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It's no longer
Adams endorses review of eligibility rule
tor of Cricket Jimmy Adams has strong-
ly backed the ongoing review of the West
Indies Cricket Board's (WICB) controver-
sial eligibility rule.
The former Test captain, who has
replaced Englishman Richard Pybus in the
role, said there was now widespread
acknowledgement among stakeholders that
the rule was no longer "sustainable" and
could in fact be detrimental to the devel-
opment of West Indies cricket.
"I'm not the only one who's going to
be involved in the decision but I'm cer-
tainly of the view that it needs reviewing,"
Adams said in a wide-ranging interview
here Monday. There's a process behind
that. That means it probably won't happen
overnight. The review will be ongoing and
it has already started, but as to if a change
in direction is to happen, that won't happen
overnight because of the process that backs
that up, but it is being reviewed. A lot of
stakeholders in our cricket appreciate now
that it does need to be looked at."
The rule has proved a sore point for play-
ers over the years, as it has required them
to forego lucrative contracts in foreign leagues
and make themselves available for the domes-
tic season, in order to be eligible for West
Indies selection. As a result, many of the
region's most experienced players have
missed out on international duty, opting
rather to campaign in many of the global
Twenty20 competitions instead.
Only last week, veteran batsman Marlon
Samuels accused the WICB of playing hard
ball with the rule, after he was deemed
ineligible for selection for an upcoming
one-day series against England because
he played only two games of the recently
concluded Regional Super50. He left the
tournament early to take up a contract in
the Pakistan Super League.
Adams, who played 54 Tests and 127
ODIs for West Indies, said despite the
acrimony over the years, there was a lot
of common ground that could be reached
between players and the administration.
"Having spent quite a bit of time in dif-
ferent roles, representing the players' asso-
ciation for a few years as secretary and then
having worked as technical director in Jamai-
ca, I've already stood on both sides of the
fence and I can quite appreciate a lot of the
issues that face both the board and the play-
ers," the 49-year-old pointed out.
"I think we have the potential to achieve
a lot more if we can get people singing
off the same hymn book going forward.
The outstanding issue right now is player
eligibility and, like I said, I'm encouraged
by the fact that most, if not all parties,
are in agreement that what is in place now
is not sustainable and might not be help-
ing our cricket in the short and long term,
so that for me is encouraging."
Adams, who spent the last four years
as head coach of English county Kent,
acknowledged the foreign leagues had
served to enhance West Indies players but
said emphasis needed to be also placed
on further developing the domestic league
in the Caribbean. "I also think that a lot
of our international players --- certainly
the Chris Gayle generation --- they would
have started under Stanford (Stanford T20)
but a lot of them developed and became,
in my view, battle-hardened with leagues
outside the Caribbean," he explained.
"And I guess---if I am waving a magic
wand---I'd like to eventually have the stan-
dard in the Caribbean where if they do
play overseas that's fine, certainly from a
financial point of view. But in terms of
developing our own to an international
standard, we want our cricket here in the
Caribbean to be a lot stronger."
The Jamaican also noted the review of the
rule was critical as it was important to have
the best players available for selection.
"I would like to have the best players
available. I'm not going to stick my neck
on the block. It's a selection panel decision
as to who the best players are but ideally,
you always want your best players available
for selection." (CMC)
In this file photo, Jimmy Adams, right, gives some batting tips to a Kent player.
PSL heartbreak for Sammy, Samuels
SHARJAH---Marlon Samuels failed again
while captain Darren Sammy was left
stranded at the other end, as Peshawar
Zalmi suffered a last-over heartbreak in
a one-run loss to Quetta Gladiators in
the first semi-final of the Pakistan Super
League on Monday.
Set an imposing 201 for victory at the
Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Zalmi pulled
themselves off the ropes at three runs for
two wickets in the second over to be with-
in touching distance of victory, at 194 for
six heading into the final over.
Sammy was kept scoreless off the first
ball from off-spinner Mohammad Nawaz
but survived a difficult dropped chance
to at point off the next ball, with Tymal
Mills adding insult to injury by parrying
the ball into the boundary.
A single off the next ball put Barba-
dos-born England all-rounder Chris Jor-
dan on strike with two runs needed from
the last three balls.
However, Sammy then watched help-
lessly from the non-striker's end as Jordan,
Wahab Riaz and Hasan Ali perished to
first-ball ducks -- the last two via the run
out route -- as Zalmi's chances of a spot
in the final slipped through their grasp.
Sammy finished on 11 not out.
Samuels had earlier run himself out for
one before Mohammad Hafeez smashed
77 from 47 balls and English opener Dawid
Malan, 56 off 30 deliveries, in a 139-run,
third wicket stand which breathed new
life into the run chase.
Superstar Shahid Afridi then further
tilted the balance Zalmi's way with a
13-ball 34 which was laced with a four
and four sixes.
Sent in, Gladiators got a stunning 71
off 38 balls from opener Ahmed Shehzad
and 40 from England's Kevin Pietersen,
the two posting posting 90 for the second
Indies chairman of
Brathwaite cannot be
expected to produce
the heroics of the
World Twenty20 final
each time he plays.
Browne was com-
Brathwaite's lean form
with the bat in the
Regional Super50 domestic one-day tournament,
won by Barbados Pride, Brathwaite's team.
Since the beginning of 2016, Brathwaite has
scored just 304 runs in 27 List A games at an
average of 14.47, with a highest score of 46. With
the ball, he has taken 46 wickets at an average of
30.66. Brathwaite, who was recently made West
Indies' T20 captain, hasn't enjoyed too much suc-
cess in the shortest format either. In 26 T20s since
2016, Brathwaite has managed just 212 runs at 12.47
and 33 wickets at an average of 30.66.
"What you must understand is this is still a
young man," Browne told a Caribbean radio station.
"If we expect Carlos to repeat what he did in the
World Cup every single time, we're going to fool our-
selves. Carlos needs to develop like any other cricketer.
We've dug ourselves in a massive hole over the years,
there's no quick fix to our problem. It is about hard
work. It's not about 'you've had five games, you have
not performed' so just throw the player away."
Browne pointed out that Brathwaite has earned a lot
of respect from coaches and captains over the years
with his attitude and hard work. In January, Brathwaite
opted to leave early from the Sydney Thunder in the
Big Bash League where he was signed as a replacement
for fellow West Indies all-rounder Andre Russell.
Incidentally, he was one of the three players -
along with Darren Bravo and Marlon Samuels - to
decline a WICB contract late last year. Although
he is an attractive buy for teams across domestic
Twenty20 leagues, Brathwaite has said he wants
to focus on doing well for West Indies.
Brathwaite, Browne said, was an "investment" that
would come good eventually. "He's a young player
who is a very exciting player on his day, who hasn't
played a lot of international cricket either," he said.
"He's an investment and we all know if we get
him right what he can produce for us. Carlos's
strike rate would be more than the other bowlers
because of the time of the games when he bowls.
"Carlos and a lot of the other players, we have
players now who actually want to play, we have
players who are committed, they are self-starters,
they work hard. When you see players who are
doing that, you know that you will be able to cre-
ate that environment that is conducive to produc-
ing cricketers that can perform consistently."
Browne said West Indies' selection panel are
likely to give players an extended run in the play-
ing XI to help them develop, as opposed to the
approach of selection in the past.
"When you look at our players, there are some
who have been given a little extension because you
want them to develop. We don't want to have a case
where you have a whole bunch of players, like what
used to happen in the past, where we had so many
players, all of them had games under their belts but
none ever got a good extension or fair run to help them
to develop. We need to develop cricketers." (CMC)
Marlon Samuels, left,
celebrates with Carlos
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