In an interview on Jamaica’s Hitz 92 FM radio sports program Sports Grill, the first vice president of Jamaica Cricket Association (JCA), Dr. Donovan Bennett, lamented the approach taken by some players to shun the current Asian tour even as they ply their trade in franchise tournaments.
“What really surprise me is that some of the players who did not go were players who you would have expected to go because some of these players were in their infancy as far as international cricket was concerned,” said Dr. Bennett.
The former youth selector said the tour would have provided the right stage for some of these players to prove themselves.
“I would have thought that it would have been a good opportunity for them to go to Bangladesh, do well and hold their hands up,” he said.
Dr. Bennett argued that the players’ commitment is lacking, and it militates against the West Indies brand.
“The product is not a reflection of the administration, even at the West Indies level, basically it’s a reflection of where we are now as a country and as a region. The commitment from the players is not what it should be,” he said.
Earlier, Cricket West Indies (CWI) selection panel was left with no choice but to select an inexperienced ODI and Test squads to tour Bangladesh as ten players including captain Jason Holder opted out of the tour due to Covid-19 concerns.
However, many of the opt-out players are currently playing cricket in a T10 tournament in Abu Dhabi.
Edited by Jesus Chan
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