Batting legend Viv Richards has blasted the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB), members for showing the “arrogance” to players before adding they are responsible for the decline of cricket in the region as many experienced campaigners had refused to sign the central contracts.
“When you have an arrogant administrative unit, guys are going to pick and choose. We must remember that many of the players come from humble backgrounds,” Richards was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo.com
However, concurrently the West Indies is struggling in the limited-overs cricket after the long tiff between its board and players have witnessed senior players opting for the lucrative leagues across the globe than that of playing for their country.
“I have no qualms in saying this, some of these administrators think they are as important as the players on the field. They are not. It is all about the attraction of the environment that the players on the field would have created for them to be in an administrative position,” Richards said.
As West Indies is scheduled to play the three-match One-day International series from April 07 (Friday) in Guyana against Pakistan, their top players are participating in this year’s Indian Premier League (IPL), which includes Chris Gayle, Darren Sammy, Sunil Narine, Kieron Pollard and Carlos Brathwaite.
On the other side, the WICB board diktat its players — to play for Regional Super50 tournament in a bid to qualify for the selection in One-day Internationals.
However, the command from the board has annoyed the cricketers, who were asked to sign the contract after playing different leagues.
The 65-year-old Richards has asked its board to ‘wake up’ and prepare well before adding the West Indies has gone down to the barrel in limited overs as the members of the WICB have done a dreadful job according to former batsman Richards.
“I think it is a bigger issue than about the guys playing in our domestic competition. Most of the guys played there when they first started out, that’s what they wanted to do. But when you get an administration who thinks that they are the most important entity where West Indies cricket is concerned, they better wake up,” Richards remarked.
The West Indies failed to qualify for the 2017 Champions Trophy in June as they are placed at number nine in the ICC ODI rankings and eighth in the Test format.
However, a threat of direct qualification for the 2019 World Cup is looming large as the cut-off date has been set as September 30, 2017.
There was a time when West Indies had a remarkable run while making it pretty tough for the opponents in the 1970s and 1980s, as when Viv Richards was in his prime form.
“I am one of those individuals that never says never. I believe if we start having a little bit more respect for the individuals who would have helped the administrators into that administrative position,” Richards further added.
The Antigua-born Richards stated it’s all clear that things are not settling well after the West Indies lose to Pakistan in four-match Twenty20 series by 3-1.
Earlier, they lost to Pakistan by 3-0 in T20Is in September.
“We are the ones who made it attractive enough for them to administer and they have done a lousy job,” Richards concluded.
The destructive batsman had also been a head coach for Pakistan Super League franchise Quetta Gladiators for the first two editions before being a mentor for Delhi Daredevils in the recent past.