CHARLIEVILLE, Trinidad – The Congress of the People endorses the sentiments expressed by the Honourable Ralph Gonzales, Prime Minister of St Vincent and the Grenadines and also Chris Gayle bring critical of the apparent victimisation involved in the axing of two of the most accomplished all-rounders, Dwayne Bravo and Kieron Pollard, and others from the West Indies World Cup ODI Team.
“The exclusion of these players by the West Indies Cricket Board is in direct contradiction of an agreement reached with the Board after the recent impasse which arose out of the disastrous contract negotiations which were not completed before the team embarked on the tour to India. Today, the statement from the Chairman of the WICB claiming that these players, who have been selected to play in South Africa, are excluded from the World Cup team due to their ‘form’ and decisions of ‘legends of West Indies cricket’ sounds like such a hollow attempt to try and hide the Board’s reneging on its undertaking given to the players recently.” said Nicole Dyer-Griffith, COP Chairman earlier today.
“The recent records of the players left out of the squad speak volumes of their talent and performance as reflected in the batting and bowling statistics. It is a sad day for West Indies cricket when the selection of the best possible team for such an important tournament is apparently replaced by “village vengeance”, as PM Gonzalves describes the decisions of the WICB to exclude the players.” Dyer-Griffith added.
“Mr Gonzalves, having chaired the meeting on 31 October last year at which the WICB gave the ‘no victimisation’ undertaking is well placed to make such an assessment of the Board’s actions. The WICB must now account to CARICOM and the West Indian people for this travesty which will only lead to further eroding the leading position of the West Indies in the shorter versions of the game.” Ms. Dyer-Griffith demanded.
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