Controversy of Conflict of Interest in World Cup 2015 selections

Pavan Suresh / 27 January 2015

Chris Gayle the ace batsmen from West Indies reported to the media on 12th January 2015 stating – “To be honest, I’m so glad that we actually won the series against South Africa in T20…this morning I woke up and saw the World Cup squad, and there was no [Kieron] Pollard and no [Dwayne] Bravo. It really hurts deeply inside, and that’s the reason I actually wanted to win the series. We have the best team here, and to see those two guys excluded is sad for West Indies cricket. If you really believe in our ability, those two guys should be in West Indies cricket, both in South Africa for the 50-over tournament, and in the World Cup squad.”

This reflects the disappointment among the West Indies players with the selection of their World Cup squad. The cricketing abilities of these two cricketers are unquestionable. The selection committee chairman Mr. Clive Llyod has defended that they are dropped because lack of consistent performance and also because the selectors wanted to build the team for the future. The argument of their contemporary players that there is not enough time to develop youngsters for the global tournament to face international competition in the World Cup also is every much appreciated.

They are not easily replaceable by any of the young cricketers in West Indies today. This also shows the West Indies team unity among the players. Dwyane Bravo has played in 164 One day international matches with a highest score of 112. He has played in the Indian Premier League for Chennai Super Kings. He was one of the top scorers in IPL in the year 2012 playing for Chennai Super Kings. Apart from that, he is an excellent fielder. Coming at number 5 or 6 down he can score some vital runs for his team.

Kieron Pollard, an excellent batsman in modern day cricket, who has played for the Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League too. In IPL, he has played 61 matches scoring 1059 runs. His best quality is that when the team requires he can smash and destroy any opponent attack providing the team an X-factor. Apart from that he is an excellent fielder and a part time medium pace bowler.

For England, Kevin Petersen has been dropped from the team. He has played 136 One day Internationals scoring 9 centuries with 25 half centuries to his name. His batting average in ODI cricket is 40.73 which show the quality of the batsmen. He was one of the top scorers in the recently concluded Big Bash League in Australia.

In the Pakistan team, Shoaib Malik was dropped from the World Cup squad but now has been kept as one of reserve players (who may not get a chance unless somebody gets injured between now and the World Cup). His contribution as a batsman, spinner and fielder would surely be missed along with his experience which would also have been of high value addition.

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