Windies legend viv Richards believes negotiations between all parties are key to getting missing players back to the West Indies fold.
The team for West Indies’ participation in the upcoming T20 World Cup, which will take place in Australia, has been announced.
Some challenging players are rejected from the squad, while others make a persistent comeback. For example, World’s Most Experience T20 Players Like Andre Russell and Sunil Narine were not selected by the selectors.
Russell has not played for the West Indies since last year’s World Cup while Narine has not appeared since 2017.
Another player, opener Evin Lewis, remains out of the team after opting out of fitness tests.
Hours after the squad was announced, Narine won player of the match on Wednesday night for his all-around effort of 26/20 and 2/9 from two overs against Guyana Amazonas-Warrior.
Narine has been a constant performer in the CPL. In this CPL, he has batted in the middle order for the Knight Riders and so far taken six wickets in 20 overs with a 4.25 economical save rate. He had a remarkable economy rate of 4.37 while taking 12 wickets last season.
“I have not received any notification from Narine regarding his availability to play. There have been conversations that the captain [Nicholas Pooran] had with Narine and by all accounts he didn’t seem interested,” Haynes said when asked about Narine.
Meanwhile, Legendary Windies captain Viv Richards believes it is important for players to remember the role of their West Indies represented in earning big-money Twenty20 contracts.
But insists there should be plenty of room for talks with cricketers who are currently out of the team.
“Guys sometimes try and make that particular decision in terms of what they want to do because they don’t feel that they are represented well enough on the left, and that’s why they will move to the right so it is pretty much troublesome knowing and hearing that from the coach, which means there are issues where these matters are concerned,” Richards told the Antigua Observer.
“There has got to be a meeting of all the individuals who participate and that’s the board and all the individuals they may believe to be in that particular lane where they do not want to play,” he added.
“That’s always your first aim, for you to represent your country as a sports person and then, if you can move further up-field like representing the region, which is obviously the West Indies cricket team, and then expand elsewhere because if that’s what you’re looking for, then that’s the opportunity you’re looking for,” he said.
“Also, there are times when we should look at the lighter side of things where one has got to remember that it was the West Indies platform that obviously gave you an opportunity for you to expand yourself.”