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Windies drop Sarwan

Leicestershire captain Ramnaresh Sarwan has been left out of West Indies’ squad for the first half of their one-day international tri-series with India and Sri Lanka.

The decision to drop batsman Sarwan, who made just two runs in his two innings at the Champions Trophy, potentially leaves the door open for him to return to Leicestershire sooner than expected.

Australia batsman Joe Burns is filling in for Sarwan, who was expected to return for the last four LV= County Championship games of the season. However, Sarwan could now feature alongside Burns in the Friends Life t20 that starts on Friday and in which two overseas players are permitted.

Besides Sarwan, fast bowler Jason Holder has also been omitted from a 13-man Windies squad for the Jamaica leg of the tournament. There were no other changes made to the party that played in the Champions Trophy.

Wicketkeeper Denesh Ramdin, who was suspended for two ODIs for breaching the ICC Code of Conduct after he claimed a catch off Misbah-ul-Haq during the Champions Trophy game against Pakistan, will be available to play.

The teams play two games each in Jamaica, with West Indies scheduled to take on Sri Lanka at Sabina Park in the tournament opener on June 28, before facing India on June 30. The tournament then shifts to Port of Spain.

West Indies squad: Dwayne Bravo (capt), Chris Gayle, Johnson Charles, Darren Bravo, Marlon Samuels, Kieron Pollard, Devon Smith, Darren Sammy, Denesh Ramdin (wk), Sunil Narine, Tino Best, Ravi Rampaul, Kemar Roach.

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