Pay as you play - Windies boss
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, CMC :
Cricket West Indies boss Dave Cameron says senior West Indies players need to come to grips with the harsh reality of their performance-based requirements, stressing that experience alone would no longer count in the issuing of central retainer contracts.
Speaking against the backdrop of the furore arising from Darren Bravo's rejection of a Grade C contract last year, Cameron argued that Windies players now controlled their own futures as once they performed, they and not CWI dictated the quality of contract they received.
The often controversial Cameron also contended that seasoned players needed to translate that experience into performances instead of hoping for a high-level retainer based on their length of time in international cricket.
"Everyone has been talking for years, we want performance contracts, we want performance contracts. Now we've put in performance contracts and now we have a problem," Cameron told Massy Insurances Life and Length Network in a wide-ranging interview.
"Telling me whether you've played 10 matches or 20 matches or 30 matches - well where are the numbers? If you have this experience, you should be getting better not worse so how is it that your numbers are better when you just started and after two years you're getting worse."
It was announced by CWI last November that Bravo along with seasoned campaigner Marlon Samuels and all-rounder Carlos Brathwaite, had rejected central-retainer contracts.
Media reports subsequently said that Bravo, the Windies premier Test batsman, had been offered a Grade C contract which was lower than the one he previously held.