Chief selector says WI starting from scratch
West Indies' chief cricket selector, Clive Lloyd, says the omission of Dwayne Bravo and Kieron Pollard from the World Cup squad is no act of victimisation for their roles in the controversial abandoned tour of India.
Bravo and Pollard were not named in the 15-man squad announced to contest the World Cup, which bowls off in Australia and New Zealand next month.
Speaking on SportsMax Zone Monday night, Lloyd, the chairman of selectors, defended the decision not to select the two Trinidadian cricketers, insisting that it was not victimisation and that it was time to try something different.
"There was two days of discussions with the three others selectors and the captain and there were very strong arguments for the players, and we came out with what we thought was a pretty good team," Lloyd explained.
"It was not easy to leave out those two guys. It is a discussion that went on and on and on and, in the end, we thought that we have so many all-rounders. We were trying to see if we can introduce some new faces and, as far as I am concerned, I think we have a good all-round one-day side."
Bravo and Pollard were also overlooked for the five-match series against South Africa starting Friday.
"Let people understand that we have been at the bottom rung of the ladder for the last eight years or more with the same players, recycling people all the time," Lloyd said. "The point is that now we tried to see if we can change things. It is obvious picking a West Indies team is not easy. If you look at the stats of our players they are not wonderful, so we will be picking players averaging 20, 25, some even 19... We're starting from scratch."
He added: "It is not a situation where these guys have been wiped away. They have a chance at playing for the West Indies again. We have a new captain, and hopefully he will get the support that is needed and we can put in a very good performance."