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WICB sets out selection guidelines

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PRIDE in representing the West Indies, discipline, desire for excellence, consistent performances, fitness and participation in regional competitions.These factors are contained in a newly developed selection criterion announced by the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) yesterday to guide future selections on all West Indies teams.The selection criteria were developed by the WICB cricket committee in conjunction with the board of directors and the selection committee in an effort to build teams in the various formats and is geared at ensuring high standards at the domestic level and retaining the best available talent for international cricket.“Players will also be required to achieve and maintain a level of fitness and consistency of performance which are required for international cricket,” the board said.The WICB also said the selectors would pay close attention to the “players dedication to personal and professional development, desire for excellence and overall discipline”.The players’ commitment to West Indies cricket and pride in representing the region will also be under consideration.“This document is of critical importance to the WICB as we set clearly redefined benchmarks and standards for players as we continue to pursue the restructuring of West Indies Cricket,” said chairman of the cricket committee, Joel Garner.“We want to ensure that there can be no doubt among players and the public as to what the requirements are for those who are and those who aspire to represent the West Indies teams,” added Ernest Hilaire,
CEO of the WICB.The WICB also mapped out timelines for achieving objectives in terms of national teams’ performance. A “settled competitive unit”  the board said, by the 2013 ICC Champions Trophy, would lay the ground for a “winning combination” by the 2015 World Cup. Similar goals were set for the 2014 ICC World Twenty20 but the board conceded that attaining consistency in Tests would take longer.