A significant reason behind the downfall of Caribbean cricket has been that the board has not treated a majority of its players in the appropriate manner. Thereby, some high profile names like Chris Gayle, Dwayne Bravo and Kieron Pollard, have opted to don the colors of T20 franchises, while ignoring test cricket. This has taken a toll on the side’s test performance, as the cream of the team is busy playing T20 cricket across the globe.
West Indies coach Phil Simmons said that the absence of the T20 stars was frustrating for him and the team. “I’m totally frustrated,” Simmons said. “It’s enjoyable to see Andre Russell bowling at 140 clicks, and Bravo hitting three or four sixes, and Chris back in it. It is frustrating that we don’t have them here playing the Test series.”
“But it’s something that’s been going on for a while and it’s up to the administration to work out how we get to the stage of, let’s say, New Zealand because they have similar things and they’re getting all their players to play. It’s up to our administration and our bosses to find out how is the best way that we can get these guys on the pitch,” he added.
While speaking about the help skipper Jason Holder is getting from the management, Simmons said, “Off the field he’s getting help from the coaching staff.” “I’m sure he’s getting help from someone like Clive Lloyd. I’m sure he’s speaking to him, one of the greatest captains we’ve had. He’s getting a lot of advice from Clive too. Having ‘Lloydy’ around is always a good thing. Guys go and speak to him one on one. It’s a good thing to have him here.”