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March 7, 2009
Offspinner Delyone Borden's decision to down tools in a dispute over pay let his team down and cost him his place in the squad for the ICC World Cup Qualifiers, coach Gus Logie said this week.
He said Borden had "shown weakness" by asking to be replaced during one match and refusing to play in another in a protest over wages which had not been transferred to his bank account on time.
Logie admitted the team management had considered putting the spinner on the first plane home but so far no disciplinary action has been taken. He said the board and team management had done everything in their power to resolve Borden's pay concerns -offering him an advance on more than one occasion - and insisted his actions had been "unacceptable".
At a press conference to unveil the 15-man squad tasked with taking Bermuda back to the World Cup, Borden's omission dominated proceedings. The BCB clarified that there had been no hearing or disciplinary action initiated against the player and said they have yet to determine if he would face any charges.
The decision was characterised as a selection issue and Logie added that Borden's action had shown he did not share the 'core values' the team would need to succeed. "No one person is going to make Bermuda succeed or lose but if we continue to make excuses for indisciplined behaviour we will all lose."
BCB chief executive Neil Speight said the board had paid an advance to the spinner after being told his wages had not been transferred, as arranged, through his employer - Works and Engineering. He said Borden had initially accepted an advance. But when the situation arose again he had refused the money and taken matters into his own hands.
Logie added: "The root of it was his dissatisfaction of not being paid. The board made every effort to supplement his income. To my knowledge he refused most of it. He refused to play in one particular game and before that he was taken off the field because of not wanting to play. He made it quite clear that he was downing tools. It showed a sign of weakness that at the first sign of any kind of adversity you were quite prepared to leave your team on the field of play."
He said Borden had been given a second chance but had continued with his protest. Ultimately the selectors took the decision to pick players who were giving "100%" ahead of him.
© Bermuda Sun
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