Stars will probably not play for West Indies – Sammy
Former captain Darren Sammy says many top players will probably not play for West Indies while Caribbean cricket is under its current administration.
The selection criteria for West Indies is at odds with many players’ commitments to global T20 leagues.
Speaking to the Tuffers and Vaughan Show, Sammy was asked if players such as Chris Gayle, Dwayne Bravo, Kieron Pollard and Marlon Samuels will return.
“With the current administration I don’t see that happening,” he said.
The selection policy in the West Indies is for players to have to play in a domestic competition before they can play international cricket in the corresponding format.
Most top players feature in the Caribbean Premier League T20 competition, meaning they are eligible for internationals in the shortest form of the game.
However, domestic first-class and one-day tournaments often clash with leagues such as the Big Bash, meaning players must choose.
Lucrative T20 competitions have been chosen by leading players, who have often been at odds with the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB).
In 2014, a tour of India ended abruptly because of a dispute over pay.
“I can’t tell a player not to play in a league when it could make them financially stable to look after their family,” said Sammy.
The all-rounder captained West Indies to the 2016 World Twenty20, but criticised the WICB immediately afterwards, saying the team had been “disrespected”. He has not played international cricket since.
West Indies are eighth in the world Test rankings and ninth in the ODI list. They missed out on qualification for the Champions Trophy, but will tour England later this summer.
“The way we structure our cricket, we’re not going anywhere,” added 33-year-old Sammy, who has played 38 Tests.
“I’m very scared we will be relegated to be playing against Ireland and Scotland. It’s very sad for us.
“If you really have West Indies cricket at heart you will have the right players for all the formats playing and helping you get to tournaments.”
The WICB has been contacted for a response to Sammy’s comments.