Former West Indies quick bowlers Michael Holding and Ian Bishop state Darren Bravo and Shimron Hetmyer’s choice to not go to England for the three-Test arrangement because of well being concerns emerging out of the COVID-19 pandemic ought to be regarded however the group will miss “them”.
Besides Bravo and Hetmyer, Keemo Paul also refused to travel to the UK for the Wisden Trophy starting 8 July.
“I think it’s unfortunate as far as West Indies cricket is concerned. I’m not going to tell anyone that they should be going to England because COVID-19 is around, someone may get sick or even worse.But at the same time I think it’s unfortunate for the West Indies team because these guys have quite a bit of talent, and they’ll be missed,” He said on his Youtube channel.
England series would have been a decent chance for Bravo to revive his career after being dropped for the Afghanistan Test in November, Holding said.
“I’m sorry that Bravo in particular isn’t going because Bravo, I think, needs to resuscitate his career. He started off so brilliantly, everybody thought he was going to be another great West Indian batsman.He hasn’t really fulfilled that. I think the more cricket he can play now, especially for West Indies, the better chance he has of getting back on track and showing everyone the great player that he could be.”,Holding said.
“Hetmyer, again, I think he is a very, very talented player. I think people have heard me talk about him in the past. Again, I’m sorry that he’s not going so that he can get more opportunity to express himself. But I ain’t blaming them for not going.”,Holding added on highly rated Hetmyer.
Bishop reverberated Holding’s opinions, saying players must get a choice during a health crisis and emergency circumstance.
Bishop told the Trinidad Express:”You have to give players the option because it’s a world health crisis,” Bishop told the Trinidad Express.
The first Test will be held from July 8-12 at the Aegeas Bowl while the remaining two at Old Trafford (16-20 July and 24-28 July).