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CWI Sympathetic To Players Fears In ‘Unprecedented Times’ — CEO

CWI chief executive, Johnny Grave

KINGSTON, Jamaica (CMC) — Cricket West Indies (CWI) says it has no hard feelings towards players who have declined selection for the tour of Bangladesh, saying the COVID-19 pandemic had resulted in “unprecedented times and unprecedented conditions”, under which to play cricket.

Chief executive officer, Johnny Grave, said CWI had made it clear to players once cricket resumed amid the ongoing pandemic, that the decision to tour would rest with them, with no backlash from the regional board if they opted not to participate in any planned series.

He was speaking against the backdrop of the decision by 10 players, including Test Captain Jason Holder and white-ball skipper Kieron Pollard, to pull out of the January 20 to February 15 tour of Bangladesh.

“We knew it was going to be unprecedented times and difficult for players and we said from the outset we’d accept any player who chose, due to these unprecedented times and unprecedented conditions for these tours, to opt out,” Grave said in a television interview here.

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