West Indies news January 17, 2014

Gayle, Bravo sign central contracts

ESPNcricinfo staff

Chris Gayle and Dwayne Bravo have signed the West Indies Cricket Board's annual retainer contract after a gap of three years. Both players were offered board's Grade A contracts, but Kieron Pollard, who was the third player in 2010 to refuse the central contract, did not feature in the list.

"I would like to believe it was a recommitment to West Indies cricket from both of them," Michael Muirhead, the WICB chief, told the Trinidad Express. "They were advised that they were being awarded contracts and they accepted, so it augurs well for West Indies cricket and we really did not have to go into negotiations or anything. The fact they are presenting themselves, making themselves available at the expense of the other leagues speaks for itself. I am happy about that."

Muirhead said the board was in discussions with the West Indies Players Association to work out the best solution for issuing no objection certificates to players when they go and play in other leagues. "For West Indies cricket to thrive and to grow they have to make themselves available," Muirhead said. "At the same time, we don't want to limit the amount or prevent their opportunities to earn."

Other cricketers to make it to the top grade include Sunil Narine, Darren Sammy, Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Marlon Samuels. While only Kemar Roach was offered a Grade B contract, seven players were added to the Grade C list. The board also announced the list of 10 contracted women cricketers.

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  • Derek on January 24, 2014, 16:22 GMT

    In order for WI cricket to survive it does not need Gayle and Bravo; it needs an influx of hungry young players who want to elevate themselves to be in the shop window which the IPL and big money leagues have place Narine, Cooper, Pollard and to some extent Holder. If and when the WI have 30 - 40 TOP CLASS players then the balance of power will begin to shift back from player freelancing to player committing to represent his country whenever he is out of a franchise. Granted that the leagues have quotas, top PROFESSIONAL players should be able to go off and earn big money in their short career while others of equal talent not necessary experience are angry to fill the void in hope to elevate themselves.

  • Dummy4 on January 22, 2014, 14:09 GMT

    I'm not convinced that this will work out. I can understand giving contracts to your big-gun players, but guys like Gayle, Dwayne Bravo and Narine will more often than not choose Independent big-money tournaments over representing the Windies. I'm certainly not begrudging those guys of the tempting offers out there. but it does beg the question of any consistancy to have a nucleus of players to choose from, without the distraction of schedule-clashing that will inevitably cause disruption. Clearly an agreement and deal has been set, i just hope that it works out best for West Indies cricket and the loyal fans who follow. I for one have my doubts, i just hope that they prove me wrong.

  • Orlando on January 18, 2014, 9:11 GMT

    Contractual decisions are necessary and important but surely far more important right now are decisions on a coach, test captain and a core of talented, hungry, focused players for the three formats of cricket. As always, nothing changes. WI have just come back from one of the most humiliating, crushing series of beatings they have ever had and what is the first matter on the agenda - contracts. Sure at some point there is going to be a bit of tinkering around the edges or a few deck chairs will be rearranged but the disaster we are in will not be addressed. And just as a matter of interest what on earth has a player like Johnson Charles done to deserve any sort of contract?

  • Dummy4 on January 18, 2014, 7:47 GMT

    Why is Darren Bravo on a C contract??? He should be A Contract

  • A-Gunnie on January 17, 2014, 20:56 GMT

    For the most part I am glad to see these key players with contracts however like some of the earlier comments Lil Bravo is a key part of the W.I future and should have been reward with at least a B contract.Gayle has done little in the last few years and it's not because of the $$ , he has primed himself for the 20 over format (short and sweet) don't expect too much form him in the other longer version.Big bravo lately has not been playing test as he always seem to get "hurt" just before a test series.The board have to realize that our IPL millionaires don't care much to play for the test team and should be paid accordingly.....only if you play all 3 formats or 2 or 1

  • Dummy4 on January 17, 2014, 20:45 GMT

    If Roach is your leading pacer, why is he "B" when Bravo and Narine who are one day players, are "A". Hope you are able to get Gayle and Bravo to sign next year when the England clashes with the IPL. I think that young batsmen who are potential test players, such as Darren Bravo and Powell should be excluded from ODI and T20 for at least tow to three years, and then excluded from T20 for at least another couple of years. Leave the T20 to Charles, Fletcher who are unlikely to make it to the test arena.

  • Mark on January 17, 2014, 19:31 GMT

    Good news for this year but I'll be very interested to see if the likes of Gayle, Dwayne Bravo and Sunil Narine sign a contract next year when the England test match tour of the Caribbean will take place at the same time as the IPL. Tino Best has done well to get any sort of contract ahead of a player like Jason Holder.

  • Steve on January 17, 2014, 16:05 GMT

    For the better part, the contracts look OK. Gayle is on decline. Should have been in grade B. Until Shane Shillingford was cleared of his action, he shouldn't have been given a contract. Darren Bravo should be in grade B or higher. I feel Perumal and Bishoo deserved to be at least in grade C.

  • Chandra on January 17, 2014, 14:45 GMT

    I think Darren Bravo should be in Grade A or B. A test player in Grade C and a non test player ( Dwayne) in Grade A does not look that good, given Dwayne Bravo is a captain in ODIs, may be we could accept that. If WI are building for future with Darren Bravo as the key player in test side he should be in Grade A.

  • Douglas on January 17, 2014, 14:14 GMT

    Dwane Bravo, Marlon Samuels and Darren Sammy are Grade A? How low standards we have!

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