Draft day

Edwards gets regional snub

Fast bowler Fidel Edwards’ chances of an international recall received a death knell today when none of the six regional territories selected him in the player draft of the West Indies Cricket Board’s Professional Cricket League.

Fidel Edwards
Fidel Edwards

Edwards, who has appeared in the Limacol Caribbean Premier League over the past two years for the Trinidad and Tobago Red Steel, has found himself ignored by both regional and Barbados selectors over the past few years. Earlier this year Edwards complained bitterly about the treatment he was receiving from Barbados’ selectors, indicating then that their unwillingness to select him though he was available, was hurting his opportunities of returning to international cricket. He said his treatment had come despite taking wickets in his last outing for both Barbados and West Indies.

“I want to play for Barbados. That is the only way I would get to play for the West Indies. I got dropped from the West Indies side for apparently no reason.

“The last game I played for Barbados I took five wickets. The last time I played for the West Indies I took six, but still no play. This is two years I haven’t played for Barbados and going on two that I haven’t played for the West Indies. Right now I am so frustrated I am actually thinking about retiring from four-day cricket because if I don’t play for Barbados this year in four-day cricket and the West Indies [selectors] don’t see me I won’t get a play and I am not getting any younger. I feel like I am getting push out again,” Edwards said back in March.

Edwards, 32, has played 55 Tests and captured 165 wickets. He has also played 85 first-class matches, taking 262 wickets. Barbados TODAY understands that Edwards has trained consistently with the Barbados team during the year.

Today’s player draft was an almost much ado about nothing affair as only two players – Ramnaresh Sarwan and Raymon Reifer – were selected to play for teams outside their country of birth. Sarwan, the former Guyana and West Indies captain, who has also stated his interest in a West Indies recall, was selected in the second round of the draft to play for Trinidad and Tobago Red Force.

“We felt having a player of the calibre of Sarwan in our side would be invaluable to our squad which includes a number of young players,” said Red Force head coach Gus Logie.

Reifer, a brisk left-hand medium pacer and attacking left-hand bat, has found it difficult to break into the Barbados four-day national team and his regional cricket has been mainly confined to appearances for the Combined Campuses and Colleges. However, the CCC has now been unceremoniously jettisoned from regional cricket by the WICB. Reifer will now ply his considerable talents for the Guyana franchise.

“We have struggled with the all-rounder role and we were glad to get a second player in the all-rounder position,” said Guyana chairman of selectors Rayon Griffith.

But while Edwards’ career seems headed towards closure, another out-of-favour international has been given the kiss of life. Former Barbados captain and experienced all-rounder Ryan Hinds was picked by Barbados in today’s draft held at the Accra Beach Hotel, Christ Church.

Hinds, 33, left-hand batsman and left-arm spinner and former West Indies player, was among the five players picked today in the second round of the draft proceedings. Hinds, whose career has been blighted by disciplinary and legal problems, played the last of his 120 first-class matches against Guyana at Kensington Oval in 2012. He has been playing cricket in Dubai in recent months.

The player draft was organised by the WICB with the goal of achieving an equitable distribution of the available player talent in the Regional Four-Day and NAGICO Super50 tournaments. Each of the six franchises have contracted a minimum of 15 players with ten players pre-selected from the home territory, and five selected from the draft. The six franchises participated in the draft through a selection panel consisting of the chairman of selectors and head coach:


Barbados franchise: Carlos Brathwaite, Jonathan Carter, Kyle Corbin, Miguel Cummins, Shane Dowrich, Ashley Nurse, Dwayne Smith, Kevin Stoute, Omar Phillips, Jomel Warrican; Tino Best, Shai Hope, Kenroy Williams, Ryan Hinds, Roston Chase. Head coach Dexter Toppin, chairman
of selectors Hendy Wallace.

Guyana franchise: Christopher Barnwell, Ronsford Beaton, Devendra Bishoo, Anthony Bramble, Tagenarine Chanderpaul, Narsingh Deonarine, Assad Fudadin, Trevon Griffith, Leon Johnson, Veerasammy Permaul; Raymon Reifer, Rajindra Chandrika, Keon Joseph, Paul Wintz, Vishal Singh. Head coach Esuan Crandon, chairman of selectors
Rayon Griffith.

Jamaica franchise: Carlton Baugh Jr, Dave Bernard Jr, Jermaine Blackwood, Nkrumah Bonner, John Campbell, Sheldon Cottrell, Jason Dawes, Damion Jacobs, Tamar Lambert, Nikita Miller; Andre McCarthy, Shacoya Thomas, Horace Miller, Brandon King, Brian Buchanan. Head coach Junior Bennett, chairman of selectors Wavell Hinds.

Leeward Islands franchise: Quinton Boatswain, Jahmar Hamilton, Montcin Hodge, Yannick Leonard, Steve Liburd, Jeremiah Louis, Kieran Powell, Devon Thomas, Hayden Walsh, Kelbert Walters; Anthony Martin,
Gavin Tonge, Rahkeem Cornwall, Jacques Taylor, Lyndel Richardson. Head coach Ridley Jacobs, chairman of selectors Lawrence Carty

Trinidad & Tobago Red Force: Adrian Barath, Rayad Emrit, Shannon Gabriel, Steven Katwaroo, Imran Khan, Evin Lewis, Jason Mohammed, Nicholas Pooran, Marlon Richards, Lendl Simmons; Akeal Hosein , Ramnaresh Sarwan, Yannick Ottley, Jeremy Solozano, Bryan Charles. Head coach Junior Bennett, chairman of selectors Alec Burns.

Windward Islands franchise: Sunil Ambris, Johnson Charles, Andre Fletcher, Delorn Johnson, Keddy Lesporis, Kenroy Peters, Liam Sebastien, Shane Shillingford, Devon Smith, Tyrone Theophile; Mervin Mathew, Nelon Pascal, Lindon James, Dalton Polius, Romel Currency. Head coach

Ian Allen, chairman of selectors Charles Walter.

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2 Responses to Draft day

  1. Michael Burke October 7, 2014 at 2:24 pm

    Fidel Edwards is still a fantastic fast bowler. In fact in some ways he is better than ever. For a player to be the 10th highest test wicket taker in the history of West Indies Cricket I think this is shoddy treatment for him. He has as strong a heart as any fast bowler of old. Few players in the game could have come back from the back injury he suffered and still bowl over 90 mph. I hope he continues to play and delight cricket enthusiasts all over the world as he has done in the past. In a poor West Indies team he was a shining light of enthusiasm and talent, bowling with breath taking speed, often unplayable on quick wickets and on dead pitches bowled with a never say die attitude. God Bless you Fidel.

  2. Tony Waterman October 7, 2014 at 5:40 pm

    Julius Caesar had his BRUTUS now Fidel has his also, this is very shoddy Treatment for this Class of Cricketer. i hope that when they are STUCK and DESPERATE that he has the GUTS to say NO.
    Fidel::: just do what Chris Gayle did when he was having his Troubles with them also.


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