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West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) president Dave Cameron has rejected claims that Dwayne Bravo and Kieron Pollard were left out of the World Cup squad due to their roles in the abandoned tour of India.
Both Bravo and Pollard were overlooked for the West Indies’ 15-man World Cup squad and were also axed for the five-match series against South Africa beginning on Friday.
Cameron remains adamant that the squad was picked on merit alone.
“We have not gone back on our agreement. 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,” Cameron is quoted as saying by NDTV Sports.
“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.”
He added: “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 yesterday (Saturday) and what we have done is review the task force report and accepted a number of the recommendations for implementation.”
Cameron defended the squad selection, saying selectors were aiming to rebuild the side with youth.
“The team we have selected has a very good mix of experience, youth and a lot of talent,” Cameron said.
“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.”