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Cricketers denied in a Charity Match

On May 31 charity match between West Indies and World XI is said to take place to raise funds to repair five major cricket venues damaged by Hurricanes Irma and Maria. West Indies named a squad last week that feature some big names likes Chris Gayle, Andre Russell, Marlon Samuels, but Dwayne Bravo stated he, Sunil Narine, Kieron Pollard and Darren Bravo all had hoped to be involved, but none of them were picked.

“We were denied the opportunity to be a part of something to help Caribbean people in a charity game we wanted to play in and were looking forward to being a part of”, Bravo told ESPNcricinfo.

“We weren’t contacted or selected, so we just want people to know that we were fully available for the game and are seeking answers to our non-selection.”

Former West Indies captain Darren Sammy had something to say regarding this issue.

“We weren’t contacted or selected, so we just want people to know that we were fully available for the game and are seeking answers to our non-selection.”

Dwayne Bravo is looking to make the financial contribution for this cause and he wanted to play for the good cause.

“It’s a Rest of the World XI, not a World XI,” CWI chief executive Johnny Grave told ESPNcricinfo. “And it’s a fully accredited T20I so counts for stats, hence why Caribbean players can’t play for opposition team. It needs to be a proper game of cricket for people to buy tickets to go and see it at Lord’s.”

Graves wants to meet with all the players to discuss their international futures.

“They weren’t invited to take part,” he told Trinidad Express. “Darren Bravo has refused selection on a number of occasions now so we can’t continually go back to him every time we have a match and ask if he wants to be part of it.

“Dwayne hasn’t played for quite a while in any of our sides and said he does not see his future playing international cricket. So we’ve asked him for a meeting to see if that is his firm position.

“The problem we have at the moment is that there is a huge amount of uncertainty where some players say they are not available and then suddenly they are available.

“We can’t have a situation where players pick and choose when they want to play international cricket. In any team, you need to have a group of players that are committed to playing and winning cricket matches and then build that cohesion to keep the same group of players together for as long as possible.

“So we will hopefully be meeting with Dwayne, Kieron, Sunil and Darren in June after the IPL to explain to them what the fixtures are between now and the World Cup in England and World T20 in Australia, who we are playing, when we are playing and if they want to be part of it or not.

“What we can do is give them clarity about what it looks like to play for us, We know our tours all the way up to 2023. We’ve got an IPL window and a CPL window. Whether that is enough for them or whether they want to become T20 specialists and travel the world to play franchise cricket, that is kind of what we want to find out from them.”

Let’s hope that these players get to contribute to this noble cause one way or the other. This story shows the respect these players have for the people and for the sport, it’s not always all about the money.


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