Former first-class cricketer and noted commentator Alan Wilkins has posited the view that players in the West Indies should be allowed the opportunity to play all three formats of the game.
Wilkins played for Glamorgan and Gloucestershire. He was a left-arm medium-pace bowler, who took almost 400 wickets between 1976 and 1983, before retiring due to a severe shoulder injury.
He lamented the fact that Windies’ management is currently pigeon-holing cricketers which is not only stifling players but also robbing the game of talents.
“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 you’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.
Windies has recently adopted the policy of offering red ball, white ball and all format contracts.
Wilkins, however, views this as a wrong move and only serve to restrict players’ natural abilities.
He listed several players that he believes would thrive outside of the restricted formats in which they have been forced to play.
“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,” Wilkins reportedly said.
Nigel Belle, Readers Bureau, Fellow
Edited by J. C. Finch
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