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Ian Bishop Makes Call For Players To Give Back To The West Indies

Three Players Pour Scorn On WICB Contract

The Tale Of Burnham, Lloyd, And WI Cricket CaptaincyThe three players Marlon Samuels, Darren Bravo, and Carlos Brathwaite who have rejected the recently announced WICB retainer contracts have had some fans and pundits not only puzzled but also speculating on the next move of the big three.

The decision of Brathwaite, the 28-year-old who assumed leadership of the T20 squad recently, is indeed troubling. He is set to play for Barisal Bulls in the Bangladesh Premier League which bowls off this weekend and is also expected to sign for a franchise in the Big Bash League starting next month. This, therefore, means that the T20 captain may not be readily available to play for the Windies.

On the other hand, Bravo, one of the Windies best test batsmen, is reported as not being a happy camper given the C grade contract he was offered. The left-hander is currently a member of the ODI squad but not the T20 unit, and unlike many of his teammates, he is not a T20 domestic leagues globe trotter.

In the meantime, Samuels, at 35, is on the last lap of his career and his recent poor form in the Test series against Pakistan has been heavily criticized by a number of pundits who have called for his name to be scratched from any future test squad. Samuels is set to turn out in the BPL for Comilla Victorians and he too may not be available to play for the Windies on call.

The recent move by these players has also raised alarm among some former players who have openly expressed their concerns  and question the future of West Indies cricket if players choose to neglect their regional team for overseas contracts.

Former fast bowler Ian Bishop who was in the United Arab Emirates for the team’s tour against Pakistan is one such past player who has expressed concerns over the move but he’s remaining optimistic.

“I would like to think that guys will probably say look, I’m going to give back to West Indies cricket, given that is where I came through for one or two of these tournaments may be at least participate rather than miss everything,” said Bishop in a radio interview.

The WICB recently announced contracts range from U.S. $100,000 to U.S. $150,000, and is based on performances from October 1, 2015 – September 2016.

Carole Maye, Readers Bureau, Fellow

Edited by Jesus Chan

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