Former Windies great calls for end to discord

By Admin Wednesday November 19 2014 in Caribbean
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BRIDGETOWN: Legendary former West Indies opener Desmond Haynes wants the bickering between the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) and its players to end.


West Indies players, the WICB and the West Indies Players Association, have been quarreling since the one-day players quit a tour of India last month over a dispute over contracts.


Haynes, 58, whose career marked the highpoint of West Indies cricket during the late 1970s and 1980s, said stakeholders need to stop placing blame on each other and resolve the matter as quickly as possible.


“I would like to see some unity,” he said. “I would like to see us get it sorted from all angles. I would hope that we as a people would not look at a blaming game, but look at trying to find solutions.”


The Barbadian finished his career with 7487 runs from 116 Tests and 8648 runs from 238 One-Day Internationals. He is regarded as one of the finest openers to have played the game in either format.


Haynes, who recently served as a batting consultant to the West Indies team, said the regional side could return to the top of World cricket but warned the process would not happen quickly.


“I would like to see us back on top most definitely, number one in the world…but it’s going to take some time,” he said.

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