West Indies news September 29, 2010

Gayle turns down central contract

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Chris Gayle, the West Indies captain, has turned down a central contract with the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB). Gayle is the third prominent West Indies player to opt out of a central contract, after allrounders Kieron Pollard and Dwayne Bravo did the same earlier this month.

"Chris Gayle and Dwayne Bravo, who were both offered A contracts, and Kieron Pollard, who was offered a C contract, have indicated to the WICB that they were not minded to take up the offers," confirmed a press release from the board. "The WICB has written to Gayle, Bravo and Pollard seeking details of the issues which caused them not to take up the offer in an attempt to understand same and so that the issues can be addressed for future contract offers."

The contracts on offer had required players to make themselves available for the West Indies team at all times, something that the three players - all of whom have forged prominent careers in domestic Twenty20 competitions including the IPL - were reluctant to do.

The board release subsequently confirmed that Gayle, Pollard and Bravo would be available for selection in the West Indies team if they meet the board's criteria which makes it mandatory for players to participate in regional tournaments, unless under "exceptional circumstances", to be in contention. It also confirmed that possession of a retainer contract is not a pre-requisite for selection to the West Indies team.

According to the criteria that was outlined in August, 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 WICB had offered 25 players contracts on August 31 - ten of them were development contracts worth $25,000 - and gave the players until September 10 to accept them. If any player chose not to accept the contract, the board said it would make alternate offers. Twenty-three of the players have now signed their contracts, 15 on full retainers across three bands, plus eight further names on Developmental contracts.

"The WICB is delighted to have a full complement of players on Central Retainer and Developmental contracts," said WICB CEO Dr. Ernest Hilaire. "We see this as a clear demonstration by the players themselves that they are committed to working with the WICB towards the development and success of West Indies cricket.

"The WICB is encouraged by the overwhelmingly positive response from the players and we look forward to working very closely with each of them in the coming year," Dr. Hilaire added.

"Gayle, Bravo and Pollard have each indicated to the WICB that they remain committed to West Indies cricket and are available for selection to the West Indies team," continued the statement. "The WICB appreciates the stated commitment to West Indies cricket."

West Indies contracted players Shivnarine Chanderpaul - A, Sulieman Benn - B, Darren Sammy - B, Kemar Roach - C, Brendan Nash - C, Adrian Barath - C, Darren Bravo - C, Shane Shillingford - C, Nikita Miller - C, Devon Smith - C, Ravi Rampaul - C, Nelon Pascal - C, David Bernard Jr - C, Andre Russell - C, Carlton Baugh Jr - C

Developmental contracts Kirk Edwards, Gavin Tonge, Andre Fletcher, Chadwick Walton, Devendra Bishoo, Assad Fudadin, Imran Khan, Kevin Stoute

Tariq Engineer is a senior sub-editor at Cricinfo

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  • delboy on October 5, 2010, 21:21 GMT

    PROFESSIONALS PLAY SPORTS FOR MONEY!!!! THOSE WHO ARE GUARANTEED FREE HEALTHCARE AND FOOD ON THE DINNER TABLE FOR THEMSELVES AND THEIR FAMILY NOW AND WHEN THEY RETIRE CAN REFEL IN THE THOUGHT OF REPRESENTING THEIR COUNTRY FOR PRIDE. HA! HA! WAKE UP AND SMELL THE COFFEE.

  • sajjodaalman on October 5, 2010, 10:07 GMT

    if gayle pollard and bravo rejected the wicb contracts, then it means they are not fully committed to west indies cricket. it means they putting money over regional pride, because they prefer to play in 20/20 tournaments for the cash, even if it means they may not always be available for WI. and i bet the board will still let them get away with this and chase them down to select them, whereas other stars such as sarwan, taylor and deonarine wernt even offered anythin gbecause they have some fitness issues. also, how the hell did devon smith and carlton baugh get central contaracts??? what have they done to deserve it? and shillingford has good potential but he should have a dev. contract instead as he has only played 3 tests and is still kind of new

  • Metman on October 4, 2010, 18:55 GMT

    Hey Board/selectors,is it true that after writing to the 3,politely inquiring as to the reasons for them not accepting the contract,that two of them politely replied?According to the CEO,one didnt even acknowledge receipt of the letter far less replying?Was that one Pollard,and if that is the case,would that make it 3 times that you were SNUBBED in less than 6 months?Do you have any further plans for him as far as WI cricket is concerned?You recently said that the WI team have some of most undereducated players in the world on their team.Do you all know the meaning of the word snub? to begin with it is an INSULT!Someone said pay Pollard for what he is worth!Pollard is worth NOTHING for the WI!Let him continue to be paid by those who think he is worth something.,also giving cricketers more money doesnt follow that their cricket will improve!That is not logical !That is bogus logic,and you not only score zero for it,but 10 points should be deducted from your next comment!

  • on October 4, 2010, 3:07 GMT

    @abner are u serious? SAWRAN? SAMUELS? both class players but they are not fit for itest criccket at the moment and i see you have excluded sammy frm ur squad all together so whoes goin to CATAIN gayle? get serious u cant have gayle as captain if he has the free will to jus leave the size to play big mony cricket as soon as the oportunity arises

  • abner564 on October 3, 2010, 21:48 GMT

    West Indies Squad for Sri Lanka should be - 1. Gayle 2. Chesney 3. Sarwan 4. Sammuels 5. Chanderpaul 6. Carter 7. Baugh 8. Bravo(Dwayne) 9. Roach 10. Baker 11. Benn 12th man Bravo(Darren) 13. Barath 14. Simmons 15. Devon Smith......O.D.I - any order - Gayle, Sarwan, Simmons, Baker, Santokie, Mohammed, Bishoo, Pollard, Bravo, Bravo, Carter, Phillips, Hughes, Roach, Pascal, Miller............

  • on October 3, 2010, 20:23 GMT

    so for the tour of sri lanka west inddies needs to get young chesney hugues into the team before england(united nations) grab him like they do other brite talents all over the world get chesney in there

    gayle ;chesney;shiv;barath,daren bravo,nash,bough sammy shillingford ben roach and pascal

    bring in pollard and dwayne bravo for the odi along with santoki and miller

  • on October 3, 2010, 20:15 GMT

    i believe dat gayle being just a player will bring the best out of him.this might jus be a blessing in disguise for west indies criicket

  • gottalovetheraindance on October 3, 2010, 16:56 GMT

    bwoy Gayle u let kinda let me down but ima try & understand & bear it.

    But all u ppl who say wicb should move on without gayle sarwan & bravo who in their right mind is going 2 want 2 play in that team? with shiv almost retired

    Who in their right mind is going 2 want 2 play that team? huh think about it Sri Lanka who dont blieve India deserve the#1 spot on merit definitely wont cause they want 2 move up the rankings & so does everybody else

  • cgtboy87 on October 3, 2010, 10:12 GMT

    navin you cannot seriously compare west indies to india and the aussie.....west indies have no tail enders...not all greats batsman would have made it in the 2020 and not all 2020 bats man will make it in the test game neither the 50 ov limited game...perfect example mr pollard.How many time shiv times shiv got stranded in the 80's and 90's thats runs.....too many times i cant even count. after shiv,dravid,sachin,and pointing is gone, its going to be hard to find batsman who can focus and stay in the middle like these guys.i cannot currently see anything special out there at this moment.

  • on October 3, 2010, 3:58 GMT

    sammy should be made captain but picking a vice is hard bcuz the remainin players arent good enuf sad state of windies cricket

  • delboy on October 5, 2010, 21:21 GMT

    PROFESSIONALS PLAY SPORTS FOR MONEY!!!! THOSE WHO ARE GUARANTEED FREE HEALTHCARE AND FOOD ON THE DINNER TABLE FOR THEMSELVES AND THEIR FAMILY NOW AND WHEN THEY RETIRE CAN REFEL IN THE THOUGHT OF REPRESENTING THEIR COUNTRY FOR PRIDE. HA! HA! WAKE UP AND SMELL THE COFFEE.

  • sajjodaalman on October 5, 2010, 10:07 GMT

    if gayle pollard and bravo rejected the wicb contracts, then it means they are not fully committed to west indies cricket. it means they putting money over regional pride, because they prefer to play in 20/20 tournaments for the cash, even if it means they may not always be available for WI. and i bet the board will still let them get away with this and chase them down to select them, whereas other stars such as sarwan, taylor and deonarine wernt even offered anythin gbecause they have some fitness issues. also, how the hell did devon smith and carlton baugh get central contaracts??? what have they done to deserve it? and shillingford has good potential but he should have a dev. contract instead as he has only played 3 tests and is still kind of new

  • Metman on October 4, 2010, 18:55 GMT

    Hey Board/selectors,is it true that after writing to the 3,politely inquiring as to the reasons for them not accepting the contract,that two of them politely replied?According to the CEO,one didnt even acknowledge receipt of the letter far less replying?Was that one Pollard,and if that is the case,would that make it 3 times that you were SNUBBED in less than 6 months?Do you have any further plans for him as far as WI cricket is concerned?You recently said that the WI team have some of most undereducated players in the world on their team.Do you all know the meaning of the word snub? to begin with it is an INSULT!Someone said pay Pollard for what he is worth!Pollard is worth NOTHING for the WI!Let him continue to be paid by those who think he is worth something.,also giving cricketers more money doesnt follow that their cricket will improve!That is not logical !That is bogus logic,and you not only score zero for it,but 10 points should be deducted from your next comment!

  • on October 4, 2010, 3:07 GMT

    @abner are u serious? SAWRAN? SAMUELS? both class players but they are not fit for itest criccket at the moment and i see you have excluded sammy frm ur squad all together so whoes goin to CATAIN gayle? get serious u cant have gayle as captain if he has the free will to jus leave the size to play big mony cricket as soon as the oportunity arises

  • abner564 on October 3, 2010, 21:48 GMT

    West Indies Squad for Sri Lanka should be - 1. Gayle 2. Chesney 3. Sarwan 4. Sammuels 5. Chanderpaul 6. Carter 7. Baugh 8. Bravo(Dwayne) 9. Roach 10. Baker 11. Benn 12th man Bravo(Darren) 13. Barath 14. Simmons 15. Devon Smith......O.D.I - any order - Gayle, Sarwan, Simmons, Baker, Santokie, Mohammed, Bishoo, Pollard, Bravo, Bravo, Carter, Phillips, Hughes, Roach, Pascal, Miller............

  • on October 3, 2010, 20:23 GMT

    so for the tour of sri lanka west inddies needs to get young chesney hugues into the team before england(united nations) grab him like they do other brite talents all over the world get chesney in there

    gayle ;chesney;shiv;barath,daren bravo,nash,bough sammy shillingford ben roach and pascal

    bring in pollard and dwayne bravo for the odi along with santoki and miller

  • on October 3, 2010, 20:15 GMT

    i believe dat gayle being just a player will bring the best out of him.this might jus be a blessing in disguise for west indies criicket

  • gottalovetheraindance on October 3, 2010, 16:56 GMT

    bwoy Gayle u let kinda let me down but ima try & understand & bear it.

    But all u ppl who say wicb should move on without gayle sarwan & bravo who in their right mind is going 2 want 2 play in that team? with shiv almost retired

    Who in their right mind is going 2 want 2 play that team? huh think about it Sri Lanka who dont blieve India deserve the#1 spot on merit definitely wont cause they want 2 move up the rankings & so does everybody else

  • cgtboy87 on October 3, 2010, 10:12 GMT

    navin you cannot seriously compare west indies to india and the aussie.....west indies have no tail enders...not all greats batsman would have made it in the 2020 and not all 2020 bats man will make it in the test game neither the 50 ov limited game...perfect example mr pollard.How many time shiv times shiv got stranded in the 80's and 90's thats runs.....too many times i cant even count. after shiv,dravid,sachin,and pointing is gone, its going to be hard to find batsman who can focus and stay in the middle like these guys.i cannot currently see anything special out there at this moment.

  • on October 3, 2010, 3:58 GMT

    sammy should be made captain but picking a vice is hard bcuz the remainin players arent good enuf sad state of windies cricket

  • everfaithful77 on October 2, 2010, 21:17 GMT

    The current BOARD and SELECTORS are over-cautious and very conservative hence finding it extremely difficult to make BOLD and GAME CHANGING DECISIONS. This panel of selectors have probably confounded more cricket fans with their selections to the WI team than any other panel in recent memory. Under their watch WI cricket have sank to new lows even struggling to overcome Zimbabwe. However the Board does not see anything wrong with their performance and by extention the team's and keeps faith in them. It does not take rocket science to see that WINDIES CRICKET NEEDS TO TURN A NEW PAGE AND NOW IS THE PERFECT TIME. The trio (Gayle, Bravo and Pollard) must be left out from the team and a new captain selected. The best players in the region BASED ON CURRENT FORM must be selected. This is the policy the WICB said they would be guided by until the current panel headed by BUTTS made a mockery of it. Eg How did Rampaul get a contract ? Are these the best fast bowlers (form wise) in the region ?

  • delboy on October 2, 2010, 19:46 GMT

    Bravo, Pollard, Gayle's: stance should go some way to educate the administration. Their action is a basic economic lesson in OPPORTUNITY COST. None of these guys have a guarantee of spending their non- playing years reaping the benefits of an organisation which is fast in decline. MAKE HAY WHILE THE SUN SHINES. If the WI management had their eye on the ball then there would be a string of talent queueing up to replace three players who have found a way to ensure that during what is a short playing career most of their earning goes in keeping their family living comfortable NOW and secure a future for THEMSELVES when their playing days are over. Representing one's country should carry some diplomatic immunity during and after ones career. If someone can tell me what the monthly pension payout to those players who represented the WI in the 50's , 60's and those who played in the 70's such as Kallicharran is then I would start looking at blaming players for lacking loyalty.

  • afterhours on October 2, 2010, 15:32 GMT

    Metnan I could not have said that better myself. You are gonna see this team with Gayle, Bravo Sarwan, Rampaul,Ramdin and a couple more of them go to Sri Lanka and get beat real bad then we are back at square one. I say get ride of them now get a young team and start all over let Sammy captain the team. And am so sick of people talking trash of Ganga being captain come on get real. Ganga get good result from players because they are playing for Trinidad. You hear the likes of Bravo say that Trinidad come first before West Indies. We also seems to forget that Ganga captain the West Indies in England Lost the two games and did not get to ten runs in four innings. The ICC should really ban the West Indies if this nonsense continue spare us fans the embarrassment.

  • on October 2, 2010, 12:02 GMT

    I took a breather from my writing to browse the internet and came across these musings/comments if you will. I am more than two thirds way through writing my book on West Indies cricket's 80 plus years and despite the mass of informtion that I have processed still marvel at where we were versus where we find ourselves in the sport today. Such is the might of marketing, momey, and media that even with the haplessness that characterizes West Indies cricket, there are pretenders within the regional setting that can still command six figure contracts both inside and outside of what is left of West Indies cricket. To be suggesting Ganga as captain, Sarawan's inability to secure a retainer contract and a man who have stated his own disinterest in the regional game still being wooed by the Board to lead the hapless side is disheartening. While this may add a chapter or two to my current literary undertaking it is still painful to digest but like it or not it is part of our legacy.

  • PaddyRasta on October 1, 2010, 22:06 GMT

    Communication is the key. It is not as if the WI and international schedules are not already known. WICB needed/ need to engage with Gayle, Bravo and Pollard and offer them hybrid contracts that contract them to play specific ODI and Tests series - They would still be available for the others. But to expect professional cricketers to play exclusively for a below par wage is unreasonable. Everyone knows that a player's career can end at any time through injury. So they can hardly be blamed for making money whilst they are able to.

  • on October 1, 2010, 22:05 GMT

    chris gayle dissapoint mi as a chris gayle fan mi feel a way star di man na play fi di fan dem dem a play fi money fi real rite with the crop of playas the wi a go looooose alot mi say dat , mi cant watch this side

  • abner564 on October 1, 2010, 21:03 GMT

    Well, I cannot believe the selectors on their selection......are they honestly telling the west indian fans that Sarwan is such a bad batsman that he cannot get a retainer contract.....now i am no way near being a Guyanese but i must say he's is the second best batsman we got right now in our region.....he doesn't bat at #3 for 6 plus years if he wasn't.....and that boy Rampaul shouldn't even be in the squad he cant even get a blind man out........

  • Metman on October 1, 2010, 16:17 GMT

    Continuing.......Forget Gayle, Bravo and get rid of the other MONEY MEN in the team.Who aint giving trouble,or embarrasing you now ,will give it later,believe you me!,Pollard might get the better of a bowler that is not up to Intl standards.,ask the Guyana team,Dale Stein or a TT writer .@Butts,as chairman,regarding Baugh,you said "hasnt he been tried before,? " What has he done between THEN and NOW? What has A Russell done to deserve a contract ?From his exploits on the A team tours,I was anxious to see him perform in the recent T20 series,but from what I have seen he is nothing more but a big cow swiper ,and someone who likes to run in fast when bowling.Why are you not encouraging Simmons to keep wicket? Why not take a completely new team with Sammy as skipper and Simmons as keeper to Sri Lanka?Finally,I am still hoping that the ICC steps in and debar the WI from tests for about 5 yrs.I am anxious to hear that the Board/selectors have been rendered null and void.

  • Navin84 on October 1, 2010, 15:27 GMT

    cgtboy87- i agree with you on most points about shiv performance, but what you don't understand is the way he form the bowling with the tail enders. He doesn't do a good job with them like Tendulkar or Hussey. How many times have shiv won a game single handed for the WI? When he is not out as seems to be the norm of him now, he won't get blame even if the team looses badly. He does not couter attack the bowling when a few wickets are left because he would be out, that is why he is not a good T20 player, he cannot attack, he is a natural worker of the ball, hope u understand!

  • Metman on October 1, 2010, 15:19 GMT

    I wasnt planning to comment on this issue,since I am at a total loss as to why the Board and selectors have allowed themselves to be ridiculed and laught at AGAIN!but seeing two idiots,two cricket DUNCES, again calling for Ganga to capt. the WI ,I have to say something.Apparently ,those two continue to live in a world of fantasy,and mind you,they are enjoying it too!someone needs to tell the two of you and others who are harbouring that thought,that there is a real world out there,and that Ganga is considered as RUBBISH in that real world.@Board/selectors,you have been snubbed for the second time in less than 6 months,by a man whose T20 av. is 12.66,and ODI av.19.92 for the WI.You are the ONLY people in the WORLD,that would offer someone of that ilk,a retainer contract !No other cricket country in the world could even risk mentioning someone with those av.with a retainer contract,also with Rampaul,a man who takes a wicket every 107 runs.I wonder why he didnt refuse the contract too!

  • jahman on October 1, 2010, 14:03 GMT

    People please remember that the central contract is in addition to the match fees that the players earn. The central contract is just there so that when there is no cricket the players can concentrate on training and not have to worry about earning a living.

  • Niessa on October 1, 2010, 12:01 GMT

    The WICB must accept these changes and move forward towards developing the future of West Indies cricket... hopefully the current players will be totally committed towards seeing West Indies cricket being restored as it was. This change probably is best... why have players on the team who does not share the vision of WICB and is not focused towards achieving excellence as a team?

  • everfaithful77 on October 1, 2010, 2:47 GMT

    It is really sad to see the weakness of the WICB in quickly wanting to bend their own rules to accomodate Gayle, Bravo and Pollard. These guys by refusing WICB contracts have clearly indicated that playing for the national team is not their priority anymore, plain and simple. They have already raked in huge sums of money from IPL and elsewhere and are lured by prospects for much more. WICB should not be surprised by this decision. Gayle and Bravo by less than desirable committment to test duties overseas and Pollard when he declined a place in the Windies A team tour to England, signalled their intentions very loudly. However the WICB ignored these warnings and tamely chose to keep Gayle as captain despite his stated lack of interest and woeful leadership of the team. Bravo was kept as vice captain. Pollard was not penalized. Now the Board must move swiftly to restore confidence by appointing a new captain and v/cpt. GANGA/SAMMY or SAMMY/? The BOARD must SHAPE UP or SHIP OUT.

  • bharath74 on October 1, 2010, 1:45 GMT

    I AM NOT AN IPL FAN

    IPL is here to stay, and believe me its going to grow even big, if countries want their players to sign central contact, then they should make a window for IPL and not schedule any important games during IPL season.

  • Omarrz on September 30, 2010, 18:00 GMT

    Where is Sarwan? Only 1 "A" player?

  • TheBigFatFlapjack on September 30, 2010, 17:43 GMT

    @ meety

    mate, rja wanted the IPL to be given top priority. Thats simply ridiculous bah!! What i meant was that int matches should be top-dog. nothing else should replace its status as the pinnacle of cricket. fullstop.

    However there are certain times of the cricketing calendar when there is no international cricket played, and if it happens regularly why cant they make the best use of it (weather permitting of course!) to give the players what they want? I'm suggesting this so as to safeguard international cricket. the ICC could lay down strict rules to ensure these tournaments DO NOT AFFECT international cricket in any way. If any board tries pushing the envelope a heavy punishment should be inflicted. This sort of arrangement will make the players happy resulting in a satisfied ICC and fans. But i doubt that would ever happen. The ICC is a cowering rabbit surrounded by a pack of hounds. I only hope there is a way out of this.

  • 72inch on September 30, 2010, 15:46 GMT

    as much as i hate the trinidad cricket team .if daren ganga score over 1000 runs in this limited overs competition i think the wicb should give him the windies captincy ,the wicb should give back contracts to sarwan,taylor n ramdin matters like that are childesh problems,well ramdin has gone over his limite hope mr gordon gives him a good lesson that he will never forget.im fan of chris n dawyne polard is a freak,those guys want to make money we as west indians cant do any thing about that every dog has its day,one day they will beg 4 contracts just time,the world will not end tomorrow,cricket around the world has gone down hill right now

  • cgtboy87 on September 30, 2010, 14:52 GMT

    MR NAVIN84 I DISAGREE WITH YOU WHEN YOU SAY SHIVNARINE CHANDERPAUL IS NOT A TEAM PLAYER.LET'S SEE GAYLE,BRAVO,POLLARD DID NOT SIGN A CONTRACT BUT SHIV DID SO WHEN YOU TELL ME SHIV IS NOT A TEAM PLAYER YOU DEAD WRONG ON THAT ONE.AS A MATTER OF FACT HE IS THE MOST SELFLESS PLAYER ON THE TEAM. HOW MANY TIMES HAVE SHIV BEEN STARNDED IN THE MIDDLE? AS A MATTER OF FACT HE IS THE TEAM.

  • Silva-Surfa on September 30, 2010, 12:24 GMT

    They say they're committed to WI Cricket, but it's clearly not their top priority. Freelancing seems to be the way forward for some Cricketers and i wish them luck, but they need to learn that no man is bigger than the team. I don't see what all the panic is about, people saying that WI cricket will deteriorate further, well with the so-called superstars in it, we're already struggling near the bottom of the rankings anyway, so how can it possibly get worse?..what's insulting about this is that these guys are not short of money, so having the freedom to play for hire is purely out of greed, nothing more. The authorities need to establish who wants to represent playing for the Windies with pride and follow the tradition of all the greats that played before them. I'd rather support a Squad of second-choice players, who want to actually play for the West Indies. Enjoy your 30 pieces of silver boys, i hope it was worth it.

  • Meety on September 30, 2010, 7:11 GMT

    @TheBigFatFlapjack - in the end mate your comment sounds a bit like rja379 !!! I don't believe any concessions should be made for the IPL - it is a domestic competition. I believe the CL20/20 needs to be given a window whereby ALL Champions of the domestic comps get a chance to play - not having the Poms was a disgrace.

  • Meety on September 30, 2010, 7:04 GMT

    Trying to think positively - this could be a good thing for WI cricket. For decades the talent base has been eroded by Basketball & Baseball, the lure of the big $. If the WI schedule can be worked right, their star players can earn money from their national duties & freelance 20/20 franchises around the world. This would bump their earning capacity that would at least be a reasonable financial alternative to the US cultural invasion through sport & TV programming. All that needs to happen is the WICB think outside the box, their players are among the lower paid of cricketers in the world, they don't play county cricket like they use to, I don't think the IPL runs during their domestic season either, exposure around the world should lead to better temperment & skill. I of course could be totally wrong & this is the very sad end to the WI as a test nation - SOS to Curtly, Viv & Brian & Sir Gaz!!!!!!!!

  • TheBigFatFlapjack on September 30, 2010, 3:56 GMT

    (contd from prev post)

    probably the only way forward for the ICC now is to take things into their own hands and spank these disobeying cricket boards back in place. a regular and organised cricketing calendar would go a long way. and also maybe, as a small gesture of goodwill, allocate some time to the test cricket boards to have their domestic t20's. the ICC could, say, set 6 weeks during the cricketing season of each hemisphere, so thats 3 months a year for the players to earn some pocket money. it would be win-win for both, and we as fans wouldn't feel so frustrated.

    but if the ICC fails to address these issues soon, cricket and its fans would end up as victims of what is a beautiful sport. as the elders say, 'don't let the nuts rule the nuthouse...'

  • TheBigFatFlapjack on September 30, 2010, 3:35 GMT

    @ rja379 and karthikm_tvk - your suggestion of scheduling international cricket after the ipl is OUTRAGEOUS!!! it is simply unthinkable to have the BCCI, ECB, CA and other test boards schedule their respective domestic t20 tournaments first and then let the ICC slot in international matches in the remaining time!have u forgotten that the ICC is cricket's global GOVERNING body?!

    the other thing is that playing for one's country is symbolic and is akin to the service of a soldier. interestingly, representing your country is known as 'national duty'. indeed the wasims, flintoffs, pontings and even tendulkars grew up dreaming about this very thing. i'm sure none of them ever dreamed of playing for clubs named after animals in a wishy-washy tournament ;)

    (contd)

  • Navin84 on September 30, 2010, 2:35 GMT

    @karthikm_tvk; i don't agree with you when you said " ICC should not schedule any international games if there is IPL matches." The ICC was here first and already have their schedule for years to come. IPL don't have their schedule for next year as yet, you see the point I am getting at. IT IS THE IPL WHO SHOULD NOT SCHEDULE THEIR GAMES WHEN THERE ARE INTERNATIONAL MATCHES.

  • Navin84 on September 30, 2010, 2:27 GMT

    @dpkirkup; i agree with the part where the IPL said they would not disturb any international cricket, they did said, well actually Modi did. With the amount of cricket that is playing now and the lenght of the IPL, it's impossible to schedule the IPL not to disturb other international matches, here is where the ICC should come and give approval before the IPL can be schedule so not to clash with international matches.

  • Navin84 on September 30, 2010, 1:48 GMT

    @Karthik_1982: Sarwan, Jerome Taylor, Ramdin, Deonarine & Dowlin (if I can remember correctly) were not offerred contracts because of fitness and non-performance. Only yesterday I made a comment on Page 2 - Cartoon (http://www.cricinfo.com/page2/content/story/479184.htm)l that Cricinfo don''t have the news that Gayle also turn down the contract, now they have, good to see. No Gayle, no Sarwan, no Bravo, no Pollard, no Taylor, what would Chanderpaul alone do? Chanderpaul is not a team player, he only plays to improve his records. So what is the future of WI cricket? There is none!

  • champion1469 on September 30, 2010, 1:13 GMT

    isnt one of the rules of the ipl that you have to be playing for your country or retired? wasnt this the situation with brendon mccullum where modi came out and said he has to play for nz. if the windies dont pick them, then it follows that they cant be picked for ipl.

  • on September 30, 2010, 0:57 GMT

    I see no wrong in this. If a player dont want to play for his/her country it is not the player's fault. it is the country's.

  • on September 30, 2010, 0:51 GMT

    the players have got to realise that the IPL has forseen such possbilities (as it turned out in the case of brendon mccullum and andrew flintoff). players need to get the approval of their respective boards to be able to play in the IPL. they will do well to be in their boards' good books.

  • apache31 on September 30, 2010, 0:28 GMT

    One simple thing I want these guys to remember is that it is West Indies cricket brought you to prominence and should not be treated like the ugly stepsister. West Indies cricket is bigger than individual players.

  • on September 29, 2010, 23:59 GMT

    Cricketers have a short career to make money for their families and the ICC and country boards have ignored their needs with a few exceptions. This is the fruit. Look at how the former greats have to hustle to make a living after cricket. The is a blight especially on former Windies greats. I don't envy Gayle and company. Boards have to change and adapt since this is just the beginning.

  • cgtboy87 on September 29, 2010, 22:42 GMT

    wow now our captain is rejecting the contract.well in the caribbean we do not enjoy the financial backings like other cricket nation do.wicb cannot afford to pay these players what ipl is paying these cricketers. I must say i might have done the same in his position but this is not good for west indies cricket at all. West indies now might have to elect a new captain since chris may well not be available all year long for west indies.sad very

  • AyrtonS on September 29, 2010, 22:31 GMT

    Congratulations Chris, the WICB has no clue what they are doing. You are absolutely right to distance yourself from those clowns.

  • Karthik_1982 on September 29, 2010, 21:07 GMT

    I dont see Sarwan's name in the list. Isn't he playing for WI????

  • aamirah1 on September 29, 2010, 20:52 GMT

    Good JOB gayle, bravo and Pollard..It totally makes sense why they would reject the central contract..Every cricket player loves the game thats why they spend so much time in it and infact make it their career so definately no doubt about their commitment. But if the governing body doesnt offer them the amount they deserve after putting in so much, that is, leaving their personal lives behind them and daily hard work that they put in off the field..Give me a break..I treat my employees better than that..They are internationals atleast give them a good amount of money, so they consider playing for WI. Its a shame how IPL gets so many sponsors as a domestic competition but WI international doesnt, shame on the administration. They play for their country and reserve the right to make as much as they can while they can. So offer them some good money and quality of cricket would go up. Good luck TRIO..Stick to the rules of life.

  • rickp15 on September 29, 2010, 20:28 GMT

    cricketlover_786 ......not true get your facts right. IPL is the most watched cricket event in the world. With all those eyes watching where they matter the most in India and Indian NRI 's watching around the world and paying top dollars via PPV. So why would Pollard play for 80K a year from the WI board when he can go to the IPL and make a 1 Million dollars for 5 weeks of work. All the power to Gayle,Bravo and Pollard for this is what free enterprise is all about. I can hardy wait for IPL 4 to begin and watch Pollard all the way in North America.

  • on September 29, 2010, 20:21 GMT

    GOOD, i hope this changes the Balance of Cricket to go the way of World Football... so everyone outside the main Test Playing Nations actually stand a CHANCE to make it Professional. International cricket shouldn't be ALL YEAR, it should be done for special tournaments to make it more meaningful. Besides these players need MONEY... Same Reason why we go to WORK and leave our jobs for better salary paying positions! So don't say these guys set a bad example cause you all do the SAME thing in your lives. Cricket needs to develop beyond the same 8 nations and Club Cricket will do that as the driving force!!

  • lugujaga on September 29, 2010, 20:16 GMT

    LET ME SEE IF THE WICB HAVE ANY BALLS TO DEAL WITH THIS SITUATION .THE PLAYERS WHO REJECTED THEIR CONTRACTS WITH THE WICB HAVE THE RIGHT TO DO THAT ,BUT IT'S UP TO THE WICB TO PLAY THEM OR OTHER PLAYERS. IF THE WICB FEEL THAT A CENTRAL CONTRACT IS THE MAIN CRITERIA FOR THE PLAYERS TO PLAY FOR THE WEST INDIES TEAM THEN THEY NEED TO GET OTHER PLAYERS WHO WILL DO WHAT THEY WANT THEM TO DO. THREE PLAYERS NAMELY GAYLE ,BRAVO AND POLLARD SHOULD NOT HOLD W.I. CRICKET AT RANSOM BECAUSE WE HAVE OTHER PLAYERS WHO WOULD BE GLAD FOR THE CHANCE TO PLAY FOR WEST INDIES WITH EVEN A C GRADE CONTRACT. THIS WHOLE THING IS ALL ABOUT MONEY;THE PLAEYRS IN QUESTION FEEL THEY CAN MAKE MORE MONEY IN CRICKET BY NOT TAKING THE WICB CONTRACT MORE POWER TO THEM.LETS SEE WHO REALY CARES ABOUT WESTINDIES CRICKET . THE WICB SHOULD GET OTHER YOUNG PLAYERS INVOLVE IN WEST INDIES CRICKET;WE ARE ALRESDY GETTING OUR TALE WHIP WITH ALL THE THE NONE SIGNERS ANYWAY

  • Sportsscientist on September 29, 2010, 20:13 GMT

    this is terrible for west indies cricket......but can you blame the players. this would never happen elsewhere....maybe with the exception of pakistan. If the adminisrtation was tight and well organised then this would not happen. this is a repeat of the packer senario in the 70's. I am not saying the player's a blameless.....far from it, but if they have alternatives and the west indiies board is a shambles, the most desirable players will go elsewhere...AND THEY ARE!!!! and now that these guys are earning big bucks, they can look forward to retiring earlier than expected...good for them and their family/close friends, but bad for WI cricket on a whole.

    The only positive is that there is an opportunity for young talent to caome through that may not have had a look in before. But if they excel and get the attention of the indian franchises....well???? who knows???.....

  • BlossElkins on September 29, 2010, 19:14 GMT

    Simple economics - expecting a cricketer with significant market value to voluntarily give up his freedom without adequately compensating him for the loss is silliness. This is not about whether they want to play for their country or not - they surely do - this is about what they're being asked to give up (choice/free will) for the duration of the contract and what they're promised in return.

  • karthikm_tvk on September 29, 2010, 19:10 GMT

    It seems playing cricket for country is worthless now a days. Play for personal earnings and cleanly avoiding the country. This is worst part of the game. I would like if these Players retire from the international cricket and play for their respective clubs. Which They can't do. Can you guess why? Stop IPL immediately or it will be really great if there is a separate door for IPL. ICC should not schedule any international games if there is IPL matches. If this come to picture then we can see players earn for self and will also play for country with patriotism. Bye ------Your's Love Bird's Karthik.M

  • rja379 on September 29, 2010, 18:56 GMT

    There are solutions to take care of this problem. Since the IPL and Champions League are becoming so popular, ICC should schedule other matches accordingly, so every player has a chance to play in these events. This will reduce the chance of people like Gayle and Pollard and Bravo to turn down national contracts and wanting to play freelance.

  • rja379 on September 29, 2010, 18:51 GMT

    Players like Gayle and Pollard and Brave should face consequences of turning down national contracts. They should not be allowed to play in WI XI. I know this will be bad for WI, but it will set an example for the rest of players who might think to go this route. T20 is damaging cricket; terrible times for cricket.

  • Pak_Green on September 29, 2010, 18:32 GMT

    Think this is the kind of `side effects` of the leagues like IPL, which are encouraging the players to turn `free lance` ..

  • bumsonseats on September 29, 2010, 18:13 GMT

    i think that if a cricket board for example the west Indies, have international matches be it 20/20 50 overs or test matches, cricketers of that country should not be allowed to play any other form of cricket unless the board allows it. as in Pollards case he might not be up to the mark in test cricket so he can play. the IPL at 1st said it would not disturb any other international cricket, been found to be untrue. as England and Pakistan were not able to play in the current 20/20 championships just finished is an example. dpk

  • dr.jha on September 29, 2010, 18:09 GMT

    everybody has a right to earn as much money as he can ... earning money is no crime.. even west indies board needs "these players " to earn money .. nothing else... they don't run on no profit no loss ideology... everything is about money..so if these players can earn more that what west indies board can give them .. why not ... if they want to retain them .. just give them what they are worth... simple enough... if they do not have that much money .. well its not the players' fault is it??? last time they were contracted .. west indies board denied them of earning money by deciding on a tour of england instead of releasing them for ipl( after england ,in their own interest decided they would not be touring zimbabwe ) now what kind of governance is that.. its like i will give you 80 k dollars .. and we'll make you dance and not let you have any oppertunity of earning anymore... not done buddy .. no wonder these ppl have backed away .. boards need to learn players are worth gold...

  • on September 29, 2010, 17:59 GMT

    And thus ended Test Cricket in the West Indies. Sad.

  • Stark62 on September 29, 2010, 17:55 GMT

    This is all icc's fault!

    I mean what else do you expect? Players like Amir who earns £2.50 per test, who I might add is much better then Z. Khan but he is earning millions!

    Same here, Gayle is earning less then Raina but Gayle is miles better then Raina!

  • cricketlover_786 on September 29, 2010, 17:48 GMT

    this is really bad news for world cricket...and the reason is emergence of these ridiculous useless money making tournaments i.e. IPL and CL20 which no one wants to see....if ICC has any interest in keeping the game going, it should finish off these tournaments..which am sure BCCI, ECB and CA would not allow as they are getting enormous amounts of money themselves...like boards like players...or at least ban those players from particpating in these IPL and CL20 who decline to play for their country....terrible state cricket is in..all ICC 's doing..(ICC=BCCI)

  • srini1088 on September 29, 2010, 17:47 GMT

    How can the wi board give such a choice to the players thereby allowin them to make such decisions...bad man management..but cant beat pcb..all mba students can do a case study on pcb and find out how all man mangement cannot be done

  • OT12 on September 29, 2010, 17:40 GMT

    Thanks to IPL.. now we will only see players looking for club contracts. Why can't ICC makes a rule for every league to only play those players who have a Contract with ICC authorized board. This way TEST cricket and ODI will die and we will only see T20 the worst form of cricket.

  • on September 29, 2010, 17:21 GMT

    This is the most ridiculous piece of news that I have read in the past few days.... Alarming signs for international cricket as WI players start the trend of going free lance...WI cricket will go down even further as I can see all these prominent players following suit.... Its a sad state and I am thoroughly disappointed to see the kind of trend these players are setting for youngsters to follow. The ICC needs to act quickly on this as I can see the WI and the Pak players (with no body ready to tour there and the option of neutral venues falling short) going free lance... This would leave even lesser countries playing tests...I just hope for the sake of the game that these players are never picked for the WI.. I mean Chris Gayle is the skipper of the WI team and this is the kind of trend that he is setting?? SERIOUSLY SORRY STATE OF AFFAIRS!!!!

  • on September 29, 2010, 16:31 GMT

    terrible pattern is emerging for west indies cricket. and cricket in general.

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  • on September 29, 2010, 16:31 GMT

    terrible pattern is emerging for west indies cricket. and cricket in general.

  • on September 29, 2010, 17:21 GMT

    This is the most ridiculous piece of news that I have read in the past few days.... Alarming signs for international cricket as WI players start the trend of going free lance...WI cricket will go down even further as I can see all these prominent players following suit.... Its a sad state and I am thoroughly disappointed to see the kind of trend these players are setting for youngsters to follow. The ICC needs to act quickly on this as I can see the WI and the Pak players (with no body ready to tour there and the option of neutral venues falling short) going free lance... This would leave even lesser countries playing tests...I just hope for the sake of the game that these players are never picked for the WI.. I mean Chris Gayle is the skipper of the WI team and this is the kind of trend that he is setting?? SERIOUSLY SORRY STATE OF AFFAIRS!!!!

  • OT12 on September 29, 2010, 17:40 GMT

    Thanks to IPL.. now we will only see players looking for club contracts. Why can't ICC makes a rule for every league to only play those players who have a Contract with ICC authorized board. This way TEST cricket and ODI will die and we will only see T20 the worst form of cricket.

  • srini1088 on September 29, 2010, 17:47 GMT

    How can the wi board give such a choice to the players thereby allowin them to make such decisions...bad man management..but cant beat pcb..all mba students can do a case study on pcb and find out how all man mangement cannot be done

  • cricketlover_786 on September 29, 2010, 17:48 GMT

    this is really bad news for world cricket...and the reason is emergence of these ridiculous useless money making tournaments i.e. IPL and CL20 which no one wants to see....if ICC has any interest in keeping the game going, it should finish off these tournaments..which am sure BCCI, ECB and CA would not allow as they are getting enormous amounts of money themselves...like boards like players...or at least ban those players from particpating in these IPL and CL20 who decline to play for their country....terrible state cricket is in..all ICC 's doing..(ICC=BCCI)

  • Stark62 on September 29, 2010, 17:55 GMT

    This is all icc's fault!

    I mean what else do you expect? Players like Amir who earns £2.50 per test, who I might add is much better then Z. Khan but he is earning millions!

    Same here, Gayle is earning less then Raina but Gayle is miles better then Raina!

  • on September 29, 2010, 17:59 GMT

    And thus ended Test Cricket in the West Indies. Sad.

  • dr.jha on September 29, 2010, 18:09 GMT

    everybody has a right to earn as much money as he can ... earning money is no crime.. even west indies board needs "these players " to earn money .. nothing else... they don't run on no profit no loss ideology... everything is about money..so if these players can earn more that what west indies board can give them .. why not ... if they want to retain them .. just give them what they are worth... simple enough... if they do not have that much money .. well its not the players' fault is it??? last time they were contracted .. west indies board denied them of earning money by deciding on a tour of england instead of releasing them for ipl( after england ,in their own interest decided they would not be touring zimbabwe ) now what kind of governance is that.. its like i will give you 80 k dollars .. and we'll make you dance and not let you have any oppertunity of earning anymore... not done buddy .. no wonder these ppl have backed away .. boards need to learn players are worth gold...

  • bumsonseats on September 29, 2010, 18:13 GMT

    i think that if a cricket board for example the west Indies, have international matches be it 20/20 50 overs or test matches, cricketers of that country should not be allowed to play any other form of cricket unless the board allows it. as in Pollards case he might not be up to the mark in test cricket so he can play. the IPL at 1st said it would not disturb any other international cricket, been found to be untrue. as England and Pakistan were not able to play in the current 20/20 championships just finished is an example. dpk

  • Pak_Green on September 29, 2010, 18:32 GMT

    Think this is the kind of `side effects` of the leagues like IPL, which are encouraging the players to turn `free lance` ..