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GEORGETOWN, Guyana (CMC):

THE GUYANA Cricket Board (GCB) called the selection of the Twenty20 World Cup squad a “fiasco” and called on Cricket West Indies (CWI) to fire the panel led by Roger Harper, unless they could justify the rationale for the tour. party for the October centerpiece.

In a strongly worded statement, the GCB claimed that the selection process “appeared riddled with inconsistencies, clearly subjective and discriminatory”, and had led to the “notable omission” of the Guyanese foursome made up of fast versatile bowler Romario Shepherd , drummers Sherfane Rutherford. and Chandrapaul Hemraj, and left arm spinners Gudakesh Motie and Veerasammy Permaul.

“The executive and members of the Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) wish once again to express our extreme concern over the continued omission of Guyanese players from the representative teams of Cricket West Indies (CWI), as well as the retainer contracts. CWI players. “, indicates the GCB press release.

“Due to the notable omission of our players – Romario Shepherd, Sherfane Rutherford, Gudakesh Motie, Veerasammy Permaul and Chandrapaul Hemraj – we reiterate our call for an explanation of the reasons for these omissions, as well as the selection policy information used. .

“The impression is created that there is no document on the selection criteria or that it is a well-kept secret that cannot withstand scrutiny.”

The GCB said they wrote to CWI last May to seek clarification and express concerns about the selection process, especially regarding the continued exclusion of Guyanese players.

However, the GCB said it was rejected by CWI, with the regional governing body arguing that there was “no requirement or obligation for CWI to explain its selection policy decision (s).”

Breeders ignored Shepherd’s irrepressible form for Guyana Amazon Warriors in the just-concluded Caribbean Premier League, where he snatched 18 wickets at 14 races apiece and a save rate of just over 7½ races, while also producing powerful lower-order cameos, including an astonishing half-century.

Teammate Hemraj whipped a hundred youngsters during the competition – one of only two triple-digit scores for West Indies players – while Motie took eight wickets and Permaul, six.

Rutherford’s omission was even more disconcerting, with the right-hander reaching three half centuries with a total of 262 points, against an average of 37 for future Patriots champions St. Kitts and Nevis.

Harper said the southpaw was one of many overlooked players after failing to meet CWI’s fitness requirements, a point disputed by the GCB.

“The GCB is perplexed by the contention of the CWI selectors that Sherfane Rutherford is unfit. The CWI should inform the Caribbean cricketing public about the standard and timing of fitness testing for regional cricketers, ”argued the GCB.

“The GCB believe that Rutherford is in good shape, as clearly indicated by his exceptional performances in the 2021 Caribbean Premier League (CPL) and his selection to the Sunrisers Hyderabad side of the Indian Premier League (IPL).

“The GCB views the issue of Rutherford’s physical condition as an excuse to exclude one of the talented young cricketers in the Caribbean.”

Since the squad announced last week, managers have come under heavy criticism for the inclusion of veteran left-hander Chris Gayle, whose form has been shocking in recent months.

In fact, the Jamaican, who turns 42 next week, has averaged 17 of 16 T20 internationals this year and has managed just one half-century in the past five years.

His form showed no signs of improving in the CPL, with the superstar averaging 18, scoring the highest of 42 in nine outings.

Fast pitcher Ravi Rampaul, 36, was also recalled after having not played international cricket for six years but picked up 19 wickets for the Trinbago Knight Riders.

Fast pitcher Oshane Thomas, who has had fitness issues, was also included despite taking one wicket on just two T20Is this year and finishing with six wickets at an average of 28 for the Barbados Royals in the recent CPL.

Even southpaw Darren Bravo has reached the four reservists who will travel with the team, despite averaging 16 in seven innings.

“The CWI selection panel disappointed Guyana and the Caribbean in general,” said GCB.

“The GCB (as a shareholder of CWI) insists that the Selection Board be accountable to all cricket institutions and stakeholders in the region and to justify this latest selection fiasco.

“Failing to do so, the GCB is asking CWI to fire the Selection Board and replace it with a more competent one who will represent the best interests of West Indian cricket. “

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