Ramnaresh Sarwan
Ramnaresh Sarwan playing a shot (Photo: ICC Cricket)

West Indies have appointed Ramnaresh Sarwan as the mentor of the team for the Ireland tour and for the 2019 ICC World Cup that follows soon after.

The Caribbean side won the first two world cups but their record in 50-over cricket has derailed in the recent years. The West Indies Cricket board has appointed a new president, a new coach, a new chief of selectors and have now appointed a mentor to complete the overhaul of the side.

Sarwan was delighted to be appointed as the mentor and he hopes to help the batsmen in his brief time with the national team. He said “I have 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, and to offer as much help to the head coach, Floyd Reifer, and his coaching staff.”

In a career spanning 13 years, Ramnaresh Sarwan played 87 international test matces, 181 ODIs and 18 T20Is and newly appointed coach Floyd Reifer is hoping that Sarwan’s experience will benefit the current side.

The former West Indies skipper was also part of three World Cups in 2003, 2007 and 2011, and that experience can come in handy as the 38-year old can help the players in dealing with intense pressure situations.

The head coach said “We are 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, so we thought that kind of knowledge was very important to share. He fitted in very well. He did a lot of talking and a lot of work with the batsmen.”

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