‘Lousy WICB’

Sir Viv irate over treatment of players by newcomers

MUMBAI – Former West Indies captain Sir Viv Richards has blamed the arrogance of administrators involved in West Indies cricket for the failure to ensure the best players in the region remain available for international duty.

Several big ticket players including Chris Gayle, Sunil Narine, Lendl Simmons, Carlos Brathwaite, Kieron Pollard, Darren Sammy and Darren Bravo are currently in India to participate in the IPL even as a three-match ODI series against Pakistan gets underway on Friday in Guyana.
In the last few years a number of high profile Caribbean players declined central contracts from the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB), leaving them under no compulsion to appear for national duty.

One of the diktats of the WICB that has irked the players is being asked to play the Regional Super50 in order to qualify for selection for ODI squad. Considering the aforesaid players all feature in domestic T20 leagues like the Big Bash, which clash with the Super50, they have refused to sign the binding WICB contract.

Sir Viv Richards says the players made West Indies cricket an attractive product; not the administrators of the WICB.

But Richards insisted that the situation has come to pass only because members of the WICB have done a “lousy job” in creating an environment where players [don’t] feel treasured by the national set-up. “When you have an arrogant administrative unit, guys are going to pick and choose,” Richards told ESPNcricinfo in Mumbai Wednesday. “We must remember that many of the players come from humble backgrounds. I have no qualms in saying this, some of these administrators think they are as important as the players on the field. They are not. It is all about the attraction of the environment that the players on the field would have created for them to be in an administrative position.

“I think it is a bigger issue than about the guys playing in our domestic competition. Most of the guys played there when they first started out, that’s what they wanted to do. But when you get an administration which thinks that they are the most important entity where West Indies cricket is concerned, they better wake up. The players have done their bit in terms of their representation. We lost a series in the UAE recently [in 2016 against Pakistan], now we have lost the T20 series in West Indies to Pakistan. All this after winning the last World T20. That sends a message in my opinion that all is not well with all the players who are representing West Indies at this stage.”

Having failed to qualify for the Champions Trophy in June, West Indies are currently lying ninth in the ODI rankings and face the prospect of missing out on direct qualification for the 2019 World Cup. The cut-off date for the World Cup, which will be held in England, is September 30 this year. Other than the hosts England, the top seven in the ODI rankings will get a direct berth in the World Cup. West Indies, Pakistan and Bangladesh are vying to take the seventh position to avoid being forced to play the qualifiers.

In Test cricket too, West Indies continue to founder and are in eighth spot in the rankings, only above Bangladesh who are in fact snapping at their heels, and Zimbabwe. Attendances continue to be poor in the Caribbean but Richards remained hopeful of a turnaround, urging the administrators to pay heed to counsel from former greats.

“I am one of those individuals that never says never,” Richards said. “I believe if we start having a little bit more respect for the individuals who would have helped the administrators into that administrative position. You have a Michael Holding, who refuses to be part of cricket in the region because of the behaviour of members at the administrative level. It hurts because we are the ones that are the trailblazers, not the ones who have come on the scene at present wanting to be administrators. We are the ones who made it attractive enough for them to administer and they have done a lousy job.”

Besides keeping a close eye on West Indies cricket, Richards has stayed involved with the game in a mentorship capacity for the Delhi Daredevils in the IPL, Melbourne Stars in the Big Bash and most recently with the Quetta Gladiators in the Pakistan Super League for the last two years. One of the most destructive players of all time, Richards keeps his advice simple to eager young batsmen who have sought him out during these stints.

“Some of these individuals in the coaching department are trying to enhance their product in terms of what they believe coaching is all about,” he laughed. “If you look at the instinctive nature of players in T20 and the things that they do try, it is tough to coach that. So it is all about getting the guys to be mentally prepared and in a frame of mind that they understand what their duty is. This is such a great format for you to have a swing of the bat. I would have loved that more than anything else.

“Our job is to give them the confidence if necessary. It is to be brave. You will have your bad days, but in the end it is about believing in the product that you have. As they say, he who dares, wins. That sort of mentality, you can take that in, you will have success.”

Source: (cricinfo)

8 Responses to ‘Lousy WICB’

  1. Angus Benn
    Angus Benn April 6, 2017 at 5:49 am

    I don’t agree with Richard. People always said country first. Money is the Ruth of evil. Why the Indians do not want to play in know one else tournaments. Because they want their best players to play for their country. I don’t mind these guys going and play, but not when we playing against another country. Also if the selectors know that a player will not be selected for the series then he should go and play for the Indians. When the other countries have a series going on their players usually return home. Not the westindies players. It is money first .Not country.

  2. orlando April 6, 2017 at 8:11 am

    some crap you chatting . only big names in 20/20 . that dont make you a cricketer, now they not even good in that format . west indies just had 4 , oh my god did you see pollard ?please stop talking bout our best players. they certainly are not . you cannot play just 20/20 and improve your game. and thats exactly what is happening to the likes of pollard and simmons .and sammy was always below par, all in all cameron maybe pompus but i like his doings . and in time west indies will be good again. a really nice young crop.

  3. Puppa Weekes April 6, 2017 at 8:12 am

    Whenever I hear comments from these gentlemen I get the impression that solving the West Indies cricket problem is quite easy.
    But I always bear in mind that many of the same gentlemen were involved with the administration of the West Indies cricket and they weren’t able to solve the problem either.
    These so-called best players in the region were around when West Indies cricket was its way to this point.
    Four T20 were just completed with a 3-1 loss to the West Indies, four of these so called best players were available but the difference wasn’t seen.
    Fortunately for the WICB these players were selected in the team,so the excuse of the best players not being available couldn’t be use.
    Criticism is always easy, coming on board and making a change is not that easy, especially when you have financial constraints.
    International cricket has really moved on ,what was able to be achieve before cannot be achieved now with the same resources.
    There’s is an urgent need for improvement of the various cricket training facilities. As you move around the Caribbean it becomes quite evident that almost all of the training facilities are inadequate. Hardly any of the grounds are conducive to proper fielding training. Even at our top club level grounds, pitches and training facilities are at a critical state.
    Personally it is tiring listening to these greats who in my opinion are just providing good radio and television.

  4. Alex Alleyne April 6, 2017 at 8:56 am

    All is well with “WI top brass” Sir Viv, you see no one put in a bid to push out the BOSS who’s action is “my way or the highway”.

  5. Peter April 6, 2017 at 10:07 am

    A number of people are at work. Their aim is to see WI NEVER rise to the top of world cricket. Cameron is a poppet mobilized by insularity and internal politics. While I agree with Sir Viv on some issues, I think all Caribbean governments should impose a 75% Incom tax levy on ALL professional overseas earnings. They must be required by law to declare all their overseas (outside Caribbean) earnings. I know that through Global Clearing they can “hide” moniers in offshore accounts, but pay receipts from all professional contractors must be presented. All Overseas accounts can be frozen. No attorney in the world can do anything about that.

  6. Mikey April 6, 2017 at 2:33 pm

    You guys are missing the MAJOR POINT. i.e.
    The West Indies administrators are the only people in the cricketing world who put chains and hurdles around their cricketers,,, and they pick out their best performers as targets,, i.e. the Bravo brothers, Chris Gale, Pollard, Russel and THE Others.
    When you handcuff and gag your best players, who will perform for you ???
    PRIDE AND ARROGANCE. Cricket administrators have a special way to treating Sobers, Kanhai, Lloyd, Chanderpaul, Hooper, Kallicharran, Haynes, Greenidge, Lara,,,, get those guys together and hear what they have to say about West Indies administrators, selectors etc,,, many of whom cannot handle a bat nor a ball.

  7. Walter Prescod April 6, 2017 at 3:31 pm

    Thanks for your observation Sir Viv. Cameron and his puppets are like Donald T. And well stated Mikey.

  8. Nathaniel Samuels April 6, 2017 at 11:08 pm

    Well, well, well. Who would have been responsible for the players being marketable in the first place? Without the junior tournaments and the regional first-class tournament, no one would have heard about our players.
    While I agree that our players should be able to take part in these international tournaments, they must also remember that if they are not taking part in our tournaments, they are not assisting the other younger players and then the standard of cricket is diluted. We all need to see the best players in our tournaments and maybe there could be some compensation where every year a set number of players are allowed to go to these T20 tournaments.
    It seems that some of the former players have a beef with the administration but these same former players must get into the trenches and become administrators who would then vie for the various positions that come up from time to time.
    The administrators are trying to improve the cricket and some positive changes have been made, no matter what is said about the management of West Indies cricket. I believe it is just that the President seems aloof and makes stupid statements when he should keep his mouth shut and/ or his fingers away from his communication devices.


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