With less than a week to go for this year’s Caribbean Premier League, assistant coach of the Jamaica Tallawahs Ramnaresh Sarwan has opted out due to personal reasons. The franchise have replaced the former West Indian cricketer with Ryan Austin and Vinod Maharaj. Floyd Reifer is the head coach of the side.
“Sarwan requested leave for personal reasons and that was granted,” Tallawahs CEO Jeff Miller told Trinidad and Tobago Newsday. “It’s a big loss. Sars (Sarwan) brings a lot to the game – his knowledge, his experience and the way he has dealt with the players over the years, so it is a great loss.”
Early this year, controversy had erupted after big-hitter Chris Gayle had blamed Sarwan for his unceremonious exit from the Tallawahs team. Andre Russell, who was the skipper last year, too called the Tallawahs the “weirdest team” that he has ever played for. While Russell will play for the side in 2020, Gayle will miss the edition due to personal reasons. He had signed up for St Lucia Zouks before opting out.
Miller, however, felt that the incident was behind them as they look ahead to winning their third CPL trophy. “We are going to look to move forward. This is a rebuilding year for us, (but) I don’t just want to say rebuilding. We are here to win the tournament. I think we have a great team and the guys are keen and ready to go, and let’s see at the end what happens, but we are definitely looking forward to having a great tournament this year,” he said.
Jamaica will kick-start their campaign against the Zouks on August 19.
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