Former West Indies Cricketer Slams WICB Eligibility Rule
Ex-West Indies Test batsman Bryan Davis has slammed the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB), for strict eligibility which earlier dictated the cricketers from regional areas should participate in the domestic regional tournament to earn a call-up for the national team.
“I don’t agree that players have to play in our (West Indies) tournaments to select them. Right now their (West Indies Cricket Board) point is that the players should come and play so they develop more cricketers in our region. That was alright 20, 30 or 40 years ago but not now,” Davis was quoted as saying by News Day.
Earlier, the WICB selectors also made it clear players with good performances in regional tournaments would be considered for the national duty, eventually.
“I would say on form and performance, I don’t have much hope that we will play too well against England. I always hope for the best, but I don’t always expect the best.” Davis added.
Davis further expressed it’s difficult for players to be a part of regional tournaments following several number of professional leagues taking place in different cricket playing countries.
“If they are available they should play (in regional tournaments), but if they are not available because they are playing a tournament elsewhere, that should not prevent them from representing the West Indies,” Davis further explained.
In the ongoing three-match One-Day International series against England at home, the West Indies are playing without their veteran players because of indifferences with the board.
Earlier, Marlon Samuels was overlooked against England as he had played only two games for their regional side Leeward Islands Hurricanes at home.
However, Samuels left the Super50 tournament to join the second edition of Pakistan Super League (PSL) in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) last month.
Currently, Samuels is a part of the PSL franchise Peshawar Zalmi, which has qualified for the final which will be played in Lahore at Gaddafi Stadium on Sunday (March 5).
Davis, who played four Tests for the Windies, spoke about the salary factor which cash-rich leagues offer their players for the fast-packed tournaments across the globe.
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