Pooran set for return after mending fences with CWI
ST JOHN'S, Antigua, (CMC):
Cricket West Indies (CWI) and Nicholas Pooran have settled their differences, paving the way for the promising left-hander to return to West Indies colours.
The announcement by CWI came just hours after they also revealed an end to the impasse with leading Test batsman Darren Bravo on a day of rare reconciliation in West Indies cricket.
Pooran, 21, had been suspended by CWI for opting out of the Professional Cricket League despite being selected by Leeward Islands Hurricanes for last season's campaign.
However, the CWI said that the period of the player's suspension had since elapsed and both parties had opted to "settle this matter amicably" in the best interest of West Indies cricket.
"The parties jointly state, however, that following bilateral good-faith discussions, they have decided to settle this matter amicably. The parties add that they are both committed to the development of West Indies Cricket at all levels and continue to have those interests uppermost in their minds," a statement from CWI said on Thursday.
"While not delving into the merits of their respective positions on the matter, the parties regret that it occurred as it did and accept that this has served as a learning experience for both players and administrators, in terms of best practise for the professionalisation of cricket in the region."
Pooran will now be eligible for selection to all formats.
The Trinidadian, an aggressive top-order batsman and wicket-keeper, has already played three Twenty20 Internationals follow-ing his debut against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates last September.