Courtney Browne, West Indies’ chairman of selectors, hinted at the prospect of the board reviewing the eligibility criterion for selection. As per the West Indies board, players need to make themselves available for the regional 50-over competition in order to play One-Day Internationals.
As a result of the rule laid down by the board, Dwayne Bravo, Chris Gayle, Kieron Pollard, Sunil Narine and Andre Russell are ineligible to play for West Indies in the 50-over format.
Bravo hasn’t represented West Indies in the 50-over format since October 2014, while Gayle last played for the Caribbean side in ODIs during the 2015 World Cup.
Meanwhile, West Indies have struggled to make an impact in the 50-over format, evidenced by the fact that they are now ranked ninth in the ODI rankings for teams.
“There is some discussion going on about revisiting the eligibility rule,” Browne told Line and Length, a Barbados-based network. “I know it’s with a working committee. That will then go to the board. But we have to understand our domestic cricket is key.
“Players coming out of domestic cricket and showing they can perform at the international level is important. Yes, we have to look at it [the eligibility rule] but also be mindful that we have to develop our own domestic product, a stage where we can have a very good standard of regional cricket.”
However, Browne also pointed out that they would give the youngsters in the set-up a long run. In the recent past, promising cricketers like Rovman Powell, Shai Hope, Evin Lewis and Alzarri Joseph have made their ODI debut for West Indies.
“We have a lot of young developing players, they’re all bunched together in terms of number of Tests, that’s par for the course. When you have a bunch of people you’re exposing to international cricket, you will tend to get these sorts of performances. But the good thing about it is, you have the coaching team and you have to give them some time to develop players.
“There’s no regret [in giving them opportunities]. They came through the system, we understand they’re young players and need time to develop. When you’re looking at development process, it’s going to be a slow process. We’re not going to find a sensation overnight,” he added.