“No selection policy on age” – Kishore Shallow on player eligible policy in West Indies cricket

Cricket West Indies President Dr Kishore Shallow has made it abundantly clear that there is no policy in West Indies cricket that makes a player ineligible to represent the West Indies because of age.

His comments came after WI chief selector Desmond Haynes said Darren Bravo, 34, did not make the cut for next month’s ODI series vs England as selectors took into consideration the preparation of the regional team for the 2027 World Cup.

Bravo, the top scorer in the recently concluded Super50 Cup, would be 38 when the tournament bowls off in South Africa, Zimbabwe and Namibia in four years.

However, at the Queen’s Park Cricket Club annual awards on Friday, Shallow told, “Any of the players who were involved in the tournament, once they have not announced their retirement from international cricket, they are still eligible.”

Haynes added that the selectors have invested in players like Alick Athanaze, 24, and Keacy Carthy, 26. “We can’t invest in guys one year and then get rid of them the next year,” he said.

Shallow made it abundantly clear that discriminating against players based on age was not part of the selectors’ mandate: “There is absolutely no policy on age in Cricket West Indies when it comes to selection.”

He acknowledged that communication needs to improve within the operations of CWI.

“Communication is something we must improve on throughout the entire organization, whether with stakeholders or how selectors communicate with the players. It is extremely important and it’s a work in progress. We have improved, but still has a long way to go.”

Bravo ‘steps away’ from TT cricket

Less than 24 hours after Shallow spoke, Bravo decided to temporary walk away from national cricket.

The stylish left-hander has been one of the leading scorers in regional cricket in the past few years in the four-day and limited-overs formats.

He posted on Instagram, “I’ve taken some time to ponder and wonder what’s my next step moving forward as a cricketer,

“At this point in my career it’s not easy or should I say it takes a lot to continue to find the energy, the passion, commitment and discipline to be able to perform to the best of my ability and put myself in a position to make my return to international cricket.”

Bravo has played 56 Tests, 122 ODIs and 26 T20Is for West Indies since making his international debut in 2009. He has scored 3,538 Test runs at an average of 36.47 with eight hundreds. In ODIs, he has 3,109 runs at an average of 30.18, with four centuries.

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