In the latest setback to the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB), three of its most important Test players – Marlon Samuels, Darren Bravo, and Carlos Brathwaite have refused to accept the central contracts for the 2016-17 session. The cricket board, which is going through a very tough time right now, had extended the list of centrally-contacted players from 12 to 15 earlier this year but these three players’ refusal to accept it means the list will have now only 12 players.
In an official release, the WICB revealed that the players had informed the selection panel about their decision but the reason for the decision has not been disclosed yet. The central contracts, which are given only to Test players, was shortlisted on the basis of the players’ performance from October 2015 to September of this year.
Alzarri Joseph, Roston Chase, Miguel Cummins, and Jomel Warrican, who made their Test debut during the series against India, have been rewarded for their impressive performances and have been given the central contracts. On the other hand,Denesh Ramdin and Kemar Roach, who were not a part of the squad during the India series and were in the list of centrally contracted players in the previous list, have not been retained. Jerome Taylor was also left out after he hanged his boots earlier this year.
The contracts for the players will be ranging from USD 100,000 to 150,000.
Here is the list of centrally contracted players: Devendra Bishoo, Jermaine Blackwood, Kraigg Brathwaite, Shane Dowrich, Shannon Gabriel, Jason Holder, Shai Hope, Leon Johnson, Alzarri Joseph, Roston Chase, Miguel Cummins, Jomel Warrican