West Indies news May 8, 2011

'Wasn't contacted by WICB about injury before IPL'


Jerome Taylor, the West Indies fast bowler who returned to competitive cricket in the IPL after another break due to injury, has said the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) did not contact him about the injury until he arrived in India to play for the Pune Warriors.

Taylor, who last played for West Indies in June 2010, wasn't picked for the home ODI series against Pakistan. It led Michael Holding to question, during series commentary, as to why Taylor had then been cleared by the WICB to play in the IPL. Taylor said he was told his back injury sustained during the domestic first-class competition in the Caribbean earlier this year "was nothing to keep me out for too long." This assessment, Taylor said, came from Dr. Akshai Mansingh, part of the WICB medical panel, whom he was sent to meet during the tournament.

Taylor missed the previous two IPL seasons due to other injuries but this year has bowled with good pace and rhythm. Explaining his decision to play in the IPL, Taylor told ESPNcricinfo: "I had asked the WICB for an NOC due to the fact that I wasn't a contracted player with the WICB. I was in a preparation camp for the Four Day tournament and didn't get selected in the 30-man preliminary squad for the World Cup, which none of the selectors said anything to me about even though I was fit enough to be preparing for the first-class competition.

"I wasn't sure I was going to be selected, so I had to keep my options open. It was a case where I didn't want to be at home waiting to be selected, not get picked and let this opportunity pass me for a third year in a row."

The only communication he had with the board before arriving in India, Taylor said, was a chat with selector Robert Haynes during the Four Day tournament and an exchange of e-mails about his no-objection certificate for playing in the IPL with the board CEO Ernest Hilaire. "But no one contacted me about my injury before I came here," Taylor said. It was only after he reached India, he added, that he'd been contacted by the board about his fitness.

"On April 7, 2011, after I had arrived in India, I received an e-mail from Dr. Hilaire - and the Pune Warriors management and medical staff also let me know - that he needed a report on my medical status for his purposes of informing the IPL (about my fitness). "

Taylor's career in international cricket has been beset by a back injury among others, limiting his availability to 29 Tests after he'd been identified as among the most promising fast-bowling prospects for West Indies when he made his debut in 2003. He reiterated he was "still aspiring to lead the West Indies attack" and that the IPL was a platform to "give a good account of myself."

In a broader interview, Taylor also said he didn't think leaving out senior players from the ODI side was helpful since West Indies will be playing "against tough teams" this year and therefore needed the right combination of youth and experience if they were going to be successful.

"We're not here to just play cricket and represent West Indies; we need people who can actually compete. We're winning games but we need to start winning series and tournaments. We need to make sure that we're seriously challenging teams and pushing them close."

In his five IPL matches, Taylor has taken six wickets at 26.16 and admitted that while injuries had forced him to cut down on pace, he is focused on delivering on the field. "I'm not sure what they [selectors] are thinking right now but what can I do more than go out there and perform? That's my focus right now. I have to make sure I'm performing and I'm fit, and the rest is left in their hands.

"At this moment my body is feeling good and I'm up for it and I have to make sure that I put the best of Jerome Taylor out on the park."

Siddhartha Talya is a sub editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • shawn on May 9, 2011, 19:44 GMT

    @R_Joseph: I think cricinfo's journalists are telling it as they see it, simple as that.

  • ez on May 8, 2011, 17:21 GMT

    @R_Joseph.. I share your sentiments.. I have written many comments and they seem to be omited by the editors. WI is proud of the two votories.. We hv not seen that in a long time and rmember the big names are not there.. I am PROUD TO BE West Indian.. I agree to allow the board to carry out its duties.. I agree that we must support the senior players and try to ge them satisfied but to what end? How much must we give to them for them to commit to WI cricket? If they are serious keep them there but if they believe just their name should keep them in the team, GET RID OF THEM. WI all in!

  • shurwayne on May 8, 2011, 16:59 GMT

    Ok, its said that we musnot just accept the opinion of one person when they make comments about an issue with them and someone else, we must always hear the other side..BUT WHEN THREE PLAYERS ARE GIVING THE IMPRESSION OF THE TENDENCY OF MR.HILAIRE AND HIS COLLEAGUES, I think we as west indian fans need to find a way to proceed with Andy Robert´s reccomendation, get rid of WICB current management squad...if not our already fragile development( if i should call it that) will remain in the dungent. We need persons with vision and love for West Indies cricket to bring us foward and the current bunch seem to be only interested in monetary gains and power rights( who gets to say i am the boss)..LET WEST INDIAN CRICKET FANS START ASKING WICB MANAGEMENT TO BE RESPONSIBLE FOR ITS ACTIONS.

  • Dummy4 on May 8, 2011, 16:18 GMT

    Echo the words of tnelson. You said it perfectly. How much more evidence of a hapless WICB before the necessary actions are taken? The entire Board, including the President and especially the CEO must go...yesterday. Whatever happened to the PJ Patterson report on West Indies cricket? Was it too damning of the self-serving Board that they decided to shelve it and never speak of it again. I'm really getting tired of all this WICB inefficiency and trickery. Leave the game playing to those on the field please. Be gone with the whole incompetent lot of you.

  • Dummy4 on May 8, 2011, 15:59 GMT

    If this story is true, it is getting more and more ridiculous.

  • roy on May 8, 2011, 14:37 GMT

    For years now WI players have openly stated that the medical treatment provided by WICB has either been lacking or nonexistent altogether. WPA has indicated that some players are not even paid when injured while duty for WI. This is completely unacceptable and must be remedied by the WICB immediately. It's surprising that with all the agitation WIPA does, it has not been able to settle this issue.

    Having said that, professional cricketers do have a personal responsibility to train, and strengthen their bodies to deal with the stress of their trade, and not run off to play county cricket, IPL and other 20/20 brands. Taylor conceded that he was not 100% fit yet off he went to play in the IPL. Fidel Edwards did a similar thing some years ago, and we all know the consequence of his action.

    Staying fit is a shared responsibility between player and team, WIBC must ensure that players get's the best medical treatment available; players must also follow their rehab program

  • roy on May 8, 2011, 14:10 GMT

    For many years I have used this website as a trusted source of information on all things cricket, however, recently I have seen a decline in your journalist standards that's troubling.

    In the last few weeks you have published a series of negative articles against WI cricket, even consective victories against Pakistan were down played as meaningless, and perhaps they are to you, but not to us thousands of WI fans who have not had consecutive wins against a top rated team in several years.

    As a West Indian, it seems to me you may have an ulterior motive or hidden agenda which could harm WI cricket even more, however inadvertent it may be. Please be objective, professional, and even investigative in your reporting, otherwise butt of WI cricket matters and let us deal withour internal issues by ourselves.

    I concede the WICB has contributed significantly to the decline of our game, but equally culpable are the "star players" and WIPA, where is your reporting on them? on it's way?

  • Robin on May 8, 2011, 14:09 GMT

    WICB need to put some basic structure in place and treat its players with a little respect. I suggest after a training camp and the squad narrow down, the players not selected be met with and told why they did not make the squad and what next for them. this would take take care of the uncertinity from the players and how thay can proceed with career and making a living. i have no problem with non selected players i.e. gayle, taylor playing in the IPL, thay have to make a living. With those so call injured players, the WI fitness coach should be in contact with them weekly, plotting their progress and offering advice and paying for their rehab. the WI in not one country, its many small island & guyana and most have poor infastructure, no PT or rehab specialist and yet WICB send these players home to "wing" their rehab and with no help, but to intefere in their lives and career. The pool of possible players need to be nurtured and treated with respect. EXUMA

  • Karan on May 8, 2011, 14:04 GMT

    @John Crow: The WI board didn't 'back out' of any decision by letting Sarwan back. They did not make a decision to drop the seniors from the team permanently, and in fact stressed quite clearly when the decision was made that they were not doing so.

  • Dummy4 on May 8, 2011, 13:41 GMT

    This article should have included an announcement that the governing bodies of the west indian countries have fired the entire board. Taylor, Lawson, Collins, 3 great fast bowlers who have been discarded by WI. Expect Taylor back in after this pronouncement as we all know the board makes decisions and the back out of them.(Sarwan in for the final 2 one days)

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