Sarwan emerges front-runner for West Indies captaincy

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, April 18, 2007 (AFP) – Middle-order batsman Ramnaresh Sarwan is all set to be named as the West Indies captain for their next month’s tour of England replacing the under-fire Brian Lara. The enigmatic Lara is likely to face the axe after West Indies’ unimpressive World Cup performance which saw them losing four of their Super Eights matches.

There are chances Lara, who will play his last two one-day internationals this week, may not be selected at all for the tour of England in May where the West Indies play four Tests and three one-day internationals.

“I think the two names of Sarwan and Daren Ganga have appeared. Sarwan has been the vice-captain, so it’s up to the Board to decide on the recommendations made by the selectors,” said former captain and current manager Clive Lloyd.

Sarwan has been Lara’s deputy since 2003 and many believe he is the right choice to carry the West Indies team forward.

Sarwan last week suggested he was ready for the responsibility.

“If given the opportuntiy I will grab it with both hands,” said the 26-year-old from Guyana, who can follow in the footsteps of countrymen like Rohan Kanhai, Lloyd, Alvin Kallicharan and Shivnarine Cha