Cricket West Indies’ new selection panel says it has reached out to several previously marginalized senior players, including retired all-rounder Dwayne Bravo, and is hoping to have them available for future selection.
This comes as CWI looks to revamp is selection policy, with the aim of keeping the process free of outside interference and ultimately selecting the strongest squads possible for international assignments.
Speaking at a media conference here this week, newly-appointed interim chairman of selectors, Robert Haynes, said contact had already been made with the likes of Bravo and Pollard, with the players indicating their desire to represent the Caribbean side.
“Between the coach (Floyd Reifer) and I, we’ve been talking to a lot of players and for sure. We’ve been in contact with these players and we want them to understand that once they’re available we’ll be thinking about them,” Haynes said.
“And they all agree they want to play for West Indies and that to me is very important, and it’s also important to the fans around the Caribbean that when you have your top players involved in international cricket and not representing the West Indies, and these guys are hungry for victory.
Last year, Bravo retired from all forms of cricket following his participation for Trinidad and Tobago Red Force in the Regional Super50, saying it was important to “leave the international arena for the next generation of players”.
The 35-year-old played 40 Tests, 164 One-Day Internationals and 66 T20 Internationals, but had not turned out for the Windies since the ill-fated T20 series against Pakistan in United Arab Emirates in 2016.
Kieron Pollard, meanwhile, last represented West Indies on the T20 tour of India last October. Like Bravo, his name has been associated with selection for next month’s 50-overs World Cup in England but he has not played an ODI in three years.
Another Trinidadian, off-spinner Sunil Narine, has also remained on the sidelines of recent; last seen in West Indies colours two years ago.
CWI president Ricky Skerritt said many of these players were still committed to West Indies duty and a system now needed to develop which could see them returning to international cricket.
The Courtney Browne-led selection panel was this week sacked and replaced by Haynes, Reifer and director of cricket Jimmy Adams.
Skerritt said going forward; selection would be based purely on a cricketing criteria and not insularity.