West Indies news October 5, 2010

Major changes ahead for West Indies, says CEO

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Ernest Hilaire, chief executive of the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB), believes that major changes will have to be made to the management structure of Caribbean cricket in order to deal with the challenges posed by the modern-day game, not least the growing tendency for the region's top players to turn down central contracts in favour of lucrative deals in Twenty20 tournaments such as the Indian Premier League.

Consulting firm Deloitte Touche Tomhatsu has been commissioned by the board to compile a study of cricket's changing landscape, and Hilaire believes that their findings will have to be taken seriously by the region's administrators. "Once that exercise is complete, you will see some fundamental changes to how West Indies cricket is managed," Hilaire told ESPNcricinfo. "Anyone who thinks we don't have to change are just fooling themselves."

Hilaire said the board had asked the three players who have turned down their central contracts for next season - Dwayne Bravo, Kieron Pollard and captain Chris Gayle - how to ensure such a situation does not arise again in the future.

"Two of them have said they are willing to share with us how this matter can be dealt with," Hilaire said. All three of them will be considered for selection for West Indies and the board will assume that they are available to tour at that time.

Bravo and Pollard, followed by Gayle, turned down the one-year central contracts offered by the WICB last month. The contracts require the players to make themselves available for the West Indies team at all times, something the three players - all of whom have forged prominent careers in domestic Twenty20 competitions including the IPL - were reluctant to do.

"I don't know that we should necessarily condemn them or chastise them [for doing so]," Hilaire said. "I don't think it is the right decision and I will tell them that."

Under the current rules of international cricket, those who want to play in overseas competitions, such as the Big Bash in Australia or the lucrative IPL, must get clearance to do so from their national board. Hilaire said the WICB has not received any requests from any players so far but the board is re-evaluating its liberal policy of issuing NOCs.

"We need to be a little more circumspect. It is not ideal to allow somebody to turn up just before a Test match. It doesn't make sense, but we did it. On the eve of a major series, we can't have key players exposed to exhaustion or injury.

"We want to know that when we are selecting players, there are some assurances that they will participate in preparatory activities and be at the standard that we need."

Gayle arrived in England two days before the first Test at Lord's in May 2009, two days after his scheduled arrival. He was granted two further days so that he could squeeze in one more IPL match with the Kolkata Knight Riders .

"We are not against players trying to maximise their earnings," Hilaire said. "You should go out and earn money. You are a professional sportsperson. But there are other interests and we have to figure out how best to protect all the interests involved." He admitted that it is unlikely everyone will be completely happy but believes it is possible to come up with a framework that can satisfy all the stakeholders in West Indies cricket.

Hilaire said the board has not had any discussion on whether Gayle should be replaced as captain. The West Indies selection committee will be meeting in Jamaica in a few days and will select a captain and vice-captain for the tour of Sri Lanka.

"The selection committee is empowered to pick a captain and should do so. We [the WICB board of directors] can only hold a discussion after we receive a recommendation."

Hilaire reiterated that the board is committed to the rejuvenation of West Indies cricket and is encouraged that 22 of the 25 players offered central contracts have signed them. "We have a new generation that are eager to play for West Indies on the international stage. They understand the importance of playing for the West Indies and it is an opening for us to build on that."

He said the board was focused on specific activities and programs geared at getting players ready for international cricket, as well working on broadening the base by facilitating more youngsters to take up the game. "There is competition from other sports more now than ever before. Post 15 [years of age] we should not lose players to basketball, football, tennis and swimming. If you don't have programs, they will go into other sports that do offer programs."

The WICB also wants to improve its relationship with West Indies Players' Association (WIPA), as the two organisations have to work together, but Hilaire said the relationship is "still a work in progress," and that there will always be moments where the board and WIPA do not agree. However, the important thing, according to him, is that everyone agrees "that some direct and aggressive intervention is needed" to turn West Indies cricket around.

Tariq Engineer is a senior sub-editor at Cricinfo

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  • afterhours on October 9, 2010, 0:26 GMT

    Greame Smith at twenty two was barely in the South African team when he became Captain, now look at his record as Captain. What different does it make this team is gonna loose anyhow and if nothing change now ten years down the road we will be in the same position saying the same thing, then what. Every player have the right to do what he or she wants to do just as the WICB have the right to do what they think is the betterment for WI cricket. Some of you guys cant think outside of the box and that a problem. Having respect for Gayle what have he to show for it maybe they need fear. I say trow caution to the wind forget about the status quo. A young W I team now will be better in two years than this team will be in four if you don't believe me just take a look at the last ten years.

  • on October 8, 2010, 15:26 GMT

    At this point, there is no point. Any one person can command a team that really does not want to perform. As for who think that consistency is the key to captaincy, Lloyd was never consistent. You can even put a board member to captain the team really, they are pretty much consistent or even Ramnarine is consistent. There is no plan obvious plan to go forward, except for bias. Everyone on the team has their own agenda, including Gayle. Start searching outside the box. History is not written by those who write, but those who challenge and act on it.

  • Metman on October 8, 2010, 14:50 GMT

    @loverboyp !3 very good comments you have made ! I had mentioned Sammy as capt.on the belief that both Gayle and Bravo would not have been in the team ,however,if both are selected,Gayle would still be the best man to lead the team.It would make no sense to make Sammy capt.with Gayle and Bravo in the team,and I totally agree with you,it would only lead to more confusion!however,as I said in another forum,I would not pick any one of the so called" money men" in my team,because those who are not embarassing or snubbing the Board now,will do it later!

  • loverboyp on October 8, 2010, 4:15 GMT

    A man that cant even make the first eleven on a regular basis , persons are calling to be captain if i am sammy and i am offered the captain of westindies i will turn it down, why? because i will want to be a prominent member of the team being a consistant performer where i could command respect from senior players because of my performance . gale is still the best man for the job those that are calling for his replacement are cricketing nonskulls , he has the respect of the team , he may have his short comings as everybody else gale has no hidden agenda, the team understand him he is not vindictive as was the case of lara, let me just say that pride is not money pride have cause many to starve westindies players criketing carare are very short, players are forced out of the team when they are in their early thirties with some help from our commentators who are also helping to destroy westindies cricket, as for michael clark captain he wants so can say anything.

  • lugujaga on October 7, 2010, 22:46 GMT

    NEWS FLASH !! THE LONGEST CORNER IN THE UNIVERSE WAS JUST DISCOVERED IN THE WEST INDIES ,THAT'S WHY IT'S SO HARD FOR THE WEST INDIES CRICKET TEAM TO TURN THINGS ARROUND BY TRYING TO TURN THIS UNBELIEVABLE ENORMOUS CORNER. WHOW!!

  • RealWI on October 7, 2010, 17:25 GMT

    These players strike because they wanted central contract, now they have contracts they turn it down, talk about hypocrisy. A central contact safe guard national teams from being broken up, these players can play IPL or other tournaments as long as their national teams isn't touring. What these 3 players fail to understand is that money can't buy pride,history,tradition or legacy. Our team will remain at the bottom as long as we keep picking players who don't share in the pride that come with putting on the uniform. It's clear that the hard work it takes to play test cricket and to restore West Indian pride is locking in these players. We must all remember, that the older folks use to say when a person show you who they are believe them the first time. This isn't the first time that Gayle and Pollard complain about test cricket, or Bravo choosing the IPL over West Indies team, it's time to move on. They are nothing special to begin with.

  • on October 7, 2010, 11:23 GMT

    The guys that didn't sign I agree with them. It seems as if people have a short memory. When Bravo was injured 2 years ago the WICB turned there back on him, he had to pay for all his medical treatment. This is a business not a friendship agreement, WICB are looking out for themselves so the players should also, they have a family to take care of and if they have a career ending injury they aren't guaranteed a job on the WICB board, where the board members are getting paid more than the players. This is not slavery, do like other teams pay a man what he is worth. Although West Indies cricket is at the bottom it is still a traveling show that every one in the world comes out to see because we are unique. For a calender year the WICB makes a minimum of 50 million US$. Test 5 million US$ minimum, ODI each 2 million US$ minimum. Where does the money go.

  • loverboyp on October 7, 2010, 4:02 GMT

    if the other 23 players that sign was in a better position i believe they all would withold their signiture demanding better from the board i guess that when you are poor you are expose to anything that comes and thats the case with the 23 chanders sign because he not in the ipl and bigbash. guys dont be held ransome by a board who have no regards for plays .

  • loverboyp on October 7, 2010, 3:47 GMT

    how come we dont understand that not siging the contract does not mean that the players are not playing for their national team. they never said that, all they are saying is that we want to be free dont try to tie us up we are not slave the matter is not money if it was that i believe that they would of sign ,but the matter of making mandatery to make themselfself available at all times is a restriction that anybody will have problem,. the wicb needs to treat the players as big men not as their childeren give the players some respect, understand where cricket is now and try to catch up this board has miss the boat the administrators of westindies cricket has no idear as to what to do pack up guys as leave let persons with cricketing brain and proper business sense take charge who knows how to market cricket then we might have leags and clubs in the west indies that will draw the same attraction as the big bash ipl icl and the t20 prov bravo gale pollard your signature belongs to you.

  • Frocktail on October 7, 2010, 3:46 GMT

    I hope that the selectors do not make the grave mistake of recommending Gayle and Bravo for captain and vice captain of the team. If they do, I hope the WICB will have the guts to turn down the recommendation. Sammy is a good candidate with Nash as his deputy. Those guys seem committed to West Indies cricket and now is the time to build for the future.

  • afterhours on October 9, 2010, 0:26 GMT

    Greame Smith at twenty two was barely in the South African team when he became Captain, now look at his record as Captain. What different does it make this team is gonna loose anyhow and if nothing change now ten years down the road we will be in the same position saying the same thing, then what. Every player have the right to do what he or she wants to do just as the WICB have the right to do what they think is the betterment for WI cricket. Some of you guys cant think outside of the box and that a problem. Having respect for Gayle what have he to show for it maybe they need fear. I say trow caution to the wind forget about the status quo. A young W I team now will be better in two years than this team will be in four if you don't believe me just take a look at the last ten years.

  • on October 8, 2010, 15:26 GMT

    At this point, there is no point. Any one person can command a team that really does not want to perform. As for who think that consistency is the key to captaincy, Lloyd was never consistent. You can even put a board member to captain the team really, they are pretty much consistent or even Ramnarine is consistent. There is no plan obvious plan to go forward, except for bias. Everyone on the team has their own agenda, including Gayle. Start searching outside the box. History is not written by those who write, but those who challenge and act on it.

  • Metman on October 8, 2010, 14:50 GMT

    @loverboyp !3 very good comments you have made ! I had mentioned Sammy as capt.on the belief that both Gayle and Bravo would not have been in the team ,however,if both are selected,Gayle would still be the best man to lead the team.It would make no sense to make Sammy capt.with Gayle and Bravo in the team,and I totally agree with you,it would only lead to more confusion!however,as I said in another forum,I would not pick any one of the so called" money men" in my team,because those who are not embarassing or snubbing the Board now,will do it later!

  • loverboyp on October 8, 2010, 4:15 GMT

    A man that cant even make the first eleven on a regular basis , persons are calling to be captain if i am sammy and i am offered the captain of westindies i will turn it down, why? because i will want to be a prominent member of the team being a consistant performer where i could command respect from senior players because of my performance . gale is still the best man for the job those that are calling for his replacement are cricketing nonskulls , he has the respect of the team , he may have his short comings as everybody else gale has no hidden agenda, the team understand him he is not vindictive as was the case of lara, let me just say that pride is not money pride have cause many to starve westindies players criketing carare are very short, players are forced out of the team when they are in their early thirties with some help from our commentators who are also helping to destroy westindies cricket, as for michael clark captain he wants so can say anything.

  • lugujaga on October 7, 2010, 22:46 GMT

    NEWS FLASH !! THE LONGEST CORNER IN THE UNIVERSE WAS JUST DISCOVERED IN THE WEST INDIES ,THAT'S WHY IT'S SO HARD FOR THE WEST INDIES CRICKET TEAM TO TURN THINGS ARROUND BY TRYING TO TURN THIS UNBELIEVABLE ENORMOUS CORNER. WHOW!!

  • RealWI on October 7, 2010, 17:25 GMT

    These players strike because they wanted central contract, now they have contracts they turn it down, talk about hypocrisy. A central contact safe guard national teams from being broken up, these players can play IPL or other tournaments as long as their national teams isn't touring. What these 3 players fail to understand is that money can't buy pride,history,tradition or legacy. Our team will remain at the bottom as long as we keep picking players who don't share in the pride that come with putting on the uniform. It's clear that the hard work it takes to play test cricket and to restore West Indian pride is locking in these players. We must all remember, that the older folks use to say when a person show you who they are believe them the first time. This isn't the first time that Gayle and Pollard complain about test cricket, or Bravo choosing the IPL over West Indies team, it's time to move on. They are nothing special to begin with.

  • on October 7, 2010, 11:23 GMT

    The guys that didn't sign I agree with them. It seems as if people have a short memory. When Bravo was injured 2 years ago the WICB turned there back on him, he had to pay for all his medical treatment. This is a business not a friendship agreement, WICB are looking out for themselves so the players should also, they have a family to take care of and if they have a career ending injury they aren't guaranteed a job on the WICB board, where the board members are getting paid more than the players. This is not slavery, do like other teams pay a man what he is worth. Although West Indies cricket is at the bottom it is still a traveling show that every one in the world comes out to see because we are unique. For a calender year the WICB makes a minimum of 50 million US$. Test 5 million US$ minimum, ODI each 2 million US$ minimum. Where does the money go.

  • loverboyp on October 7, 2010, 4:02 GMT

    if the other 23 players that sign was in a better position i believe they all would withold their signiture demanding better from the board i guess that when you are poor you are expose to anything that comes and thats the case with the 23 chanders sign because he not in the ipl and bigbash. guys dont be held ransome by a board who have no regards for plays .

  • loverboyp on October 7, 2010, 3:47 GMT

    how come we dont understand that not siging the contract does not mean that the players are not playing for their national team. they never said that, all they are saying is that we want to be free dont try to tie us up we are not slave the matter is not money if it was that i believe that they would of sign ,but the matter of making mandatery to make themselfself available at all times is a restriction that anybody will have problem,. the wicb needs to treat the players as big men not as their childeren give the players some respect, understand where cricket is now and try to catch up this board has miss the boat the administrators of westindies cricket has no idear as to what to do pack up guys as leave let persons with cricketing brain and proper business sense take charge who knows how to market cricket then we might have leags and clubs in the west indies that will draw the same attraction as the big bash ipl icl and the t20 prov bravo gale pollard your signature belongs to you.

  • Frocktail on October 7, 2010, 3:46 GMT

    I hope that the selectors do not make the grave mistake of recommending Gayle and Bravo for captain and vice captain of the team. If they do, I hope the WICB will have the guts to turn down the recommendation. Sammy is a good candidate with Nash as his deputy. Those guys seem committed to West Indies cricket and now is the time to build for the future.

  • loverboyp on October 7, 2010, 3:12 GMT

    those who are comdeming the players who did not sign the contracts are realising that we are in a libaralize world its no more slavery a man is free to choose who he wants to give his signiture. its a free market, the kind of fear tacticts the wicb is trying to place on the three players will back fire and the whole team will get burn, even if the players have not sign the contracts ,but they have given their commitment to the team and west indies cricket, not giving permission to these three players to play in the ipl and bigbash could cause problems that west indies cricket cannot take. all who is saying that gale should not be captain needs to check the team and see which other player can a captain is a sure pick and i am sure the others are not tell me how none performers can be captain, gale is the onle consistant performing player on the team apart from chanderpaul, mr hillare be careful the board can find itself in serious trouble be real this is a real world.

  • on October 7, 2010, 1:35 GMT

    People fail to realize Kieron Pollard had one of the highest paying years in cricket HISTORY this year. Paid over $1 Million for a Cricketer is just unheard of and here a boy from Trinidad did what greats like Lara and Viv Richards could never do in their whole careers, who are WE or the West Indies Board to tell them not to play for their families and their futures. I would do the SAME thing!

  • ragamuffintuffy on October 6, 2010, 21:41 GMT

    I wholeheartedly agree with Michael Clarke when he had said that your country should come first. So if some of WI boys, want to be available for '$cowlashing$ cricket$', so be it. WICB, should not try to kiss their backsides, but just give the younger fellas a chance to represent the most colorful region in the world (for its size), who would play for pride n region. Full stop, poupah!

  • crabman144 on October 6, 2010, 18:01 GMT

    Who is Ernest Hilaire and the WICB trying to intimidate by saying that they can't play anywhere else without the board's approval? This may be true but if they retire from international cricket, whose approval is needed then? Just asking!!!

  • delboy on October 6, 2010, 17:00 GMT

    Sawan, Dwayne Smith Taylor, Edwards and Samuels should worry not, a few seasons away from the WI setup will go someway towards them finishing their careers as KOLPAK players aka Collins and Collymore. The decision of the powers that be could be your blessing in disguise.

  • Navin84 on October 6, 2010, 16:06 GMT

    @lugujaga - totally agreed with you.

  • lugujaga on October 6, 2010, 15:17 GMT

    THE W.I.C.B IS LIKE A HUNGRY SNAKE FEEDING ON IT'S OWN TALE ,ROLED UP IN A WHEEL AND ROLLING OVER THE GUTTER. THE FACT THAT THE W.I.C.B HAVE TO USE A CONSULTING FIRM TO FIGURE OUT WHAT'S WRONG WITH WEST INDIES CRICKET, IS A SAD COMMENT IN ITSELF ABOUT THE STATE OF AFFAIRS OF THE WEST INDIES CRICKET. THEY ARE IN A STATE OF LIMBO,GIVING CONTRACTS TO WHO DON'T WANT IT AND NOT GIVING IT TO WHO WANTS IT. WHY WOULD THE WICB TAKE POLLARD AND DESTROY HIM BY GETTING HIM TO PLAY WEST INDIES CRICKET ? THERE ARE PLENTY OF CRICKETERS IN THE WEST INDIES, GIVE THESE OTHER PLAYERS A CHANCE AND LET GAYLE AND BRAVO GO AND MAKE MONEY .THE SIMPLE FACT THAT THE WEST INDIES CRICKET TEAM IS ON A DECADE OR MORE LOSING STREAK SHOWS THAT WE NEED TO PLAY WITH WHO IS WILLING TO ABIDE BY THE SO CALLED RULES. THE WICB IS ACTING LIKE A WOMAN OR MAN WHO IS AFRAID TO MOVE ON AFTER A BAD RELATIONSHIP ,WHEN IT COMES TO THESE SO CALLED GOOD PLAYERS. THE WICB SHOULD LOOK AT OTHER ALTERNATIVES AND OTHER PLAYERS.

  • crabman144 on October 6, 2010, 14:33 GMT

    I don't think that one entity is the problem, the problems WI cricket faces are collective, players, WICB and WIPA. Being West Indian I have witness the lacklustre approached taken by alot of the region players. No one can change that but the players and the governing body. You are taking a young man and putting him in a professional setting, what will he do? Emulate the senior players because he thinks it's ok. Some of which is good as well as bad. There is a great deal of psychology at this level and if your not able to adapt then no matter how much talent you have, you will not be successful. All parties involved should lend support and keep up with the latest training technology. Everyone top ranking test nation is using it, why shouldn't the West Indies???

    West Indies cricket is very important to the people of the Caribbean. Let us try to fix our shortcomings and restore pride once again in the Caribbean.

  • cricfan4life on October 6, 2010, 14:03 GMT

    I was a huge fan of these three players but not any more. I'm a west Indian so win or loose I support them but now they decided not be available to play for us at all times. Fellas what about the fans, we support you no matter what. How about playing for pride, nation and fans like the rest of cricketers around the world

  • on October 6, 2010, 12:00 GMT

    I think the only way the WICB can stop this is just a theory, because the WICB is in NO position to pay these guys anything close to what they are getting in the T20 competitions. I for one think that these players should not be obligated to sign a ONE YEAR contract for that small figure and fore go what can be made otherwise.....once they make their self available to play for WI there shouldn't be a problem. And I knew it would just be a matter of time before Gayle refused to sign the contract because he just wasn't man enough to say if Polly n Bravo didn't stand up first, also if other WI players had lucrative contracts they too would not have signed (Chanders & Sarwarn)

  • jackiethepen on October 6, 2010, 11:33 GMT

    Action should have been taken long ago. You only have to look at Kevin Pietersen to see how Twenty-20 can ruin your cricket in the longer form. Gayle might find himself playing just that and he probably doesn't care. But Pollard should think about this long term future. The Windies can't afford to let cricket slide into nonentity like this. Their fans deserve better. Cricket has to be taken seriously not squeezed for the dollar. The Windies has talent galore and a wonderful interest in cricket but there is now corruption at the top - that doesn't mean bribes etc - but a corruption of the spirit of the game when led by players who don't bother to put their country first and love money too much. Gayle should not be captain. Or in the team at all. He's a bad example to younger players.

  • buddygr8 on October 6, 2010, 11:09 GMT

    Mr Hilaire. why should it be your(WICB) way or the highway, does'nt the player have rights you seem to want to own them body and soul?

  • ChrisH on October 6, 2010, 7:06 GMT

    Ah yes, the usual noise from a bunch of people who just tend to go along with "received wisdom" and who probably haven't bothered to investigate for themselves what is really happening or isn't happening. If this had come from one of the previous WICB administrations I would have been highly suspicious but given the current lots' delivery on some of it's past promises I'm a lot more willing to give them the benefit of the doubt. In case any of the empty barrels missed it within 3 years this WICB admin has put in place an academy/high performance centre, reinstituted A-team tours (and recently the A team played 20 matches over a 4 month period and won 11 (incl. 7 in a row), drew 3 and lost 6...the A team also brought Shillingford into the senior team), organized a domestic T20 (which was shown on ESPN - a first for any WI domestic cricket outside of the Stanford games) and introduced retainers for the women. Sure they messed up at times since '07 but there have been positives.

  • Navin84 on October 6, 2010, 4:13 GMT

    The main findings that Consulting firm Deloitte Touche Tomhatsu would find is that WICB CEO, Ernest Hilaire needs to be sacked along with all other board members. Get rid of all current players and start from scratch, it will take time but in the long run would be a better WI cricket team and management.

  • on October 6, 2010, 4:00 GMT

    about time, action not talk will make difference

  • cricket_for_all on October 6, 2010, 3:59 GMT

    Hi all: I am not saying that they shouldn't play outside. These 3 players are very important to WI team and they came to this level with help of WI cricket team. What if Shachin declined BCCI contract (may be 5 years ago - now He is old) for money from UK counties? Will you guys accept his decision. My point is you earn money but don't forget your country (You came to this level due to your country). Declining a central contrac is too much. GO WICB go and do something!!. IPL or other baseball leages shoud not hire these kinds of guys for the sake of world cricket.

  • on October 6, 2010, 3:28 GMT

    West Indies cricket not in a healthy position presently and it has not been in a while now. The team is not successful, there is the uncertainty of top senior players being available for future West Indies' fixtures, the apparent scarcity of captaincy personel. A lot of promises have been made to develop and promote West Indies cricket - That's good news but at this point I believe the majority of West Indians are unsure of what the future holds for our cricket. There seems to always have some kind of uncertainty with the team. WIPA is the authorized, representative and collective voice of the players. It serves in an advisory capacity to these players in matters relating specifically to their interest and welfare. I would therefore think that the three players (Bravo, Pollard and Gayle) would have consulted WIPA before turning down the one-year Central Contracts offered by WICB. It would be interesting to hear WIPA's comments on this latest happening. I will follow with much interest.

  • on October 6, 2010, 3:02 GMT

    One more thing.....I am surprised that they did not commission Bernie Madoff to do the study......WICB leadership is out of touch. Our youngsters are electing to play Soccer, Basketball and Track instead of Cricket.

  • on October 6, 2010, 2:56 GMT

    I suggest that the WICB close down. They are an embarrasment to all of the West Indies. Guyana, Jamaica, Barbados and Trinidad should "go-it-alone" and field their own teams. The other Island should filed a "Combined Island" team. If one looks at countries such as Bermuda, Ireland, Netherland and Kenya who are able to field teams.....why not the 4 Island teams ....pretty sure that Guyana could beat anyone one of the teams mentioned.

  • on October 6, 2010, 2:56 GMT

    These player seem to put their interst before their counrty. I thought it was a previladge to wear the badge. I suppose the dolloar is mightier today, It is a shame. These three players what have they done in the name of WI cricket, look at their average, pitiful.

  • misterjoeyman on October 6, 2010, 2:54 GMT

    They had to hire a company to help them understand managing the modern game? Who, o who will fire the entire board and start fresh with unpaid people whose only motivation will be to improve WI cricket?

  • Jaymo on October 6, 2010, 2:52 GMT

    I think that the players should how important it is to play for the west indis. how can west indies prospe if the players choose clubs over their national side...and I don't believe in that shit that they're commited to the west indies, if they were commited they would've taken the contracts without hesitation. lets see what happens.

  • Navin84 on October 6, 2010, 1:40 GMT

    I agree with the 3 players, they should earn as much money as possible because a cricketer career is short. Look at Flintoff, where is he today? Injury has put him out of the game completely, he has to find another job to get income. If the board can't give approval they should retire from all WI games and play county cricket. Chanderpaul & Sarwan should do the same too. WICB is becoming worst than the PCB, all they do is talk, action taken and then overuled.

  • on October 6, 2010, 0:54 GMT

    @ lankan neutral. Laws ARE in place to ensure national interests. if the WICB has its way, it can object to the trio's (bravo, gayle and pollard) participation in events outside WI. cricket boards have a pact between them that players need the approval of parent country to participate outside. while players can cry foul if denied by the boards citing restriction of trade, the pact between boards needs to be further strengthened to protect national interests. for example, a country that wishes to approach a player from another country, can do so only if the player is on the contracted list of the home country, instead of the "no objection" thing.

  • Runster1 on October 6, 2010, 0:13 GMT

    @LANKAN_NEUTRAL U are shutting down the player's right to play watever team he wants to play for. Players have the right to not play for their country for watever reason it may be. The WI board these players get paid tonnes more in the IPL and it seems that the WI admins have paid no attention to the fact that money cud be the factor that stops these 3 play for their country. lol. MOST PLAYERS WISHED THEY PLAYED FOR INDIA COS INDIAN PLAYERS GET PAID THE MOST IN CRICKET!!!! :D

  • popahwheely on October 5, 2010, 23:44 GMT

    ^^^^same nonsense for the past 10 years time to put words into action. We will be ready for the 2015 world cup.

  • on October 5, 2010, 23:17 GMT

    Indeed, I as a crying and painful West Indian fan, I am overjoyed to see the day that the West Indies selectors get to their senses. I am not against the players who wants to make money, or who can get the opportunity. Please let them go and get their money. There are many other players who want to play the game, but as you can see, we have a bunch of bias and racist selectors who would not do the right thing for the cause of the game. The latest in the selectors biases, is Sammy who the entire world is talking about, may I ask when will the selectors permantly leave sammy on the side?

  • on October 5, 2010, 22:41 GMT

    Commission another study, by who, Deloitte..., our last study with report written by PJ Patterson is obsolete already. There goes some more development money to some useless end.

  • on October 5, 2010, 21:48 GMT

    I hope Hilaire recognizes that cricket has a business side to it. If you want the players to sign central contracts the offer has to be worthwhile. WI cricket needs to be better marketed and managed to ensure that they a have a winning product to offer and have money to compensate the players.

  • delboy on October 5, 2010, 21:28 GMT

    Could it simple be that at 15 most parents, players and their agent realize that choosing another sport over cricket will ensure they control their destiny, rather than support the egos of a board of FAT CATS, whose main concern is to feather their own nests?

  • cricket_for_all on October 5, 2010, 21:15 GMT

    I agree that players need earn money using their talent but they also need to realize that they developed professionalism by playing WI national team. WICB should put some strict laws on these players (Country should be the first). We want to see good players in international level not in club level baseball matches. I support WICB's position on this matter. Please teach them a lesson (If you can't play for the own country you can't play anywhere).

  • on October 5, 2010, 20:38 GMT

    Talk talk and more talk...let us see something happen....waiting for windies to come back for too long

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  • on October 5, 2010, 20:38 GMT

    Talk talk and more talk...let us see something happen....waiting for windies to come back for too long

  • cricket_for_all on October 5, 2010, 21:15 GMT

    I agree that players need earn money using their talent but they also need to realize that they developed professionalism by playing WI national team. WICB should put some strict laws on these players (Country should be the first). We want to see good players in international level not in club level baseball matches. I support WICB's position on this matter. Please teach them a lesson (If you can't play for the own country you can't play anywhere).

  • delboy on October 5, 2010, 21:28 GMT

    Could it simple be that at 15 most parents, players and their agent realize that choosing another sport over cricket will ensure they control their destiny, rather than support the egos of a board of FAT CATS, whose main concern is to feather their own nests?

  • on October 5, 2010, 21:48 GMT

    I hope Hilaire recognizes that cricket has a business side to it. If you want the players to sign central contracts the offer has to be worthwhile. WI cricket needs to be better marketed and managed to ensure that they a have a winning product to offer and have money to compensate the players.

  • on October 5, 2010, 22:41 GMT

    Commission another study, by who, Deloitte..., our last study with report written by PJ Patterson is obsolete already. There goes some more development money to some useless end.

  • on October 5, 2010, 23:17 GMT

    Indeed, I as a crying and painful West Indian fan, I am overjoyed to see the day that the West Indies selectors get to their senses. I am not against the players who wants to make money, or who can get the opportunity. Please let them go and get their money. There are many other players who want to play the game, but as you can see, we have a bunch of bias and racist selectors who would not do the right thing for the cause of the game. The latest in the selectors biases, is Sammy who the entire world is talking about, may I ask when will the selectors permantly leave sammy on the side?

  • popahwheely on October 5, 2010, 23:44 GMT

    ^^^^same nonsense for the past 10 years time to put words into action. We will be ready for the 2015 world cup.

  • Runster1 on October 6, 2010, 0:13 GMT

    @LANKAN_NEUTRAL U are shutting down the player's right to play watever team he wants to play for. Players have the right to not play for their country for watever reason it may be. The WI board these players get paid tonnes more in the IPL and it seems that the WI admins have paid no attention to the fact that money cud be the factor that stops these 3 play for their country. lol. MOST PLAYERS WISHED THEY PLAYED FOR INDIA COS INDIAN PLAYERS GET PAID THE MOST IN CRICKET!!!! :D

  • on October 6, 2010, 0:54 GMT

    @ lankan neutral. Laws ARE in place to ensure national interests. if the WICB has its way, it can object to the trio's (bravo, gayle and pollard) participation in events outside WI. cricket boards have a pact between them that players need the approval of parent country to participate outside. while players can cry foul if denied by the boards citing restriction of trade, the pact between boards needs to be further strengthened to protect national interests. for example, a country that wishes to approach a player from another country, can do so only if the player is on the contracted list of the home country, instead of the "no objection" thing.

  • Navin84 on October 6, 2010, 1:40 GMT

    I agree with the 3 players, they should earn as much money as possible because a cricketer career is short. Look at Flintoff, where is he today? Injury has put him out of the game completely, he has to find another job to get income. If the board can't give approval they should retire from all WI games and play county cricket. Chanderpaul & Sarwan should do the same too. WICB is becoming worst than the PCB, all they do is talk, action taken and then overuled.