AkasnhLAST UPDATED: Aug. 13, 2020, 5:20 p.m.
Georgetown: Jamaica Tallawahs has received a jolt ahead of the 2020 edition of the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) as their batting coach, former West Indies star Ramnaresh Sarwan, has pulled out of the tournament due to personal reasons.
Jamaica Tallawahs has replaced him by including former West Indies spinner Ryan Austin and Vinod Maharaj in their 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," he added.
Ramnaresh Sarwan was in the center of a controversy last year when the Tallawahs star batsman Chris Gayle was knocked out of the team by the franchise. After that Chris Gayle signed for St Lucia Zouks.
Millier felt that the team has moved on from that particular incident.
"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," Miller added.
Jamaica Tallawahs last won the CPL in 2016. They won the title in 2013 as well. They will begin their CPL 2020 campaign on August 19 against St Lucia Zouks.