Cricket West Indies, after conducting meetings with the West Indies Players Association, reached a temporary agreement to allow the players back into the fold. Lately, Windies have been fielding a weakened outfit for 50-overs cricket with the big players not playing due to board's selection policy.
Now, after the decision, top stars like Chris Gayle, Kieron Pollard, Sunil Narine and Dwayne Bravo will make a return to the Windies One-Day International side. Windies are currently placed ninth in the ODI rankings and with only the top eight teams (as of September 30) guaranteeing automatic qualification for the 2019 World Cup, Cricket Windies is keen to make it to the 2019 World cup in England, albeit through the qualifiers.
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"We recognise that it is highly unlikely that we will now automatically qualify for the 2019 World Cup. So whilst the qualifying tournament has yet to be confirmed by ICC, we may only have eight ODIs against England and New Zealand in the next six months to prepare. It is crucial that we can have our best-performing Windies players available for selection in these important games."
Currently, CWI only selects those players for the international tournaments who feature in the same format in domestic fixtures. Because of this policy, many senior and experienced players being absent from the ODI side as they skipped the domestic competition so that they can take part in profitable Twenty20 leagues.
CWI said in a statement the agreement formed "part of a wider strategy to be more inclusive and to improve player relations aimed at re-engaging all players within our system so that they can perform at their best for the Windies teams," as quoted by Reuters.
Although all players will be available for selection, the board's cricket committee will submit their recommendations on the players' eligibility criteria. Currently, Windies have 10 points lesser than the eighth placed team Sri Lanka but can close that gap down during their tour of England next month.