After several years of contractual disputes between the players and the West Indies cricket board, things might be back to normal again. As West Indies is still in the race to qualify for the 2019 World Cup with only 8 ODIs in hand, the cricket board has offered “temporary amnesty” to the players who do not fit their selection criteria to play ODIs. Cricket board has a stringent policy that for a player to become available for national ODI team selection, he has to be active in the domestic ODI tournaments. The latest press release issued by CWI (Cricket West Indies) says “all CWI registered players will be available for selection“.
This would mean big players like Chris Gayle, Dwayne Bravo, Kieron Pollard, Sunil Narine, Samuel Badree etc could soon return to the West Indies ODI team. The team is scheduled for the tour of England next month.
CWI chief executive Johnny Grave said “We recognize that it is highly unlikely that we will now automatically qualify for the 2019 World Cup, so whilst the qualifying tournament has yet to be confirmed by ICC, we may only have eight ODIs against England and New Zealand in the next six months to prepare. It is crucial that we can have our best-performing Windies players available for selection in these important games.”
Board president Dave Cameron said “This will show commitment on the part of the players to be available for the format/s of the game they wish to play; a commitment to participate in the regional set-up and to honor the system to be in place by then. We must be able to identify the full slate and categories of players we have in the West Indies.”
Well, this could be a great thing for West Indies cricket team which was not able to book a place in the ICC Champions Trophy 2017. Cricket fans would love to watch their team in the 2019 Cricket World Cup, so this is a really good news for them.