West Indies’ chairman of selectors Courtney Browne has defended his panel’s decision-making process, stating that “selectors’ judgment is based on sound selection criteria” in light of the depleted squad chosen for the three-match Twenty20 International series in Pakistan starting on Sunday (April 1).
Browne, who took over from the legendary Clive Lloyd in 2016, commenced his controversial chairmanship stint by sacking double World Cup-winning captain Darren Sammy, developed a policy trend in last two years that has left many Windies fans, media and possibly players generally befuddled.
He made a rare public media comment outside his usual press statements via Cricket West Indies communications emails.
Browne was asked to clarify with both regular captains Carlos Brathwaite and Jason Holder as to why Jason Mohammed was chosen to be captain for the Pakistan series when he was dropped during World Cup qualifiers, over the recalled Denesh Ramdin, who leads Mohammed in domestic cricket for Trinidad & Tobago.
“Jason Mohammed is our vice captain and will lead the team now that Carlos Brathwaite is unavailable”, said Browne.
This regurgitated point from the CWI press release failed to answer the question and is further example how the selection panel of Browne, Travis Dowlin & Eldine Baptiste rewards mediocrity and has devalued the West Indies captaincy by allowing any player to have the job without merit.
Another point was all-rounder Rakheem Cornwall’s non-selection. Despite being the most talked about player in the current West Indies A team, he was overlooked, but his teammates Andre McCarthy & Odean Smith were called up.
Brown was questioned about where Cornwall was in his Windies team selection plans and if his perceived weight issues in eyes of some fans and media is influencing the selectors’ judgement in picking him for international cricket.
“Cornwall is still a work in progress and has just started a program with our HP team which includes a full conditioning program to try to bring him in line with acceptable conditioning standards. Selectors’ judgement is based on sound selection criteria”, said Browne.