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UNHAPPY with the omission of Barbados captain Ryan Hinds and fast bowler Tino Best from the West Indies “A” Team to play against Pakistan “A”,  West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) director Conde Riley, is seeking an explanation from chairman of selectors Clyde Butts.
In an unusual move, Riley, who is also first vice-president of the Barbados Cricket Association (BCA), has asked WICB secretary Steve Camacho to share the contents of an email he sent him with Butts since it was difficult explaining to the players “why after their exceptional performances, they are still being overlooked”.
“I should be obliged,  if you would share this letter with the chairman of selectors so that he may be in a position to advise us at the territorial level, as to what remedial help we need to offer these or any of our players,” Riley said in his email to Camacho.
Riley said that in the past Butts mentioned Hinds’ “commitment and fitness” but noted that the BCA has “ensured that all members of our national training squad have reached and surpassed the required international BT fitness level of 12”.
This email and the contents of another, which Riley sent to BCA board members on Thursday, were obtained by the SATURDAY SUN.
Riley said he watched the last month’s regional one-day tournament in Jamaica and “Tino in tandem with Kemar Roach was sharper, faster and more penetrative”.
“Ryan has continued to be the best all-rounder in every tournament in the Caribbean. These two players have benefited from various seminars and training sessions put on by the BCA and are extremely fit.
“Tino’s performances in the recently concluded tournament, especially against Guyana and the Leeward Islands, were exceptional,” he continued.
“If players are not going to be rewarded and picked based on the stated criteria and policy, they must be told what is precluding them from gaining selection, so that we at the territorial level may assist them in correcting their faults,” Riley asserted in his email.
He also listed the performances of both Best and Hinds in the regional one-day and first-class competitions over the past two years and asked that the “stats” be compared with “others of similar ilk in the region” should he be accused of being insular.
Left-handed Barbadian batsman Jonathan Carter and Trinidadian wicketkeeper Denesh Ramdin have been called up for the three-match One-Day series against Pakistan A in Grenada but there is no place for all-rounder Kevin Stoute, who impressed on the “A” team’s tour of England last summer.
Squad for One-Days
David Bernard (captain), Kirk Edwards,  Devendra Bishoo, Rajendra Chandrika, Johnson Charles, Andre Fletcher, Jason Holder (vice-captain), Jonathan Carter, Nikita Miller, Kieran Powell, Denesh Ramdin, Ravi Rampaul, Gavin Tonge.

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