West Indies news February 4, 2014

Edwards withdrawn from Barbados squad

ESPNcricinfo staff

Kirk Edwards, the West Indies batsman, was withdrawn from the Barbados squad for disciplinary reasons ahead of their first match in the Nagico Super50 tournament, WICB's regional one-day competition. The decision was made by the Barbados Cricket Association on February 1.

"The guys in the team are really disappointed Kirk has been sent home," Barbados manager Hartley Reid told the Daily Nation.

The West Indies Players Association expressed their disappointment at Edwards' withdrawal on a team-kit related matter which, WIPA chief Wavell Hinds said, could have been resolved through "sensible" dialogue.

"After Kirk made us aware that he had been threatened with expulsion from the team, and of the issue which had given rise to the threat, I immediately contacted Mr. Reid and asked if he would be good enough to meet with us and Kirk at the team hotel right after the WIPA AGM which was being held nearby and he agreed," Hinds told. "We were firmly of the view that what Kirk had advised us of as being the issue was a matter which could be easily resolved through sensible and well-intentioned dialogue."

Barbados, led by Kevin Stoute, won their first match of the tournament, beating Trinidad & Tobago by 28 runs in Port of Spain on February 2.

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  • Ali on February 5, 2014, 19:38 GMT

    he refused to sign a contract for a kit ... making him responsible for damage to the equipment for 2 years ...

    that is a "disciplinary breach" ?

    Has power gone to the head of the 29 year old administrator who saw it fit to send home the ex-captain (who lost his captaincy on the advice of the same said administrator, due to the negative report of the said administrator) ...

    So the captain gets a bad report from and administrator ...

    has this administrator ever had anyone rate HIS performance ? I suspect he could be 100% incompetent and there is no system in place to asses his performance ....

    It is reported that the players are disgruntled but, they don't want to be sent home, and they all signed the contracts "voluntarily under duress" ...

    Imagine , a "sponsorship" contract that is "mandatory" and will "cost" the player money out of his pocket ....

    and if you don't sign it, you will be sacked from the team ..

  • Kenneth on February 5, 2014, 14:31 GMT

    does any of the boards care about the fans. They continue to have these issues but never provide any explainatons to the fans. I was going to suggest that we start showing our displeasure by not going to matches however that might be useless as hardly anyone goes to tests these days and that hsa not jolted them (players & board) into realising that something is very wrong.

  • Dummy4 on February 5, 2014, 13:50 GMT

    He was discipline, full stop. West Indies need more action like this to keep the players on track, no one is too big for the game.

  • Abiose on February 5, 2014, 12:33 GMT

    I beginning to become so fed-up with these issues that its prompting me to follow other sports and loose interest in cricket, Shillingford issue, WI teamtroubles, ICC, KP issue, now a young promising cricketer..... this is becoming like a soap opera rather than sports. Give us more information, you owe that much to the fans because without us the sport will be meaningless.

  • o on February 5, 2014, 9:32 GMT

    So he lead them to 4 day victory scored amazing 100 for W.I after sitting on the side for previous ODI's to square the series with a strong NZ side the same side that just whitewashed India and Barbados reward him first with discarding his captaincy with no reason and now kick him out of the tournament over something as petty as this ? Something needs to be done W.I cricket is never going to progress when stuff like this goes on.

  • Dummy4 on February 5, 2014, 8:07 GMT

    I agree. This is a ridiculously vague article!

  • Roger on February 5, 2014, 3:11 GMT

    With respect, this report does not provide sufficient information for the reader to understand exactly what is being reported let alone comment on it. What does "team-kit related matter" mean? Surely it is simple enough to explain exactly what transpired.

  • Dummy4 on February 4, 2014, 13:07 GMT

    I do believe the BCA owe the general public an explanation as to why Kirk Edwards has been thrown off the team. I am a Jamaican, and too often Windies players have been 'thrown overboard' without any sensible reason. That shows a complete disregard and dis respect for the fans of the sport. We have new leadership at the top of Windies cricket, I hope the next time they get together, they will issue a directive to individual boards, ordering them to start reating players and fans with respect.

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