West Indies news January 12, 2016

Holder disallowed from playing PSL

ESPNcricinfo staff

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Bishop: Unfortunate for Holder not to play in PSL

West Indies Cricket Board has withheld the no-objection certificate (NOC) that Jason Holder needed to participate in the inaugural Pakistan Super League (PSL) on the grounds that he is a contracted player and his primary objective is to serve West Indies cricket.

Holder, who is the captain of West Indies in Tests and ODIs, was picked by Quetta Gladiators in the player draft held on December 21. It became clear he won't be able to play for them when he took to twitter and said...

According to WICB chief executive Michael Muirhead, Holder had just signed a fresh retainer contract, which allowed the board to hold the rights to grant or deny him permission to play in overseas domestic leagues.

"He is a retained player. So it gives us a right to say to a retained player, if you request a NOC in a time, that we have something geared towards the development of West Indies cricket, and then we have the right to say no to him," Muirhead told ESPNcricinfo.

Muirhead also pointed out that Holder had the responsibility to captain the Barbados team, which is currently competing in the Nagico Super-50, West Indies' List A competition. "We have our premier 50-over competition going on now and it is going to be played at the same time as the league (PSL). He is the captain of the Barbados team, which wants him to play. We need him in the region. It promotes cricket. It sends a sense of unity. It sends the right message."

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  • Derek on January 15, 2016, 9:28 GMT

    Apart from the CPL Badree has no competition in the Caribbean to measure his skills. He just bagged 4-0-22-5 in the BBL.

  • Joshua on January 14, 2016, 15:26 GMT

    Pollard and Sammy aren't allrounders - both are a lot more likely to win a match with the bat than the ball and they're rarely entrusted with the ball in pressure situations. Bravo and Russell are genuine allrounder - they can win big matches with both bat and ball are frequent death bowlers for their teams. Holder and Brathwaite are bowling allrounders (mainly because they bowl a lot) who can steal the odd game or two with their bowling (Holder) and batting (Brathwaite) respectively - most of the time they won't do anything spectacular with either skill during the game... All 6 of these guys will be valuable to WI but if any two had to miss out, in my opinion, it would have to be Sammy and Holder. I still believe all six should play in addition to Gayle, Fletcher, Simmons and the two spinners (Badree is definitely one).

  • Derek on January 13, 2016, 17:12 GMT

    @CRICKETCHAT there is no such thing as national service across caricom or common agreement of the board to be LOYAL to players and their dependents. Infact I do not think the WICB is prepared to compensate players for loss of earnings if they opt to abandon all or part of any franchise contract to represent the region. Look at AUS , currently they have their BVL and other international fixture running in tandum with players moving between engagements under agreement.

  • Mark on January 13, 2016, 14:41 GMT

    PCB will only issue NOCs to Pakistanis who have retired from international cricket: With both leagues less than a month from starting, the friction between the Pakistan Cricket Board's (PCB) Pakistan Super League (PSL) and the Masters Champions League (MCL) shows no signs of abating. On Wednesday, the PCB said that the only Pakistani players who will be given No Objection Certificates (NOCs) to play in the MCL will be those who have "announced and confirmed their irrevocable resignation and retirement from international cricket". Source:http://www.thenational.ae/cricket/pakistan-super-league/pcb-will-only-issue-nocs-to-pakistanis-who-have-retired-from-international-cricket

  • Steve on January 13, 2016, 14:08 GMT

    WICB decision makes perfect sense. WI should always come first. It will be interesting to see if other boards follow suit.

  • Aon Khan on January 13, 2016, 13:27 GMT

    Tisara perara is replacement player for Quetta Galadiators after jason holder noc problem love u psl:-*

  •   Adil Saleem Khan on January 13, 2016, 11:32 GMT

    Good, Quetta should take some Afghan Bowler

  • Harold on January 13, 2016, 11:01 GMT

    T 20 cric, You have so missed my point ,I guess the irony was lost on you .I cant predict the future but I can speak about the present .The so called "premiere" tournament I was referring to is the current WI competition ..My point being is he will not improve his standard by playing in the WI so therefore it will be better for him to face overseas conditions and players in Pakistan .In fact if scores of 150 happened there it would be because of quality bowling ,Consequently in the WI competition those scores are the result of substandard pitches and poor batsmen.

  • Geeva on January 13, 2016, 8:04 GMT

    The West Indies Board has not stopped any player from playing IPL lets get that clear.Plus Holder needs to get rest ahead of the WC..he plays all the games..next he will be complaining of Fatigue when he plays for WI...

  • Simon on January 13, 2016, 7:50 GMT

    Wonder if this has anything to do with the WICB trying to make things up to the BCCI after the controversy of the abandoned Indian tour... or is it just typical WICB weirdness?