West Indies news September 29, 2010

Gayle turns down central contract


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


  • sajjo 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

  • Michael 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!

  • Dummy4 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

  • kaleva 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............

  • Dummy4 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

  • Dummy4 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

  • giovaughn 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

  • STEVE 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.

  • Dummy4 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

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