St. John's (Antigua): Oct 5, 2011
Former captains Chris Gayle, Ramnaresh Sarwan, vice-captain Brendon Nash, all-rounders Dwayne Bravo and Keiron Pollard, and left-arm spinner Sulieman Benn do not figure in the list of retainer contracts the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) has offered for next year.
It is reliably learnt that Nikita Miller, left-handed batsman Devon Smith and all-rounder Dave Bernard Jr have also been overlooked for retainers which usually range in value from $80,000 to $120,000 annually.
Gayle, Dwayne Bravo and Kieron Pollard, Sarwan and Simmons were not there in the 18 contracted players last year too, for different reasons.
Benn and Miller seem to have fallen out of favour with the selectors, having not been selected for West Indies since returning from the World Cup in India, Sri Lanka, and Bangladesh earlier this year.
Form eluded Nash, who was omitted from the Test squad to Bangladesh and has chosen not to play for Jamaica in the WICB Super50 competition.
Lack of form could also be the reason to justify the omission of Smith. He struggled to cope with the Pakistani spinners during the home series earlier this year and subsequently lost his place.
Bernard was a surprise choice for the contract last year, but he failed to play in any form of the game for the senior team in the entire year, although he was included in a few A-Team games.
Gayle, Bravo, and Pollard turned down retainer contracts last year to pursue other professional playing pursuits, and it is not clear if they were offered contracts again.
Simmons has made a successful return to the West Indies side, but he and Sarwan have been subject to a recent arbitration with the WICB concerning unfair treatment in the award of previous retainer contracts.
Marlon Samuels and Fidel Edwards returned to the West Indies team during the year, following personal setbacks for contrasting reasons, and they have also been offered the retainers.
Samuels returned to the international game following a two-year ban for inappropriate links with an alleged Indian bookie, and Edwards came back from a career-threatening back injury to take his place as the spearhead of the attack.
Devendra Bishoo, Kraigg Brathwaite, Shannon Gabriel, Kieran Powell, and Devon Thomas all had development contracts in the past year, but have now been offered retainer contracts.
Other players offered retainers are: current West Indies captain Darren Sammy, Adrian Barath, Carlton Baugh Jr, Darren Bravo, veteran batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Kirk Edwards, Nelon Pascal, Ravi Rampaul, Kemar Roach, and off-spinner Shane Shillingford, who has overcome problems with his action and is set to return to the international game during the tour of Bangladesh this month. (IANS)