West Indies Cricket Board Contracts Bind Players…

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Chief Executive Officer of the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) Michael Muirhead has defended the board’s decision not to grant test and one day captain Jason Holder a No-Objection Certificate (NOC) which would effectively mean clearance to play in the inaugural Pakistan T20 Super League.

The tournament to run from February 4 – 23, clashes with the regional WICB four-day Professional League.

Holder who was drafted by the Quetta Gladiators, is on a retainer contract with the West Indies board, which gives the regional governing body first right of refusal to his services.

According to a Radio Jamaica sport report, Michael Muirhead, CEO of the WICB, said the decision to refuse holder the certificate is based on the fact that his service is required in the ongoing Caribbean Premier League (CPL).

“His services were required under his contract for Barbados. He is a retained player by us and I believe the region needs the better players to be playing in our own competitions and Jason happens to be at the pinnacle of that because he’s the captain. The selectors are the ones who may have denied him the opportunity to go to Pakistan. I haven’t spoken to him but I guess there must be some disappointment but he has to understand that it’s the price of being retained that we do have that option. It’s not something that is jumping out at him but clearly stated in his contract,” said Muirhead.

In addition, Muirhead reportedly said they have made provisions for players to make money through the Indian Premier League (IPL) and Caribbean Premier League (CPL) windows by not scheduling any international series during those periods, and holder must be mindful of that fact.

He also noted that going forward, the board will ensure all its contracted test players are available to participate in the Pro League in a bid to improve the quality of the competition and by extension the West Indies team.

Contracted players must also play in the limited overs competition in order to be available for West Indies one day selection.

Nigel Bell, Readers Bureau, Fellow

Edited by Jesus Chan

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