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."