Pakistan tour of West Indies 2011

WIPA questions West Indies selection process

ESPNcricinfo staff

April 16, 2011

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Chirs Gayle in action during a practice session, Chennai, March 16, 2011
Chris Gayle was captain of West Indies till the middle of 2010, but now finds himself without a place in the one-day squad © Associated Press
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The West Indies Players' Association (WIPA) has questioned the decision to exclude Chris Gayle, Ramnaresh Sarwan and Shivnarine Chanderpaul from the West Indies squad for the first two one-day internationals against Pakistan. The association suggested there were factors other than "performance, potential, playing conditions and preparedness" that were behind the decision, and that these reasons were not explained to the players.

WIPA filed a notice of dispute, claiming that the selection process was not "fair and transparent", and was in breach of the memorandum of understanding between WIPA and the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB)

The WICB's explanation for axing the three experienced players was that it was in keeping with their policy to expose young players to international cricket. The WICB chief executive Ernest Hilaire also added that none of the senior players had been axed permanently, and that the selectors would explain to every player how they fit into the long-term plan.

The exclusion of Gayle, Sarwan and Chanderpaul comes after a disappointing World Cup campaign for West Indies in which none of the three batsmen scored a half-century against a Test-playing nation.

WIPA and the WICB have been at loggerheads over several issues in the past, the most significant stand-off between the two bodies being the one over player contracts that resulted in WIPA boycotting the Bangladesh home series in 2009. The player association had also slammed WICB's decision not to give Sarwan a central retainer in 2010.

In its press release issued on Saturday, WIPA said that after their exclusion from the national squad, Gayle, Sarwan and Chanderpaul should not be stopped from trying to earn money by playing cricket outside the Caribbean.

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Posted by InsideHedge on (April 19, 2011, 15:03 GMT)

why are my comments not posted?

Posted by aleemhussain on (April 18, 2011, 16:29 GMT)

The people in the Caribbean know that west indies have a bad world cup but that does not mean that u have axed the senior player .ok the WICB said they are build a squad for the next world cup but most of those player will be in the 2015 world cup maybe for the e expectation of shiv. This is the time to make Caribbean people happy to an extent by picking the best squad for the Pakistan tour and by not picking the senior players will be another disgrace and shameful defeat for the W.I

Posted by Silva-Surfa on (April 18, 2011, 14:10 GMT)

I don't see the problem myself. If it was about the moral treatment of certain individuals, i'd have a little more sympathy, but as usual with WIPA, it's all about the dollar-dollar!..The Selectors are trying to experiment with some new faces, to see how they cope at International level, a trial & error concept. Russell and Bishoo made a good impression in the World Cup and some others are getting a opportunity against Pakistan. Gayle, Sarwan and Chanderpaul looked unmotivated and burnt-out in the WC. If WIPA are going to make this about players missing out on earnings and not what's in the best interest of Cricket in the Caribbean, then the Selectors made the right decision.

Posted by getsetgopk on (April 18, 2011, 10:08 GMT)

wipa should let Wicb do its job and no need for explanations after what has happened recently. its quite clear !

Posted by Ashique129 on (April 18, 2011, 7:07 GMT)

WI is looking for another workout by Pakistan (quite similar to what it got from Bangladesh in 2009) before realizing the stupidity of the decision. Gayle and Sarwan are 31, which means they have got a good 5-6 years more to offer. Gayle plays well in short bursts, and he's always been like this. One good innings every 4-5 matches can still help WI win games (the guy scored 2 300s in tests not long ago - am I the only one with this information?). Sarwan, with a few games under his belt, can go back to his consistent best. For Shiva, after serving the country incredibly for more than 15 years, this is what he deserves, right? This guy should be given the right to retire on his own terms. I mean, is there any complaint about his commitment? If not, is this how you treat a great player like him? God - please open their eyes!

Posted by   on (April 18, 2011, 4:10 GMT)

people this is what i am talk about hear we go with this wipa can have say wicb should let him know performance is also another measure to be on this team and there isnot so stop speaking these players if they not going to earn there spot thank you

Posted by USIndianFan on (April 18, 2011, 0:13 GMT)

Its great the WICB have decided to get in fresh blood. However, I like bullbudman's picks - Chanderpaul for the tests, Gayle for the ODIs/ T20s and Sarwan should be given a fair try - he seemed to be doing fairly well.

Forget the next World Cup campaign, the WI need to remain a competitive team, which they are not because of a lack of poor leadership. Unless Fidel Edwards and Jerome Taylor are injured, coupled with Kemar Roach that should be an excellent pace combination and the Suleiman Benn and Bishoo are decent spinners. They have sufficient depth in batting too, and Sammy or Bravo or the others should be given an incentive to work for their spots.

Get with it, put some good leadership in, and axe those who don't want to contribute. The WI can be competitive!

Posted by AceB on (April 18, 2011, 0:05 GMT)

@ all and sundry who dislikes or fail to comprehend what is happening in West Indies cricket . This present WICB unlike its predecessors has finally woke up to the fact that they are responsible for caribbean cricket . In the past the coach or the physio or the bagman even the tealady, would get the sack at the behest of certain players . Stats don't add up to much when senior (so called) players can add nothing to improve young talent that enters the team . Apart from Shiv. Let them all go play for WIPA .

Posted by   on (April 17, 2011, 20:21 GMT)

We tend to forget that the WI management team keeps on making foolish decisions that is causing the supporters of WI cricket heartaches. After the home test series win against England an the team was playing together, the management team accepted a tour to england immediately that should not have happened which caused disruptions to the team. That caused an understrength team loosing to Bangladesh at home. Decisions like those stopped the winning habbit WI need to develop. Then now the selectors selected a captain that cannot make the first 11, how wise is that? You are going to pick a specialist captain, pick the regions best then. Now look at this team they select, Devon Thomas again as wk. the selectors are getting into a habbit of selecting players for the senior team with just a few first class games and they cant maintain their 1 good performance in the senior set up. Its my view that management are blaming the players for their faults Shiv should never be in the world cup squad

Posted by bullbudman on (April 17, 2011, 16:32 GMT)

I HAVE BEEN SAYING SOMETHING ALONG THIS LINE FOR THE PAST 6 TO 8 YEARS SINCE THE WEST INDIES TEAM WAS AT THE START OF THEIR HUMILIATING RUN OF DECLINE:CHANDERPAUL SHOULD NEVER BE IN THE O.D.I. TEAM NEVER MIND THE T20 TEAM BECAUSE HIS TRIKE RATE IS TOO LOW AND ALL HE DOES IS BAT.HE SHOULD ONLY PLAY TEST CRICKET FOR THE WEST INDIES AND NOT ONLY THAT HE SHOULD BAT HIGHER UP THE ORDER BECAUSE HE IS ALWAYS RUNNING OUT OF PARTNERS AND COMMING IN NOT OUT.SARWAN SHOULD ONLY PLAY O.D.I. AND TEST CRICKET NOT T20. CHRIS GAYLE HOWEVER ,WHO STATED THAT HE DON'T LIKE TEST CRICKET SHOULD ONLY PLAY O.D.I. AND T20 CRICKET FOR THE WEST INDIES. IF THE WEST INDIES TEAM HANDLERS FOLLOW THIS SIMPLE RULE AS FAR AS THESE THREE PLAYERS ARE CONCERNED ,THEN AND ONLY THEN THEY WILL GET GOOD PRODUCTION FROM THEM AND THEY WILL HAVE A BETTER CHANCE OF HELPING THE TEAM TO WIN CRICKET MATCHES

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