It's not exactly breaking news that the West Indies have been struggling in International Cricket for a long period of time.
There are differing reasons for that which have been discussed a lot over time. It appears that the people in powerful positions in West Indies Cricket look to be making a point that they want dedicated players to be part of their future moving forward. Gone are the days when the players were able to pick and choose when they play.
Names such as Darren Sammy, Andre Russell and Dwayne Bravo are noted for the absence on the 15 man list for central contracts. Chris Gayle, who has turned down West Indies contracts more than once last year is also not on the list.
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The contracts are issued from the period between October 1, 2015, to September 30, 2016, and has been raised from 12 to 15 players. A number of players that have played international cricket over the last 12 months have been rewarded.
Some of those names include Jermaine Blackwood, Shai Hope, Shane Dowrich and Devendra Bishoo. Despite being in poor form of late, Marlon Samuels and Kemar Roach have also made the cut.
All-rounder Carlos Brathwaite is one name not on the list that may raise a few eyebrows.
He had a very impressive start to his test career with two half-centuries in his first two test matches and bowled with considerable energy. However, as his debut came after these set of contracts were issued you would think that he will be considered in the future.
West Indies contracted players for 2015/16:
Jason Holder, Kraigg Brathwaite, Rajendra Chandrika, Darren Bravo, Marlon Samuels, Denesh Ramdin, Devendra Bishoo, Shannon Gabriel, Jermaine Blackwood, Jerome Taylor, Sheldon Cottrell, Shai Hope, Shane Dowrich, Leon Johnson, Kemar Roach
In: Devendra Bishoo, Shannon Gabriel, Sheldon Cottrell, Jermaine Blackwood, Rajendra Chandrika, Shai Hope, Shane Dowrich, Leon Johnson
Out: Darren Sammy, Andre Russell, Sulieman Benn, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Dwayne Bravo
West Indies fans do you agree with the stance that the WICB are taking?
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