Cricket West Indies (CWI) confirms the resignation of West Indies Senior Men’s and Youth Selector, Ramnaresh Sarwan.
A release from CWI stated that the Guyanese resigned from the role due to personal reasons.
Ramnaresh Sarwan was appointed to as a Selector for the West Indies Men’s Youth and Selection Panels on January 6, 2022, and only a few months later he has informed that he is unable to continue.
Sarwan was elected to serve a two-and-a-half-year tenure where he would’ve been selecting the respective squads for four marquee ICC events - two T20 World Cups (2022 and 2024), the ODI World Cup in 2023 and the World Test Championship Final in 2023.
Sarwan, who played 87 Tests and 181 One-Day Internationals between 2000 and 2013, had also stepped down from his role as the chairman of the Guyana Cricket Board’s senior selection panel to focus on his new job and avoid conflict of interest.
CWI Director of Cricket Jimmy Adams thanked Ramnaresh for his contributions during his appointment saying, “Given the depth of his experience in the game, we are disappointed that Ramnaresh is unable to continue in the role of Selector, but we fully understand and accept his reasons. We are grateful for his contribution during the period he was involved and hope that he will be able to contribute to West Indies Cricket in some capacity in the future.”
CWI will initiate a recruitment process for the Selector role as soon as possible through a competitive process, based on established criteria. The aim will be to complete this process in the shortest possible time so that a suitable candidate can complete the Selection Panel in carrying out its duties.
Robert Haynes, who is the current Lead Selector of the Men’s Youth Selection Panel and former interim Chairman of Selectors, will act as replacement until a suitable full-time candidate is appointed.
Haynes will work on the Selection Panel alongside Senior Men’s Team Lead Selector the Most Honorable Dr Desmond Haynes and Head Coach Phil Simmons.
The West Indies Men’s team are currently touring the Netherlands for the first ever ODI Series between the Netherlands and West Indies as part of the ICC ODI Super League.