The tussle between the West Indies Cricket Board and its players does not seem to end anytime soon. Darren Sammy led the campaign against the country’s cricket board after leading his team to the pinnacle of T20 cricket in India earlier this year.The T20 captain came up with scathing comments against the WICB and said that the board has been constantly underpaying them and it had not taken care of the needs of the players. He also criticised the selection panel for being unfair to certain players and garnered sympathy by saying he didn’t know when he would get a chance to play with the team again.ADDING FUEL TO FIRE The West Indies board hit out at the World T20 winning skipper saying his comments were irrelevant and demeaning. However, the WICB now, has added fuel to the fire by dropping Chris Gayle, Dwayne Bravo and Sammy himself from the 14-man squad for the tri-nation ODI series involving Australia and South Africa, starting June 11 but including Sunil Narine and Kieron Pollard who had been absent from international cricket for a long time.The axed trio were victims of the board’s strict policy of not allowing players who did not make themselves available for local 50-over tournaments to represent the international team. Notably, Gayle, Bravo and Sammy dumped the Super50 tournament to honour lucrative contracts in the Big Bash League.TWITTER HEATS UP Irked by the selection, Gayle, Bravo and Sammy took to Twitter to slam the board’s tactics in including players who had not played international cricket for long.advertisementGayle, who is currently involved with the Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League, questioned Pollard’s inclusion arguing that the all-rounder would have played BBL had he not sustained a knee injury while playing South Africa’s T20 tournament last year.If @KieronPollard55 was fit he would’ve play the B Bash just like the rest of us!! https://t.co/Sjlt1VPjmA Chris Gayle (@henrygayle) May 19, 2016Narine missed the busy cricketing season earlier this year as the ICC found his action illegal and was cleared to bowl just before the start of the IPL. Gayle also questioned Narine’s inclusion.WICB stop Sunil from playing super 50 and now they pick him. ???? Chris Gayle (@henrygayle) May 19, 2016Sammy and Bravo also didn’t go easy at the WICB and raised valid questions against the ‘magical’ inclusions.Joke of the day: WI selectors??One minute Pollard & Narine were not good enough & now are perfect for Tri Nation series? It’s like magic! Dwayne DJ Bravo (@DJBravo47) May 19, 2016One minute we have to be available for domestic super 50 to be selected and the next minute, it seems we don’t. Magic! Get serious people! Dwayne DJ Bravo (@DJBravo47) May 19, [email protected] great to see u back in odi team but tell me how did u qualify for selection having not played the super50 or ODI since 2014 Darren Sammy (@darrensammy88) May 19, 2016
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