He said the change in the ODI selection policy is just the tip of the iceberg in the ongoing issues between the board and senior players.
Powell was expressing his view against the background of recent utterances by the WICB chairman of selectors Courtney Browne.
Windies current selection policy has forced a number of senior players including Dwayne Bravo, Chris Gayle, Kieron Pollard, Sunil Narine, and Andre Russell to make the choice between playing local cricket or parading their skills only in the money awash international leagues.
Browne recently told a media outlet that “there is some discussion going on about revisiting the eligibility rule.”
“I know it’s with a working committee. That will then go to the board. But we have to understand our domestic cricket is key,” he said.
He added that “players coming out of domestic cricket and showing they can perform at the international level is important. Yes, we have to look at it [the eligibility rule] but also be mindful that we have to develop our own domestic product, a stage where we can have a very good standard of regional cricket.”
Speaking on Hitz 92 FM’s Sports Grill on Thursday, Powell says the board and the players need to sort out their issues to see their return.
“I believe what is happening around West Indies cricket now is far-reaching. The board and the players along with their union should meet with the selectors in one room and work out all the differences. Once you can do that then you can put policies in place that can help the cricket to grow,” said Powell.
Powell also charged that the lack of professionalism by the West Indies Players Association (WIPA) has also had a crippling effect on the West Indies cricket setup.
Yvad Billings, Readers Bureau, Fellow
Edited by Jesus Chan
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