Lara has attacked the West Indies selection committee in a column for the Trinidad Guardian.
Cricket legend Brian Lara has slammed selectors for excluding stars Dwayne Bravo and Kieron Pollard from the West Indies side that is currently struggling at the 2015 World Cup.
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The former West Indies captain wrote that he was confused by the decision and that it was a “self-inflicted” blow on the team in a column for the Trinidad Guardian.
“I believe we have shot ourselves in the foot and had the people who selected our team seen the World Cup for the prestigious tournament it is, both Kieron Pollard and Dwayne Bravo would have been in Australia, New Zealand,” wrote Lara.
“It is hard to understand the reasons why they are absent. It’s a self-inflicted blow, for sure.”
Both Bravo and Pollard were mainstays in the West Indies side in the lead-up to the World Cup, and Lara insists that their loss is felt by more than just numbers.
“Statistics cannot put a value on that, or the indomitable camaraderie and spirit which he and Bravo deliver,” Lara wrote.
Bravo lead a team boycott of the West Indies tour of India due to a pay dispute between to players’ union and the West Indies Cricket Board last October.
However, WICB chief selector Clive Lloyd insists both Bravo and Pollard were not overlooked for the World Cup squad due to the incident.
The West Indies suffered a shock four-wicket defeat to associate nation Ireland in their opening game of the World Cup on Tuesday.