Senior WI players slam selectors
Senior West Indies players Chris Gayle, Dwayne Bravo, and Darren Sammy have expressed surprise at the selection of returning batsman Kieron Pollard and off-spinner Sunil Narine for next month's Tri-Nation ODI Series involving Australia and South Africa in the Caribbean.
Gayle, Bravo, and Sammy, who have been overlooked for the series, made the revelations on Thursday through their official Twitter accounts a day after the Clive Lloyd-led West Indies Cricket Board selection panel named a 14-member squad for the opening four matches.
"Joke of The Day: WI Selectors. One minute Pollard & Narine were not good enough & now are perfect for Tri-Nation Series? It's like Magic!," said Bravo via @DJBravo47.
"One minute we have to be available for domestic Super 50 to be selected, and the next minute, it seems we don't. Magic! Get serious people!."
Bravo's comments were then followed by that Sammy, at @darrensammy88.
"@KieronPollard55 great to see you back in ODI team, but tell me, how did u qualify for selection, having not played the Super 50 or ODI since 2014," Sammy said.
Gayle, who thereafter joined the social media conversations, questioned the validity of the selections.
"@KieronPollard55 & #SunilNarine selected for WI Tri-Series. How is that possible @westindies ?," he quipped at @henrygayle.
"If @KieronPollard55 was fit he would've play the (Australia) Big Bash just like the rest of us!!."
The power-hitting Pollard and mystery-bowling Narine did not take part in the WICB Super 50 one-day tournament, a prerequisite for ODI representation.
The tournament was held in Trinidad and Tobago in January. Pollard was nursing an injury during the Super 50, while Narine was not allowed to play due to an ICC ban for having an illegal bowling action.