The West Indies Cricket Board has decided to have a meeting with the contracted players regarding the upcoming home season next year.
The Director of cricket, Richard Pybus have stated that the West Indies Cricket Board has opened up the Indian Premier League for the star players to play in the cash-rich league back in 2014 and the current WICB president, Dave Cameron has also iterated the same two months ago.
“We have given up the two best months of our year for cricket – April and May. We are not playing any cricket because we have allowed them to come over to India and play in the IPL,” stated Cameron back in April.
However, the board is keen to discuss with the contracted players about the clashes of schedules that might happen over the next year.
WICB who is already facing a clash of CPL with India series this year will also face a similar situation when they play Team India in 5 ODIs and T20I next year.
The board is set to break its policy again as it is keen to keep the contracted players for the home season next year. They had asked some players to report back from IPL last year for their home series against England.
“It’s early days, but we are very much cognizant of these clashes next year,” stated Muirhead, CEO of WICB.
“Following the last ICC meeting they are looking at ways to bring more context to international cricket and how they deal with T20 leagues. We have no intention to bully anybody even though of course our West Indies first policy will still be in place.
“However, we hope to meet with contracted players in August after the CPL looking ahead to next year, so that we can find the best solutions and compromise in the best interest of West Indies cricket,” he added.
The IPL which happens during the cricket season of West Indies has taken a toll on the board as the crowd have decreased over the years for the domestic circuit as their top players would be playing for IPL franchises.
CPL season also clashes with the home season as the board looks to convince the players to represent the nation above the T20 leagues they participate in. However, this could affect the franchises to show lesser interest in the players as they might not be available for all the fixtures.