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WICB ties national selection to regional tournaments

Cricinfo staff

August 27, 2010

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The West Indies board has made national selection contingent on players' availability for regional tournaments. This is one of several criteria announced on Friday by the WICB as an effort to build teams in the various formats and is geared at ensuring high standards at the domestic level and retaining the best-available talent for international cricket.

Players must, barring "exceptional circumstances", participate in regional cricket when not representing West Indies," a board statement said.

Most recently, Kieron Pollard, the West Indies allrounder, opted to skip an A tour to England and chose instead to play for Somerset. Though Pollard's case did not involve a regional competition, the criteria is aimed at having the top players feature in the domestic tournaments and remain in contention for selection into the national squad.

Those players seeking selection into a particular format will have to make themselves available for participation in the corresponding regional version - the first-class four-day competition, the 50-over one-day tournament or the Caribbean T20. The rule applies to all levels of cricket, including age-group and women's cricket.

In addition, the criteria include a minimal level of fitness, consistently high levels of performance, commitment to participation in activities organised by the WICB and any prescribed remedial programme by the board following an injury.

The WICB also mapped out timelines for achieving objectives in terms of the national team's performance. A "settled competitive unit" by the 2013 ICC Champions Trophy, the board said, would lay the ground for a "winning combination" by the 2015 World Cup. Similar goals were set for the 2014 ICC World Twenty20, though the board acknowledged that achieving consistency in Tests would take longer.

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Posted by delboy on (September 3, 2010, 9:12 GMT)

All I want to add is that WI cricket did not suffer when the follwing plyed their trade abroad during the English domestic season:

Grennidge, Roberts, Marshall = Hampshire Richards, Garner = Somerset Lloyd = Lancs. Holding = Derby

Just to name a few and then when Llody's Packer brigade was suspended we had the like of Croft and others sitting in the wings.

WI cricket needs emerging talent and a more competitive boost which should be inspired by the so called failures like 'Gayle, Pollard, Bravo' who seemingly attract a grudge to the administration for their earning powers rather than act as the catalyst to get more youth queueing up to take their places as they continue to under achieve.

An investment in GRASSROOTS, proper renumeration and PERFORMANCE related pay, trimming of the administration and a better way to support former players should be the focus....

Posted by   on (August 31, 2010, 20:24 GMT)

West Indian domestic cricket is rubbish:it lack quality players, intensity and decent pitches! The more players playing foreign cricket the better, the players are exposed to a lot more including work ethic. I love the windies, but i think its the administration thats the problem!

Posted by kingstonsfinest on (August 30, 2010, 18:21 GMT)

By your logic Delboy for the WI to be competitve we have to have all our players playing in foreign conditions to avoid the tendency to 'freeze' unfortunately that is not possible and so the next best thing is to elevate the quality of our own first class competition and ensure that there are different playing conditions around the caribbean. Get rid of these flat dirt patches that are being prepared for the games and make sure that our pitches offer something to bowlers who are willing to bend their backs and batters who are willing to fight and concentrate hard. But more than anything when young players get to play against top flight cricketers in their own back yards it gives them confidence to keep getting better and thats what we want. @ Mettman I cant understand how ramdin and rampaul get back contracts i wonder if ramnarine have a clause in the contract with WICB that say atleast 3 peopl with 'ram' in their name must have a central contract.

Posted by Metman on (August 30, 2010, 11:45 GMT)

@Kingstonsfinest !Well said! This move by the WICB is a VERY GOOD IDEA.@delboy!allowing players to get more exposure to intl playing conditions doesnt follow that that the team would be stronger,if that was the case,Pollard ,would have been a star performer for the WI !Are the playing conditions in India and England better than those in the WI? West Indians are not the only ones to FREEZE when playing around the Globe,big man! MJK Smith,and Greame Hick for England ,two of the most prolific batsmen in County cricket ,would struggle outside of England,to name a few who readily come to mind!All over the Globe,some players would excell at home,and struggle away from home.Knowing the publicity that Ramnarine likes,he has to come with something to oppose this! just wait and see!and to the person who said that the WI should get rid of Gayle,Sarwan,Bravo,Pollard,u must also add to that list Ramdin and Rampaul,two of the star performers when it comes to underachieving for the WI!

Posted by delboy on (August 29, 2010, 17:57 GMT)

This is a STUPID idea, the regional competition does not provide the standard or exposure required by players good enough to be selected to represent the national team. If players of the ilke of Gayle, Bravo etc do not figure in domestic competition, chances are they are plying their trade on pitches around the globe which when these so called loyal regionals get a chance to shine, the simply FREEZE. The more your players of international statue get exposed to international playing conditions the stronger your national side will be, UNLESS the WICB are looking a replicating the playing conditions of INDIA, ENGLAND, AUSTRALIA etc.. in the caribbean. THINK THE WHOLE SCENARIO THRU. NOT JUST THE STAR PLAYERS ABILITY TO ATTRACT BIGGER GATES.

Posted by baynes on (August 28, 2010, 20:47 GMT)

This is a highly commendable policy instituted by the WICB;it will ensure that all players in the region earn their spots & not think that it's automatic selection because of their years of experience & rare brilliance displayed in the past..However,the board will have to ensure that it raises the standard by attracting sponsors that will make its own regional competition competitive with others globally....Also they will have to wary of Ramnarine who will resist this policy at every turn as is his custom...THIS GUY ACTS RATHER SELFISHLY AT TIMES ,CARING LESS OF WEST INDIES' CRICKET OVERALL DEVELOPMENT...HE NEVER CALLS ON HIS MEMBERS TO IMPROVE THEIR DISMAL DISPLAY ON FIELD BUT FINDS ALL EXCUSES FOR THEIR FAILURE!IT IS LUDICROUS IN ANY ORGANISATION TO EXPECT A PAY RISE WHEN THE EMPLOYEES ARE NOT PRODUCING..SUCH A DECISION IS FOOLHARDY & WILL INEVITABLY RESULT IN BUSINESS FAILURE! THERE IS NEED FOR MEANINGFUL GOODWILL FROM THIS THIS PRESENT BOARD & THE PLAYERS' REPRESENTATIVES!

Posted by   on (August 28, 2010, 11:10 GMT)

Ok WICB look out for Ramnarine (WIPA) i bet he has something to say aout this. Great Move WICB.

Posted by Ashu123 on (August 28, 2010, 8:50 GMT)

wow looks like windies already gave up on 2011 world cup

Posted by afterhours on (August 28, 2010, 5:16 GMT)

Okay Windies winning solution. It's being proven now and for the pass ten years that these crop of players will not bring us back to our glory days and will not in the future. So we sack this team. These are some of the young players we should give a run for about four years fast bowlers Edwards, Taylor and Roach.spin bowler Shillingford batsmen Barath,Simmons,Hughes,Darren Bravo, Powell, keeper Baugh and all rounder and Captain Sammy. Sammy may not be a wicket taker but he can hold up one end while the fast men go on short spells and he can give you runs in the lower order. Yes we gonna loose some games but who can argue with that it's not like we are winning now but in two years we will start to see results.with Lara Larry Gomes as batting coach we can not go wrong. Please now is the time. Remember what Lloyd did with his young Team when they came back from Australia.

Posted by   on (August 28, 2010, 5:14 GMT)

Good job WICB...Finally showing that you can make good decisions that attempt to improve cricket in the region. Players should have to earn a spot on the regoinal team by playing in the regional comps. Players say their goal is to play test cricket yet they find themselves playing 2020 comp all over and not even attempting to play fc cricket for these same foreign teams. Take a lesson from Chanderpaul's book guys!!!!!

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