West Indies news February 7, 2014

Edwards 'shocked' by Barbados punishment

ESPNcricinfo staff

Kirk Edwards, the West Indies batsman, has said his removal from the Barbados squad for allegedly refusing to sign for some kit came as a shock. Edwards, formerly captain of the team, was disciplined by Barbados manager Hartley Reid last week, ahead of the start of the Regional Super50, in a move criticised by the West Indies Players' Association.

"I was never made aware that I have any behavioural problems," Edwards was quoted as saying by Jamaica Today. "I just had a good report from the A team, specifically the West Indies Cricket Board president, and they all gave good feedback on me and nobody ever said to me: 'Well Kirk, we have a problem with your behaviour or what not'.

"So it came over to me like a shock at first. But I've been through many things like this... so I said to myself things do happen, so get over it and move on."

Edwards was replaced as captain by Kevin Stoute for the domestic one-day tournament, being held in Trinidad and Tobago, as well as being removed from the four-day squad, despite leading Barbados to the title in 2012-13. He reportedly refused to sign for kit - two sets of shirts and trousers that must last for two years, with players bearing the cost of replacement - on the grounds that it was substandard.

Edwards was praised for his captaincy on the West Indies A tour of India and subsequently made a return to the Test and one-day teams in New Zealand. Since making his debut in 2011, Edwards has played 12 Tests and 11 ODIs, serving for a period as West Indies vice-captain.

"It is all about strong leadership," Edwards said of his stance. "The reason for leading is that you have to have the ability to stand up to [and for] your players. If you aren't, then you can't make that happen, that is why then you won't be a good leader. So I am proud of how I go about my business."

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  • charlie on February 9, 2014, 20:18 GMT

    There seems to be more to this story than meets the eye . A simmering feud ,ego of some authoritative figure ? I would like to know who was responsible for the removal of Kirk as captain . Does this have anything to do with the issue at hand ?

  • CRIC on February 9, 2014, 9:32 GMT


    First of all, don't get me wrong, I like the players you mentioned - although Rampaul seriously needs to get fir, at the moment he's a slob. Always has fitness issues and now looks worse than ever. Beaton and Cummins are knocking on the door of the squad - West Indies took a chance on youngsters back in the late 70's...and look what happened...15 years undefeated, THE greatest EVER team in ANY sport. We need to start looking at the history...learn from it. Miguel Cummins is a young promising player, with a knack for taking wickets. Beaton, already described by Yuvraj Singh as a "young Ambrose", could well become a great. Holder is one I would always keep in the set up, for among the younger bowlers, both he and Delorn Johnson show decent control. We've got the resources to form a pace battery, now let's get them tuned up and roll out the pace like fire.

  • Ali on February 9, 2014, 4:21 GMT

    Four real quicks ? you started by saying "no more non-sence" ...

    but then you put Beaton and Cummings in the side !

    so what you want is really YOUR brand of non-sense,,,

    if WI plays 4-Quicks , they would be : Roach, Taylor, Holder, Rampaul .. (and stick in Deonarine @ 6 to spin)

    That would be the 2nd best attack in the world after SA ....

  • Dummy4 on February 9, 2014, 1:04 GMT

    Should I say laughable or rather laffable . . . What a waste of time!

  • CRIC on February 9, 2014, 0:43 GMT

    No more nonsense, sort it out. Edwards should be in the test set up, unlike some that are. Time to get real again, bring back the fire...bring back the pace battery...FOUR-REAL-QUICKS!!! Roach, Taylor, Beaton, Cummins

  • Dummy4 on February 8, 2014, 22:32 GMT

    There should have been some dialogue before the clothes were presented, how can they expect someone to perform in such a climate. Is this situation the sane with the other teams or only with the Barbados'?. Hope the such matters can be resolved in a timely manner so the careers cannot be jeopardized -

  • Neil on February 8, 2014, 7:11 GMT

    Before passing judgment, remember there are 4 sides to every story - mine, yours, ours and theirs. If you are a public persona then the media comes into play too.

  • azad on February 8, 2014, 3:35 GMT

    This is exactly why west indian cricket is in peril, lack of disicipline to follow instructions.In any organisation and work place employees do have to comply and then complain.Standing up to authority is never the way and I am amaze of the comments by respondents in support of such action.This behavior is best describe by the word recalcitrant and such action can only leads to rebellion hence the ICC have instituted code of conduct on as well as off the field.If the respect of players is to be earned, as a captain you must personally lead the way,so come on Edwards behave yourself and do the job you are paid to do and if you don't like it then find another career.

  • Dummy4 on February 8, 2014, 2:29 GMT

    Kirk you have made your statement well.WI cricket board has set this kind of tone that has cause out cricket to be where it is today.Why such attitude does have to be part of our cricket.This game is our passion,our culture that brings us together.

  • Dummy4 on February 7, 2014, 22:19 GMT

    Here is another example of unqualified leadership - this is an ongoing problem with the West Indies cricket as a whole. Managing professional athletes require a high degree of " people skill" - it is the responsibility of management to provide positive reinforcement . Creating a win/win climate benefits the entire organization. Based on his action Hartley Reid does not belong in this position.

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