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Ramnaresh Sarwan opts out of CPL 2020 due to personal reasons

by  Zidii  •  Last updated on 2020-08-13 14:29:23

Less than a week before the start of this year's Caribbean Premier League, Jamaica Tallawahs' assistant coach Ramnaresh Sarwan has opted to skip the season owing to personal reasons. Tallawahs have replaced Sarwan with former West Indies spinner Ryan Austin and Vinod Maharaj in head coach Floyd Reifer's support staff.

"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."

Not long ago, Sarwan found himself in the centre of a CPL controversy. Tallawahs star Chris Gayle - who was released by the franchise - lambasted Sarwan in a video, blaming the former West Indies batsman for his unceremonious exit from Tallawahs. Gayle ended up signing for St Lucia Zouks before opting out of the season, which begins on August 18.

Miller felt the incident was now water under the bridge and spoke of his team's ambitions to add a third title to their cabinet which is already replete with trophies from the inaugural season in 2013 and 2016.

"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 Tallawahs will kick-start their CPL campaign against St Lucia Zouks on August 19.