The problems between the West Indies Cricket Board and the players has been an everlasting love story. When sometimes it looked like, things are getting back to normal, it turned even worse.
Because of these problems, West Indies now find themselves as one of the weak teams in the cricket world and the two time World Cup champion have to play the World Cup qualifiers to play the 2019 World Cup.
But to makes things a little bit better, Cricket West Indies has introduced a new system of different contracts for Test and limited-overs international players, effective from July 1. The system will have three categories: all-format contracts, red-ball contracts, and white-ball contracts.
Only five players – Jason Holder, Shannon Gabriel, Shai Hope, Alzarri Joseph, Devendra Bishoo – have been contracted for all formats, while six have been given red-ball contracts and five others white-ball contracts.
All-format contracts: Jason Holder, Shannon Gabriel, Shai Hope, Alzarri Joseph, Devendra Bishoo
Red-ball contracts: Kraigg Brathwaite, Roston Chase, Shane Dowrich, Jermaine Blackwood, Miguel Cummins, Jomel Warrican (Development – Shimron Hetmyer, Kieran Powell, Vishaul Singh)
White-ball contracts: Carlos Brathwaite, Ashley Nurse, Jason Mohammed, Evin Lewis, Rovman Powell (Development – Kesrick Williams)
The process of selecting players was completed last July, ahead of the issue of domestic contracts to the 90 regional professional cricketers on August 1. While the national men’s team is officially on contract till September 2018, the new retainers will be issued to both national and regional players on July 1, to ensure all professional cricketers start their new contracts on the same date.