West Indies aces deny snub

Kieron Pollard and Dwayne Bravo,
the Trinidad & Tobago allrounders who refused West Indies contracts, remain
committed to regional cricket, their regional team manager Colin Borde has
said.

Borde’s comments came after the two
had turned down central contracts from the board. “I don’t think by not signing
the central contracts that they are not interested in West Indies cricket,”
Borde said. “It is just that, probably, they did not want to be contracted year
round.

“I am sure they have their reasons
and will be having discussions in the next few days to let these be known. But
I am quite confident that Dwayne and Kieron are both committed to West Indies
cricket and will make themselves available for selection.”

The contracts Pollard and Bravo
refused to sign were worth US$80,000 and required the players to make
themselves available for West Indies at all times. Pollard, however, had already
shown a reluctance to do so when, in June, when he turned down a place on the
West Indies A-team tour to England in favour of his deal with Somerset for the
Friends Provident t20.

Both players have, however, been
named in a Trinidad & Tobago squad for the WICB President’s Cup 50 Overs
Tournament in Jamaica next month.

The
board’s corporate communications officer, Imran Khan, said the board would make
an announcement shortly on the players to replace Bravo and Pollard. The WICB
had offered 25 players contracts on 31 August – ten of them were development
contracts worth $25,000 – and gave the players until 10 September to accept
them. If any player chose not to accept the contract, the board said it would
make alternate offers.

Trinidad and Tobago have named a
strong team for the upcoming West Indies Cricket Board’s 50-Over Tournament in
Jamaica from 14-24 October. The defending champions will again be led by experienced
batsman Daren Ganga and the squad also includes star Bravo and Pollard as well
as Adrian Barath, Darren Bravo, Lendl Simmons, Denesh Ramdin and Ravi Rampaul.

Former West Indies Under-19 batsman
Jason Mohammed has forced his way into the team mainly due to some impressive
performances in the recent trial matches. Rookie fast bowler Kevon Cooper has
also earned a call-up.

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