Haynes wants end to blame game
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC):
Legendary former West Indies opener Desmond Haynes wants an end to the bickering between the West Indies Cricket Board and its players, the Barbados Today online newspaper has reported.
The 58-year-old Haynes, whose illustrious career marked the highpoint of West Indies cricket during the late 1970s and 1980s, said stakeholders needed to stop the "blame game" and get the matter resolved as quickly as possible.
"I would like to see some unity. I would like to see us get it sorted from all angles," said Haynes.
"I would hope that we as a people would not look at a blaming game, but look at trying to find solutions."
The Barbadian finished his career with 7,487 runs from 116 Tests and 8,648 runs from 238 one-day internationals. He is regarded as one of the finest openers to have played the game in either format.
Haynes, who recently served as a batting consultant to the West Indies team, said the regional side could return to the top of World cricket but warned the process would be a long one.
"I would like to see us back on top most definitely, number one in the world...but it's going to take some time," Haynes acknowledged.
West Indies players, the West Indies Cricket Board and players union, West Indies Players Association have been locked in a dispute ever since the one-day players abruptly quit the tour of India last month over a contracts row.
A definitive resolution to the crisis is yet to be announced.