ICC Champions Trophy 2009 September 15, 2009

Door ajar for full-strength Windies squad

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West Indies could yet field a full-strength squad at the Champions Trophy, with the ICC willing to accept a "revised" line-up in the event the industrial relations dispute between the board and the players is resolved. Despite setting an August 11 deadline for national boards to nominate their 15-man squads for the Champions Trophy, the ICC has advised the WICB it would take into account the exceptional circumstances brought on by the labour dispute and allow the likes of Chris Gayle, Denesh Ramdin and Shivnarine Chanderpaul to play at the tournament.

For that to happen, the WICB and the players would need to end their stand-off before West Indies' tournament opener against Pakistan at the Wanderers Ground on September 23. The recent breakdown in mediation talks between the two parties raised fears of a damaging and protracted split, although WIPA's announcement this week that it would accept CARICOM's six-point resolution plan may yet mark a turning point in the labour crisis.

Both the ICC and its broadcast partner, ESPN STAR Sports, have impressed upon the WICB their desire for a full-strength West Indies team to compete at the eight-team, two-week tournament in South Africa. The Champions Trophy has been criticised in the past for lacking context and prestige in an already crowded international calendar, and the ICC is hopeful the streamlined format - and the $4 million prize purse - will reinvigorate the appetite of both the players and the public for the embattled tournament and the 50-over game in general.

A weakened West Indies squad is hardly in keeping with that ambition. The WICB controversially named a second-string squad for the Champions Trophy while locked in mediation talks with WIPA - a move criticised by Bharrat Jagdeo, the Guyanese president CARICOM chairman, and Sir Shridath Ramphal, the former Commonwealth secretary-general and CARICOM-appointed mediator - but an ICC source told Cricinfo hope remained that an 11th-hour settlement would allow West Indies to field their elite squad.

The ICC has played a behind-the-scenes role in the WICB-WIPA dispute, although Haroon Lorgat, the council's chief executive, would not be drawn on the specifics of their involvement. He did, however, call upon the West Indian board to restore senior players to the Champions Trophy squad; a move that would enhance the tournament's objective of pitting the best versus the best.

"We would be disappointed if the best team is not taken to South Africa, but we understand the complex situation that exists," Lorgat told Cricinfo. "The West Indies have the unfettered right to select whomever they choose."

Any move to return their elite players to the field would present the WICB with a sizeable logistical and cost issue. The Floyd Reifer-led West Indies squad have already arrived in South Africa and played two practice matches against provincial sides. The bulk of those players would presumably be recalled to the Caribbean should the path be cleared for the Windies' striking cricketers to return - a scenario the cash-strapped board could do without.

But there is much at stake - not least the desire of ESPN Star Sports to protect its reported $1.1 billion broadcast deal with the ICC through to 2015. Manu Sawhney, ESPN Star Sport's managing director, delivered a veiled criticism of West Indies' current stance by stating his hope that "the unique position of the ICC Champions Trophy in the international cricket calendar will remain intact with the full participation of best available squads from all the competing teams."

"We firmly believe that the ICC Champions Trophy should be a premium international event where the best players from the top cricketing nations compete for the honours and are confident that the ICC and the cricketing community in general shares that belief," Sawhney told Cricinfo.

"As highlighted by you, lately there have been concerns regarding West Indies that have been raised in the media. As ICC's leading commercial partners, we continually maintain a dialogue with the ICC on various aspects of our relationship. However, it is our policy not to publicly comment on such discussions. We are proud of our association with the ICC and very much value this relationship."

Alex Brown is deputy editor of Cricinfo

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  • chunnie on September 21, 2009, 17:49 GMT

    Well it's sad to say that this might as well be the end for WI cricket. The WICB will not budge until things are done their way. We know this. The ICC will realize this. WI will be replaced in future tournaments like the Champions Trophy. The WICB will be the final nail in the coffin for the current test regime - WI will have to play in the lower level of the new two-tiered test regime. In the past it was said that the captain usually went down with his ship, but in these modern times it seems as though more often than not it is the ship that must go down with the captain.

  • HampshireCricketFan on September 20, 2009, 12:07 GMT

    It should be replaced by Ireland, who quite honestly could easily beat this current West Indian team, let alone the other full members it has before (Pakistan and Bangladesh). Ireland are by far and away the best Associate and are one of the best fielding teams in one-day cricket, so why keep with the old club? Give Ireland their chance to progress to Test cricket.

  • westindiesahcomefrom on September 18, 2009, 16:18 GMT

    I cannot understand all the fuss about these so called Elite players. Aren't these the same ones who have us at the bottom of the standings anyway? Aren't these the same ones who Bangladesh also beat before? I say leave them alone if they dont want to play and let the WICB restructure the thing properly and lets rebuild. Let the nonsense stop right now, we at the bottom already.

  • HumanSyndrome on September 18, 2009, 1:56 GMT

    I am surprised that there is no comment from the WICB. The ICC and the sponsors obviously will feel the monetary pain that would occur if West Indies does not have it stars in the line up. The ICC has stepped into the foray very later and as such they should also be blamed for this fiasco. In any event, it would be interesting to see how the WICB reacts to any last minute changes. I would suggest that the West Indies are locked into the first game and when any B string players do not perform drop them and insert the A players. This should also apply to the A players if they do not perform in the second game. Hopefully, we can see a fourth and fifth game. To the Directors of the WICB, please do the right thing to restore some sembleance of credibility to the people of the West Indies.

  • aaron.smih on September 17, 2009, 9:58 GMT

    Scrap West Indies Cricket Team, which is a combined multi-national Caribbean cricket team, represents a joint cricket confederation (WICB), from all international tournament and any membership of ICC altogether! Replace West Indies with its righteous successor nation / nations as a full member of ICC! Bi-lateral Tests and ODIs with so-called West Indies still can be acceptable, but in any International Tournament they should come with their own identities, like in Olympics, Caribbean Games, all Football tournaments and all other games and tournaments - Barbados, Guyana,Jamaica, Trinidad & Tobago, etc. cricket team. If it will not do immediately, we're going to sue against ICC in the international court to forced the placement of accuracy.

  • vcricketking on September 17, 2009, 1:05 GMT

    Brilliant! These dimwits who call themselves the ICC- the governing body of cricket have finally come to their senses , but it is a little bit too late. The " Waste Indies " F Team is already in South Africa. Why didnt these smart men inform the WICB that they would not accept the disgraceful team that was chosen to represent the people of the West Indies over a month ago?

    It is still not late for the idiots who make up the WICB to atone for their disgraceful behaviour. Should they refuse, the ICC ,in the interest of cricket, should refuse to have the "F" team participate and should invite Bangladesh, who have beaten this group of village cricketers thoroughly in the West Indies , to take their place.

    Let us see if this if this impotent ICC organization has the balls to act now in the interest of cricket fans all over the world who do not want to see a Tournament that does not have the best players!

  • Naqilara on September 17, 2009, 0:01 GMT

    Well now atleast resolve the dispute n plzzz send the team which ICC has allowed. The CT will be much competitive n exciting... PLzzz both the parties come to your senses . Atleast for your fans....

  • Peligrosisimo3 on September 16, 2009, 21:53 GMT

    This has gone on for so long that sometimes I wonder if it will really make a difference whether the so called "star players" play or not. We know that reasonably the star players will not be featuring in SA so I don't know what all the fuss is about. Just let the current team be and play the tournament. The WICB would be contradicting itself since it said that the players would no longer tour without contracts. How many years from when WI lost 5 nil in SA have we said just do away with all of them. I think that this should give the current team members a chance to prove their worth.For example guys like Sammy who was constantly just left in the dumpsters by the selectors. The "stars" should go in the regional tournament and dominate then we will generally have a better number of cricketers to choose from for the Australia tour.

  • gudolerhum on September 16, 2009, 20:30 GMT

    It is sad to see that most postings support the view that the Board is wrong and should back down on this issue. There is no right or wroing, WIPA is equally to blame for the mess. Mr Ramnarine is pursuing his own agenda which has little if anyhting to do with the welfare or good of the players. Who pays his salary that allows him to enjoy a comfortable life style after his brief and quite pointless cricket career? The same players he is now using. The players need to wiser up but with CH Gayle leading them that is unlikely. His star is fading and he will soon be a spent force. The present team must stand and the striking players must play regionally to be considered. They have not produced in the past and there is no automatic right to selection. Let us support the present team in this competition.

  • westindies4life on September 16, 2009, 18:19 GMT

    This lastest baccanal within the WICB an WIPA, have once again disgraced and downgraded the WI once again. Now with an opportunity to regain respect by the good faith of the ICC by allowing us to field a first rate team, we chose to still fight an demand that a bunch of so-called WI cricketers who can't even beat a club side represent WI. The same WI who made it to the 20/20 semi-final only a few mths ago. This is just madness by the the president of the WICB (Mr. Hunte). Lets pay our players properly then demand favorable results, also why are we selecting a bunch of guys this old??? I'd rather see 11 young men under the age of 19 than a team made of a number of over-30 rejects.

  • chunnie on September 21, 2009, 17:49 GMT

    Well it's sad to say that this might as well be the end for WI cricket. The WICB will not budge until things are done their way. We know this. The ICC will realize this. WI will be replaced in future tournaments like the Champions Trophy. The WICB will be the final nail in the coffin for the current test regime - WI will have to play in the lower level of the new two-tiered test regime. In the past it was said that the captain usually went down with his ship, but in these modern times it seems as though more often than not it is the ship that must go down with the captain.

  • HampshireCricketFan on September 20, 2009, 12:07 GMT

    It should be replaced by Ireland, who quite honestly could easily beat this current West Indian team, let alone the other full members it has before (Pakistan and Bangladesh). Ireland are by far and away the best Associate and are one of the best fielding teams in one-day cricket, so why keep with the old club? Give Ireland their chance to progress to Test cricket.

  • westindiesahcomefrom on September 18, 2009, 16:18 GMT

    I cannot understand all the fuss about these so called Elite players. Aren't these the same ones who have us at the bottom of the standings anyway? Aren't these the same ones who Bangladesh also beat before? I say leave them alone if they dont want to play and let the WICB restructure the thing properly and lets rebuild. Let the nonsense stop right now, we at the bottom already.

  • HumanSyndrome on September 18, 2009, 1:56 GMT

    I am surprised that there is no comment from the WICB. The ICC and the sponsors obviously will feel the monetary pain that would occur if West Indies does not have it stars in the line up. The ICC has stepped into the foray very later and as such they should also be blamed for this fiasco. In any event, it would be interesting to see how the WICB reacts to any last minute changes. I would suggest that the West Indies are locked into the first game and when any B string players do not perform drop them and insert the A players. This should also apply to the A players if they do not perform in the second game. Hopefully, we can see a fourth and fifth game. To the Directors of the WICB, please do the right thing to restore some sembleance of credibility to the people of the West Indies.

  • aaron.smih on September 17, 2009, 9:58 GMT

    Scrap West Indies Cricket Team, which is a combined multi-national Caribbean cricket team, represents a joint cricket confederation (WICB), from all international tournament and any membership of ICC altogether! Replace West Indies with its righteous successor nation / nations as a full member of ICC! Bi-lateral Tests and ODIs with so-called West Indies still can be acceptable, but in any International Tournament they should come with their own identities, like in Olympics, Caribbean Games, all Football tournaments and all other games and tournaments - Barbados, Guyana,Jamaica, Trinidad & Tobago, etc. cricket team. If it will not do immediately, we're going to sue against ICC in the international court to forced the placement of accuracy.

  • vcricketking on September 17, 2009, 1:05 GMT

    Brilliant! These dimwits who call themselves the ICC- the governing body of cricket have finally come to their senses , but it is a little bit too late. The " Waste Indies " F Team is already in South Africa. Why didnt these smart men inform the WICB that they would not accept the disgraceful team that was chosen to represent the people of the West Indies over a month ago?

    It is still not late for the idiots who make up the WICB to atone for their disgraceful behaviour. Should they refuse, the ICC ,in the interest of cricket, should refuse to have the "F" team participate and should invite Bangladesh, who have beaten this group of village cricketers thoroughly in the West Indies , to take their place.

    Let us see if this if this impotent ICC organization has the balls to act now in the interest of cricket fans all over the world who do not want to see a Tournament that does not have the best players!

  • Naqilara on September 17, 2009, 0:01 GMT

    Well now atleast resolve the dispute n plzzz send the team which ICC has allowed. The CT will be much competitive n exciting... PLzzz both the parties come to your senses . Atleast for your fans....

  • Peligrosisimo3 on September 16, 2009, 21:53 GMT

    This has gone on for so long that sometimes I wonder if it will really make a difference whether the so called "star players" play or not. We know that reasonably the star players will not be featuring in SA so I don't know what all the fuss is about. Just let the current team be and play the tournament. The WICB would be contradicting itself since it said that the players would no longer tour without contracts. How many years from when WI lost 5 nil in SA have we said just do away with all of them. I think that this should give the current team members a chance to prove their worth.For example guys like Sammy who was constantly just left in the dumpsters by the selectors. The "stars" should go in the regional tournament and dominate then we will generally have a better number of cricketers to choose from for the Australia tour.

  • gudolerhum on September 16, 2009, 20:30 GMT

    It is sad to see that most postings support the view that the Board is wrong and should back down on this issue. There is no right or wroing, WIPA is equally to blame for the mess. Mr Ramnarine is pursuing his own agenda which has little if anyhting to do with the welfare or good of the players. Who pays his salary that allows him to enjoy a comfortable life style after his brief and quite pointless cricket career? The same players he is now using. The players need to wiser up but with CH Gayle leading them that is unlikely. His star is fading and he will soon be a spent force. The present team must stand and the striking players must play regionally to be considered. They have not produced in the past and there is no automatic right to selection. Let us support the present team in this competition.

  • westindies4life on September 16, 2009, 18:19 GMT

    This lastest baccanal within the WICB an WIPA, have once again disgraced and downgraded the WI once again. Now with an opportunity to regain respect by the good faith of the ICC by allowing us to field a first rate team, we chose to still fight an demand that a bunch of so-called WI cricketers who can't even beat a club side represent WI. The same WI who made it to the 20/20 semi-final only a few mths ago. This is just madness by the the president of the WICB (Mr. Hunte). Lets pay our players properly then demand favorable results, also why are we selecting a bunch of guys this old??? I'd rather see 11 young men under the age of 19 than a team made of a number of over-30 rejects.

  • howizzat on September 16, 2009, 16:55 GMT

    WICB should act fast in the greater interest of the game CRICKET. If not it will amount to fraud on the game.Then either CARICOM should dissolve WICB or withdraw West Indies from playing important international series including CT, FOLLOWING THE EXAMPLE OF ZIMBABWE. In that eventuality ICC should also allow other teams to postpone their committmentS to WI and reschedule their matches.

  • davidvt on September 16, 2009, 16:05 GMT

    the WICB should finally end their stubborn ways and form a quick agreement with the WIPA because lets face it, the current west indies team shouldnt even be considered a team , they lack competitiveness and actual talent that has made the west indies side a force to reckon over the years And with a prize purse like 4million they shouldnt need any more incentive i mean come on shut your damn mouths and lets play cricket!

  • kaiman on September 16, 2009, 15:39 GMT

    i have read an article from tony cozier about wipa being a trinidad thing where jack warner warned ramnarine that people from other caribbean states is making these statements. hey ramnarine how many staff members you have and what island they are from? anyways holding and lloyd had accused ramnarine of being money hungry can they explain why they made those statements and what was their meaningful input in the current impass anything positive? nuff said.

  • henchart on September 16, 2009, 15:24 GMT

    May you be ever so high ,the law is still above you.May you ever be so big a player,the team is bigger than you.Second string or third the team selected already must play and who knows they might surprise themselves by beating Pak,Ind or Aus?Boards usually buckle under star players pressure.WICB must set an example by not giving in to the star players' demands.

  • gudolerhum on September 16, 2009, 14:55 GMT

    This is absolutely incredible and totally unacceptable! The team that is presently in SA is the WI team and must be permitted to play as such. The ICC is meddling in this affair at the wrong time and for the wrong reason. The WICB has taken a stand, WIPA has taken a stand and that dispute must be resolved before the Board can recognise the former players and allow them to represent the region that they have repeatedly embarrassed on and off the field. To allow them to waltz back now would be saying that they really are untouchable and there would be no limit to what they and WIPA will next demand. Some people seem to be putting the "hope" of seeing a good WI performance before the main issue. That must not be allowed to happen. On this point WICB must stand firm, there should be no change, our team remains as selected.They will do their best which is more than the others will.

  • lazytrini on September 16, 2009, 14:23 GMT

    Wonderful timing by the ICC, too late to actually make any difference, but enough for them to say they tried. I'm not naive enough to believe there'll be a resolution before the tournament, but I'm also not remotely concerned about the fortunes of the WI "D" Team. Can't wait for the Champion's League though, there's more talent in the T&T team going there than in this WI team.

  • convertorboy on September 16, 2009, 12:27 GMT

    The WICB will undoubtedly place false hope in the practice match scores and persist with this team, much to the detriment of West Indies cricket, the Champions Trophy and the general standard of international cricket. To Frocktail: This squad isn't a young WI team, it isn't the "B" team. The majority of players were part of the "Combined Campuses and Colleges" team, which was basically a collection of university players who weren't selected for their own country teams, far less for WI selection. If the WICB really wanted to build they would finally create a proper academy instead of wasteful and rash spending. Skilled players like Dwayne Smith and Wavell Hinds have left for greener pastures, what's to stop Gayle and the others from becoming freelancers like Freddie?

  • HumanSyndrome on September 16, 2009, 11:57 GMT

    The WICB now has a problem. Be humble (which they do not know the meaning of) and advise the B rated players that they must stand down. The "B" rated players would have to remain as part of the team and may be selected based on the performance of players selected. This is the solution i.e. expand the team with the ICC approval. If this is not possible then the "B" players must stand down and be offered subsequent opportunities. The saying goes a stitch in time .....would have saved us load of headaches; however, man's ego and lust for power always creat chaos. Hopefully, fear of repercussions, does not override good judgement. WICB you have one last chance to do the right thing. The solution is here. Good luck.

  • DipanshuKrishna on September 16, 2009, 10:38 GMT

    Its no good the WICB or WIPA keep blaming each other. At this stage what is needed is a speedy resolution of the dispute. West Indies cricket cannot move forward without the senior players like Gayle, Chanderpaul & Sarwan etc. Nor can these players be relevant if they end up not playing for WI. Let Sanity prevail. Let them come together for the good of West Indies Cricket & cricket in general. Let the games begin.

  • sashii on September 16, 2009, 9:35 GMT

    Its good to see that ICC is giving another chance to West Indies for making this tournament more competetive.But I guess WICB wont take this step as serious as they are already fuly comitted with this second sting team and thats the reason that it has already arrived in SA.Instead the best way to teach the lesson to WICB is by replacing it with Bangladesh as that team is much more stronger compared to WI team and that was proved in recently concluded series. Hope ICCand others makes a note of my point..

  • FLAM on September 16, 2009, 8:54 GMT

    Good see that ICC is making its best effort to solve the dispute and eventually WICB sending their best team to the championship trophy. At the same time, if the effort fails ICC should send a strong warning to the rest of the wold by replacing West Indies with Bangladesh. Bangladesh is playing good recently.

  • chandau on September 16, 2009, 6:02 GMT

    The ICC speaks with a forked tongue. The simple requirement is that a country sends its BEST team to these ICC events. If not they have to be suspended till a good team can be selected. It is a wrong committed on the other teams who will not get a chance to get practice and points against a club side. It has taken the gloss off the event and created a dud. This is what happens when underachieving self important people run powerful boards, be it ICC or WICB. It is the players that make or break a game not the bulk in air conditioned rooms. Still the money is too good from all the adverts and sponsors so the same wannabes go on and on and on making blunder after blunder, while the players toil in the middle to entertain and earn a living.!!

  • Frocktail on September 16, 2009, 4:56 GMT

    Please, please, please everyone. Do not let this non-sense about returning senior squad to represent West Indies be an issue at this time. This is an effort to make the present West Indies squad that are making over 300 runs in matches to lose focus. First of all, the board cannot affort to send other players to South Africa at this time as they are strapped for money. Secondly, their is such a thing called PRINCIPLE. WICB cannot turn their backs on the guys who stood up for them against Bangledesh saving them millions of dollars. There is no way on this green earth that the WICB would allow an outsider (ICC) to dictate terms in regard to team selection. This is the best available team at this time and they must stand up for something or else they will fall for anything.

  • SlipstreamCricket on September 16, 2009, 3:20 GMT

    Easiest way out of this mess. Replace West Indies with Bangladesh for the Champions Trophy. Dont know when ICC will learn to take tough decisions

  • dcgx on September 16, 2009, 3:14 GMT

    The WICB didn't take the ICC censure over the stadium fiasco in Antigua seriously, I don't expect they would heed this 'request' now. I feel that this tournament is already devalued by this team's inclusion and the ICC should have taken a stronger stance with this Board and actually given them an ultimatum that would have hit them in the proverbial 'pocketbook' (like exclusion from this torunament, or sanctions, etc) which is what I'm sure ESPN Star is looking at on their side when it comes to selling ad times for these games. Right now all they are is an extra warm up game for the sides in their group which is not fair to the 4 teams in the other group (even though it may be argued that the 1st side may not have won a game either).

  • chunnie on September 15, 2009, 23:44 GMT

    We all know that the WICB is too stubborn to change its stance. The last time they used the ICC deadline as the excuse for naming the squad they did, when they did. I'm just waiting to hear what the reason will be this time, considering the opportunity the ICC is giving it to curb the damage it is doing.

  • Mr_Benwood_Dick on September 15, 2009, 23:28 GMT

    Just shows that when it comes to crunch that the ICC are prepared to put profit before principle.

    If the WICB back down now and allow the senior players to return they will be creating a rod for their own back. The sub players have to be rewarded for saving the Bangladesh tour. Let the senior players prove their committment to WI cricket by playing regional cricket to signal their availability for the Australia tour.

    The strikers, with the exception of Chanderpaul, have not played any meaningful cricket since the England tour and can in no way be considered match-fit.

  • slugmonster on September 15, 2009, 21:22 GMT

    Come on guys, resolve this petty issue, what would a Champions' Trophy be without one of the great champions of the game - Chris Gayle.

  • aaron.smih on September 15, 2009, 21:14 GMT

    Scrap West Indies Cricket Team from ICC altogether! Cricket is already not a colonial sport... so, why we, a single national team should play with a combined multi-national team which were formed by the British Colonial system. West Indies Cricket Team is not a national cricket team, but a multi-national - representing a sporting confederation of a dozen separate independent Caribbean countries, along with British, USA, Dutch and French dependencies that form the British West Indies. As they are all separate countries,currently they have their own national teams and cricket boards. In 21st century, shame to be use British colonial name - West Indies! Come as in Olympic Games with your own independent identities - Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados, Guyana, etc., and that will be fair.

  • spanishwestindian on September 15, 2009, 20:30 GMT

    That is cracking good news, and as a (still) west indian supporter, I hope WICB sit up and take notice, and full advantage of this very generous gesture made by the ICC. Thank you ICC from the bottom of my heart.

  • 786rules on September 15, 2009, 19:58 GMT

    very well christopher henry gayle is really good

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  • 786rules on September 15, 2009, 19:58 GMT

    very well christopher henry gayle is really good

  • spanishwestindian on September 15, 2009, 20:30 GMT

    That is cracking good news, and as a (still) west indian supporter, I hope WICB sit up and take notice, and full advantage of this very generous gesture made by the ICC. Thank you ICC from the bottom of my heart.

  • aaron.smih on September 15, 2009, 21:14 GMT

    Scrap West Indies Cricket Team from ICC altogether! Cricket is already not a colonial sport... so, why we, a single national team should play with a combined multi-national team which were formed by the British Colonial system. West Indies Cricket Team is not a national cricket team, but a multi-national - representing a sporting confederation of a dozen separate independent Caribbean countries, along with British, USA, Dutch and French dependencies that form the British West Indies. As they are all separate countries,currently they have their own national teams and cricket boards. In 21st century, shame to be use British colonial name - West Indies! Come as in Olympic Games with your own independent identities - Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados, Guyana, etc., and that will be fair.

  • slugmonster on September 15, 2009, 21:22 GMT

    Come on guys, resolve this petty issue, what would a Champions' Trophy be without one of the great champions of the game - Chris Gayle.

  • Mr_Benwood_Dick on September 15, 2009, 23:28 GMT

    Just shows that when it comes to crunch that the ICC are prepared to put profit before principle.

    If the WICB back down now and allow the senior players to return they will be creating a rod for their own back. The sub players have to be rewarded for saving the Bangladesh tour. Let the senior players prove their committment to WI cricket by playing regional cricket to signal their availability for the Australia tour.

    The strikers, with the exception of Chanderpaul, have not played any meaningful cricket since the England tour and can in no way be considered match-fit.

  • chunnie on September 15, 2009, 23:44 GMT

    We all know that the WICB is too stubborn to change its stance. The last time they used the ICC deadline as the excuse for naming the squad they did, when they did. I'm just waiting to hear what the reason will be this time, considering the opportunity the ICC is giving it to curb the damage it is doing.

  • dcgx on September 16, 2009, 3:14 GMT

    The WICB didn't take the ICC censure over the stadium fiasco in Antigua seriously, I don't expect they would heed this 'request' now. I feel that this tournament is already devalued by this team's inclusion and the ICC should have taken a stronger stance with this Board and actually given them an ultimatum that would have hit them in the proverbial 'pocketbook' (like exclusion from this torunament, or sanctions, etc) which is what I'm sure ESPN Star is looking at on their side when it comes to selling ad times for these games. Right now all they are is an extra warm up game for the sides in their group which is not fair to the 4 teams in the other group (even though it may be argued that the 1st side may not have won a game either).

  • SlipstreamCricket on September 16, 2009, 3:20 GMT

    Easiest way out of this mess. Replace West Indies with Bangladesh for the Champions Trophy. Dont know when ICC will learn to take tough decisions

  • Frocktail on September 16, 2009, 4:56 GMT

    Please, please, please everyone. Do not let this non-sense about returning senior squad to represent West Indies be an issue at this time. This is an effort to make the present West Indies squad that are making over 300 runs in matches to lose focus. First of all, the board cannot affort to send other players to South Africa at this time as they are strapped for money. Secondly, their is such a thing called PRINCIPLE. WICB cannot turn their backs on the guys who stood up for them against Bangledesh saving them millions of dollars. There is no way on this green earth that the WICB would allow an outsider (ICC) to dictate terms in regard to team selection. This is the best available team at this time and they must stand up for something or else they will fall for anything.

  • chandau on September 16, 2009, 6:02 GMT

    The ICC speaks with a forked tongue. The simple requirement is that a country sends its BEST team to these ICC events. If not they have to be suspended till a good team can be selected. It is a wrong committed on the other teams who will not get a chance to get practice and points against a club side. It has taken the gloss off the event and created a dud. This is what happens when underachieving self important people run powerful boards, be it ICC or WICB. It is the players that make or break a game not the bulk in air conditioned rooms. Still the money is too good from all the adverts and sponsors so the same wannabes go on and on and on making blunder after blunder, while the players toil in the middle to entertain and earn a living.!!