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Last Updated: Tuesday, 1 May 2007, 07:08 GMT 08:08 UK
Sarwan named new Windies skipper
Ramnaresh Sarwan (left) and Brian Lara
Sarwan (left) had been widely tipped to take over from Lara
Ramnaresh Sarwan has been chosen as the new West Indies captain following the retirement of Brian Lara.

The 26-year-old batsman, who has played 65 Tests and 124 one-day matches, will take charge for the tour to England which begins next month.

Sarwan previously led the team in four one-dayers in 2004, winning three, and is the current captain of Guyana.

"He's very no nonsense, very abrasive and very aggressive," former Windies fast bowler Colin Croft told the BBC.

"But the players react very well to him - differently to the way they reacted to (former skipper) Brian Lara. That has been evident in the times that Sarwan has led them on the field.

606: DEBATE

"I think he definitely has the support of the younger players and their body language has always been positive with him leading them.

"He gets things done and does not mince too many words. I don't expect him to enjoy immediate success, but I hope he can at least get the best out of the current squad."

David Moore, former assistant to Bennett King who resigned last week, is expected to be named as coach.

Together with Sarwan, he will have the task of instilling a new spirit and belief into the team following an undistinguished performance on home soil at the World Cup.

I don't expect him to enjoy immediate success, but I hope he can at least get the best out of the current squad

Croft on new captain Sarwan

Sarwan will also carry an extra responsibility with the bat in the absence of Lara, who was the team's star player and heaviest scorer for much of his 17-year international career.

Sarwan has more than 4,200 Test runs and nine centuries to his credit, but an average of 38 does not do justice to his talent and he was dropped for one match during a series in Pakistan last November, even though Lara at the time described him as "one of the best talents of his generation and even the generation before".

He has been more consistent in the one-day game and was the team's leading run-maker during the World Cup with 375 runs, but it was not enough to prevent them being eliminated at the Super 8 stage.

In a statement confirming the captaincy appointment, West Indies Cricket Board chief executive Bruce Aanensen said the national team selectors felt Sarwan was the best option.

"We had a very good meeting. We had the chairman of selectors, Gordon Greenidge, there with us and he presented the case in terms of their recommendation for a captain.

"He indicated to us that the only other option they felt they had was Daren Ganga and when they weighed up the pros and cons of the two persons, they felt Sarwan was the better choice," Aanensen said.

There was, however, no ringing endorsement, with Aanensen stating that in the board's view, neither candidate met all the criteria they looked for in a captain.

The statement said Sarwan would be given "the necessary assistance in achiveing the criteria laid out".

Ganga has been appointed as Sarwan's vice-captain.

SEE ALSO
King resigns as West Indies coach
23 Apr 07 |  West Indies
Coach defends lacklustre Windies
15 Apr 07 |  West Indies


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