Bridgetown: Seasoned middle order batsman Ramnaresh Sarwan has been appointed the new West Indies captain, succeeding Brian Lara who quit international cricket after the World Cup.

According to a CMC report, Sarwan was the unanimous choice during the West Indies Cricket Board's special board meeting on Sunday and the chairman of selection panel Gordon Greenidge, Andy Roberts and Clyde Butts recommended his name for the job.

Sarwan served as Lara's deputy in the World Cup and the 26-year-old Guyanese, who is reportedly in Miami, will join the selectors in Antigua to pick the team for the tour of England.

Sarwan has played 65 Tests and 124 one-day internationals.

West Indies is scheduled to play four Tests, two Twenty20 Internationals and three One-Day Internationals during the May 12 to July 7 tour.

In the special meeting, the WICB also discussed issues like appointment of a new coach following Bennett King's resignation after the World Cup, besides its negotiations with the West Indies Players Association (WIPA).

WICB President Ken Gordon's offer to resign also featured in the agenda. PTI

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