Holding wants to see absent star players included in the squad
West Indian bowling legend Michael Holding has expressed his frustration towards the administrators and coach Ottis Gibson for the substandard condition of the nation’s cricket team.
Holding, stated that the authoritative figures within the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) always believe they are right, and will not listen to anyone else who may have a different idea.
Speaking exclusively to the Daily Mail, Holding said: “We have a chief executive, Ernest Hilaire, who thinks he owns West Indies cricket. He has the wrong attitude. He’s very arrogant. He thinks he is always right and he doesn’t listen to anyone.”
Holding, also went on the offensive against West Indian coach Ottis Gibson, and said: “Ottis Gibson needs to understand that the West Indies cricket team is not a boot camp. He needs to learn how to man-manage.”
The West Indies are currently touring England, and Holding is shocked at the fact that many of the nation’s prolific players like Chris Gayle, Ramnaresh Sarwan, Dwayne Bravo, Sunil Narine and Jerome Taylor did not make the squad.
However, the reason that the WICB leave out many of the nation’s best players is due to their loyalty to the Indian Premier League (IPL).
But, Holding suggests that the WICB should make compromises with players, such as Marlon Samuels, who gave up half his contract with the Pune Warriors to play Test cricket for the West Indies.
With the WICB in a heated dispute with many of their star players, who are branded as troublemakers in the board’s eyes, Holding believes it is all to do with Gibson’s dictatorial attitude.
“A lot of the senior players who should be playing in England have a very bad relationship with the board. They are unhappy with the treatment that has been meted out to them. It’s about time the board realised that the people they are dealing with are human beings – they are not commodities. They need respect. They need to be treated properly,” he said.
Gayle, who is viewed as the most talented out of all the absentees in the West Indian squad, is hoping to make his international return in the ODI series that follows after the Test matches.