The three mainstays of West Indies team Keemo Paul, Shimron Hetmyer, and Darren Bravo have refused to travel England to play the three-match Test series in July. Cricket West Indies Chief executive Johnny Grave revealed why the trio would not be joining the team for the tour.
In the recent conversation, Grave said that the board understands their reason for not travelling and would not force them to reconsider their decisions. Talking about Keemo Paul, Grave opined that Paul is the sole earner for his family so he is concerned if some mishap happens, his family would have to suffer.
“Keemo Paul is the sole breadwinner in his entire household and wider family. He was really concerned if something happened to him how his family would cope,” Grave told ESPNCricinfo.
“He wrote passionately about how hard a decision it was for him and how much he loves playing for West Indies, but with consultation with his family he doesn’t feel he can leave them and doesn’t want to go on the tour,” he said.
The youngster Shimron Hetmyer, who played a blistering knock against India last year, has become a pivotal player for Windies since his debut in 2017. Grave said that Hetmyer was worried about his safety and felt uncomfortable for leaving his family amid the crises. Bravo also gave the same reason. He said that he was not okay to travel to the UK and leave his young family.
No action would be taken against the trio: Cricket West Indies
Grave informed that no disciplinary action would be taken against the trio. The board wants the players to play freely rather than worrying and doubting about their safety. So, CWI will support the decision of the players who don’t want to travel.
“It is in everyone’s interest if you are not comfortable to say so and not tour and be certain that it is not going to be held against you. Rather than go, be worried, and ultimately don’t perform or want to come home. So it is a good decision all round. We are still taking a strong Test side to England,” he said.
The 25-players travelling from the Caribbean to England through chartered planes will have to follow 14-day quarantine there. They will be provided with a bio-secure environment and will not be allowed to leave hotels. Notably, the players would arrive in England on Tuesday next week.