Gibson: No issue with Sarwan
Wed, Aug 8, '12
West Indies coach Ottis Gibson has not closed the door on Ramnaresh Sarwan returning to the West Indies team in future. However, he disputes some comments made recently by the estranged batsman.
Sarwan, who was not given a retainer contract by the West Indies Cricket Board in 2010 and has not played for the regional team since 2011, told BBC Sport in an interview in May:
"The coach said some negative stuff that hurt me mentally and emotionally. Mentally I was broken down, not from the stress of playing, it's just certain individuals have drained me mentally. It took a toll on my confidence and the way I play. Everything went away."
He added: "I'm away from all those problems, my mind is at ease and I have had nothing to worry about, no coach to say any negative things."
However, asked on Monday whether he would welcome Sarwan back in the team, Gibson told the Express: "I've never had an issue with Sarwan. Never once in my three years here have I had an issue with Sarwan. I was very disappointed to hear the stuff that Sarwan said because I don't know where there was an issue. But I've always said we can't go where we want to go without our experienced players."
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