West Indies selectors have lost faith in Ramnaresh Sarwan and dumped the veteran of 87 Tests for the final match of the Digicel series against top-ranked India slated for Dominica this week.
Sarwan, who turned 31 last month, has paid the price for a series of low scores all season, in which he has managed 83 in eight innings against Pakistan and India.
Kieran Powell, a 21-year-old left-hander from Nevis, who has played two one-day internationals for the West Indies, has been named as his replacement. The former West Indies Under-19 player is a student of the Sagicor High Performance Centre (HPC).
Powell has been working for the past several weeks at the HPC?here in Barbados under head coach Andre Coley and batting coach Carl Hooper.
Sarwan seemed to have been informed of his axing soon after the second Test in Barbados ended in a draw. An hour after bad light ensured a draw, Sarwan tweeted: “Wishing the guys all the best in Dominica! Miami, here I come.”
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