Retainer contracts for 15 in Barbados

Bridgetown, Barbados – Four players with international experience – allrounders Ryan Hinds and Dwayne Smith, opening batsman Dale Richards and fast bowler Tino Best – are among 15 players offered one-year contracts by the Barbados Cricket Association (BCA).

Hinds, Smith, Richards and Best are listed as Grade A. The other male players who will be on contract are batsmen Kraigg Brathwaite and Jonathan Carter (Grade B); batsmen Rashidi Boucher and Kyle Hope, allrounders Kenroy Williams and Carlos Brathwaite, off-spinner Ashley Nurse and fast bowlers Javon Searles and Miguel Cummins (Grade C). The BCA has also offered retainers to two female players, whose names will be disclosed later.

The announcement of the contracts was made by BCA president Joel Garner at the association’s annual Christmas luncheon.
Garner said: “Over the last year or so we have been talking about how we can improve our cricket. We think that by having cricketers who are constantly training and in practice should develop a more professional approach. It is not only about a more professional approach but it is also giving those players the opportunity to play cricket non-stop and do all the things that are necessary to bring the skill level to what we would want for cricketers going forward.”

Garner, the West Indies fast bowling legend who is also a Director of the West Indies Cricket Board, said criteria for the contracts included cricket skills, attitude, potential for further development and marketability. He also disclosed that the BCA contracts, which would be retroactive to December 1, were not substantial, but a step in the right direction.

“We are trying to let the players know that they are thought about. The level is not great, but at least a player lives comfortable, knowing that he can play cricket and earn a living from it. We are trying to bring a different thinking. The gesture alone in starting it is to give the players a sense of security. A lot of players don’t work. If it is a burden in getting to practice and training … you usually hear the players complaining. We are trying to negate a lot of those things,” added Garner.

The contracted players will be required to make themselves available for the duration of the period. The BCA will also try to assist in the personal development of the players and expose them to coaching credentials.

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