London - Former captain Darren Sammy has warned that leading
players will continue to favour plying their trade in Twenty20 tournaments
around the world ahead of representing the West Indies.
Cricket West Indies pick players for their international
sides only if they feature in that format domestically, meaning the likes of
star batsman Chris Gayle and all-rounder Marlon Samuels are absent from the
Test and one-day squads.
Most of the region's top players appear in the Caribbean
Premier League Twenty20 tournament but their first-class and one-day
competitions often clash with far more lucrative Twenty20 events elsewhere in
All-rounder Sammy, who has not played for the West Indies
since leading them to the 2016 World Twenty20 title in India, believes there's
no prospect of the big names returning to international duty any time soon.
"With the current administration I don't see that
happening," Sammy told BBC Radio Five Live on Monday.
"I can't tell a player not to play in a league when it
could make them financially stable to look after their family," the
West Indies won the World Twenty20 in 2012 and 2016, but
have had little success in cricket's other formats recently.
They are currently eighth in the International Cricket
Council Test rankings and ninth in the ODI standings - a position that saw them
fail to qualify for this month's Champions Trophy in England and Wales.
"The way we structure our cricket, we're not going
anywhere," Sammy added.
"I'm very scared we will be relegated to be playing
against Ireland and Scotland. It's very sad for us.
"If you really have West Indies cricket at heart you
will have the right players for all the formats playing and helping you get to
tournaments," he added ahead of their upcoming tour of England.