Samuel Badree said that he was deeply pained to see the once-formidable West Indies team slump at an alarming level © Getty Images
Samuel Badree said that he was deeply pained to see the once-formidable West Indies team slump at an alarming level © Getty Images

Sydney: West Indies leg-spinner Samuel Badree has called on the International Cricket Council (ICC) and the Caribbean government to rescue the sport in the region. Expressing his disappointment at the current plight of the Islanders’ stand in the international cricket, Badree said that he was deeply pained to see the once-formidable West Indies team slump at an alarming level, the Sydney Morning Herald reported. The 34-year-old, who will also play in this year’s Big Bash league for Brisbane heat, insisted that there was an immediate need to get the country’s cricket back on track. Michael Clarke calls on West Indies to prioritise international cricket

Besides him, other West Indies star players like Chris Gayle, Keiron Pollard, Samuel Badree, Darren Sammy, Russell and Dwayne Bravo have opted to play in the money-driven T20 leagues rather than representing their nation. West Indies suffered another humiliating defeat by an innings and 212 runs against Australia in the first Test of the three-match series in Hobart. West Indies suffering due to inadequate cricketing infrastructure, says Brendan Nash

Earlier, Australia’s Michael Clarke called on the West Indies side to prioritize international cricket instead of participating in the lucrative Twenty20 tournaments. Clarke said that although T20 tournaments are fantastic to watch, there was nothing more special than representing one’s nation at the highest level, the Sydney Morning Herald reported. West Indies cricket has been witnessing a consistent slump in its performances as star players like Chris Gayle, Keiron Pollard, Samuel Badree, Darren Sammy, Russell and Dwayne Bravo opted to play in the money-driven T20 leagues rather than for their nation. Reflecting on the same, the 34-year-old said that it was really disappointing to see West Indies players participating in this year’s Big Bash League T20 event rather than representing their national side in the Test series against Australia.