West Indies news August 31, 2010

Sarwan, Taylor and Ramdin cut from WI contract list

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Ramnaresh Sarwan, Jerome Taylor and Denesh Ramdin have been demoted from the West Indies contract list while Kieron Pollard and Adrian Barath have been promoted to full deals. The fitness of Sarwan, a former captain, and Narsingh Deonarine was "deemed unsatisfactory" by the selectors while Taylor, the fast bowler, was not helped by his limited availability following a back injury.

Sarwan, who was most recently affected by a hamstring problem, has not played a Test since 2009 and he has appeared in four ODIs and seven Twenty20s this year. He has a top score of 100 not out against Ireland but he was less effective when facing the better teams. Taylor was sent home from the tour of Australia late last year with back stress fractures and has made only nine limited-overs appearances since then.

The wicketkeeper Ramdin and Travis Dowlin, the batsman who has played six Tests, were cut from the list due to poor form. "Ramdin and Dowlin's performances over the past year have been less than favourable in the view of the selection committee," the board said in a statement.

There was better news for Pollard, Barath, Darren Bravo, Shane Shillingford, Nikita Miller and Nelon Pascal, who were given their first central contracts. Pollard has become an international star for his big hitting and medium pace in the limited-overs arenas while Barath, 20, showed his potential with a Test century on debut against Australia last year.

The players have until September 10 to accept the offers. Those outside the contract list are still able to represent West Indies.

Central contracts Chris Gayle, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Sulieman Benn, Dwayne Bravo, Darren Sammy, Kemar Roach, Brendan Nash, Adrian Barath, Darren Bravo, Shane Shillingford, Kieron Pollard, Nikita Miller, Devon Smith, Ravi Rampaul, Nelon Pascal.

Development contracts Kirk Edwards, Andre Russell, David Bernard Jr., Gavin Tonge, Andre Fletcher, Chadwick Walton, Devendra Bishoo, Assad Fudadin, Imran Khan, Kevin Stoute.

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  • sajjodaalman on September 8, 2010, 0:07 GMT

    and also to everybody else i know that we are all from the caribbean. we are west indian brothers no matter what individual country we come from.. but in case u dont realize we are still diffrent nationalities and races. and theres no point denying that because it obvious. and the history of west indies, there has always been racsim to players of indian descent. there have many times been teams with only 1 or even 0 indians in the 11. even now there are some good players who dont get fair chances. compare benn 1st class record is rubbish yet he gets to play so many tests? why didnt ramnarine, nagamootoo, dhanraj get those chances in the 90s? and now even dave mohammed and amit jaggernath? sarwan is our 2nd best batsman, deonarine was one of the best who performed against australia and they have both been dropped.its obvious so yes we want unity in west indies cricket but at the same time do not deny the facts.

  • sajjodaalman on September 8, 2010, 0:02 GMT

    why is everybody being so harsh of ramdin? the main purpose of a wicket keeper is to be good at keeping, take catchs , stumpings, etc. encourage the other fielders, and he was vice captain for a while so he could be a potential leader. its the BATSMENS job to score most of the runs, if they not doing that then they are to blame, not the wicket keeper or lower order. Ramdin is our best keeper, and one of the best in the world. if a keeper can bat good as well, then thats a bonus not a requirement. a good example is kamran akmal. he can bat ok but he is the worst keeper in the world, he loses matches for pak because he misses so many catchs and chances.. atleast we have a good keeper, especally since our fielding in general is quite poor, and what happens he gets dropped because of his batting?? even though his keeping is excellent.

  • PaddyRasta on September 6, 2010, 21:12 GMT

    Pollard was already contracted to Somerset and professionals must carry out their contractual commitments. WICB could hardly expect KP to break this contract to play for the B side (a first team call up would be different). They have now retained his services and the right to arranging his schedule.

  • ramgoat on September 6, 2010, 15:29 GMT

    Is big benn fit?that guy has a serious attitude and still given a contract.What about Rampaul? he seems to breathe very hard after bowling 3 overs.What a double standard the WICB is preaching,it doesnt make sense if u are fit and cant bat(POLLARD)does he deserve a contract after snubbing WI to play county cricket for somerset.

  • PaddyRasta on September 5, 2010, 9:58 GMT

    Metman, I agree Simmons has a lot of potential. Just saying Ramdin is still first choice for T&T, so I cannot see him being given the chance unless Ramdin gets injured. Wicketkeeping is a specialist role particularly for test cricket (catches win matches etc), so unfortunately Simmons has to do this for T&T first. Maybe I am a purist and want WI to keep playing test cricket - I really cannot see any benefit in dissolving WI team for individual countries to play lesser opposition like Canada. How are players going to develop unless they play at the highest level? As said before, 12 games in the 4 day format would give selectors a good look at player consistency and better prepare them for the rigours of overseas tours. My main concern is that there are few true fast bowlers coming through the ranks. No matter how good the batting can be, 20 wickets is a big ask without a couple of quickies - Rampaul is pretty ordinary.

  • larcurso on September 5, 2010, 0:20 GMT

    Andre Fletcher and Dave Bernard Jr. have to have godfathers on the WICB. They have done nothing to show that they deserve to be on any WI team much less for getting a retainer contract. With this board entrenched for another umteen years it appears that WI cricket will be in the hole sooner than later. Most of the territories seem to think that they must have selectees on the board and the team. As such the insularity continues. Best bet at this time is the dissolving of the board and each territory apply to the ICC as Associte members. Play against the likes of Canada, USA, Argentina, Bermuda, Cayman Islands for a spot or two at the 20/20 World Cup or the ODI competitions. In this way each territory will play more cricket and there will be the opportunity for the development of more players. Then the money that is sort after by the present board will be available to the respective territories and they will be responsible for the mismanagement of the funds. No freeness for the board.

  • Metman on September 4, 2010, 21:48 GMT

    @Paddyrasta !Why cant Simmons take the gloves for TT,and use Ramdin in the outfield strictly as a batsman?Let Simmons bat at 4 or 5,and revert D.Ganga back to opener!Sometimes one has to look beyond the traditional specialists and place people in positions that have obvious potential.To those people who seem to be upset over the Sarwan issue,...people,he has not been dropped from the team.I am sure he WILL be selected on the team to Sri Lanka!however,one should not be focusing on his fitness,one should focus on HOW,WHEN,WHY AND WHERE he gets out !Someone said that Sarwan should have been awarded a contract,because he is a future capt.That person has now obviously awoken from a very deep sleep,and needs to be told that he WAS a former capt,until he was overthrown by Chris Gayle and the Board .It is also crystal clear to everyone except that person,who by the way is Ranji Nanan,that Sarwan DOES NOT want the captaincy ANYMORE!

  • PaddyRasta on September 4, 2010, 11:09 GMT

    Fanciful idea Metman. Difficult to conceive Simmons with the gloves for Trinidad and less so WI. No question about it, Ramdin as others must lift their game to be picked but the regional 4 day tournament is lacking with only 6 games to show their worth. This must be doubled for it to be preparation for test cricket, particularly if your brand new inexperienced team is to take over the reigns - they would be out of their depth against even Bangladesh. Glad to see WICB finally acknowleging the potential that other overseas teams have witnessed - they have contracted the services of Pollard, a professional who has said that he wants to play test cricket. I can't wait to see him shine.

  • Metman on September 3, 2010, 20:55 GMT

    Imagine Ranji Nanan saying that not providing Sarwan and Ramdin with contracts, is a backward step.Someone needs to tell him also that giving contracts to Pollard and Rampaul is a backward step also,as a matter of fact two backward steps!Simmons has a future in WI cricket not as an opening batsman,but as a wicketkeeper/batsman at no.7 just like Dujon,provided he behaves himself and follow instructions.WI Board/selectors ,WORK on him ! not on Walton,Fletcher and just forget Ramdin!

  • Metman on September 3, 2010, 20:18 GMT

    @ Cricketknowledge ! Well said ! am in complete agreement with you.Get rid of ALL the cricketers that have already made their fortunes,.They majority of them dont care anymore about WI cricket,they only do so much as to maintained their place in the team,plain and simple.They just dont care if the WI win, lose or draw.Their ONLY interest is the fat pay packet at the end of every series.I have already said that if WI cricket is to improve you have to get rid of people like Gayle,Sarwan,Chanders,Benn,Taylor,Ramdin,Rampaul,,and Pollard.Invest in players that are hungry for success,like Bravo and Bravo,Kraig Brathwaite,Roach,Stoute,Dowrich,Sammy,Shillingford,Hughes,Barath,Santoky,Bishoo,to name those that readily come to mind.Just as Dujon was made into a wicketkeeper,having previously made the Jamaican team as a batsman,the same can be done with Simmons,but he and Deonarine need to shape up in their indiscipline or face permanent oblivion!Make Dwayne Bravo capt,Sammy,v.cptn or vice versa!

  • sajjodaalman on September 8, 2010, 0:07 GMT

    and also to everybody else i know that we are all from the caribbean. we are west indian brothers no matter what individual country we come from.. but in case u dont realize we are still diffrent nationalities and races. and theres no point denying that because it obvious. and the history of west indies, there has always been racsim to players of indian descent. there have many times been teams with only 1 or even 0 indians in the 11. even now there are some good players who dont get fair chances. compare benn 1st class record is rubbish yet he gets to play so many tests? why didnt ramnarine, nagamootoo, dhanraj get those chances in the 90s? and now even dave mohammed and amit jaggernath? sarwan is our 2nd best batsman, deonarine was one of the best who performed against australia and they have both been dropped.its obvious so yes we want unity in west indies cricket but at the same time do not deny the facts.

  • sajjodaalman on September 8, 2010, 0:02 GMT

    why is everybody being so harsh of ramdin? the main purpose of a wicket keeper is to be good at keeping, take catchs , stumpings, etc. encourage the other fielders, and he was vice captain for a while so he could be a potential leader. its the BATSMENS job to score most of the runs, if they not doing that then they are to blame, not the wicket keeper or lower order. Ramdin is our best keeper, and one of the best in the world. if a keeper can bat good as well, then thats a bonus not a requirement. a good example is kamran akmal. he can bat ok but he is the worst keeper in the world, he loses matches for pak because he misses so many catchs and chances.. atleast we have a good keeper, especally since our fielding in general is quite poor, and what happens he gets dropped because of his batting?? even though his keeping is excellent.

  • PaddyRasta on September 6, 2010, 21:12 GMT

    Pollard was already contracted to Somerset and professionals must carry out their contractual commitments. WICB could hardly expect KP to break this contract to play for the B side (a first team call up would be different). They have now retained his services and the right to arranging his schedule.

  • ramgoat on September 6, 2010, 15:29 GMT

    Is big benn fit?that guy has a serious attitude and still given a contract.What about Rampaul? he seems to breathe very hard after bowling 3 overs.What a double standard the WICB is preaching,it doesnt make sense if u are fit and cant bat(POLLARD)does he deserve a contract after snubbing WI to play county cricket for somerset.

  • PaddyRasta on September 5, 2010, 9:58 GMT

    Metman, I agree Simmons has a lot of potential. Just saying Ramdin is still first choice for T&T, so I cannot see him being given the chance unless Ramdin gets injured. Wicketkeeping is a specialist role particularly for test cricket (catches win matches etc), so unfortunately Simmons has to do this for T&T first. Maybe I am a purist and want WI to keep playing test cricket - I really cannot see any benefit in dissolving WI team for individual countries to play lesser opposition like Canada. How are players going to develop unless they play at the highest level? As said before, 12 games in the 4 day format would give selectors a good look at player consistency and better prepare them for the rigours of overseas tours. My main concern is that there are few true fast bowlers coming through the ranks. No matter how good the batting can be, 20 wickets is a big ask without a couple of quickies - Rampaul is pretty ordinary.

  • larcurso on September 5, 2010, 0:20 GMT

    Andre Fletcher and Dave Bernard Jr. have to have godfathers on the WICB. They have done nothing to show that they deserve to be on any WI team much less for getting a retainer contract. With this board entrenched for another umteen years it appears that WI cricket will be in the hole sooner than later. Most of the territories seem to think that they must have selectees on the board and the team. As such the insularity continues. Best bet at this time is the dissolving of the board and each territory apply to the ICC as Associte members. Play against the likes of Canada, USA, Argentina, Bermuda, Cayman Islands for a spot or two at the 20/20 World Cup or the ODI competitions. In this way each territory will play more cricket and there will be the opportunity for the development of more players. Then the money that is sort after by the present board will be available to the respective territories and they will be responsible for the mismanagement of the funds. No freeness for the board.

  • Metman on September 4, 2010, 21:48 GMT

    @Paddyrasta !Why cant Simmons take the gloves for TT,and use Ramdin in the outfield strictly as a batsman?Let Simmons bat at 4 or 5,and revert D.Ganga back to opener!Sometimes one has to look beyond the traditional specialists and place people in positions that have obvious potential.To those people who seem to be upset over the Sarwan issue,...people,he has not been dropped from the team.I am sure he WILL be selected on the team to Sri Lanka!however,one should not be focusing on his fitness,one should focus on HOW,WHEN,WHY AND WHERE he gets out !Someone said that Sarwan should have been awarded a contract,because he is a future capt.That person has now obviously awoken from a very deep sleep,and needs to be told that he WAS a former capt,until he was overthrown by Chris Gayle and the Board .It is also crystal clear to everyone except that person,who by the way is Ranji Nanan,that Sarwan DOES NOT want the captaincy ANYMORE!

  • PaddyRasta on September 4, 2010, 11:09 GMT

    Fanciful idea Metman. Difficult to conceive Simmons with the gloves for Trinidad and less so WI. No question about it, Ramdin as others must lift their game to be picked but the regional 4 day tournament is lacking with only 6 games to show their worth. This must be doubled for it to be preparation for test cricket, particularly if your brand new inexperienced team is to take over the reigns - they would be out of their depth against even Bangladesh. Glad to see WICB finally acknowleging the potential that other overseas teams have witnessed - they have contracted the services of Pollard, a professional who has said that he wants to play test cricket. I can't wait to see him shine.

  • Metman on September 3, 2010, 20:55 GMT

    Imagine Ranji Nanan saying that not providing Sarwan and Ramdin with contracts, is a backward step.Someone needs to tell him also that giving contracts to Pollard and Rampaul is a backward step also,as a matter of fact two backward steps!Simmons has a future in WI cricket not as an opening batsman,but as a wicketkeeper/batsman at no.7 just like Dujon,provided he behaves himself and follow instructions.WI Board/selectors ,WORK on him ! not on Walton,Fletcher and just forget Ramdin!

  • Metman on September 3, 2010, 20:18 GMT

    @ Cricketknowledge ! Well said ! am in complete agreement with you.Get rid of ALL the cricketers that have already made their fortunes,.They majority of them dont care anymore about WI cricket,they only do so much as to maintained their place in the team,plain and simple.They just dont care if the WI win, lose or draw.Their ONLY interest is the fat pay packet at the end of every series.I have already said that if WI cricket is to improve you have to get rid of people like Gayle,Sarwan,Chanders,Benn,Taylor,Ramdin,Rampaul,,and Pollard.Invest in players that are hungry for success,like Bravo and Bravo,Kraig Brathwaite,Roach,Stoute,Dowrich,Sammy,Shillingford,Hughes,Barath,Santoky,Bishoo,to name those that readily come to mind.Just as Dujon was made into a wicketkeeper,having previously made the Jamaican team as a batsman,the same can be done with Simmons,but he and Deonarine need to shape up in their indiscipline or face permanent oblivion!Make Dwayne Bravo capt,Sammy,v.cptn or vice versa!

  • RickyRuns on September 3, 2010, 15:37 GMT

    The WICB has taken some tough decisions and thats good to see. I do believe that Sarwan and Taylor are world class players, for the good of WI cricket, i hope they pick themselves up quickly. Ramdin to me is the big disappointment, I really like this guy as a cricketer, he showed so much promise in the under 19 days. I hope he get back his confidence and cricket head, to be back on the team. Not sure why Fletcher has a contract if you leave out Ramdin. Pollard has potential, he need to bat higher in the order to see how he builds an innings. Ramdin \ Taylor \ Sarwan, hope you all get your act together and come back blasing. Anyone knows whats happening to Edwards? Will he ever play cricket again? it seems so long

  • NBRADEE on September 3, 2010, 11:07 GMT

    Cricket knowledge, see StatsGuru in Cricinfo for an assessment of Bangladesh, a team that is managed exactly as you describe...

  • Alexei on September 2, 2010, 22:24 GMT

    Altho Sarwan is one of my favourite players I hav absolutely no problems with this. I think they are trying to show that they're actually trrying to improve WI cricket. I say this because this enables players like Sarwan, Ramdin and Taylor to work harder and improve on their performances and fitness. Sars has terrible fitness problems, everytime he moves on his feet he pulls something. As for Deonarine, has anyone even see him push for a quick single?? he is awfully sloww! Recall the T20 vs. SA when he got ran out wen WI was in pole postion.. he is a good batsman but terrible in the feild and most coaches will tell u that fielding is the most important discipline. But i do question the omission of dowlin and the awarding of contract to devon smith and rampaul. I wudve given it to tonge or russell or richardson instead. I also think Johnathan Foo shud have been given a development contract and Baugh a senior contract..

  • PaddyRasta on September 2, 2010, 21:22 GMT

    Central contracts retain players to play for WI. This is a good thing that started with England implementing this in the nineties. The England experience has produced a top team. Playeres deserving it or not, this is a proven system that needs to be backed up by structured coaching, tournaments and management. WICB have sent the right message. Cricketers have to be professional in their approach to fitness, rehabilitation from injury and performance. Players have not been excluded from being picked to play but are being told that they need to lift their performances. There has been too much complacency and senior players taking their position for granted. They need to work harder and earn their right to play for our team.

  • cricketdebator on September 2, 2010, 18:35 GMT

    I blame the Board for one thing, and that is, to give any central contract in the first place. If we have to take into consideration the performance/production level of our players in recent times, none of them really deserve to be contracted. I pose this question to anyone....If you contract someone to do a job for you and he/she fails to produce the goods to your satisfaction, would you be incline to renew that person's contract? Come on! Additionally, it has always been my contention that we should just simply get rid of all those incumbents, and start afresh with a team of young players ( none older than 25 years old). Certainly they couldn't be any worst, and even if they are beaten at the initial stage, at least we can accept that with the knowledge that we are building a team likely to get better and better with each passing day. Any response to this?

  • on September 2, 2010, 18:33 GMT

    Who had been the key performers for WI when the top players weren't there? Wasn't it Deonarine and Dowlin? and in general, who r the batsman with the ability to make runs for WI at international level? Only Gayle, Shiv, Sars, Deonarine, Nash, Bravos, Downlin.. So y eliminate 3 of those? Doesn't make sense.. Also Benn should not have been given a contract.. Taylor has proved his worth for WI already, but an injury doesn't mean he lost his skills.. He can still recover and help to strengthen the bowling because he as well as Roach and Edwards, with Bishoo and the allrounders can help to make the attack strong..

    Just don't be surprised if the team gets weaker because soon they might cut Shiv from the list too.

  • on September 2, 2010, 18:26 GMT

    lmao WI cricket will become worse than Bangladesh soon.. What has Smith, Pascal, and Rampaul done to be given central contracts? Only good thing they did was giving Barath, Darren, and Bishoo contracts. Jonathan Foo should have been given a contract too considering he is in top form right now. "The fitness of Sarwan, a former captain, and Narsingh Deonarine was "deemed unsatisfactory"" Ok i can understand Sarwan has been injured a lot last year, but how often was Deonarine injured? And y take Sar's contract away when he is the current WI player with the highest ODI avg? yeah he needs to get fit, but he had been the backbone in their batting along with Shiv and Gayle. Why not give Dowlin a contract instead of another batsman? Dowlin had performed well in couple series and in the recent Caribbean T20, and he has more ability that Smith. Why cut him from the list when he is already old and would less likely be getting another opportunity?

  • Silverstar on September 2, 2010, 16:52 GMT

    @daalman ........... as far as i know Shiv is Guyanese.... Ramdin is Trinidadian. Sars, deo are Guyanese not indian... they r all from the Caribbean, no one from that list is Indian. we need to remember that.... on another note.... ramdin should have a permanent ban from playing cricket, this guy has been around too long to show absolutely NO improvement as a batsman... think i need to remind u, ramdin isnt a wicketkeeper, he is a wicketkeeper/BATSMAN!

  • on September 2, 2010, 15:45 GMT

    I wonder if Dowlin and Sarwan Preform well in the champion league what will the WICB do?

  • rrasx on September 2, 2010, 13:43 GMT

    WIBC has this right ..., but their should be more players that should have not gotten contracts . It's time to let Ramdin go..., his keeping is good but his batting is poor. Sarwan is a good player but he has been injury prone for too long. WIBC also needs to take the additional step in leaving them out (until batting & fitness improve) and trying new players..... Im waiting to see if WIPA is going to respond to WIBC on these two players ...

  • wgordon on September 2, 2010, 12:11 GMT

    Give Sarwan a chance man, he has not played a lot of cricket in recent months and when has played he tries his best. His fielding is good, his batting is satisfactory,he does not bowl as much now,but if u r to keep him you should put him as a middle order batsman he would be better there holding up a gap and tiring out the bowlers of the opposition.

  • Metman on September 2, 2010, 12:08 GMT

    @Darwin Singh! and all the others who have disconnected their Direct TV,to those who are insular in their comments and those who continue to endorse mediocre players,cricket will still be shown on TV,and I will still be watching it!Furthermore,a WI XI,could still be made up of ALL players who are not contracted players.The Board made it ABSOLUTELY CLEAR on that issue!Being on a contract does not mean that you would be FIRST PICK!@daalman! so instead of you typing boyish,immatured,insular and racist comments about "all the indians are being dropped ",it is also possible that "all the Indians" could be selected.I predict ,however,that within a year, the ICC will force the WI board to shape up or risk being SPLIT UP into their individual Islands and force to compete among Zim,Banglsh,etc.What ever happened to the talk,"Darren Ganga for WI captain"?from what I am hearing,Trinis dont even want him to lead TT now!

  • Silva-Surfa on September 2, 2010, 11:02 GMT

    Ramdin's form has been worrying for a long time. His glovework is the best in the Caribbean, but his batting looks just plain careless. He needs to refocus and spends some batting-time in the middle. Sarwan and Taylor come as no surprise, they've been injury-prone for so long, that maybe this will give them the opportunity to get fully-fit and get some domestic/club cricket under their belts, before getting back to the International circuit. The two guys i question about contracts are Smith and Rampaul. Smith has the technical ability, but i don't think in test matches that he's capable of concentrating for long periods and Rampaul just doesn't bowl enough good line/length balls for a man of his pace. I always encourage some new faces coming in and the Selectors seem to believe in Gayle. But I feel his captaincy should be on probation during the Sri Lanka tour and if i see no improvement, then Dwayne Bravo should be given a run with it.

  • on September 2, 2010, 7:45 GMT

    NO MORE WI PAY-PER-VIEW I JUST HEARD MY DAD AND ALL HIS FAMILY CANCEL THEIR DIRECTV AND DISH NETWORK PROGRAMING BYE BYE PAY-PER-VIEW BEFORE YOU KNOW WI MAY HAVE A CHANCE TO PULL AN UPSET BUT NOW YOU KNOW FOR SURE THEY WILL LOOSE. NOW INSTEAD OF THE MIDDLE ORDER BEING A PROBLEM NOW THE HOLE TEAM IS A JOKE EXECPT GAYLE AND SHIV HA HA THIS IS TOO FUNNY!!

  • Peligrosisimo3 on September 2, 2010, 0:31 GMT

    Y hasn't Gayle resigned? He is not fit to lead the WI. Pollard can be given a chance but at this moment his technique is suspect. He tries to hit too much to the on side. He was even shown up in the recent T20 with the guyanese spinner. I guess though he has to be given a chance. Maybe he can adapt. A symmonds made himself into a decent test player until he gave in to his habits. I think that D.Smith is reasonable. He was dismissed by Swann and WI just dismissed him, but look at Swann now. Has become a class act. The rest of contracted players are ok.

  • on September 2, 2010, 0:12 GMT

    @daalman...this is precisely the kind of comment which continues to drive insularity and racial division in our cricket, country and region. If I may not agree with all the decisions of the WI Board, it surely made some timely and bold ones this time. As others have said, it is time the big-shots understand that we cannot continue to accept mediocre performances and prima-donna attitude now just because these guys gave good performances in the past. As professional cricketers, it is imperative that these guys continue to train and keep themselves in top shape. It is the only way to get good performances consistently!

  • chad_reid on September 2, 2010, 0:03 GMT

    FINALLY THEY GET RID OF RAMDIN

  • Peligrosisimo3 on September 1, 2010, 23:26 GMT

    The central contracts awarded seem reasonable without being too controversial. Sarwan basically has been injured for most of the last year and when he has played he has not been the dominant force that we WIndians once expected. To me amazingly he has performed better in T20's and ODI's than in tests. Taylor basically has to sort his fitness out before he can be given a contract. Unfortunately being objective this can take at least 2 or 3 years. The strength of a team is determined by its bench and we can't wait for Taylor, Edwards and the injured rest to get fit, cricket goes on. One concern is that Roach is the only genuine quick bowler although pace is not all. I am split about Ramdin. It's obvious that he is the best keeper in the region, C Baugh does not seem to be a decent enough batsman and doesnt use his brain. Walton also falls in the same category. Ramdin is blamed but how many other batsmen actually perform(ala Stuart Broad-169). Y hasnt C.Gayle resigned?

  • ChrisH on September 1, 2010, 23:23 GMT

    @daalman

    "yes of course. all the indians are being dropped.. not unsuprising from the west indies.."

    because of course Jerome Taylor and Travis Dowlin are indians and Barath, Bishoo and Khan aren't.

    @gottalovetheraindance

    I agree. Maybe Benn should channel that anger into his deliveries and his batting. He is getting better and maybe using all that energy from his anger could make him better still.

  • Metman on September 1, 2010, 22:58 GMT

    @hazeltine! Your comments are the best that I have read ,and I agree with you 100 per cent!Sarwan should be in Hollywood,not representing the WI,if you know what I mean!Ramdin,now that he is no longer under contract,I hope he finds employment at WASA! Taylor,you cant continue to fool people for ever and ever about your fitness!What has Pollard and Rampaul done to deserve contracts?Does the Board know that if Rampaul ever and I mean EVER takes 5 wickets in a test innings what his analysis would be?a fantastic and brilliant bowling analysis of 5 for 535 !and what about Pollard,how do you know that he would not snub you again for one day slogging around the Globe?What has Walton done to deserve a contract?and what about Fletcher?I know that with age, a persons eyesight starts to deteriorate ,and I might be older than anyone of you and maybe you all are seeing something in Fletcher Walton,Pollard and Rampaul that I cant see! @ Board,Dujon,Murray Collis King and Croft would perform better!

  • on September 1, 2010, 22:27 GMT

    I am extremely happy for Adrian Bharath and Devendra Bishoo and I hope that they both will blossom into versatile cricketers and make their respective countries (T&T and Guyana) proud. They are also very good examples for the younger ones to follow and emulate.

    My best wishes to them.

    Indranee

  • gottalovetheraindance on September 1, 2010, 20:55 GMT

    Tonge, Pascal, Roach, Sammy, Taylor, Edwards, Rampaul need 2 be put on a special fitness & training program Roach & Pascal have pace but need control then they can work on variation Rampaul needs fitness & pace Taylor & Edwards need fitness & variation Sammy & Tonge could use a bit of pace & variation Benn seems 2 have gotten a lot better but needs anger management Miller & Shillingford need sum help developing variations Bravo also needs a bit of pace as well if we could get this sorted out we wood have a very decent bowling attack

  • sajjodaalman on September 1, 2010, 19:53 GMT

    yes of course. all the indians are being dropped.. not unsuprising from the west indies

  • on September 1, 2010, 19:48 GMT

    Kieron Pollard's strong performances??? but when??

  • on September 1, 2010, 19:31 GMT

    I hope that the players get back in shape

  • westindies4life on September 1, 2010, 19:27 GMT

    Well said "ragamuffintuffy" ship up or ship out, WICB should have revoke gayle's contract as well, its time that we send a message to these players, they are thier to preform at a certain standard and to maintain this standard thoughout. Aslo i think these contract should be divided into a few sub-sections so that players like Bravo an chanders who play all formats of cricket could earn a different contract from players like pollard who dont. What is devon smith doin thier? are you tell me that he is a better batsman than sarwan? also if u didn't give ramdin a contract who is your number one kepper? dont u think your #1 keeper should be givin a contract as well, why not simmions to keep or baugh? Congrads to Adrian Barath & Darren Bravo for earning one, i just hope they can keep it now.

  • hazeltine on September 1, 2010, 19:03 GMT

    I have no problem whatsoever with the dropping of Sarwan, Ramdin and Taylor, in fact these players should have been dropped LONG BEFORE NOW. I can however see NO POINT in the selection of Kieron Pollard or Ravi Rampaul. It is plainly obvious to anyone with a slight knowledge of cricket that they are simply not of International standard and will continually fail at this level when selected. I am still yet to hear a decent analysis from Gibson or Garner on how the WIndies team are going to deal with their batting bowling, fielding and the general indiscipline which EVERYBODY KNOWS still goes on within the team set up.

  • ragamuffintuffy on September 1, 2010, 18:38 GMT

    Sarwan is being sent a message, 'shape -up or ship out'...This bloke needs to stay in shape if he wants to be remembered as a top batsmen of wi...I hope his aunt, Kayma, who was a classmate of mine, is giving him proper counselling!

  • exodus_dude on September 1, 2010, 18:36 GMT

    i am an ardent supporter of WI team win or lose ......the wi cricket board does not learn........get fast bouncy pitches so that all players can benefit i.e. if u can bat or bowl properly then u will improve.......good start with sars.....let all who feel they are too big train look at kallis, tendulkar etc these guys train hard....finally seriously consider 1.bharat 2.simmons(wkp) 3.bravo 4.pollard 5.gayle 6.chanderpaul 7.d bravo 8.benn 9.roach (10 & 11 taylor & edwards see how soon they will be fit) .............will continue to support wi team but be proactive

  • RealWI on September 1, 2010, 17:54 GMT

    Looking at this list I must say we ALMOST got it right, with emphasis on the word ALMOST. 1. How could Rampaul be given any type of contract is puzzling. 2. Do anybody believe Kieron Pollard care about WI cricket. 3. Kirk Edwards, Kevin Stoute and Gavin Tonge are in their mid-twenty, why are we investing in old players, with LIMITED ABILITIES. Chesney Hughes, Jason Holder, Gabriel or Ottley would have been a better investment. 4. I would like a development contract for players in the youth cricket. The player would not be paid a monetary sum directly; instead the contract well provide money for transportation, food, equipments, training, traveling and cricket education. We have to go back to the old days when we could pick a player from youth cricket and watch their progress, like we did with Richards, Roberts, Lara, Sobers, Walsh, Marshall, etc. In those days we got it RIGHT, in this era ALMOST is the best they can give us.

  • Singhe on September 1, 2010, 17:43 GMT

    Can someone explain to me what has Devon Smith, Darren Bravo, Kieron Pollard, and Nikita Miller done to deserve central contracts? Is Rampaul not injury prone? There are 3rd sring keepers in County cricket better than Walton and Fletcher. I am finally convinced that the ICC needs to break-up the WI and let them compete individually. Maybe team USA can "deraft" Sars, Deonarine, Taylro and Ramdin....they already have Cushand Shiv is one bad series away, or one lunch with Ranarine, from losing his contract. This is so frustrating with the geiuses on the Board, and the selectors, is is time for Direct TV to go!!

  • Singhe on September 1, 2010, 17:23 GMT

    This I dont understand....its got be payback time by the WICB to players who are strong with the WIPA......the only change that make any sense is Barath. The best batsman on the team over the last 3 yrs was Sarwan: but he is a strong WIPA guy!! We wonder what is wrong with WI cricket: look no further than the Board.

  • on September 1, 2010, 17:11 GMT

    With Darren Bravo and Adrian Barath in i don't care whoever makes it or don't. This two players shud i believe be the next WI greats....... but i'd like to see Lendl Simmons be given a contract and Marlon Samuels a Development one !!!

  • fantomen on September 1, 2010, 17:11 GMT

    Central contract to Ravi Rampaul??? On what basis?... What a joke. This shows the lack of any quality bowlers in the Caribbean rather than Rampaul being a deserving candidate. I always wonder what happened to a certain Jermaine Lawson. Has he been forced to leave cricket?

    N ya Mr. Denesh Ramdin.. Its long overdue to say goodbye to him. Ditto for Rampaul too.

  • Silverstar on September 1, 2010, 16:21 GMT

    lololol Sarwan doesnt have a contract.... Pollard HAS! hahahahha notice their perfomances have been "deemed unsatisfactory" ... Rampaul and pollard and the skipper performances over the past year has been very satisfactory... anything more than a loss and i guess they havent performed to their potential... today must be April 1 lolol so im still laughing at this joke!

  • on September 1, 2010, 15:49 GMT

    I personally don't see an issus with Sars not being given a Central contract. He is one of our best batsmen and out most classy player. However, I think the WICB wants to send him a message, he gets injured too often. He needs to train harder, get fit and stay fit. Not being given a contract, does not mean he won't play, he can still play, once fit of course. So I hope it serves as a wake up call for him to take his fitness seriously

  • nafzak on September 1, 2010, 15:38 GMT

    Reasons for Sarwan not given contract are injuries and recent performance. Compare. Barath who played all of 2 test matches last played Dec 4-8, 2009 vs Aus. Sarwan, a tested veteran who averages over 41 in tests last played Dec 16-20 vs Aus.

    K. Pollard never played a test match and in 27 ODIs innings he scored 50 or more only once (Yes, ONE TIME ONLY) and has a whopping average of 19.92. In 17 T20Is innings Pollard averages 12.66 witha high score of 38. Compare to Sars - Sars averages over 41 in just over 80 Test matches and averages over 43 runs per in 146 ODIs innings. In 16 T20Is innings Sars averages 22.92 with a high score of 59.

    To say that Sars is not fit is hogwash since he just proved his fitness in the WICB sponsored T20s and led Guyana to victory. To say that he is not performing well.. who does not go through a bad patch every now and then. Heck, Gayle has been on a bad patch for over 5 years now. The above stats says it all.

  • S.N.Singh on September 1, 2010, 15:31 GMT

    With the West Indies problems in producing cricketers. I still think Polard di not show the potential of being a 5 day cricketer. He still has to show him self. West Indies only have two dependable batsmen in Chanderpaul and Nash. The rest are less dependable. I think Ramdin should be in the side, he is always under presure to bat.S.N.Singh USA

  • on September 1, 2010, 14:58 GMT

    All due respect to pollard i don't think that he has earned a central contract based on his form for WI and ravi is lucky to have one, tonge would've been the better pick. otherwise its nice to see imran khan and assad having development contracts

  • on September 1, 2010, 14:51 GMT

    A contract for the once in a blue moon king of the T20,Pollard, and for Gayle who doesn't want to play test cricket.

  • mohamedamin on September 1, 2010, 14:13 GMT

    what ever happen to Kraigg Brathwaite of Barbados..why is he cut frm the list...this guy have immence talent...he has performed during his time so far...come on selectors

  • robinmaha on September 1, 2010, 14:05 GMT

    Barath has not played for a long time like Sarwan due to injury/fitness but is given a central contract. He did make a ton on his debut. But is he really tested with that one ton compared to Sarwan? Leaving key players as Sarwan and Taylor out of the list of contracts would do little to reverse the issue of fitness. The WIBC should have a regime of fitness to help these players and if this has proven to have failed only then resort to such decisions.I don't think leaving them out would help their mental and psychological fitness.

  • on September 1, 2010, 14:04 GMT

    where iz Marloon Samuels........his ban period is over....i guess....

  • on September 1, 2010, 13:56 GMT

    Keep an eye out for Chesney Hughes, currently playing for Derbyshire - his off spin is pretty ordinary at the moment but he has the potential to be a HUGE star with the bat ...

  • on September 1, 2010, 13:47 GMT

    So who will ne the new west indes keeper when ramdin is gone. Sarwan is a top batsmen he makes a lot of run wen he is a good form thant form last very long and Taylor gets injured man easy every tour he a get injured.

  • on September 1, 2010, 13:23 GMT

    Sarwan is class... some of those other players would not make any decent club cricket here in the UK or Aus etc WICB is so disorganised ... a but sad really!

  • on September 1, 2010, 13:11 GMT

    what strong performance are we talking about with Kieron Pollard? Ppl we are playing cricket here not baseball

  • on September 1, 2010, 13:07 GMT

    I understand Ramdin being released from his contract but atleast replace him with another wicket keeper! What absolute pathetic team selection is this?

  • on September 1, 2010, 10:34 GMT

    I can understand cutting Ramdin but Sarwan is a real mystery and while we are at it, how about making Gayle a spectator? Andre Fletcher is a Development Player? How about a Development program for Selectors? Is there a requirement for the Selectors to know the game of Cricket? 2010/2011 WI cricket will be another comedy of errors, it has already begun with the selection panel and their inability to chew gum and think at the same time.

  • why450 on September 1, 2010, 9:51 GMT

    Not Sars man come on!!!! Maybe you coul drop him from the lineup for a couple of games and let him know he got to get it together like what Lara did to him at one point and he came back with a bang but not take away his contract and give Devon Smith and my biggest problem there is RAVI RAMPAUL!!!!! Is this what we feel is a bowler for west indies cricket?? Maybe years ago under Hooper or Lara but not now. He just makes up overs and totally uneffective....Well I guess no use crying over spilled milk. Good Luck WI!! You'll need it

  • on September 1, 2010, 9:28 GMT

    Ramdin's contract I can understand, it's the wake up call he's needed for the past 12 months or so but Sarwan?!?! West indies have lacked consistency in their batting, and behind Chanderpaul he is the best the windies have got. Pollard won't set the world alight in test matches, he doesnt have the technique and mentality for the longer game...

  • on September 1, 2010, 7:55 GMT

    So who will be wicketkeeping? Bravo jr?

  • ChrisH on September 1, 2010, 7:08 GMT

    @Jaglal

    You must be joking. They don't renew Ramdin's central contract and demote Bernard from having a full contract to having a development contract and all you see is a conspiracy against trinidadians? Wow, conspiracy theorists really are out of touch with reality. I suppose next thing we will hear is that Dwayne Bravo, Darren Bravo, Barath, Rampaul and Pollard aren't really trinidadians. Given that players from T&T account for 1/3rd of the central contracts list (and for 1/4 of both central and development contracts list) I would have thought that it rather pays to be Trinidadian actually....

    @ Subbi,

    Edwards is still recovering isn't he? It would have been nice to see Edwards and Roach bowling in combination. Maybe one day.

  • Navin84 on September 1, 2010, 6:39 GMT

    I can understand Ramdin, he is long overdue...but Sarwan & Taylor they are two of WI prime players over the past few years. Who will they replace them with, as far as I see Pollard is only suited for T20s. The WICB is becoming like the PCB now...all of the board members don't see futher than their nose!

  • shanmugham_ump_tpt. on September 1, 2010, 6:23 GMT

    i hope its not right to axe straight away from both contracts. he is the best player for w indies team. he will definitely show us again what he is capable for. i hope the oddds of his chance to perform incoming icl tournament

  • popa115 on September 1, 2010, 5:47 GMT

    This just maybe a step in the right direction for the W.I, Maybe we can see a positive change in our cricket. I and so many many many many W.I fans are looking forward to the day once again when we can actually compete against the so called big boys now. It has been far too long that our cricket is in this condition. It brings me to tears sometimes to see how we just look for defeat in an almost certain victory. I believe its hard for Taylor, but come on the people got sarwan read tall now. and ramdin ? he should have been dropped ages ago. and i hope pollard live up to this contract. personally i aint a too big fan of him either. oh yea Gayle better shape up too n stop making excuses for his short comings. any how i think we now going forward as a region. From Barbados this is Trevor Brathwaite. God bless and one love cricketing fans.

  • 9ST9 on September 1, 2010, 5:16 GMT

    Sarwan may not be in form but the guys a dangerous player - people like him can suddenly spring into form and the opposition know that. Windies don't have the luxury to axe players like other teams cos they don't have better replacements. The cupboard is bare for them.

  • brsw on September 1, 2010, 4:47 GMT

    while its sad to c sars n taylor loose their contracts,its also good cuz it wld work as an opportunity for them to know that they should take their fitness seriously. y is ramphal given a contract? he has'nt done much too. developmental contracts looks good,but andre fletcher wld never learn..as for keeping,ramdin is d best with the gloves at the moment,but his batting is in shambles. he should be given a developmental contract..anyways,fussing abt contracts is a waste of time, d WICB and the WIPA is worst than these guys not getting contracts, these authorities fight like neighbours over who's tree is hanging over who's yards.

  • on September 1, 2010, 4:46 GMT

    Good Job by the selectors....Talent alone doesn gaurantee a Place ...Performance does...Sarwan has really struggled against the Top Teams recently...Ramdin was lucky enough to play for so many years...This guy is so Talented but talent should be converted into Performance..Ramdin has failed to deliver with the bat when required and his keeping is also edgy at times....why not take a risk and give Brathwhite a go...he looked impressive in the U19 WC...wher is Edwards..always thought Edwards n Roche wud make a deadly combination...

  • Jaglal on September 1, 2010, 4:12 GMT

    It is time that the west indies get some selectors.The current group of selectors are the ones who should be axed and not the BEST WICKETKEEPER in the world. If Ramdin is dropped for his batting,please tell me why Gayle was not dropped.Please some one explain why Dave Bernard is a development contracted player at his age and regional experience. MEYBE IT PAYS TO BE A NON_TRINIDADIAN

  • Jaymo on September 1, 2010, 3:36 GMT

    woooooooooooooooooooooo,hoooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! finally those waste indies players are gone and some good talent are fished up....but let see what happens next...hmmmmmmmmmm.

  • afterhours on September 1, 2010, 3:04 GMT

    Well finally West Indies showing some guts even although they did not go far enough. How did Dwayne Bravo, Devon Smith and Ravi Rampaul make the cut? Look at what happen today to Kevin pietersen he was drop and West Indies have no Batsman in his class. Now lets hear what that fool Ramnarine going to say. Its getting clearing to see every time he open up his mouth that he have no interest in West Indies Cricket getting better.

  • on September 1, 2010, 2:46 GMT

    no sarwan/no ramdin wow u just lost about all of New York,Florida,Canada pay-per-view customers directv and dish network will have alot of cancelation phone calls today.

  • gottalovetheraindance on September 1, 2010, 1:39 GMT

    hopefully being cut will act as a wake up call & they will think seriously about what they want 2 do. All these injuries & poor performances r just ridiculous

  • ARIALROOT on September 1, 2010, 1:27 GMT

    it,s not surprise that keiron pollard awarded central contract.he deserve this contract.now must show consistency in his form which will be better for him and his team also because he,s having that caliber which can change the game.as west indies recently face a humiliating series defeat at home against south africa in all formats. talking about Taylor it,s not good for west indies as they need the services of him but disappointingly he,s facing injury,s which always occurs in the careers of specially fast bowler.we hope that sarwan do good in domestic season keeping in mind the world cup.

  • convertorboy on September 1, 2010, 1:19 GMT

    WI is still searching for a keeper, I'm surprised C. Baugh wasn't named. I'm glad to see explanations for absences, WICB called this one right.

  • nafzak on September 1, 2010, 1:17 GMT

    WICB again proves their incompetence. Other than Shiv, which other player for the Wi had a 'decent' (not even good) year? KP..gimme a break. He is rewarded for a couple of 20/20 exploits against club teams. When last did Barath play for WI? Was he not injured just as Sarwan? Since the Australian tour Barath has not played any test matches either. If fitness was a problem then what was the purpose for the WI T/20 tournament.. did not Sarwan and Deonarine play for Guyana and proved their fitness? That was a WICB sponsored tournament, was it not?

  • kingstonsfinest on September 1, 2010, 1:13 GMT

    Bad luck for Sarwan and Taylor but I can understand the frustration of the selectors and the board with these guys constantly getting injured. Ramdin is just a waste of talent and time , but now that Mr. Pollard has a contract lets see how he will go maybe he'll refuse the contract to play T20s all around the world and make more money, lets see.

  • TAJY on September 1, 2010, 0:57 GMT

    Well its about time Ramdin got the chop for his horrid batting.....but who gon take the gloves? Another horriblly undeveloped batsman? *Andre Fletcher*

  • boris6491 on September 1, 2010, 0:43 GMT

    I can understand demoting the likes of Sarwan and Taylor. Despite their respective importances to WI cricket, injury problems do present a valid basis for removal off the contract list. Hopefully from hereon in, there will be an absence of these all too regular contract disputes which plague WI cricket.

  • cricketman96 on September 1, 2010, 0:28 GMT

    Finally, someone has spoken to the selectors and they have listen.I looked at Ramdin's performance over the years and wonder why he hasn't been dropped earlier. The guy continue to make a merkery of criicket and what it meant to the people of the caribbean. He took his selection for granted,since there was hardly anyone selected to challenge his position on the team.Let this be a lesson to all and sundry. YOu cannot continue to underperform and still expect to be selected to represent the region.With average in the low 20s ,mid and high teens for the three different formats of the game. Its amazing how, he had managed to kept his position on the west Indies team for so long. Now, RAMDIN, you have to earn your way back into the team. I hope u do. As for Sarwan and taylor not getting a central contract is only a tempory setback. You are both proven high performers. Hurry back. Congratulations Barath,Bravo,and pollard etc. Now go out there and show u deserved it. GO WI !!!!!!!!

  • on September 1, 2010, 0:27 GMT

    Best News I've heard from the West Indies Board in YEARS! Finally getting rid of the Dead-Weight under performing Players and rewarding the Youth.

  • Munkeymomo on September 1, 2010, 0:25 GMT

    go Pollard! Loved having you at Somerset this year, gutted you picked up a knock in the final, with you bowling we would have won it I'm sure!! All the best for the future, hope you make it big on the international stage and hope to see you playing soon (and maybe back at Taunton next year!)

  • AyrtonS on September 1, 2010, 0:10 GMT

    This is not surprising at all, typical WIBC behaviour way back to the Burnham/Lloyd days.

  • chunnie on August 31, 2010, 23:30 GMT

    For once the WI selectors are making good decisions. Seems they are finally getting some common sense.

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  • chunnie on August 31, 2010, 23:30 GMT

    For once the WI selectors are making good decisions. Seems they are finally getting some common sense.

  • AyrtonS on September 1, 2010, 0:10 GMT

    This is not surprising at all, typical WIBC behaviour way back to the Burnham/Lloyd days.

  • Munkeymomo on September 1, 2010, 0:25 GMT

    go Pollard! Loved having you at Somerset this year, gutted you picked up a knock in the final, with you bowling we would have won it I'm sure!! All the best for the future, hope you make it big on the international stage and hope to see you playing soon (and maybe back at Taunton next year!)

  • on September 1, 2010, 0:27 GMT

    Best News I've heard from the West Indies Board in YEARS! Finally getting rid of the Dead-Weight under performing Players and rewarding the Youth.

  • cricketman96 on September 1, 2010, 0:28 GMT

    Finally, someone has spoken to the selectors and they have listen.I looked at Ramdin's performance over the years and wonder why he hasn't been dropped earlier. The guy continue to make a merkery of criicket and what it meant to the people of the caribbean. He took his selection for granted,since there was hardly anyone selected to challenge his position on the team.Let this be a lesson to all and sundry. YOu cannot continue to underperform and still expect to be selected to represent the region.With average in the low 20s ,mid and high teens for the three different formats of the game. Its amazing how, he had managed to kept his position on the west Indies team for so long. Now, RAMDIN, you have to earn your way back into the team. I hope u do. As for Sarwan and taylor not getting a central contract is only a tempory setback. You are both proven high performers. Hurry back. Congratulations Barath,Bravo,and pollard etc. Now go out there and show u deserved it. GO WI !!!!!!!!

  • boris6491 on September 1, 2010, 0:43 GMT

    I can understand demoting the likes of Sarwan and Taylor. Despite their respective importances to WI cricket, injury problems do present a valid basis for removal off the contract list. Hopefully from hereon in, there will be an absence of these all too regular contract disputes which plague WI cricket.

  • TAJY on September 1, 2010, 0:57 GMT

    Well its about time Ramdin got the chop for his horrid batting.....but who gon take the gloves? Another horriblly undeveloped batsman? *Andre Fletcher*

  • kingstonsfinest on September 1, 2010, 1:13 GMT

    Bad luck for Sarwan and Taylor but I can understand the frustration of the selectors and the board with these guys constantly getting injured. Ramdin is just a waste of talent and time , but now that Mr. Pollard has a contract lets see how he will go maybe he'll refuse the contract to play T20s all around the world and make more money, lets see.

  • nafzak on September 1, 2010, 1:17 GMT

    WICB again proves their incompetence. Other than Shiv, which other player for the Wi had a 'decent' (not even good) year? KP..gimme a break. He is rewarded for a couple of 20/20 exploits against club teams. When last did Barath play for WI? Was he not injured just as Sarwan? Since the Australian tour Barath has not played any test matches either. If fitness was a problem then what was the purpose for the WI T/20 tournament.. did not Sarwan and Deonarine play for Guyana and proved their fitness? That was a WICB sponsored tournament, was it not?

  • convertorboy on September 1, 2010, 1:19 GMT

    WI is still searching for a keeper, I'm surprised C. Baugh wasn't named. I'm glad to see explanations for absences, WICB called this one right.