Sarwan replaces Smith in West Indies one-day squad

Updated: May 01, 2011, 18:38 PM IST

Bridgetown: Struggling West Indies, who trail 0-3 in their five-match one-day series against Pakistan, have recalled batsman Ramnaresh Sarwan for the fourth ODI.

Sarwan, 30, will replace Devon Smith in the 13-man squad, the West Indies Cricket Board said in a statement on Saturday.

Sarwan, along with Chris Gayle and Shivnarine Chanderpaul, had initially been dropped for the series as part of a policy by West Indies to encourage the development of younger players.

The move came after widespread disappointment with the performances by senior players during the recent World Cup, where West Indies again failed to impress.

However it was viewed by many critics as a risky ploy with the experienced trio -- all three of them former captains -- making up the bulk of the Caribbean runmaking in the past five years.

Sarwan, who has scored four centuries and 35 fifties in 166 ODIs, returns to favour after West Indies lost the series to Pakistan when they were beaten by three wickets in the third ODI at Kensington Oval on Thursday.

The fourth ODI will take place at the same venue on Monday with the fifth ODI to be played at Guyana National Stadium in Providence, Guyana on Thursday.

West Indies squad: Darren Sammy (captain), Dwayne Bravo, Carlton Baugh, Devendra Bishoo, Darren Bravo, Kirk Edwards, Anthony Martin, Ravi Rampaul, Kemar Roach, Andre Russell, Ramnaresh Sarwan, Marlon Samuels, Lendl Simmons.

Bureau Report