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Officials hit Test boycott call for six

Published: 
Sunday, June 3, 2018

Cricket officials in T&T have rubbished talks about a proposed boycott of the first Test between Windies and Sri Lanka at the Queen’s Park Oval starting Wednesday.

An advertisement has been running on social media, calling all of T&T to boycott the Test because of what they are saying is ‘unfair’ treatment of local players by the Windies selectors. Leading the chorus of calls against this move is former Windies opener and captain of Barbados Philo Wallace. The aggressive right-hander who now resides in T&T said:”I am about seeing CWI cricket move up the International ladder. Boycotting cricket because certain players have not been selected is not on my radar. Cricket in the region should be supported wholeheartedly. We are sending the wrong messages to the players and public of certain Islands not to support the game in which they are making a living from playing.

“Windies need as much support they can get in this series and beyond and not only support for the T20 matches at home and abroad. The Cricket World Cup is less than 100 days away and some of these players in the upcoming Test series will be part of that squad so it’s important to support Windies starting from now against Sri Lanka.”

Third vice-president of the T&T Cricket Board (TTCB) Patrick Rampersad said he did not support a boycott of the match: "I don’t and will never support something like that. It makes no sense to me to boycott the match. T&T needs to go out there and give their support to the cricket. At the end of the day regardless of who is picked to play, this is our team.”

However, the president of Merryboys cricket club noted that we were not too happy with Red Force players Denesh Ramdin and Imran Khan being overlooked. “I am not too happy with the fact that Ramdin has been overlooked for the Test series. He deserves to be there, especially seeing who they have selected over him. Also, I don’t know what Imran Khan has to do again to get into a Windies ‘A’ team.”

The Windies open the Test series at the Oval and will then play the Sri Lankans in St. Lucia and Barbados in the three-match series. Sri Lanka has never won a Test series in the Caribbean.

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