Windies Cricket has roped in former star Ramnaresh Sarwan as the batting coach of the team for the tri-series in Ireland and World Cup 2019 in England and Wales.
Sarwan, who played 87 Tests and 181 ODIs, has scored nearly 12,000 international runs across all formats. The right-handed batsman, who last played for Windies against India in 2013, joined the camp in Barbados where the team is currently preparing for the triangular series against Ireland and Bangladesh, which will be held next month in Dublin.
The new recruit will assist head coach Floyd Reifer along with Mushtaq Ahmed, Corey Collymore and Roddy Estwick who are part of the coaching staff.
“I’ve come here to act as kind of a mentor to the players and try my best to assist them in any technical ways and with any shortcomings where I think they can improve,” said Sarwan in a statement.
“Our batsmen have struggled... with rotating the strike, so I’m trying to see how best we can get them to improve in this area. It’s not an overnight fix, but it’s important to share ideas with them, so they have something to build on,” he added.
Sarwan, who played in the 2003, 2007 and 2011 World Cup for Windies, has a healthy average of 46 in Tests, while in the ODIs, he scored runs at an average of 42.
Head coach Reifer said that Sarwan’s inclusion will help the batsmen in many ways, especially in adapting the skills of finishing the game.
“We’re hoping he can help the batsmen get a better understanding of how to finish games — the mindset, how to approach batting first, how to approach batting last,” said Reifer.
The 1975 and 1979 World Cup champions, Windies, will begin their campaign against Pakistan on May 31 at Trent Bridge, Nottingham.
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