper said the two-month long tour of England would be a crucial test for Windies cricket revival if team members and officials work in cohesion.

Sarwan said, ''We know what is ahead of us, and it is very important that we pull together as a team and support each other.

''We know that it will be tough, but if we get the full support of the team, the management staff, and the administrators, I think it will make the job a whole lot easier, so I am looking forward to that support to take West Indies cricket forward,'' he told a Caribbean channel.

Internal bickerings has become a part of the West Indies board politics and seemed to have taken its toll on departing skipper Brian Lara who time and again aired his views on the aid subject.

Prior to Sarwan's appointment Lara said whoever took the job would need total support from the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB).

Sarwan is confident that players will show right attitude and thus imbibing a culture of team game rather than a one-man show under the world record holder Lara.

Sarwan, who averages 44.83 in his 64 Tests, acknowledged that he would also need to improve his shot selection and lead from the front to be successful at the job.

''Obviously I have gotten out in the past playing rash strokes, but I think this maybe a blessing in disguise.

''The captaincy will mean I have to show more responsibility which is something I probably needed, so it is something I am looking forward to. It's an opportunity, and I am going to try and make the best use of it,'' Sarwan said.

West Indies depart the Caribbean on May 8 for England. The first of four Tests begins on May 17.


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