Phil Simmons Head coach of West Indies Cricket team, has expressed his disappointment over the players availability for representing International Team even before the world cup which is starting in October. He has said as follows “I don’t think that I should be begging people to play for the West Indies”, “It hurts. There’s no other way to put it. But what can you do? I don’t think that I should be begging people to play for their countries. I think if you want to represent West Indies, you will make yourself available,”
“Life has changed, in that people have the opportunities to go different places and if they choose that over West Indies, that’s just how it is,” he added.
The list of absentees is long. Andre Russell hasn’t made himself available for selection as the star all-rounder along with Sunil Narine is currently playing the Hundred.Evin Lewis and Oshane Thomas have not appeared for their fitness tests, while Sheldon Cottrell, Fabian Allen and Roston Chase are all out with injuries.
Chief selector Desmond Haynes said “From what I have gathered, I think he is unavailable because he hasn’t made himself available, I will love everyone to play for West Indies. I would love to make sure that all the guys make themselves available to play,But you must realise that the guys have options now, and if guys are choosing other franchises in front of West Indies, then we have to pick from who is available to us.”
For this Andre Russel has replied through his official Instagram account saying " I know this was coming but am gonna stay quiet!!! "
From my point of view, the West Indies players should have responded to the West Indies Cricket Board. Everything comes after your own nation. What you guys have to say about this?