Having the best possible team to try and qualify for the 2019 World Cup was among the motivational factors for Cricket West Indies' in deciding to offer a temporary player amnesty which allows all players to eligible for selection. Under current rules, players must compete at the regional level in the corresponding format they wish to represent the West Indies.
However, the contentious rule has kept out many of the region's top players from the One Day International and test cricket. In confirming the amnesty period on Monday, Cricket West Indies admitted that it is unlikely the Caribbean side will qualify automatically for the 2019 World Cup.
But the regional governing body says it is crucial they have the best performing players for the qualifying tournament to decide the final two spots.
It was also revealed that the team will only have eight ODI matches against England and New Zealand to prepare for the qualifying tournament, the date for which has not yet been announced by the ICC.
The amnesty decision was arrived at following meetings with the West Indies Players Association (WIPA) and Cricket West Indies (CWI) which says it forms part of a wider strategy to be more inclusive and to improve player relations aimed at re-engaging all players into their system.