West Indies news May 20, 2017

West Indies could rethink ODI selection policy

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Dwayne Bravo hasn't played ODIs since October 2014 © WICB Media/Brooks LaTouche Photography Ltd

West Indies could have their limited-overs stars in the fray for national selection, particularly for the 50-over format, after Courtney Browne, the chairman of selectors, hinted at the possibility of the WICB revisiting the eligibility criterion.

Currently, the WICB has followed a stringent policy of considering only those players who have featured in the domestic 50-over competition, one that goes back to 2010, under the regime of Julian Hunte and Ernest Hilaire.

The current criterion has ruled out a bunch of senior players including Dwayne Bravo, Chris Gayle, Kieron Pollard, Sunil Narine and Andre Russell. None of them were part of West Indies' most recent series against Pakistan, which they lost 2-1, falling further behind in their race to be among the top eight teams in the ICC rankings and so qualify directly for the 2019 World Cup. But if this change in selection policy is cleared, West Indies could significantly boost their chances of fielding a full-strength team leading up to the showpiece event.

"There is some discussion going on about revisiting the eligibility rule," Browne told Line and Length, a Barbados-based network. "I know it's with a working committee. That will then go to the board. But we have to understand our domestic cricket is key.

"Players coming out of domestic cricket and showing they can perform at the international level is important. Yes, we have to look at it [the eligibility rule] but also be mindful that we have to develop our own domestic product, a stage where we can have a very good standard of regional cricket."

However, Browne also made it clear he would rather not have a situation where young players who have come through the regional system are ignored. Vishaul Singh and Shimron Hetmyer, who captained West Indies to the Under-19 World Cup title last year, are two examples he cited while explaining the need to maintain continuity. The pair gave modest returns - 159 runs in 12 innings between them - having played their first three Tests over the last couple of months.

"We have a lot of young developing players, they're all bunched together in terms of number of Tests, that's par for the course. When you have a bunch of people you're exposing to international cricket, you will tend to get these sorts of performances. But the good thing about it is, you have the coaching team and you have to give them some time to develop players.

"There's no regret [in giving them opportunities]. They came through the system, we understand they're young players and need time to develop. When you're looking at development process, it's going to be a slow process. We're not going to find a sensation overnight."

Browne was pleased with the enthusiasm of the new recruits. "They've shown the fans here's a bunch of young people who are showing fight. It has shown the players too that with determination and passion like that, you can be competitive."

Bravo had recently said he was available for T20 selection but would not give up his contracts around the world to play domestic cricket in the West Indies because playing in those tournaments did not guarantee selection. He had also said things could change if "structure changes or something different happens".

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  • PaddyRasta2 on May 27, 2017, 22:30 GMT

    @CRICFAN93307942 What you are suggesting makes sense in theory but workers don't get paid when they strike. This selection policy issue has been going on for a very long time, so WICB do not have a track record of resolving problems quickly. What does the average player do for money in the meantime?

  • Clivos on May 27, 2017, 18:05 GMT

    Now that we have to sit on the bench and look at the other international teams, play,we finally realise we have to rethink our policy. We learn our lessons the hard way. Spite,insularity and power has put us in our place. Play ball Afghanistan! This is our level administrators and selectors.

  • Johnny865 on May 27, 2017, 2:02 GMT

    @metman.. so because he had one good test series he should be able to walk straight into the one day side averaging 25?? when they are alot of others who are doing far better in the shorter format than him. also then by that thinking mohammed should be able to walk into the test side as he currently has the best average in odi cricket for the windies...

  • ShekarRamlal86 on May 26, 2017, 12:48 GMT

    People tend to see the policy revision as only benefiting T20 players like Bravo and Pollard but there are other players to consider like Archer who is making headlines in County Cricket for Sussex and Barker in Eng atm that can be considered for WI duty in Tests...

  • Metman on May 26, 2017, 10:19 GMT

    @ZANIM ALI........the point I am trying to tell you is that IN A TEAM OF 11 PLAYERS you CANNOT PINPOINT ONE PLAYER or TWO in your case as the REASONS the WI losing or winning matches. You seem OBSESSED with YOUR INDIVIDUAL performances of Lewis and Mohammed as though they achieved those results in a single wicket competition.

    Someone needs to tell you that ONE DAYS are NOT a prerequisite for TEST selection @JOHNNY865....Roston Chase is the LEADING batsman for the WI in TEST cricket at the moment therefore he should walk straight into the ONE DAY TEAM.

  • GoodAreasShane on May 26, 2017, 7:07 GMT

    I think it is too early to write off Hetmyer entirely, he was the WI U19 captain in their victorious 2016 campaign. There is young talent all over the West Indies, but due to the WICB and their dreadful player management many will fall away without reaching their full potential.

  •   Zanim Ali on May 26, 2017, 3:34 GMT

    Mr Metman for your information the West Indies won three matches one in each of the formats and lost all three series. Evin Lewis won the T20 match, Jason Mohammed won the one day match and Shannon Gabriel won the Test match with 5 for 11. The reason that the West Indies lost the test series is the performance of Hetmeyer and Singh in all three tests selected in front of better players like Lewis and Mohammed.

  • Johnny865 on May 24, 2017, 17:29 GMT

    @metman... if you are stating that mohammed 4 day average of 27 isn't good enough to be selected for test cricket as they are others with superior record in 4 day cricket even though he has scored 4 half centuries in the past 6 odi. then why would you select chase in the odi squad to face Afghanistan ??? his list A stats currently stands at 25 and they are alot of other players in the Caribbean with far better stats in the said format... so tell me your basis of selecting chase in a format in which he is poor in while at the same time ignoring mohammed...

  • Metman on May 24, 2017, 16:33 GMT

    @ ZANIM ALI ....then Shannon Gabriel was the one who caused the WI to lose the third test and on extension the series and Carlos Brathwaite the one who caused the WI to win the second WC. Jason Mohammed has a poor FC record and is way down the pecking order for test selection...just like he was way ahead in the one days and was PICKED ...others who are way ahead in the 4 day competition will therefore be PICKED BEFORE HIM.

  • cricfan93307942 on May 24, 2017, 14:34 GMT

    I note with interest how long WI has taken to considering reversing this policy of forcing players to play in domestic games and also note the impasse between Cricket Australia and their players.The Australian players are sticking together and forcing mediation with all parties. A similar approach has to be done with the WICB.What needs to be done with this runaway private entity called WICB is mediation,forced if necessary. These things need to happen first- 1)All WI players must stick together.The WICB must not be allowed to field ANY team at all,women or men,Under 19 or Senior,T20 ,ODI or Test.The players have that power. 2)All venues in the region must deny access to the WICB to play any games.The WICB owns NO stadium in the region. 3)If mediation fails,the Caribbean governments must make representation to the ICC asking for recognition of a new entity representing our region's cricket. Cameron must be bowled out now. WI must win this game.

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