World Cup 2015 squad picked on merit: WICB president
West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) president Dave Cameron has rejected claims that all-rounders were axed from the World Cup squad because of their roles in the abandoned tour of India
St George's (Grenada): West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) president Dave Cameron has rejected claims that all-rounders Dwayne Bravo and Kieron Pollard were axed from the World Cup squad because of their roles in the controversial abandoned tour of India.
Neither player was named in the 15-member squad Saturday to contest the World Cup which bowls off in Australia and New Zealand next month. They were also overlooked for the five-match series against South Africa starting on Friday, reports CMC.
When the squad for South Africa was announced last month, St Vincent and the Grenadines Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves wrote to Cameron to complain that the WICB had "dishonoured that undertaking" of not punishing any player involved in the India tour walk-out.
However, Cameron remained adamant the One-Day Internationals (ODI) squads for both the South Africa tour and the World Cup were selected on merit.
"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 said Sunday.
'Believe in our legends'
"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."