Evin Lewis turns down West Indies central contract
Evin Lewis has played 35 ODIs and 17 T20Is for West Indies since he debuted in 2016. @Getty

The West Indies opener Evin Lewis appears to be headed down the Twenty20 freelance road like some of his illustrious team-mates, having declined a white-ball contract for the 2018-19 season. Lewis’ name was missing from the latest list of players with central contracts released by Cricket West Indies (CWI) on Monday, with the board stating that he had turned down a contract for ODIs and T20Is.

Lewis, 26, has played 35 ODIs and 17 T20Is for West Indies since he debuted in 2016. He won a hefty paycheque of Rs 3.80 crore in January with IPL franchise Mumbai Indians and has also played T20 franchise cricket in Bangladesh and Canada apart from in the Caribbean Premier League. Lewis now joins the likes of Chris Gayle, Andre Russell, Kieron Pollard, Dwayne Bravo and Sunil Narine as West Indian cricketers without central contracts.

Among the new names on CWI’s list of centrally contracted players are Kemar Roach, Sunil Ambris, Raymon Reifer and Keemo Paul. Roach has been offered a retainer across all three formats, while the other three players have been offered contracts under the terms of what the CWI referred to as ‘Development Retainers’. The others retained for all formats are Jason Holder, Shai Hope and Alzarri Joseph.

The trio of T20I skipper Carlos Brathwaite, Ashley Nurse and Rovman Powell were the only players offered only white-ball contracts. The new CWI contracts are backdated to July 1, 2018 and run up to June 30, 2019.

“All Windies and Franchise players are now contracted from the 1st of July to the 30th of June, with their performances assessed from the 1st of April to the 31st of March.  This will allow for a more efficient process of reviewing, renewing and awarding contracts within West Indies professional cricket and give everyone at least three months to plan for the season ahead. Our season will start each year with the Caribbean Premier League, followed by the Super50 Cup and finish on the 4-Day competition,” said CWI CEO, Johnny Grave, in a release.

Courtney Browne, the chairman of selectors, added: “At the time of recommending contracts in June, some players would have developed in different formats after the process had finished, so their recent performances can’t be considered until the next contract cycle.”

From the West Indies women’s team, 12 players have had their central contracts renewed.

Full contracts list:

All Format Retainers

  • Jason Holder
  • Shai Hope
  • Alzarri Joseph
  • Kemar Roach

Red Ball Retainers

  • Devendra Bishoo
  • Kraigg Brathwaite
  • Roston Chase
  • Miguel Cummins
  • Shane Dowrich
  • Shannon Gabriel
  • Shimron Hetmyer
  • Kieran Powell

Development Retainers

  • Sunil Ambris
  • Keemo Paul
  • Raymon Reifer

White Ball Retainers

  • Carlos Brathwaite
  • Ashley Nurse
  • Rovman Powell

New Players on retainers:

  • Kemar Roach
  • Sunil Ambris
  • Keemo Paul
  • Raymon Reifer

WINDIES WOMEN

  • Merissa Aguilleira
  • Raniece Boyce
  • Shemaine Campbelle
  • Shamilia Connell
  • Deandra Dottin
  • Afy Fletcher
  • Hayley Matthews
  • Anisa Mohammed
  • Chedean Nation
  • Akeira Peters
  • Shakera Selman
  • Stafanie Taylor