By Bradley Jacks
Cricket West Indies lead selector Desmond Haynes and Director of Cricket Jimmy Adams have blasted players for not being able to meet minimum fitness standards that would qualify them for selection to the senior men’s squad.
“I’m pretty disappointed as well,” Haynes said speaking at a press conference on Monday.
“When you look at the amount of cricket that is being played around the world, I think there is a certain level of fitness that is required and I think there is a standard that you should set as a professional cricketer,” added Haynes before going on to mention how picking players while being unsure of whether or not they can finish tours is a concern.
“I do get concerned when you have to be selecting the side and not sure if these guys are going to be fit enough to finish the tour,” he said.
“For contracted players who are unavailable for fitness, there are consequences that are outlined in the contracts,” Adams said.
One player who missed out on selection for the tour of the Netherlands in June because of failure to meet minimum fitness requirements is Trinidadian left-handed opener, Evin Lewis.
“We have players who, in our eyes are good enough to be considered for selection who are unavailable because of not even coming in on minimum fitness standards. That is very disappointing. For players who are contracted, that is doubly disappointing,” the former West Indies middle-order batsman added.
On a more positive note, Haynes commented on the inclusion of new faces in the team like St. Maarten’s Keacy Carty.
“As the new group of selectors, we have made it very clear that we will give opportunities to people and try to broaden the pool and start thinking with 2023 in mind,” he said.