Former first class player says present WI cricketers should play all formats

Former first class cricketer and noted commentator Alan Wilkins believes players in the West Indies should be given the opportunity to play all three formats of the game. In March, Cricket West Indies introduced red ball, white ball and all format contracts but Wilkins believes the philosophy being employed by the board stifling the players natural abilities. 

“I think you’ve got a whole bunch of frustrated cricketers in the Caribbean who would love to further their ambitions more than they are allowed to do at the moment possibly because they are being told your’re a one day cricketer, you’re a three day cricketer, you’re a four day cricketer or you’re possibly a test cricketer,” he said.

Wilkins listed some of the players he believes would thrive outside of the formats they've been restricted to. “We’re missing the talents of Darren Bravo; we are missing the talents of Evin Lewis that’s untapped; they say he’s a one day cricketer; how good would he be in test cricket? Shai Hope, I think he’s a fantastic player. Why are we compartmentalizing these cricketers? Let’s just loosen the gates a little bit; let’s give them their freedom and let’s make them express themselves in a way that they can prove to us that they are the fine cricketers that they are,” noted Wilkins.



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