Cricket West Indies has denied claims of any issues within the senior men’s team after taking note of allegations suggesting otherwise circulating regionally.
Cricket West Indies refutes allegations that there is tension between their senior men’s T20I team Captain Kieron Pollard and other players.
CWI referred to voice notes that have been shared on social and regional media to make ‘unfounded’ and ‘mischievous’ allegations suggesting there’s a rift within the team.
In a statement, CWI said they were “satisfied that there is no discord between the Team Captain and any member of the West Indies team.”
CWI president Ricky Skerritt said
“I view this as a malicious attack on the credibility of the West Indies Captain, designed to sow division within our team that has just recorded three very impressive T20I performances against very strong opponents, including two outstanding wins and one heroic comeback to get within one run of victory.”
“This clear attempt by well-known mischief makers to discredit the Captain and to derail the Team’s momentum in the ongoing Betway T20I Series should not be tolerated or encouraged.”
West Indies lead England 2-1 in the five-match Betway T20 International Series at Kensington Oval in Barbados, the fourth and fifth matches of the series will be played at the same venue on Saturday and Sunday.
West Indies head coach, Phil Simmons will be looking for not only a series win, but overall improved play from the team.
“I think winning tournaments and just winning on a whole is a great thing for any team, so it’s something that we’re happy with but I think for me, at this point in time it’s about building back that team.”
“Because at the end of the day, October is another T20 world cup but especially with our performance sin the last one we want to get back to where we normally are. So for me, I’m looking at the quality of cricket we’re playing and how we are improving, rather than just the series win.”
England captain Eoin Morgan, who missed the most recent match, will also miss the final two T20Is due to injury.