Sarwan back as GCB Chairman of Selectors; Seeram re-assigned to Cricket Development Unit
Former Guyana and West Indies batsman Ramnaresh Sarwan has been reinstated as Chairman of Selectors of the Guyana Cricket Board (GCB), the local governing body for the sport announced on Saturday.
Sarwan, an ex-Guyana and West Indies captain, had relinquished the post to be part of the Cricket West Indies Senior and Junior Selection Panels in January 2022.
The GCB in March 2022 appointed former Guyana First-Class batsman Ravindranauth Seeram as the new Chairman of Selectors.
In May 2022, Sarwan resigned from the CWI posts, citing personal reasons.
Just last month, the Seeram-led panel, comprising Albert Clements (Berbice), Peter Persaud (Demerara) and Elroy Stephney (Essequibo) came in for widespread criticism over the composition of the Guyana Harpy Eagles squad for the first two rounds of the ongoing Regional Four-Day Championship.
It was widely felt Essequibo left-arm spinner Antony Adams and Berbice batsman Kevlon Anderson, both of whom were named as reserves, should have been picked ahead of left-arm spinner Ashmead Nedd of Berbice and batsman Akshaya Persaud of Demerara respectively.
Incidentally, Sarwan had voiced his displeasure over the non-selection of Adams, stating that it was a case of “injustice to a young man who has worked tremendously hard on his game and fitness.”
Seeram, meanwhile, has been re-assigned Cricket Development Unit of the GCB.
STATEMENT BY THE GUYANA CRICKET BOARD
Ramnaresh Sarwan has replaced the Chairman of the Senior Selection Committee of the Guyana Cricket Board (GCB), Ravindranauth Seeram.
Sarwan had earlier signalled to the GCB his intention to once again serve in cricket administration.
Consequently, Seeram has been reassigned to the Cricket Development Unit of the GCB.
This decision was made at the GCB’s Executive Meeting held on Saturday, February 18, 2023.
Sarwan, during his previous tenure as Chairman of the Senior Selection Committee of the GCB, relinquished his role as he was promoted to the Senior Selection Panel of Cricket West Indies.
Sarwan brings with him a wealth of experience having amassed 5,842 runs from 87 Test matches at an average of 40.01 and a highest score of 291.
In ODIs, Sarwan had also surpassed the 5,000 runs mark, scoring 5804 at an average of 42.67 and a highest score of 120 not out.
These statistics, along with his First-Class record of 13,405 runs at an average of 38.52 and his stint as National captain and West Indies captain are clearly exceptional.
The GCB expects that Sarwan will continue to build on the positive steps taken during his last tenure as Chairman of the Senior Selection Committee of the GCB.