West Indies is finding a new rejuvenation in their ODI form. Although the team was out of qualification criteria, as World Cup 2019 is approaching, it is on a serious race to the tournament. In fact, the selection criteria of players into the team itself has been a barrier to the progress in the game. A strict policy is being followed by West Indies Board, allowing only players active in domestic One Day circuit to qualify for ODI matches. In modern cricket, it is difficult for international players to remain busy in domestic matches, while being engaged in T20 tournaments around the globe. This automatically disqualifies the top international players of the country from ODI matches, which is ultimately taking a dig on the team’s performance in the format.
Although, West Indies Cricket Board is not trying to review its policy immediately, the board has offered a temporary amnesty to the nation’s top players. This amnesty is extended to players like Chris Gayle, Dwayne Bravo, Keiron Pollard, Sunil Narine and Samual Badree. This will bring the best international players into the primary ODI team of the country.
West Indies will campaign against England in its next ODI tournament. A strong performance of the team in the series is imperative to gain a spot among the top teams in the format. Automatic qualification for the team to the World Cup is far from being a reality. This pushed the squad to take on bi-lateral tournaments as serious bets to aggregate points in ODI. Per Chief Executive of WICB, Johnny Grave, the team is scheduled for only eight ODIs against England and New Zealand in next six months. West Indies is currently ninth in ODI ranking and is 10 points below Sri Lanka, the eighth.
West Indies will eye to enter the world cup tournament through the 10-team qualification model. The Board also indicated a change on its previous stance on Player’s qualification. The eligibility criteria will be discussed in the Board’s meeting in September. Per Grave, the Board has already made the provision for all players to get selected for ODIs.
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