Bridgetown, July 4: After West Indies middle-order batsman Brendon Nash was sidelined during the ongoing Test series against India due to poor form, it's now the turn of his team-mate Ramnaresh Sarwan to turn bench-warmer. Meanwhile, new-comer Kieran Powell has been called up as his replacement.
The 31-year-old Sarwan has grappled for form since his come-back to Test after nearly 18 months for the series against Pakistan two months ago. He was only able to score 54 runs in four innings in that engagement and his performance plummeted further, as he managed just 29 in the first two Tests against India.
Clyde Butts, chairman of the selection committee, expected Sarwan to make a robust return. "Ramnaresh is having a difficult time and it is best for him to make way and allow a player in better form to contribute to the team totals," he said. "We have no doubt about Ramnaresh's class as a batsman, he has proven himself countless times in the past and we are certain that he will return stronger in the near future."
Meanwhile, the 21-year-old Powell is all set to make his Test debut after playing two one-dayers for the West Indies in 2009. He got that break when the whole first-choice team pulled out of a home series against Bangladesh and the Champions Trophy in South Africa due to a contract dispute. Powell has played 23 first-class matches since his debut in 2008 and averages 38.91.
"Kieran is young but has been on the first-class circuit for some time and is a former Windies Under -19 World Cup player," Butts said. "He did well for the West Indies A and scored an impressive hundred against England Lions in the WICB Regional 4 Day Tournament but got injured subsequently."
West Indies are trailing 0-1 in the series against India and need victory in Dominica, which will host its maiden Test from July 6.
Squad Adrian Barath, Lendl Simmons, Darren Bravo, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Marlon Samuels, Carlton Baugh (wk), Darren Sammy (capt), Fidel Edwards, Ravi Rampaul, Devendra Bishoo, Kirk Edwards, Kemar Roach, Kieron Powell