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West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) president Dave Cameron has defended the board’s decision to not include all-rounders Kieron Pollard and Dwayne Bravo in the World Cup squad.
In addition to the World Cup, both Pollard and Bravo will not feature in the upcoming ODI series against South Africa as well.
“We have not gone back on our agreement,” Cameron said. “At the point in time we made it very clear we didn’t want to use the terminology that was being suggested, because if you made any changes to the team then that could be termed.
“And so we have been very, very firm that as a body we have entrusted that relationship and that decision making to some of the biggest legends we have in West Indies cricket and their judgement is what the board goes by.
“We have not disciplined anybody. If you talk about non-cricketing reasons, we have reviewed the task force report. As a matter of fact, we had a board meeting [on Saturday] and what we have done is review the task force report and accepted a number of the recommendations for implementation.
“The team we have selected has a very good mix of experience, youth and a lot of talent. One would remember that the team four years ago didn’t do very well in the World Cup and we are ranked number eight today so the selectors have decided they want to put some youth and build for the future and I think it is a very good balance.”