Sarwan blows for Foxes

  • Last Updated: July 30 2014, 11:04 BST

Leicestershire captain Ramnaresh Sarwan has left Grace Road to return to the West Indies due to a back injury, the county have announced.

Ramnaresh Sarwan: Wants to be fully fit for the World Cup next year
Ramnaresh Sarwan: Wants to be fully fit for the World Cup next year

The 34-year-old has played just five Championship games this season and, following medical advice from the club, it has been decided he is to return home.

"I am naturally very disappointed to have had my season cut short at Grace Road this season," he said.

"It has been a frustrating time not being out in the middle with the lads and I want to wish all the players and the coaching staff the best of luck for the rest of the season.

"I am confident that this time to recuperate and undergo my rehab will give me the best possible chance of representing the West Indies in next year's ODI World Cup and I have my eyes set on returning to county cricket in 2015."

Scott Styris will replace Sarwan in the Royal London One-Day Cup after agreeing to extend his stay with the Foxes.

The New Zealand veteran initially joined the county for this season's NatWest T20 Blast but has now agreed to stick around for the 50-over competition as well.

Styris will also serve as one-day captain while Josh Cobb recovers from a fractured thumb.