West Indies go­ing nowhere - Sammy

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LONDON: Lead­ing West Indian crick­eters will pre­fer to play in lu­cra­tive Twenty20 tour­na­ments around the world in­stead of rep­re­sent­ing the Caribbean side un­der the cur­rent ad­min­is­tra­tion, for­mer cap­tain Dar­ren Sammy,

pic­tured, has said. Play­ers such as Chris Gayle, Kieron Pol­lard and Dwayne Bravo have long been em­broiled in con­trac­tual dis­putes with the board and the team even aban­doned a tour of In­dia mid­way through the 2014 se­ries over a pay­ment struc­ture row.

Cricket West Indies (CWI) only select play­ers for their international sides if they fea­ture in do­mes­tic com­pe­ti­tions, lead­ing to many high-pro­file ab­sen­tees who ply their trade in over­seas Twenty20 leagues.

“I can’t tell a player not to play in a league when it could make them fi­nan­cially sta­ble to look af­ter their fam­ily,” said Sammy, who led West Indies to two World Twenty20 ti­tles.

West Indies have had lit­tle suc­cess out­side the short­est for­mat and missed out on qual­i­fi­ca­tion for the re­cent Cham­pi­ons Tro­phy, played among the top eight 50-over sides of the world. They are ranked ninth in one-day in­ter­na­tion­als and one place higher in the Test for­mat. Sammy tore into his home gov­ern­ing body im­me­di­ately af­ter guid­ing the side to their sec­ond World T20 ti­tle in In­dia last year, say­ing the play­ers “felt dis­re­spected by the board com­ing into the tour­na­ment”. The 33-year-old has since missed out on se­lec­tion for the West Indies. “The way we struc­ture our cricket, we’re not go­ing any­where,” said Sammy, who has played 38 tests and 126 ODIs.

“If you re­ally have West Indies cricket at heart you will have the right play­ers for all the for­mats play­ing and help­ing you get to tour­na­ments.”

CWI said it was work­ing with stake­hold­ers to re­solve the is­sue and was fo­cussed on direct qual­i­fi­ca­tion for the 2019 50-over World Cup in Eng­land and Wales.

“Re­gard­ing player el­i­gi­bil­ity, since the July 2016 meeting in Fort Laud­erdale, there has been on­go­ing meet­ings with the play­ers in large and small groups, and we feel we are closer to a res­o­lu­tion,” the BBC quoted a CWI state­ment as say­ing. – Reuters

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