Cricket’s most formidable team West Indies has slumped to dismal low after they failed to qualify for an ICC Champions Trophy in 2015. The financial turmoil between West Indies Cricket Board and players has affected West Indies cricket’s future. The Carribean island still produces talented cricketers, but as the players earned fame for their performances for West Indies the controversy sparks as the players deny to play for West Indies in bilateral series in order to participate in the franchise-based T20 league. Dwyane Bravo and Pollard were banned by The West indies cricket after they refused to play against India in Dharamsala in 2014.
Among the current West Indies players Chris Gayle, Dwyane Bravo, Darren Sammy, Lendl Simmons, Kiron Pollard and Andre Russell ply their trade across the T20 league in their own country, India, Australia and Bangladesh. But, whenever an ICC tournament starts they play for West Indies.
But, unlike this top five West Indies player, there are five cricketers who dedicated their cricket career to their country ignoring financial benefit.
1) Brendan Taylor –Zimbabwe
This Zimbabwe cricketer has dedicated his best part of a career to struggling Zimbabwe cricket. Brendan Taylor made his debut for Zimbabwe in 2004 when the country was in full turmoil after key players took retirement and left the country protesting Robert Mugabe’s reelection. Mugabe’s authoritarian rule against white minority people caused huge turmoil in the country. Zimbabwe cricket slumped to decline after a surge in international cricket in the 1990s. Inflation is huge in Zimbabwe. So players get a little match fee from Cricket Zimbabwe. But, Taylor has played 11 years for Zimbabwe. He captained the side. But, he took retirement at the age of 29 scoring unbeaten 145 against Indian in the 2015 World Cup. Taylor had to take a call on his Zimbabwe career for his young family. He left more England to earn money playing county cricket.
The legendary Sri Lankan cricketer has retired at the age of 38 being one of the greatest batsmen in the history of cricket. He played 134 Test and 404 ODIs in his 15-year-old career. During his career, he never refused to play for Sri Lanka when dispute raised between Sri Lankan players and Cricket Sri Lanka. Sangakkara considered his retirement before the 2015 World Cup, but captain Angelo Mattews requested him to continue. When Sangakkara retire leaving a young team Mathews once agin requested him to continue, but Sangakkara had to think about his future, now he has been plying his trade in different types of T20cricket across the globe.
He is another great cricketers played the game for Sri Lanka. He made his debut in 1997. He made his retirement in 2014 after playing 149 Test and bade the ODI cricket after the World Cup 2015. After the retirement of batsman like Sanath Jayasuriya retired after playing 110 Test and 445 ODIs, Jayawardene and Sangakkara shouldered Sri Lanka cricket’s responsibility. Jayawardene and Sangakkara have won the World T20 in 2014 and reached the 2011 World Cup.
Among the current West Indies players, who play regularly for the Caribbean cricket team, Samuels is the only experienced cricketer. He made his debut in 2000. So far the 34-year old cricketer has played 64 Test matches and 177 ODIs. He won the World T20 2012 in Sri Lanka for West Indies as he scored 78 in the final.
The 24-year-old West Indies captain is the only hope for West Indies Cricket Board as Holder never complained about his salary. He dedicated his cricket career to West Indies. Holder has become the captain of the West indies at the age of 22. He is trying to rebuild the young team, but most of the cricketers in the Australia Test series looked reluctant.
The find of the Australia tour is all-rounder Carlos Brathwaite, who scored 69 in his first innings. But, good performance from a West Indies batsman raised concern as after a few good performances they eye for franchise best T20 league to ply their trade across the globe.