WEST Indies cricket icon Sir Vivian Richards has hit out at the administration of the game in the Caribbean, referring to the governing West Indies Cricket Board as “an arrogant administrative unit” and suggesting that its approach is keeping the best players out of the regional team.
Richards made his comments during an interview with ESPNcricinfo in Mumbai yesterday, even as the cash-rich Indian Premier League T20 tournament opened in Hyderabad. Several Caribbean stars are playing in the IPL while a weakened West Indies, having lost the T20 series 1-3 to Pakistan, prepares to face the tourists in three Tests and three One-Day Internationals.
Required to play in the regional Super50 tournament in order to qualify for selection for the ODI squad, most of the top players, including Chris Gayle, Sunil Narine, Lendl Simmons, Carlos Brathwaite, Kieron Pollard, and Darren Bravo, have refused to sign WICB contracts. (Trinidad Express)